January 10, 2012 4:15pm PT by Philiana Ng
'Psych' Renewed for Seventh Season
USA Network has given the go-ahead for a seventh season of Psych.
The cable network's longest-running series on air, starring James Roday and Dule Hill, will return for 16 more episodes.
Tuesday's announcement was done in a rather unique way. Beginning at 8 a.m., USA Network utilized Psych's Twitter and Facebook pages to introduce a pineapple puzzle, teasing fans that there would be a message when it was completed.
"We are always trying to find ways to reward our Psych brand ambassadors for their loyalty and passion and social media plays a critical role in how we connect with the people who matter most -- the fans,” said USA Network co-presidents Chris McCumber and Jeff Wachtel in a statement. "It was exciting to deliver this historical news to them first and before traditional media.”
The final piece to the puzzle unlocked a video featuring Roday and Hill announcing the pickup, during which Roday casually says, "Oh, and also, Psych is officially coming back for a seventh season, which is very cool, but I'm kinda working on this belt situation right now." Roday mentioned prior to the announcement that his character Shawn Spencer was eyeing a brown belt.
Psych wrapped up the first half of season 6 last December and will return for the final seven episodes of the year on Feb. 29. Its sixth season premiere launched to 3 million viewers in October.
Psych centers on fake psychic Shawn and his childhood friend Gus as they help the Santa Barbara Police Dept. solve odd crimes. Created by Steve Franks, the series co-stars Corbin Bernsen, Timothy Omundson, Maggie Lawson and Kirsten Nelson.