was wondering you guys have such
great chemistry on the show does
that come naturally? —Karen
Jackson with Starpulse.com
I think so; I think it comes naturally.
From the time we first got together
there was a good vibe there, and
we’ve had a cast that continued
to grow with it. I think even off
screen we get along very well. The
cast as a whole we like hanging
out with each, making each other
laugh, going out having dinner,
playing poker, playing mafia. It’s
just us up there in Vancouver, so
if we didn’t get along then
I think it would show itself on
screen. So I would say it comes
I agree with all of that.
just have to say right quick "Lights,
Camera... Homicido" was on
repeat at my house for the longest—love
that episode. And just finished
seeing the premiere a couple of
nights ago, and I couldn’t
help but wonder while I was watching
is there anything, in your guys’
opinions, that would cause Gus to
say no more? Is there anything that
Shawn could do that would just drive
Gus over the edge and Gus would
just have to take a stand and say
no, I’m just not going to
do that? Icess Fernandez with the
blog Writing to Insanity
I don’t know if there is anything
that Shawn could do. I do think
there is something that Jeff Wachtel
and Bonnie Hammer could do--if they
say the show is over they maybe
might see Gus say no more.
But no, I don’t think so.
I think they’ve been together
for so long they’re like brothers.
I think a major part of Gus really
enjoys going along on the journeys
that Shawn takes him, but just doesn’t
want to come out of his face and
actually admit. He always wants
to say this is wrong and we shouldn’t
be doing this, but I think he would
go pretty much wherever Shawn leads
him, and I don’t think Shawn
would lead him to far off the ledge.
I think there’s like a nice
little balance there.
I think if there was going to be
something that caused him to say
that it would have happened already.
Shawn has done some pretty whacked
stuff to him, so I think he’s
in. I think he’s in at this
is your Friday treating you? —Courtney
Shink with Raked Reviews
It’s treating me well.
Not bad. I woke up, I have friendly
voices on the other end of the line;
I got nowhere to go but down.
Speaking of which, a little bit
of trivia. It’s a little bit
of trivia. I’m actually, after
this phone call, I’m going
to the wedding of Matt Cedeño,
who was on "Homicidio".
There’s a little bit of trivia.
I’m going there this afternoon,
speaking of Friday. He’s getting
I’ll be danged.
Well I have a quick question for
you. I think there’s a danger
in comedy when you go across a number
of seasons that you could become
predictable or stale. How do you
guys keep this show so fresh? —Courtney
Shink with Raked Reviews
It’s a good question, and
I think part of the answer is that
all of us, from producers to writers
to actors and everybody, is sort
of hyper aware of what you just
said. You couldn’t have a
group that was sort of more acutely
aware of not getting complacent,
of recognizing how important it
is to not become predictable and
to not get stale, because it happens
to so many other shows. And so when
we go to break stories and we’re
on set it sort of pushes us, quite
frankly, to not settle for stuff
that feels like it could be better
and that’s sort of the way
we’ve been treating the show
from the beginning.
while it may get more and more challenging
the longer that we last the truth
is we don’t ever want to be
considered one of those shows that
dropped off after season blank and
then was just sort of on autopilot
until the end. And I don’t
think anyone will ever sort of break
in that regard; we’ll always
continue to challenge each other
and make sure that everybody is
working as hard as they possibly
And I think it’s very easy
to, I guess, just to do what you
think works. I think, as Roday was
saying, we keep challenging ourselves
to keep raising the bar, to keep
staying engaged, and even as the
actors on the set to keep staying
connected and staying alive each
time we do it.
then also I think certain things
we try to make sure we don’t
run certain things to the ground,
like Gus is not going to run screaming
out every episode. After you find
yourself doing certain things for
a while you kind of say okay, let’s
go someplace else with it to keep
the characters alive.
The next question is from Lina Lamoray
with Lina Lamoray Magazine. Please
guys. —Lina Lamoray with
Lina Lamoray Magazine
Look at you naming your magazine
know. Okay, "American Duos"
has to be my favorite episode. What
was it like working with Tim Curry
and the rest of the guest stars?
Oh, wow, it was great. First of
all, just the fact that Roday and
Tim Curry went into a little back
and forth saying, “No.”
You couldn’t really beat that.
You’re working with a comic
genius, a great actor, along with
Gina Gershon too, it was great.
And then having John Landis direct,
as I said before, for myself it
was one of the all time great moments
for me on Psych.
It was a blast of an episode and
it was cast perfectly. It was just
one of those things where all the
pieces came together and you just
sort of sat back and pinched yourself
a little bit, because you’re
like I can’t believe this
is A, happening, and B, like episode
one of season two. So the planets
definitely aligned on that one.
guys, it’s great to hear some
Without A Clue love there.
—Rafe Telsh with WidescreenWarrior.com
Thanks, man. Everybody should go
rent that movie. I’m just
putting that out there, because
that’s such a little gem.
came up with a little trickier question,
because your show’s Twitter
feed said they were tired of hearing
the same questions over and over
again. Both of you play characters
who are more complicated than they
first appear, like it would be easy
to play Shawn as just this grifting
slacker but there’s more to
him than that. What do each of you
think is your character’s
most difficult trait to capture
and what moment in the show has
allowed that character element to
shine? —Rafe Telsh with
Well that’s very insightful
and thoughtful indeed. For me I
would say the most challenging thing
about playing Shawn is the tight
wire act between slacker and man
child, and then also somebody that
you really do want to invest in
emotionally and like every week.
And the line between wanting to
rub his head and slap his face is
very, very, very thin. And sort
of walking that line and always
knowing when to stop is sort of
the most challenging on a day-to-day
In terms of like a single event
that sort of helped me with that
I would say probably when we brought
Shawn’s mother onto the show,
first episode of season three. Kind
of we peeled back a layer that I
think by tapping into it has allowed
that sort of tight wire act to get
a little easier just because you
sort of saw a side of him that was
way vulnerable that he didn’t
have complete control over. And
once we sort of put that out there
I think it made things a little
bit easier in terms of the balancing
And then just for myself is one
I don’t I guess get too cerebral
with my character, so I don’t
really think about it like that
too often. I guess when a question
comes up it makes me think about
it, but in my day-to-day action
on the set I don’t really
process it I just do it.
would say I guess for me it would
be that Gus to not make him too
nerdy but not make him too cool,
because he is a nerd. But at the
same time you want him to be cool
also, and I think too far in either
direction would change the dynamic
of the show. So it’s always
trying to find that balance of cool
nerdiness or nerdy coolness or something
like that. That would be my answer
I talked to James a little while
ago you kind of gave me the may
or may not be a werewolf episode.
I was wondering if at this point
there are any may or may not things
you would tell us about what’s
going to happen. —Marc
Eastman with areyouscreening.com
Well there may or may not be a continuation
of the story that capped off our
season last year, An Evening With
And there may or may not be something
There may or may be our biggest
guest star ever appearing on the
show down the stretch. And we may
or may not be getting another dose
of what Gus’ hair looked like
in the ‘90s. How’s that?
question is kind of weird, but forgive
me. If Shawn and Gus went camping
and they ran into a clan of hungry,
angry cannibals what would the plan
be to fight them off? And would
Gus’ wicked dance moves or
maybe his random knowledge come
into play somehow? —Josh
Bozeman with thebluesite.com
I would say first Shawn would probably
try to do some kind of psychic intervention
to lead them on a place for much
better food. And then Gus would
come in and talk about the nutritional
principals of the food they were
going to get instead of the make-up
of eating Shawn and Gus together.
Because eating the two of us together
wouldn’t be good, but eating
what we’re going to go and
get would be that much better. And
I think there would be a diatribe
about how dark meat is far worse
for you than white mean, which Shawn
of course would take and run with
until he realizes that they’re
doing a pretty good sales job on
white meat and now everybody is
just looking at him. At which point
Gus would have to create a diversion,
and you would end up with us running
as fast as our legs would carry
us and probably screaming bloody
Yes. At the top of our lungs at
the highest pitch possible.
Our next question is from Please
Roberts Hello, guys. I love the
show and I love you guys together.
Thank you. We love you.
said what your favorite episode
was, but you guys have done so many
great things together on the show
what has been your favorite like
moment on the show? —Stacy
Roberts with Seriously? OMG!
Well since we’ve already sort
of thrown out the "Duos"
thing a couple of times I’ll
try to name one that doesn’t
involve us dressing up and singing
at the end of that episode. I don’t
There are so many.
There are so many good ones, but
I think back at some of the early
ones just because they were the
moments that sort of helped set
the tone and define the series.
I think it was a lot harder to come
by moments like that in the early
episodes, as opposed to now when
we’ve been doing it so long.
I’ll say the scene in "Forgive
Me Not" where we were pretending
to be doctors from other countries
and spoke in the ticktock language
to the zoo doctor. I think for where
we were in the series that was pretty
Yes. I would have to agree with
that; that was one of the classic
moments. It wasn’t planned
to go as far as it did, and Mel
Damski just let us run with it and
it turned into that where we just
were-- I don’t even know how
we were communicating, but we were
doing some kind of language to each
other that kept on going.
wanted to thank James specifically
right now, because I recently posted
pictures of him grocery shopping
in Vancouver on my website and you
made my site go crazy. You’re
a major sex symbol. —Rosa
Cordero with accidentialsexiness.com
Thank you. I guess I was out of
vitamin water, huh?
my question is at Comic Con you
guys mentioned something about a
musical episode and also there was
a mention of a possible porn spoof.
And so I wanted to let you guys
know if you did do the porn spoof
I have a lot of volunteers. —Rosa
Cordero with accidentialsexiness.com
Oh, okay. Tell them they’re
welcome to come join us.
at the front of the line. —Rosa
Cordero with accidentialsexiness.com
Okay. Sounds good to me.
That’s awesome. Thank you.
the musical episode—are you
guys really going to do a musical?
—Rosa Cordero with accidentialsexiness.com
I would say yes. If we can last
a little bit longer you’ll
definitely get a musical episode
before all is said and done.
was wondering in the new episode
you work with Cary Elwes. What was
that like and were there any Dread
Pirate Roberts jokes going on? —Jay
Jacobs with PopEntertainment.com
We went pretty light on him. We
went pretty light on him with The
Princess Bride jokes. He came
in and he was very focused and he
wanted to do a really good job.
He had given his character a lot
of thought, and that was sort of
enough for us, I think, just seeing
an actor of that caliber come in
and be definitely sort of concerned
and tuned in as he was. I mean don’t
get me wrong; we had a great time
with him and he was a blast to work
with, but we didn’t rib him
in season three we got to see a
lot more of the serious side of
the characters. Are we going to
get more of that in season four?
—Eleanor Greeley with Spoiler
Yes, a little bit. You don’t
ever want to go too far in that
direction, because I think people
have plenty of shows that they watch
to watch people be serious. I think
at the end of the day it’s
always going to be important for
us to mostly deliver what has made
us successful, but there will definitely
be episodes this year where you
see us flip our serious switches.
Gus has a serious jackal switch
where it’s still a jackal
but it’s a serious jackal.
Yes. That will have to make its
way out some time this year.
multi-parter. What has it been like
to be on USA Network, and I was
wondering if you think kind of there’s
any big differences being on cable?
And also, kind of related to that,
do you guys ever feel like you’re
kind of in friendly competition
with newer series, other multiple
of detective, spy, comedy series?
—Rachel Levy with SideReel
From my side I think it’s
great on USA. They really take the
time to nurture their shows, they
give you the chance to grow, and
they give you the freedom to try
different things. I would say everyone
over there at USA, Jeff Wachtel,
Bonnie Hammer, they all are very
brilliant at what they do and they
know what works. They know what
works for their network and their
track record proves it.
terms of like feeling in competition
I myself don’t. I always feel
that your journey is your journey
and what’s good for one is
good for all. If the network is
doing well then it’s great
for all of us, so if they have a
show that comes and premiers well
great; that makes us that much more
stronger. As long as we can hold
down our spot then I think we can
keep going along for a good ...
Yes. I think what we do is fairly
unique on Psych, and we just have
to keep doing that because that’s
what got us where we are. So you
can’t really worry about any
other show, whether it’s on
USA or not. You have to stay true
to yourselves and hope that people
keep watching, and in the meantime
just be, like Dulé said,
just be happy for the family because
it seems like everything they churn
out right now turns to gold.
don’t have any zombie or porn
questions, but now that you’ve
had your first experience at Comic
Con how was it for you guys? I know
it was great for us fans to see
you, but how did you enjoy Comic
Con? —Rae Hanson with
I actually loved it. I wished that
I wasn’t so tired, because
we had worked the night before in
Vancouver and we flew down to LA
I guess Wednesday and then I got
up and flew to Comic Con Thursday
morning. So I was pretty exhausted,
so I wish I had more energy to be
able to walk around. So I’m
hoping to be able to go back next
year and make sure I get some rest.
I enjoyed it. It was great being
there with all the fans and seeing
people’s reactions. I enjoyed
seeing the different outfits that
I did see. Hopefully we’ll
get a chance to do it for many more
Yes, I was absolutely blown away.
I mean working up in Vancouver,
to an extent, sort of puts us in
a bubble. To be able to come face-to-face
with our fans and see their reaction
I felt like the fourth Jonas Brother
and I feel like Dulé was
the fifth black Jonas Brother.
though it was only for an hour it
was just an overwhelming, heartwarming
response. I don’t want to
go as far as to say it’s like
a validating thing, but you really
sort of felt for a moment there
like wow what we’re doing
is connecting with people, and that’s
the best feeling you can have as
an artist for sure.
Chelsea Daigle with Music, Movies,
Mayhem. Please go ahead.
The mayhem. I want to talk about
right. Well this question is for
both of you. If you had the opportunity
to choose some music for a Psych
soundtrack what are a few tracks
that would make the cut? —Chelsea
Daigle with Music, Movies, Mayhem
For a Psych soundtrack?
Shout would be on there.
Shout would be on there. I guess
I would say Pass the Dutchie by
Musical Youth. Oh, Man in the Mirror.
Man in the Mirror. I would give
Priscilla Ahn a shout out.
What’s that one where it goes
ahhh, it’s a Hall and Oates
one, “I’ll do anything
that you want me to.”
I Can’t Go For That.
And Priscilla Ahn’s A Good
Day that’s the song that played
when Lassiter broke up with his
ex-wife. That probably should be
on there. Maybe at the end.
what I want to know is if people
haven’t started watching Psych
yet why should they tune in now?
—Traci Grant with TheStarScoop.com
Well there’s so much serious
stuff going on in the world I think
it’s a great show to come
and sit back, put your feet up,
and laugh for a little bit; just
clear your minds. I think anyone
who comes and watches this show
definitely laughs out loud at least
once, so if you’re looking
to just step away from all the stress
for a second then I would say check
know we’re like kids in a
candy store, and it kind of brings
people back to a time in their youth
when people just dared to do anything,
and that’s what we do on Psych.
And there are so few rules that
we have to follow in terms of making
this show. I don’t think there
are a lot of other shows out there
where one week you’re wearing
chaps and spurs and riding a horse
and the next week you’re running
from a potato sack headed killer
chasing you into the woods with
a machete, and yet you’re
still laughing both times. I think
it’s a pretty unique little
hybrid; it has something for everyone.
going to go back to the American
Werewolf episode. You wrote that,
James. Right? —Drucilla
Moorhouse with E Online
Yes. I co-wrote that with my best
friend Todd Harthan.
Can you talk more about it? It was
my favorite movie of all time. And
is John Landis directing? —Drucilla
Moorhouse with E Online
Wow. I’m right there with
you; it’s definitely one of
my favorite movies of all time.
The original plan was to have Landis
direct it for obvious reasons. He
is off directing a feature in England
right now. So we got the incomparable
Andrew Bernstein to step in in his
place, who did a fantastic job,
who Dulé has known since
his West Wing days.
not unlike Tuesday the 17th; it’s
an episode that needs to sort of
stand on its own feet, but will
definitely have moments where we’re
winking and nodding and proclaiming
our love for the original. But it
has its own little story and its
own little twists and turns.
having David Naughton on set was
enough for me, because I got to
pick his brain for the better part
of a week and ended up getting a
signed picture of him mid-transformation
with the elongated torso reaching
up at me. That’s getting framed
and going on a wall.
was wondering how has the success
of this show changed your life?
—Karen Jackson with Starpulse.com
Well for myself it hasn’t
really changed that much, because
I had come from the West Wing before.
So West Wing had more of a bigger
change in terms of my daily life
than going from West Wing to Psych.
The only thing I would say there’s
more fans, because the audience
in terms of regular life I wouldn’t
say it’s that much. I guess
doing the show has changed my life
because I’m in Vancouver six
months out of the year. So you’re
kind of battling that being settled
in one place, because by the time
that I come home and I get settled
in LA and used to being home and
having my home life I now have to
go back to Vancouver and live six
months up there. But there are worse
things I can be going through, so
I’m not complaining at all.
My socks and underwear don’t
have holes in them anymore. That
was a big deal for me.
I just wanted to know with your
vast knowledge about show biz basically
and obviously you’ve done
some work on writing before, would
you guys think about anything in
the future that you would like to
possibly write or direct? Maybe
a new version of Twin Peaks, knock
on wood, because I really loved
that show too. —Jennifer
Iaccino with Media Blvd Magazine
Well in terms of writing, I think
in the future you will see me writing
something called Nothing; it will
be a blank piece of paper with nothing
written on it, because I have no
ambition to write so that’s
not going to be happening. I’ll
leave all that up to James Roday.
Yes. I feel like this have been
an invaluable sort of experience
for me, because I’ve managed
to kind of cut my teeth doing all
of the things that I do aspire to
do. Hopefully by the time this show
has a long and successful run I’ll
have sort of banked enough stuff
to sort of go out there and get
myself another gig writing or directing.
can tell you that when we do the
Twin Peaks episode it will probably
either be myself or Steve Franks
directing, and the two of us will
certainly write it because I don’t
think anyone else knows half as
much about that show as we do. So
I don’t think we would feel
comfortable handing it off, unless
David Lynch wanted to come in and
direct, in which case we’d
make an exception.
was wondering you’ve had a
ton of fantastic guest stars. Who
would you like to see on the show
and who do you think they would
play? —Courtney Shink
with Raked Reviews
My answer is going to stay the same
until we get him on. The answer
is David Bowie, and anybody he wants
is whom he will play.
Dulé: And for myself I would
like to get someone like Chris Tucker
on the show. It would be great if
he could play some kind of, I mean
he could play anybody he wanted
to also, but he could play some
kind of relative of mine or something.
It would be a lot of fun.
I think David Bowie could also play
David Bowie if he wanted to, and
Shawn and Gus could just have an
episode where they hung out with
I think David Bowie could play Mr.
Guster in season five.
There you go—because we change
my dad all the time. Like dude,
your daddy is David Bowie.
That would be fantastic.