Update: USA has issued a press release about the additional episodes and Comic-con events
USA ORDERS TWO ADDITIONAL EPISODES OF Psych –
FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, THE SERIES’ AVID FANS GET TO VOTE ON A STORYLINE, SET TO AIR IN SEASON EIGHT
Cast Makes Triumphant Return to San Diego with an Exclusive Midnight Screening of "Psych: The Musical" and Comic-Con® Panel Discussion,
Moderated by Cult Hero Cary Elwes
LOS ANGELES – June 26, 2013– USA Network, the #1 cable network, is giving Psych-Os what they want: more Psych episodes! Due to the extraordinary popularity of the show, the network has ordered two additional episodes for the eighth season, and, for the first time ever, fans will have the opportunity to vote for one they want to see appear on-air. The results will be announced when Psych makes its fifth annual return to San Diego’s Comic Con® on July 18.
- TELETHON - In a classic "whodunit?” case with a PSYCH twist, Shawn and Gus investigate a murder that Shawn is convinced was committed by the beloved host of Santa Barbara's annual Children's Hospital Telethon. There's only one problem – the host was seen by hundreds of thousands of people on live television during the exact time the murder occurred elsewhere. Can Shawn steal the show, poke a hole in this rock-solid alibi, and prove the host did it? Or will Shawn fail in front of his biggest audience yet?
- DREAM THERAPY - From acclaimed director James Roday ("Mr. Yin Presents…", "Heeeeere's Lassie"), comes a new vision in terror: "Nightmare on State Street!” In the episode, an exhausted Gus enters dream therapy to understand the cause of his recent night terrors. But after this, nothing is ever again what it seems... He soon realizes that in dreams, no one can hear you scream!
- FOOD TRUCK - When the well-known owner of a beloved Santa Barbara food truck is mysteriously murdered, Shawn and Gus, fans of delicious flavor, are determined to solve the crime as only they can. They go undercover as proprietors of the PSYCH Naptime Food Truck, and soon discover that the high-profit world of Santa Barbara's mobile food business is cutthroat, insular and a place of many secrets – many of them worth killing for.
The results of the fan vote will be announced in San Diego where PSYCH kicks off two days of activations starting on July 17 with an exclusive midnight screening of the highly anticipated “PSYCH: The Musical,” a two-hour special episode airing this winter on USA. The following day, the network will host a characteristically hilarious PSYCH panel during Comic-Con with the winning storyline revealed by the cast.
Hosted at the Reading Cinema in the Gaslamp district, the advance screening festivities will begin the afternoon of Wednesday, July 17, and will continue with a not-to-be-missed late-night party. Fans at the event will have an exclusive opportunity to download a track from the musical, made available as part of a partnership with Shazam. The event will be free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Psych fans can register here to attend: http://www.usanetwork.com/content/psych-the-musical.
On Thursday, July 18, the Comic-Con panel will be moderated by cult hero Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride), who will be guest starring in PSYCH, once again, as Despereaux this coming season. Panelists include James Roday, Dulé Hill, Corbin Bernsen, Maggie Lawson and Timothy Omundson, along with Kirsten Nelson. Also joining the panel are creator and executive producer Steve Franks, and executive producers Chris Henze and Kelly Kulchak. The panel is open to all registered Comic-Con guests.
In April, USA ordered five additional Psych scripts. Now the network has decided to produce two additional episodes, extending the eighth season to ten episodes. According to Deadline, USA has already decided to produce one of the new scripts. Fans will choose the other one, voting on which of three potential storylines they would most like to see. The winning episode will be announced at the show's panel at San Diego Comic-Con on July 18.
Psych-os can cast their votes now through July 12 on the USA website.