The Psych Crime Fighting Guide–While you’re waiting for December’s Psych: The Movie

Even after 121 episodes, from 2006 to 2015, Psych fans couldn’t get enough.  Earlier this year USA Network announced a reunion show and the long wait is almost over.  Psych: The Movie is less than two weeks away.  James Roday is back as Shawn Spencer with his sidekick of many names, Dulé Hill, as Burton “Sillypants Jackson” Guster.  Corbin Bernsen, Kirsten Nelson, Maggie Lawson, and Kurt Fuller are also expected back, and somehow Jimmi Simpson will return as Mary.  Look for Zachary Levi as a villain, and Jazmyn Simon, Ralph Macchio, and Charlotte Flair are also set to appear in the special. Psych creator Steve Franks co-wrote the movie with James Roday and will direct.  Series co-star Tim Omundson, who played Lassiter, suffered a stroke and so it looks like he will only have one scene in the show.  But if all goes well, there may be more made-for-TV movies down the road.

But while you’re waiting for the movie, why not check out the book?  What?  You didn’t know there was a book?  Many of the most diehard “Psych-os” (what the fans call themselves) may not realize Shawn Spencer and Burton Guster have their own 290 page guide for wannabe Private Eyes.  It’s the aptly named Psych’s Guide to Crime Fighting for the Totally Unqualified, by Shawn Spencer and Burton Guster (and Chad Gervich*), and it’s just the thing for fans to refresh their memories of some of the best comic banter ever dressed up as a detective show.  Shawn tries very hard to write a professional book, and well, fails at that, but not after much encouragement from Juliet “Jules” O’Hara and corrections and opposition from Guster.

Fans will appreciate that the book is, of course, dedicated to actor Billy Zane, and it features a foreword by Tears for Fears frontman Curt Smith.  Look for hundreds of callbacks to the series, and an entire volume of Shawn re-interpreting things he may or may not have overheard at the police station and during his many cases closed successfully for the Santa Barbara Police Department.  Plus some advice from Henry Spencer (SBPD ret.) and Detective Carlton Lassiter.  There’s even a twice-baked potato recipe from Mr. Yang.

You’ll find chapters on “Sidekicks… And Why You Need One,” “Taking a Bite Out of Crime,” “Gus, Why Are You Being So Annoying Today?,” “Investigation Nation: Working in the Field,” “I’m Not the One Being Annoying Shawn, and Where Are My Cocoa Puffs?,” and much more.

You’ll find plenty of great fun consistent with the tone of the series, but the best may be Juliet’s footnotes and doodles throughout the book.  Pick up Psych’s Guide to Crime Fighting for the Totally Unqualified now here at Amazon.  Need to catch up on the series?  Pick up all eight seasons here.

And check out the latest trailers and behind the scenes content for Psych: The Movie:

It’s only two weeks away–Psych: The Movie comes to USA Network December 7, 2017.

C.J. Bunce

*Gervich is a television writer and producer and creator of several “how to” books.

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