Today's cuppa: Scottish breakfast tea at home, coffee in the hotel
Below find my syndicated feature story on tonight's season premiere of USA's "Psych," which is a hoot. And I just might be home watching it again on the HDTV tonight.
just left the mixing stage,” says “Psych” creator Steve Franks. “We mixed our
season premiere, which is very exciting.”
Friday, Aug. 7, USA Network’s faux-psychic comedy-mystery series returns for a
fourth season. It’s still set in Santa Barbara, Calif., but the season premiere
episode is set where the series has always been filmed — the Canadian province
of British Columbia.
Franks, “(Producer) Andy Berman and I came up with it while I was directing the
sea lion episode last year. We were in the van every day, going to all our
sets, and we kept saying, ‘OK, We’re going to do the British Columbia episode.' "
starring Cary Elwes (“The Princess Bride," picture below and to the right) as an elusive art thief,
“Extradition: British Columbia” also allows series stars James Roday, who plays
fake psychic and private eye Shawn Spencer, and Dule Hill, who plays his
childhood pal and partner Burton “Gus” Guster, to show off their best
snow-bunny looks (Hill on the left in the picture above, Roday on the right.)
was a lot of fun for Franks as well.
sitting there, scouting locations,” he says, “and I’m riding the chairlift to
the top of Whistler, and I’m like, ‘Wow, this is a job I should not be allowed
to have.’ “
to what the overall plan is for the year, Franks says, “We’re just trying to
take what we did last year and build on it. We went a little darker here and
there; we got a little more emotional.
can get away with, on the silly side and on the intense side.
this year we’re going to do a Bollywood episode. Oh, yeah.”
refers to the prolific film industry based in Mumbai, India,
co-wrote it with Anupam Nigam, our Indian writer,” Franks says. “I’ve been
telling him for years that I’m going to make him write a Bollywood episode, and
it seemed like the perfect time.”
to Franks, Jay Chandrasekhar (“Super Troopers,” “Chuck,” “Lipstick Jungle”) is
directing, and he’s called on a family member to flesh out the cast.
got the guy from ‘Heroes,’ ” says Franks, referring to Sendhil Ramamurthy, who
plays Mohinder Suresh on the NBC sci-fi drama.
is disturbingly good-looking,” Franks says. “But he was great. He’s actually
one of Jay’s cousins. He was the dream guy to get for it, so it worked out very
who is also an actor, plays a role in addition to his directing duties in the
episode. But the fun doesn’t end there.
theme song for “Psych” is “I Know You Know,” performed by the Friendly Indians,
Franks’ band. It’s been reworked for episodes in the past (including a
Christmas theme and a Spanish version), and it’s getting changed again for
doing the theme song in Hindi,” Franks says, “which will be even more fun. It’s
disturbing, because I haven’t gotten to the things that I’m going to have to do
to sing the song. It scares me, because it was hard enough for me to do the
it’s all very loose translations of it. It’s the same idea. There’s no literal
translation for the song.”
you think Franks and crew can’t top Bollywood, think again. Also in the works
is an episode called “Let’s Get Hairy,” co-written by Roday and set to air in
October just before Halloween.
walks into the Psych office,” Franks says, “and says, ‘Please don’t listen to
me, but I think I’m a werewolf,’ which will be fun.”
there’s still more, with an episode that digs into the past of Shawn’s nemesis,
Santa Barbara Police Department Detective Carlton Lassiter (Timothy Omundson).
doing a Western this year in the first five episodes,” Franks says. “It’s
called ‘High Noon-ish,’ and basically Lassiter drags Shawn and Gus out into the
middle of the desert.
is convinced he’s finally snapped, and he’s going to kill them, and it turns
out there’s this town where Lassiter has known the sheriff since he was a kid.
Some things have been happening in the town, and they think there’s somebody
trying to sabotage the place and run this guy out.
twist is that the town is like Knott’s Berry Farm. It’s a fake Western town, a
tourist trap way beyond its prime.”
the sheriff is veteran actor James Brolin, who’s there because, as Franks
explains, “We’re a cool show now. First two seasons, people would say, ‘
“Psych,” what’s that? Never heard of that.’
year, they started hearing about it. Now we’re getting calls from actors who
say, ‘Hey, I’d love to do the show.’ It’s like, ‘Oh, my God, I can’t believe
people have actually heard of us.’ “