2:30pm PT by Kate Stanhope
'Psych' Reunion Movie a Go at USA Network
The Psych gang is getting back together.
The cast of the long-running USA Network comedy will reunite for a two-hour TV movie.
Set to premiere in December, Psych: The Movie picks up three years after the event of the finale when the group comes together during the holidays after a mystery assailant targets one of their own.
Stars James Roday and Dule Hill will both reprise their roles as BFFs Shawn and Gus, along with castmembers Timothy Omundson, Maggie Lawson, Corbin Bernsen and Kirsten Nelson. (The logline also promises the return of some fan-favorite characters.) Roday also co-wrote Psych: The Movie with series creator Steve Franks, who will also direct the special.
Franks, Roday and Hill will executive produce with Tagline Pictures' Chris Henze and Kelly Kulchak. Universal Cable Productions, which produced the original series, will once again produce in association with Tagline.
The news comes more than three years after the quirky detective series wrapped its eight-season run on USA. A cult favorite, Psych still stands as one of the cabler's longest-running original series, producing 122 episodes.
This also marks the second such special for Psych, which also produced a two-hour movie musical aptly called Psych: The Musical in 2013.
"Psych is a beloved part of our USA family, and what better time to reunite with family than the holidays.” Chris McCumber, entertainment networks president for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, said Monday in a statement. “Steve and James have taken the unique brand of comedy that the series honed over eight seasons and packed it in to a two-hour movie that successfully rekindles one of the greatest bro-mances in television history.”
The move marks a return to USA's roots. Despite finding early success with character-driven procedurals like Psych, Burn Notice and Royal Pains, in recent years, the network has shifted towards darker, edgier programming such as the award-winning Mr. Robot and the upcoming psychological thriller The Sinner.
However, USA still has half-hour comedy Playing House, and the long-running procedural Suits, which will welcome Hill onboard as a series regular in season seven.
While Hill was most recently seen on CBS' canceled legal drama Doubt, Roday has been busy behind the camera, directing episodes of Fox's Rosewood, Syfy's forthcoming Blood Drive (which also hails from UCP) and CBS' Rush Hour, on which Franks served as showrunner.
“Psych has an absolutely phenomenal and constantly refreshing fan base. We couldn’t be more thrilled to gift our Psych-os this holiday season with Psych: The Movie,” said UCP president Jeff Wachtel. “Steve, James, Dule and the rest of the gang are all returning for a delightful holiday movie that will not — nay, dare not — disappoint!”
Reunions and revivals continue to prove popular on the small screen. Showtime is getting ready to unveil the Twin Peaks revival later this month. In the fall, NBC has the highly anticipated Will & Grace revival, while Fox recently greenlighted a second reboot of The X-Files. There's also a Roseanne revival in the works.