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Sing along with Psych...
Psych, the USA network comic mystery going into its 100th episode, may have ended last season on a cliffhanger with the shooting of Henry Spenser (Corbin Bernsen), but the cast has something to sing about.
At a crowded San Diego Comic Con panel Thursday, stars James Roday and Dule Hill broke into two songs they've made up on-set: "The Boom from the Bottom Song," about the boom operator's job, and "We Are Out of Here," which goes with the last shot on an episode.
The show will get even more musical this season with a double-length episode to be shot in October entirely in song. In comments after the panel, Roday described it as something "we've been talking about for a very long time." Hill is looking forward to the "change-up" after 100 episodes. The cast will all be singing--something Maggie Lawson expressed a note of nervousness about--although Roday mentioned the possibility of dubbing for comic purposes. Creator Steve Franks told the panel he wouldn't mind seeing it wind up on Broadway.
Other coming episodes mentioned at the panel and afterwards included a Bigfoot story told entirely with "found footage" (which, from clips shown at the panel, looks like it could be the show's strangest moment), a trip to Mexico (shot in the show's usual Vancouver filming locale, Franks notes), a Clue parody for the 100th episode, and, of course, the cliffhanger resolution ("I don't know if I have a job," Bernsen, wearing a question mark T-shirt, says, although I don't know that many fans believed him). Guests will include Kristy Swanson, Cybill Shepherd, Garrett Morris, Leslie Ann Warren, Jeffrey Tambor, and Steve Valentine.
The romance between Shawn and Juliet will slowly continue. How far is yet to be determined, but Franks said he wouldn't be worried about it leading to the altar--story-wise. "It's not the central relationship of the show; the central relationship is Shawn and Gus," he said. Lawson teased that Juliet and Lassiter will develop their relationship "in ways you can't imagine. There is a bubble bath involved." Hill will also have a romantic storyline this season, and Chief Vick's husband will appear.
Are the actors anything like their characters? In panel discussions, they do sound a bit like their TV counterparts, with Roday even appearing to shoot Lawson a look as she mentions how handsome guest star John Cena is.
"There is certainly a dark, serious side to Tim that is used by Lassiter," Timothy Omundsen says, noting that he and Lassie share ego and "enjoy shooting stuff." Huh? Marksmanship training is a part of his preparations for playing permanently wired cop Clayton Lassiter, and he was even noting the shooting skills of a journalist during interviews. "I'm okay. I'm not going to say I'm super-good." Omundsen says he'd also wanted to try tap dancing, a skill Lassiter pursued on the show.
At the panel, Hill told a fan that Burton "Gus" Guster's "stealth mode" was something he utilized in real life, and the cast noted that Hill is fussy about people handling his food (Can't you imagine Gus doing that?). Hill says he's not quite as geeky as Gus, but said he believes "every level of geek has some coolness in them" and vice versa.
"In my head, I have a fabulous life," Kristen Nelson, the show's authority figure as Chief Vick, says. On the panel, she ruminated about her character's VCR choices, including The Big Bang Theory, The Closer, and nineties music videos.
The panel also included fans vying on Psych trivia as the cast sipped pineapple juice, referring to the show's pineapple cameos.
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