USA's Psych has always played the geek angle pretty hard, but Shawn and Gus have outdone themselves this time. Everyone's favorite octogenarian William Shatner will be playing love interest Juliet's father in an upcoming Season 6 episode.
The news comes months ahead of Psych's unspecified fall return. While it's not known which of the sixteen new episodes will feature Shatner, he may appear in multiple episodes, given the character's familial ties to Detective Juliet 'Jules' O'Hara (Maggie Lawson). Juliet and Shawn began dating in Season 5, so expect things to get even more close (and dangerous) now that Daddy's in the picture.
However, like a lot of Psych regulars, Juliet's father Frank is far from squeaky clean. He's been estranged from his daughter for an unknown period, presumably following her discovery of his activities as a con man. He'll enlist the aid of Shawn and Gus to get back into her life, but the promise of a last big score may bring the scheme tumbling down.
Shatner is coming off a single season as another patriarch, the titular father in CBS' S#*! My Dad Says; the sitcom was cancelled despite solid ratings. Shatner's been something of a comedy Renaissance man for the last several decades, appearing in arcs on shows like 3rd Rock From the Sun and The Practice before landing a regular role on Boston Legal. His film roles, like the pair of Miss Congeniality movies and the voice of a possum in Over The Hedge, tend to take advantage of the overly dramatic style the actor has played off of since his Star Trek days.
Psych itself is no stranger to high-profile guest stars: last season featured dozens of actors and actresses, including Peter Weller, Ally Sheedy, Franka Potente, Cary Elwes (in a fan-favorite recurring role) and the entire cast of Twin Peaks. In the premiere episode this fall, Malcolm McDowell (who appeared beside Shatner in his very last appearance as Kirk in Star Trek: Generations) will play a British diplomat. Other confirmed Season 6 guest stars include Danny Glover, Molly Ringwald and Michael Trucco.
Psych returns to USA this fall.
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Source: TV Guide