New York Comic Con hosted a Psych reunion on Saturday, featuring the cast and producers of the upcoming Psych: The Movie. James Roday (Shawn Spencer), Maggie Lawson (Juliet O’Hara), Kirsten Nelson (Karen Vick), Corbin Bernsen (Henry Spencer), creator Steve Franks, and executive producer Chris Henze joined TVLines's Michael Ausiello on NYCC's Main Stage.
We weren't sure how much they would be able to cram into a single hour, but, boy, did they dole out (get it? like the pineapple..) the goods! Here are some of the biggest and bestest highlights from the Psych: The Movie event at NYCC.
A heaping sneak peek
Listen, this was no “first seven minutes” crapola for New York Psych-Os! Instead, fans who made it inside the Main Stage were rewarded with the first 20 minutes of Psych: The Movie (NO FAIR to everyone who wasn't them). Not to spoil too much, but the new Psych office in SF is an awful lot like a place you might go to buy a Gremlin.
John Cena is back!
No, seriously, WWE superstar and Psych darling John Cena will be in Psych: The Movie. How do we know this? The jerks who got to see the first 20 minutes caught his name in the credits. How they were even able to read the opening credits through their teary eyes during the Psych theme song is beyond us...
Where was Dulé? ANNOUNCING THE MOVIE DATE, SON!
Dulé Hill, where were you? Unable to join the panel in person, Hill sent a message via a hilarious video and dropped the date for Psych: The Movie, airing on Thursday, Dec. 7, on USA Network!
What about Psych: The Movie 2?
Bernsen, Lawson, and Franks said that going back to Psych for the first time since 2014 was like coming home again. Bernsen even joked about how easy it will be to get together for five more movies -- and Franks certainly didn’t seem against the idea of more Psych specials, teasing an open ending for December's. "There's always going to be a cliffhanger in a Psych movie," Franks said. Seriously, are you just messing with us or what? Come on, son!
A touching tribute to Terry Goldman
Psych lost a member of its family when Terry Goldman, the guru behind the show’s social media presence at USA Network, passed away suddenly in September. After delivering a moving tribute to tribute to Terry, Roday and Franks shared that Psych: The Movie will be dedicated to their friend. Simply beautiful.
A video message to Lassie
The panel also shared that Timothy Omundson is still recovering from a stroke which is why he was unable to attend this weekened’s panel. In true Psych form, the cast and producers -- and a gigantic room full of Psych-Os -- sent Omundson a short video, telling him to “SUCK IT AGAIN,” since they had previously told him to “SUCK IT” from San Diego Comic Con. Not surprisingly, we think the New York crowd was slightly louder.
Gus Will Be Out-Gus'd
As revealed earlier this year, Dulé Hill's real-life fiancee Jazmyn Simon will appear in Psych: The Movie. What's her character like? The panel didn't reveal much except that Gus will finally feel like what it is to be Gus'd. Of course, this was after Roday joked that Gus's love interest would be played by Tina Turner, adding "but she mostly does private dancing."
That musical episode was HARD!
When taking questions from the audience, the panel spoke about their favorite Psych episodes over the years, which Roday said was like choosing your babies, not that he would know...but he imagines. There were shout-outs for many special Psychs over the years, including the Bollywood episode, the "100 Clues" episode, Psych Odyssey, and, of course, the Psych musical. "You would think that we would have had a lot more time and a lot more money to make that happen," Roday recalled, "when, in reality, we had the exact same amount of time we would have had to make two episodes." Very impressive for 14 days, folks!
Santa Barbara will 'get some play'
Psych: The Movie will take place in San Francisco and not in Santa Barbara, which was Shawn and Gus's home for eight years. But Santa Barbara will “get some play” according to Franks. “Like 8th grade play,” added Roday. Okaaaay?
Corbin hated that flashback wig
You're going to have to wait for iiiiit to see Corbin Bernsen appear as Shawn's dad in Psych: The Movie, but the actor teased that even though he doesn't show up until halfway through, he makes "quite an entrance." Bernsen also revealed how much he hated wearing his wig in the flashbacks on Psych -- even though he liked what those scenes did for the story. "When you go bald, you stay bald; you don't put wigs on," he stated. Henze added jokingly, "Corbin was so focused on his hair that he didn't notice we used three different kids to play Shawn."
Props to props
Every Psych-O worth their Black Forest ham knows that there's a pineapple featured (or hidden) in every episode -- but the cast wasn't always in on the gag. The first pineapple started as an improv bit in the pilot, and then the team just ran with it. By the time the cast caught on, Roday says, the art department was like, "Yeah, we've been doing that since the beginning..." Meanwhile, Franks teased that in the movie, the pineapple gag could very well be an inside joke about a former pineapple gag. Whoa! Meta-pineapples!?!
The pineapple tossed around America
Now that we have some time to kill until December, here's a project. Psych is working on creating the longest pineapple toss on record, but we need your help! Upload your video of you catching a pineapple and then throwing it offscreen for a chance to be included in the final product. The first pineapple chunk was shown on Saturday and -- trust us -- it's already juicy! Get more info on Pass the Pineapple and upload your video here!
Are you ready for Psych: The Movie? Be sure to tune in on Dec. 7 when it airs on USA Network! More pics from the Psych reunion at NYCC below: