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CBS snags 'Psych's' James Roday for upcoming comedy

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According to the Hollywood Reporter on Monday, James Roday of USA Network’s “Psych” has signed to star in CBS’ “Good Session,” a comedy about a couple that seeks counseling about whether it’s time to have a baby or not.

The couple quickly learns there’s more that needs addressing than a disagreement about starting a family.

Roday will play Joel, a middle-school guidance counselor who thinks his marriage is perfect. Lindsay, Joel’s wife, is a jet-setting executive that has yet to be cast.

“Good Session” comes from Matt Miller, of NBC’s “Chuck,” who will write the pilot episode and exec produce with John Hamburg – who will direct the pilot – after that.

Rich Sommer of AMC’s “Mad Men” is also slated to star in “Good Session.”

After eight seasons, Roday’s “Psych” is winding down its final episodes on USA Network.

“Psych” co-star Maggie Lawson has signed with CBS to star in the upcoming “Save the Date,” another marriage comedy.

No word on when “Good Session” will debut, but filming will take place in Los Angeles.

The “Psych” series finale will air on March 26.

Personal Take

Roday as Shawn Spencer on “Psych” wasn’t as lovable and comfortable in the role at the beginning of the series as he was at the end. That’s not uncommon in Hollywood, but one has to wonder if the charm he developed along the way will translate from “Psych” to “Good Session” – or any other role, for that matter.

He might be one of those actors who will be forever plagued by the first role that made him famous.

You know, like Erik Estrada (“Chips”), Matthew Perry (“Friends”), and Sylvester Stallone (“Rocky” and “Rambo”).

“Psych” co-star Dulé Hill has proven he can crossover and shouldn’t have any problems finding another job.

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