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'Psych' season premiere date revealed as 'Psych: The Musical' airing looms

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USA Network announced on Monday that the eighth season of “Psych” will premiere on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014.

Like most of its previous seasons, “Psych” will include a long list of well known – albeit outdated – guest stars, including Anthony Michael Hall, Phylicia Rashad, Tom Arnold, Mira Sorvino, and Bruce Campbell.

The upcoming season opens with the pseudo-psychic Shawn Spencer and his loyal sidekick Burton Guster (Gus) in London where they run into Despereaux, played by returning guest star Cary Elwes.

Season 8 will also include a special remake of a “Psych” episode from Season 1 – “Cloudy With a Chance of Murder” – and a fan-selected episode – “A Nightmare on State Street” – directed by James Roday, who plays Shawn.

Fans will only get 10 episodes in the show’s eighth season, which will also include a directorial debut episode from Kirsten Nelson, who plays Chief Karen Vick, who, last we saw, had been relieved of duty.

“Psych” fans won’t have to wait much longer for a dose of Shawn and Gus; “Psych: The Musical” airs this Sunday, Dec. 15, at 8 p.m. in Provo.

Personal Take

It’s too bad the upcoming “Psych” season is only 10 episodes, it deserves many more. Putting the show’s premiere in January is yet another puzzling shift in the show’s airing schedule, which has not been regular for the past few seasons.

Seasons 1 through 5 had season premiere dates in July or August, while Seasons 6 and 7 had premiere dates in October and February, respectively.

Could the recent season-premiere shifting dates be a sign that the show is on its last legs?

Based on the strength of Season 7’s episodes, it wouldn’t seem so.

Not that any of that really matters. Whenever the USA Networks suits choose to air “Psych” is a time for Psych-Os to rejoice.

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