Psych Season 7 Preview: Stars James Roday and Dule Hill Promise Another Delicious Year (VIDEO)

By Drusilla Moorhouse

Feb 27, 2013

The wait for iiiit is over! Nearly a year since Psych 's cliffhanger finale (we've actually been left dangling for 322 days, but who's counting?), the comedy detective series' seventh season finally premieres tonight.

So what's in store for fans of delicious flavor? I got the scoop directly from stars James Roday and Dulé Hill during my last set visit to Santa Barbara Vancouver.

For starters we'll learn Henry's (Corbin Bernsen) fate, as the season picks up shortly after Shawn's dad was shot by his crooked former colleague.

As for Psych 's OTP, Shawn and Juliet (Maggie Lawson), it's about to get real. "Shawn and Juliet's relationship continues to evolve, in big-boy, big-girl sort of ways," Roday told me. "They are faced with a couple pretty serious couples-type dilemmas, forcing Shawn especially to be more responsible and kind of weigh out his priorities."

Roday, who's written and directed some of Psych 's finest episodes, also hinted that the series' abbreviated eighth season might be its last.

"As we're nearing the end of the race"—nooooo!—we're trying to peel back the layers of [Shawn and Juliet's] relationship and treat it with the reverence that we hope it's entitled to."

Meanwhile, Gus is entitled to a romance of his own—and after six seasons of striking out, he finally gets lucky.

"This year Gus finally settles down a little bit and gets some love," Dulé told me. "And even gets a love triangle—that's a huge thing. Of course it's not always going to work out the way it's supposed to. But he's finally starting to get his feet wet in the area of love."

Gus did technically beat Shawn to the altar, but as Dulé pointed out, "He got married to crazy Mira and it was a shotgun-type, let's go do it."

Gus's ex was played to wack perfection by Kerry Washington, the lovely Django Unchained and Scandal star. Fighting for his affection this year are Parminder Nagra ( ER ), introduced in the season's second episode, and Garcelle Beauvais ( Franklin & Bash , NYPD Blue ).

Other highlights of Season 7 include several movie tributes— Clue , featuring Christopher Lloyd and other stars of the original film, and The In-Laws , with Arrested Development 's Jeffrey Tambor as Juliet's stepdad.

But the most-anticipated episode of all is the two-hour musical extravaganza! I can guarantee it is worth the wait because I was on set during filming and heard several of the original tracks. However, I've been sworn to secrecy, and even had to interview the actors in their trailers to avoid revealing any spoilers or details about the epic stage design.

Check out the following two videos for more from Roday and Dulé about what's ahead and other random musings. (Apologies for the sporadic static!)

Psych 's Season 7 premiere, "Santabarbaratown 2," airs tonight at 10pm on USA.

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  • Savvytvfan91 Feb 28, 2013

    I'm so excited!!!!! We've been waiting 322 days!!!!!????!?! It feels like a million years!! But its back now so my life is complete.

  • hbf716 Feb 27, 2013

    Best show on tv! So excited. There is no other show that celebrates the fans like Psych. Watched Psych Slumber Party and am ready to laugh my butt off. Trying not to think about Psych ending. Must ... hold ... on... to ... joy ... a ... little .... longer ...

  • dref22 Feb 27, 2013

    Woohoo all the awesome pop culture references are back!

  • smorbie Feb 27, 2013

    NO NO NO!!! I'm going to hold my breath until they promise to keep Psych going forever and ever!

  • SouJeeHan Feb 27, 2013

    I can't believe Dule Hill didn't mention hid wife in the Desert Island question....

  • DavidJackson8 Feb 27, 2013

    Haha, I thought that too, as Nicole Lyn was a guest star for one episode.

    Then I did a little Googling and found that Dule filed for separation late last year, Not sure what their current relationship is.

  • SouJeeHan Jan 21, 2014

    Yeah, I found that out after I saw this video and posted the comment... :)

  • AdeleTeras Feb 27, 2013

    Man I will be devastated when this wraps up. This is one of those shows that do not lower its bar. Some other shows take new directions and try new twists so you do not like them after seven seasons (my heart bleeds saying this, but Supernatural, Bones and True Blood for example) but with Psych.. it is still HILARIOUS and I am not tired of Shawn or Gus or Las or Henry or Juliette or McNab or their constant antics.
    Also I am terribly afraid that these amazing actors wont get another chance to be this funny. And they are a perfcet ensemble. Man.. I am just already moping. But hey eight seasons is still very good. So in the future when the series is over, I can always marathon the whole damn thing and feel a little bit better.
    Such a good show.

  • JT_Kirk Feb 27, 2013

    Psych is back finally! I hope they give it a good send-off if this really is to be its last season.

    Roday seemed very real, almost a little sad about the show disappearing.

    Hill very much seems like the salesman, the professional. That answer about Shatner had me cracking up.

    I can't imagine how this cast is going to carry on once the show is gone, they seem very really close-knit, Roday and Hill especially seem like they're sides of a coin together.

  • kanniballl Feb 27, 2013

    My understanding is this is season 7, and that season 8 will probably be the last season.

    Though whichever one winds up being the last, I hope it ends well.

  • DavidJackson8 Feb 27, 2013

    I have no idea if Simpson and Weston are buds, but I can totally imagine James Roday, Jimmi Simpson, and Michael Weston hanging out together.

    That said, I'd probably side with Dule Hill in regards to who I'd like to be stranded with on a deserted island. Go with the sexy! Although I'd probably choose Sarah Shahi and Stacy Keibler, along with Kerry Washington. But now I feel weird for leaving out Diora Baird. And Jessica Lucas. I'll have to give this some more thought!

  • ladykatie1 Feb 27, 2013

    James, PLEASE don't leave us after season 8!! There's so much more you can give us. I can't imagine life without you two. However, if 8 is going to be the final year, can you give us more than 10 episodes???

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