Psych: The Movie is a television comedy film based on the USA Network dramedy series, Psych. The film follows the Psych characters three years later in San Francisco, since the series finale in 2014. The movie aired on December 7, 2017 on USA Network.[1] James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson, Maggie Lawson, Kirsten Nelson, and Corbin Bernsen all reprised their roles from the series, with frequently recurring actors Kurt Fuller and Jimmi Simpson also appearing.

Psych: The Movie
Psych The Movie Poster.jpg
GenreDetective fiction
Comedy-drama
Based onPsych
by Steve Franks
Written bySteve Franks
James Roday
Directed bySteve Franks
StarringJames Roday
Dulé Hill
Timothy Omundson
Maggie Lawson
Kirsten Nelson
Corbin Bernsen
Theme music composerSteve Franks
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production
Executive producer(s)James Roday
Dulé Hill
Steve Franks
Chris Henze
Kelly Kulchak
Producer(s)Chris Cheramie
Running time88 minutes
Production company(s)Pacific Mountain Productions
Thruline Entertainment
Universal Cable Productions
DistributorNBC Universal Television Distribution
Release
Original networkUSA Network
Original release
  • December 7, 2017 (2017-12-07)
Chronology
Preceded byPsych (2006-14)
Followed byPsych 2: Lassie Come Home (2020)

The film was directed by series creator Steve Franks, who co-wrote the script with Roday. Franks hopes to make five more sequels,[2] with the sequel, Psych 2: Lassie Come Home, debuting in 2020 on NBCUniversal's new streaming service, Peacock.

ProductionEdit

Once production on the dramedy series, Psych wrapped, series creator Steve Franks immediately had the idea to bring the Psych universe back in movie form later on. On May 8, 2017, USA Network confirmed that a TV movie would be produced.[3] Franks directed the movie and co-wrote it with series star James Roday. All the series main cast returned for the TV movie, with Zachary Levi portraying the main villain, "Thin White Duke",[4] while Jazmyn Simon – co-star Dulé Hill's real-life fiancée – plays Selene, a romantic interest for Gus.[5] and WWE wrestler Charlotte Flair portraying Heather Rockrear.[6] On June 28, 2017, former guest star Ralph Macchio joined the cast, reprising his role as Nick Conforth,[7] the police academy officer who trained Shawn and Gus in season 5. Principal photography took place from May 25 to June 18[8][9] in Vancouver, British Columbia. In addition, Kurt Fuller and Jimmi Simpson reprised their respective roles of Woody Strode and Mary Lightly.[10] The movie was released on December 7, 2017 on USA Network.[11] Timothy Omundson returned as Carlton "Lassie" Lassiter but suffered a stroke just before shooting was to begin. The movie was partially rewritten, with Omundson appearing in only one scene that was filmed outside the main shoot in Vancouver months later.[12]

PlotEdit

Three years after the series finale, Shawn, Gus and Juliet have relocated to San Francisco. After Juliet's partner Sam is shot, the Psych team attempts to find out who did it and why. Additionally, while a mysterious organization is blackmailing Juliet (by insinuating she has done something illegal), Shawn refuses to get married until he can locate his grandmother's stolen engagement ring, Chief Vick's daughter Iris has fallen in with a bad crowd, and Gus is being pursued by an attractive woman who uses all the best moves in his own playbook.

CastEdit

ReceptionEdit

RatingsEdit

The original American broadcast premiere of Psych: The Movie on USA Network received 1.26 million viewers and was the most watched scripted program of the day. It also achieved a demo of 0.5 in the 18-49 category, matching the demo from multiple season 8 episodes, while beating the demo scores of many USA Network original shows' episodes in 2017.[15] In the Nielsen Live+7 ratings, the film nabbed a 1.0 rating in adults 18-49 and 2.2 million viewers.[16]

Critical receptionEdit

Entertainment Weekly graded it with a "B+."[17] Danette Chavez of The A.V. Club gave it a "B" saying "Psych: The Movie is lively and lightweight, buoyed by Roday and Hill's bond, which hasn't diminished at all in the last three years. Its structure is classic Psych."[18] The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 100% approval rating based on 14 reviews.[19]

SequelEdit

At a Comic Con gathering, Steve Franks stated that he hoped to make five additional TV movies, and was looking to the Fast and Furious franchise for inspiration.[20] Psych: The Movie 2 was greenlit on February 14, 2019, with all the main cast confirmed to return.[21] The film was originally set to premiere later in 2019,[22] On September 17, 2019, it was announced that the sequel had been renamed Psych 2: Lassie Come Home and would instead be airing on NBCUniversal's new streaming service, Peacock. Consequently, the movie will only debut after the streaming service is launched.[23][24]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "'Psych: The Movie' Is Coming to USA Network December 7th". Retrieved 2017-10-07.
  2. ^ Agard, Chancellor (July 17, 2017). "Psych creator looks to Fast and Furious franchise for inspiration". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  3. ^ "Not a Drill: 'Psych: The Movie' Is Coming to USA Network This December". Retrieved 2017-05-08.
  4. ^ Ausiello, Michael (2017-06-14). "Psych Movie: Chucks Zachary Levi Joins Revival Cast as the Big Bad". tvline.com. TVLine Media. Retrieved 2017-06-18.
  5. ^ Ausiello, Michael (2017-06-22). "Psych Revival Enlists New Love Interest for Gus — and There's a (Fun!) Twist". tvline.com. TVLine Media. Retrieved 2017-06-22.
  6. ^ Gennis, Sadie (July 5, 2017). "Exclusive: Psych: The Movie Adds a WWE Superstar as Zachary Levi's Evil Sidekick". TV Guide. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  7. ^ Agard, Chancellor (2017-06-28). "Psych: The Movie: Ralph Macchio will reprise role in holiday special". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved 2017-06-28.
  8. ^ Nelson, Kirsten [@nelsonKirsten] (2017-05-25). "Congrats to all my lovelies on Day 1! See you soooooooon!!" (Tweet). Retrieved 2017-06-18 – via Twitter.
  9. ^ Hill, Dulé [@DuleHill] (2017-06-18). "...and that's a wrap. #PsychTheMovie #December2017 instagram.com/p/BVf4h1Oh6nJ/" (Tweet). Retrieved 2017-06-18 – via Twitter.
  10. ^ IMDB cast list
  11. ^ "Psych: The Movie: We Have an Airdate!". TV Line. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Psych: The Movie: Timothy Omundson Will Appear in "One of the Best Scenes"". Retrieved 2017-07-21.
  13. ^ "'Psych: The Movie' react: Will Shawn and Juliet ever tie the knot?". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  14. ^ Entertainment Weekly: Psych: The Movie Premiere Date Confirmed; John Cena cameo confirmed Entertainment Weekly, 7 October 2017. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  15. ^ Welch, Alex. "Thursday cable ratings: NBA Basketball and 'Thursday Night Football' lead the night". Zap2It. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  16. ^ Otterson, Joe. "'Psych' Movie Sequel Greenlit at USA Network". Variety. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  17. ^ Connolly, Kelly (December 7, 2017). "Psych: The Movie is a madcap holiday gift". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  18. ^ Chavez, Danette (December 7, 2017). "Psych: The Movie is irrepressible, surprisingly seasonal fun". The A.V. Club. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  19. ^ "Psych: The Movie (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. December 7, 2017. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  20. ^ Psych Creator Wants To Make 5 More Revival Movies TV Guide. 18 July 2017. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  21. ^ "Psych: The Movie Sequel Officially Greenlit at USA Network — Shawn and Gus Are Headed Back to [Spoiler]!". TVLine. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  22. ^ USA Network (February 14, 2019). "Psych: The Movie 2 Is Coming to USA Network Later This Year!". USA Network.
  23. ^ USA Network (February 14, 2019). "Psych: The Movie 2 Is Coming to USA Network Later This Year!". USA Network.
  24. ^ Andy Swift (September 17, 2019). "Psych Movie Sequel Gets a Doggone Cute New Title, Later Premiere Date Now on Peacock Streaming Service". TVLine.

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