The writing had been on the wall with the reduced episode order and the fact that series star Timothy Omundson just booked a pilot but now it’s official: USA Network has confirmed that their veteran series Psych will conclude with its current (eighth) season.
Created by Steve Franks, Psych follows the daily lives of Shawn Spencer and his best friend Gus as they perform their duties as consultants for the Santa Barbara Police Department. The only hitch is that everyone (except for Gus and his father Henry) believes that Shawn is a psychic detective, when in truth he is not and often requires the help of Henry and Gus to close the cases he is assigned. The drama series is produced by Universal Cable Productions and stars James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson, Maggie Lawson, Kirsten Nelson and Corbin Bernsen.
Following tonight’s episode, the series will go on a brief hiatus until February 26th when the series will return for five straight weeks, with the series finale set for March 26th. Airing immediately after the series finale on March 26th is the “Psych After Show,” a one-hour live show featuring a Q&A with the entire cast and show creator, Steve Franks. With the decision to end the series, Psych falls short of taking the crown as USA’s longest running series; instead it now shares the distinction with similarly themed predecessor Monk, which also ran for eight seasons.
Psych has made an indelible imprint on the television landscape, with a unique brand of comedy,” said Chris McCumber, President of USA Network. “The final season celebrates the iconic characters that have made this show so beloved, and will be an exclamation point on the series’ incredible run. And while the series will wrap in March somehow I don’t believe we’ve heard the last of Shawn and Gus.”
While Jeff Wachtel, President and Chief Content Officer for NBCU Cable Entertainment, added: “Psych is one of those rare projects that broke into the cultural mainstream. Its wild energy, fearless fun and engaging characters delivered an unrivaled series that will continue to be loved by fans for as long as there are ways to watch TV.”