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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Don't Psych Juliet Out

USA’s best show, Psych, is heating up!  If you don’t know, the show is about a faux psychic detective, who uses his keen observational skills and overacting chops to solve crimes, usually in very entertaining and funny ways.  Last season, the ‘psychic’, Shawn (James Roday) has to choose between high school crush, Abigail (Rachael Leigh Cook, She’s All That) and co-worker, Detective Juliet O’Hara (Maggie Lawson).  Shawn made, to many viewers, the wrong choice, picking Abigail.  For the show’s creators, it was another roadblock on the way to the romance that has to be: Shawn and Juliet.
Like any good romantic tension between two show leads, it must be strung out for many years.  Psych is currently in it’s fourth season.  Unlike other shows, however, they are not the two main characters.  Shawn and Gus (Dule Hill,The West Wing) are, if any two, and Juliet and her partner,  Lassiter (Timothy Omundson), are more supporting.  However, the “will they, won’t they?” has become of issue as the show goes on.
Romance can be successfully done mid-series.  While critics often point to Moonlighting as an example of failure, this past season The Big Bang Theory showed that it can have two main characters get together, and the show doesn’t lose anything for it.  Psych needs to copy the latter.  The longer they wait, the more frustrated audiences get.  Look at Bones and Booth on Bones.  Fans won’t stand them apart much longer.  Psych should not make the same mistakes.
That being said, this has been a banner year for the dramedy, and each episode has been better than average.  Last week’s guest appearance by Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club, Suddenly Susan) continues the trend of ’80’s references.  And Shawn almost told Juliet how he felt about her.  Plus, during this winter run, the extended theme song has played every episode, and it it truly the best current theme song on television!  Tune in every Wednesday night at 10pm, including tonight, to see how it all plays out.

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