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Fake psychic Shawn Spencer (James Roday) and his skeptical best friend Gus ( Dule Hill) are on the case in the fresh and quirky runaway hit Psych!. A Fans of the show know that you can't fake the relationship that James Roday and Dule Hill share on screen and it helps that the two are often. Joining Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dulé Hill), the trio is in a race She's happily married and her daughter was.
The Bromance The relationship between James Roday's Shawn Spencer and Dule Hill's Burton Guster was the engine that drove the show; it was basically a buddy-cop movie from the '80s, except that it was made at a time when those films had already had a generation or two to ripen and become part of the cultural vernacular. The result was a show that reveled in a sense of nostalgia but still felt surprisingly current, attracting a wide variety of fans who loved the show for different reasons.
The way the relationship between Shawn and Gus drove the show was never more evident than in the final season, as the show struggled with wrapping up Gus's storyline; he'd always been somebody who wanted to settle down and have a "normal" life, but Season Eight was a journey of realization that he was better off with Shawn than he would have been on his own.
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The Romance Sure, they had the typical "will they or won't they" trope -- but they did so without ever really allowing the non-relationship to detract from the central plot.
The Other Romances Shawn's high school sweetheart Abigail Lytar was an enormously likable character, as was Declan Rand, with whom Juliet had a brief relationship.
It probably helped that Rachael Leigh Cook and Nestor Carbonell are great character actors, but it was more than that: Declan lost out to Shawn simply because he was Shawn and it was destiny, while Abigail left Shawn after a serial killer put her life in danger and she realized that the value Shawn gave to the community outweighed their relationship Theme Episodes There were so many theme episodes, so well done, that even before the head trip that was " A Nightmare on State Street ," featuring zombies, Tears For Fears's Curt Smith and Bruce Campbell, we had a list of the ten best.
It was something that started to really define the series fairly early on, with Abigail being introduced for the first time in a John Hughes homage episode, complete with the line "Can I borrow your underpants? The Villains On police procedurals, it often tends to happen that recurring villains are more of a liability than a benefit.
It made the wait worth it. Does him having a relationship affect the friendship between Shawn and Gus? Part Deux to find that answer. I think it will affect him, but it will be very enjoyable to the fans.
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Zachary Levi plays the antagonist in Psych: The Movie, which is a genius idea. How did that happen? We would run into him a lot at NBC functions. Then when we discovered he could sing like a bird, we got the bright idea of writing him a part in the Psych musical, which because of scheduling did not come to fruition.
How did that affect the movie, let alone you as a close-knit group? Obviously, our hearts were with Tim and everything else was secondary to that.
The fact we were doing it for Tim is what allowed us to stay as focused and turn it over as quickly as we did. I was the last person that anybody at our network or on our show expected to direct a Christmas episode, so I felt like I should toss my hat in the ring and give that a try. And then, once we have a concept and a story, because I usually write the ones I direct as well, I do generally try to marginalize Shawn, as much as I can, and put the focus on the other actors, which is twofold.
That allows me more time to focus on making it look as good as possible, and I love watching my co-stars work. It was so much fun. It was such a joy to watch him tackle that.
He went full Jack [Nicholson] and had so much fun. I wish we could do it for them more often.
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The longer that we last, I suspect that we will. And then, our season finale is a little bit of an homage to Chinatown. French Stewart guest stars and plays a wonderfully weird little character. Things are in the works to make that one happen.
It takes such an unbelievable amount of work to pull it off, and I think show creator Steve [Franks] would say the same thing. When are we going to be able to make this happen? Are you surprised at how badly people seem to want to see a Clue episode? I would say yes, normally, except that I dated a girl in college who was so obsessed with that movie that it exposed me to the level of fandom that exists.
I was educated as to the true cult status that that movie has. There are many of us. I certainly dig the movie. We really wanted to do something with David Bowie, and one of the original pitches for a vampire episode was to make it more like The Hunger because that would be the perfect way to get Bowie on the show. I think we finally had to raise the white flag on that one. But, one door closes and another door opens.
By doing the version that we did, we were able to put the original Buffy Kristy Swanson on the show, and then have her fall in love with Lassiter Tim Omundson. It gave us its own gifts.