USA Renews Psych for Season 8

Twitter once again became a legit news source last night as USA Network executive Ted Linhart announced some good news for Psych fans:

If for some reason the embed above doesn't appear on your Kindle Fire or Nokia text message alert, it says, "Psych has been renewed for an 8th season -- S7 starts Feb 2013 -- details to come later." However, we now know that Season 8 will only be eight episodes long.

"But Season 7 hasn't even started," you say. Correct! Season 7 starts in February, meaning creator Steve Franks has plenty of time to map out Season 8.

But why so much time? Why the super advanced renewal? Why why why? I can only relay what others are prognosticating: Season 8 could be Psych's last. Fans, what do you think—is that a bad thing, or is it time?


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I love Psych it is the best show they have on TV. I look forward every week to watch it. I do not miss a show. Just when I really like a show it gets cancelled.
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HECK NO. THIS SUCKS. i swear every time i find a really good show that i get addicted to it gets cancelled or ends!!! i mean seriously??? i just found this show last month and i already watch all seven seasons i DO NOT want this to end if people like it so much then you shouldnt end it.
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I agree with smarcos3, IT WILL NEVER BE TIME!!! Psych is the best show on the planet!!! They can't stop it!! The Show must go on!
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I'd rather the world end today than not being able to watch psych tomorrow. Keep it coming... For ever
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NO! IT WILL NEVER BE TIME!!
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Exactly
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Even if it is our last, which pains me more than finding my pet bird dead one horrifying morning, at least let it have more than 8 episodes and maybe just a little speech from the cast. Psych can't get cancelled, if that's the reason they're stopping it.
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This is one of my favorite shows on tv, ever. Def my fave comedy. Its the only show where Im constantly using quotes from the show. Id like to see it go to a nice round 10 seasons. Hopefully it will, cause its a unique and really funny show unlike anything else on tv. And god knows we could use much more of that. So c'mon usa...dont be exactly half of an 11 pound black forest ham and keep it going please.
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Keep it going as long as possable every episode it as good as the last one
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Glad to hear we've got more Psych to look forward to. Like others, I don't know how long the show's basic premise can be sustained, but there should still be some play in it. Not sure if Dual Spires will ever be surpassed tho'
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Psych is my #1 favorite show on t.v. and the day it ends will be the day my joy ends.
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Love Psych and would love as many seasons of creative side kick names and hidden pineapples that I can get! If the powers that be already know season 8 is the last, I hope this gives the show the chance to end well that honors the hard work and dedication of those working on the show and its fans...it really stinks when networks just drop the cancellation bomb on you (yeah, I'm looking at you TNT as I weep over my Leverage DVDs)
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Relieved! The show's still great, but a lot of the best shows would've been better with 7 or 8 great seasons instead of 9 or 10 okay ones (cough, cough seasons 9 and 10 of Friends). It's always good when a show is able to play out in its entirety too, instead of getting the cancellation axe. Glad to know that watching re-runs will be as worth it as keeping up has been for all the fans! =)
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Great news :D
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I don't want it to end... it has... so much potential.
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keep it going! I do worry about Juliet finding out the truth though.. and that'll happen eventually. Maybe that's the end of the show.
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mainly this and Suits are the only thing keeping USA relevant... and maybe Covert Affairs and White Collar, 5th place to Royal Pains when they don't have annoying storylines
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Burn Notice and Suits are USA's best performing shows ratings-wise.
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too bad ratings are 100% inaccurate, because 100% of households aren't part of the ratings system..
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Burn Notice is actually a great show, so is Suits. So who cares how ratings are measured as long as the good shows keep getting renewed?
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Ugh. When was the last time Royal Pains didn't have an annoying storyline?
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I thought Royal Pains had been doing pretty good lately. And this week's 2-hour movie dispatched with the annoying stuff well.
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Love Psych so much been rewatching the series from the begining to prepare for Season 7 in February. I think that depending on season 7 they could expand the episode number. I hope!!!
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First of all let me say I love Psych, it is one of my all-time favorite shows. I love the bromance between Gus and Shawn. I am about the same age as them, so the flashbacks and 80's references really connect with me. I love the father/son dynamic between Henry and Shawn.

That being said, I really hate it when good shows go bad and stick around past their prime. I would be especially heartbroken if this were to happen to Psych. From the beginning, I have always felt the premise of the show was a little thin, but I have been more than willing to suspend disbelief because the show has been so consistently funny. The last couple of seasons, however, I have kept wondering how long the Shawn/Jules relationship can last without Jules finding out the truth about Shawn or breaking up with him because she knows he's hiding something.

Hopefully Steve Franks and the writers will be able to find a way to keep the show going, but if it ends with Season 8 the last episode should be Shawn confessing the truth to everyone and seeing how they react.
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This is going to sound weird to some, but the idea of Psych ending makes me a little sad. Since the first season, Psych has been an escape for me. The episodes are well written and hilarious. Every episode is engrossing and entertaining. The cast's chemistry is amazing and I find them all adorable and/or lovable plus very funny. I know that this show can't go on forever but I wish it could :) I'd love to see it go for at least 10 seasons. I'm saddened by the prospect of a shortened season 8 being the last season.
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*Fist Bump*
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Psych should go on for like two or three more seasons at least after season 8.
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If season 8 is the last season, they better order 8 more episodes to make a total of 16 as usual.
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PSYCH FOREVER
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Even though the show has started to use the low hanging fruit that is crude humor as of late, an end to psych would never be good. I'm fairly certain the series has had fewer episodes per season than like any other USA show anyway. or at least it always feels like the show airs only a couple episodes a year.
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I wouldn't start freaking out about the season only being 8 episodes, considering USA only ever airs 8 episodes at a time anyway. More can easily be added on if they want to.
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Glad season 8 will be it's last. Don't wanna go out on a whimper. Season 7 needs to get here fast.
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I think we should wait to see how they handle season 7 before declaring it's 'time'. If it's at all weak, or anything other than a fun experience, then probably it's time.
Psych may be one of the only shows without a real big, forced emotional centre, that thrives on silliness and not taking itself too seriously, that also doesn't leave you braindead. If it gets to the point where we start getting bored with everyone, then maybe. I can't imagine getting bored of James Roday, but there you go. As long as I'm still invested in the characters and their quirks, and as long as they continue to not let Shawn and Jules relation ship get in the way of Shawn and Gus' bromance or Jules and Lassie's legendary partnership, and keep bringing the funny. We don't come to Psych for forced emotion and it's not the show we turn to when we need a life lesson. We come to it for entertainment purposes and it rarely - possibly never - fails on that front. I'm not going to get bored of something if it keeps giving what we come for. And frankly this series tends to just get better with age. I don't flich at the thought of them doing this in their fifties. In fact, I embrace that idea. So it's hard to tell. Maybe it will be that one in a million show that doesn't start creaking and needing some oil even though all the oil is gone and we won't have access to it until it's broken down completely...I don't feel like that would happen with Psych. I trust Psych. I trust pineapple. I don't like it...but I trust it.
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I agree with everything you said. I love, love, love this show. The twin relationships of Shawn and Gus and Shawn and his dad make this show crackle. And the humor is so good that I often find myself thinking of it and laughing at jokes long after the show ends. I can't stand the thought of it's ever ending.
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I think it's easy to dismiss it as goofy, but there's work put into this show. There's a genuine passion behind it. It makes it worth coming back every year. I agree...the thought of it ending, at this point in time, at least...I'd rather not think about it.
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It shouldn't end!! NO! This shall not happen
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It's time.
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No!!!! I don't mean to demean your opinion which you are, of course, entitled to. But you are very, very wrong. Is it time for Burn Notice to end? Yes. It is time for Necessary Roughness to end? OMG put it out of its misery. But Psych, no way.
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I hear ya... and that seems to be the consencus opinion too... but I am actually a big Psych fan. I have seen every episode, some more than once or twice. However, all good things must come to an end :)
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There is still so many ways and episodes that the show can go.

And now that they are really hitting them out of the park. Their homage episodes can really go anywhere. They have a whole bunch of 80's references and stars they can use. And have barely scratched the surface of the 90's.

Plus I still want my alternate universe episode or two. Where Shawn is the uber super cop that Henry wanted him to be and where shawn embraced that and didn't rebel.

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Awesome idea!!!
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Oh, I just thought of what they can do with Gus in the alternate universe episode. Remember how Gus's parents sabotaged his chances of getting into the Meitner School for Gifted Students? Well, what if they didn't?
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They could even have them do the same exact thing. Say in alternate reality Gus went on to get his degree in forensic anthropology and Shawn, still relies on his eidetic memory. And they still run what is essentially a private investigator agency.

There are really so very many ways it can go.

The same with Eureka, SYFY!!
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Brilliant! Are you reading this, Psych writers?! Get on this idea, STAT!
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I have the Psych magic 8 ball from comic con a few years back and it totally predicted this renewal, however since it's still packed away from my move I didn't see the prediction with its snarky Shawn remark. I am glad as grease the show is coming back even though it is only 8 episodes, but unless they give the other characters a little more development it probably will feel like time to finish up.
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see my above comment.
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Your above comment below? ;-)

I don't want to see Psych turn into Monk where it's just repetitive and characters stagnate so the writing becomes stale.
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Only 8 episodes in season 8? And it's the last season? That's terrible. The ratings aren't bad, I think. Or are they? The show itself is still funny, so what's the problem? The actors want to move on? What is it? The writers don't seem to be creatively bankrupt just yet. I can definitely see them going for 10 total seasons with ease. I love this show and I would hate for it to end.
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nooo,don't end it:D Super that we are getting season 8 news,even before season 7 started. Goes to show what an awsome show it is. Each season is getting stronger and stronger.

By the way...where is Person of Interest's review?
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Actually I asked Tim that question already on the Homeland season 2 finale review page. I was informed that Tim posted on his Twitter page that he won't be able to review it due to work travel. Shame, because it was the midseason, or winter or whatever finale, so it was a quite important episode, another good one, too. It's the second time Tim wasn't able to review POI, I'm sure CBS isn't too happy about that.
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shame for POI's review...yeah it was midseason finale and really great one:D->only thing that bothered me was how Finch and John know all about Carter and are "unaware" what is going on with Fusco,as I mentioned that in previous review and wanted to talk about this on midseason review....oh well:D...thank you for info
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I agree with everybody in saying that the quality has been the same with Psych throughout all the seasons and it is still hilarious. I wish it wouldnt end. It is always a solid, quaranteed laugh, I will miss it, but on the positive, I am pleased that they have given us such a long time to get used to the idea of it ending. Thanks USA. A respectful decision on their part.
Hope the actors will get new shows because obviously they are such gems. Kind of a bittersweet feeling atm.
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The fact that haven't confirmed or denied that season 8 is the last (unlike with Monk and In Plain Sight where they announced the final season at the time of the renewal) makes me think that maybe they aren't yet sure if season 8 will be the last. They could be waiting to make that decision until after they see how season 7 does. We really shouldn't jump to conclusions because Psych is the first USA show since Monk to get to season 8. And it seems like with Monk everyone agreed that it was time. What if with Psych they (show and network) don't feel it's time yet? As an older, expensive show they would have to think outside the box to find a way to keep the show going and stay on budget. So whose to say the shorter season won't become the model for how to continue a show into later seasons? Of course season 8 could be the end, as could any season of a long running show. But the fact they didn't announce it as such really makes me think that they may be keeping their options open. Let's hope. :)
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Everything you say makes sense, but I am still trying not to get my hopes up. Have been let down a couple of times before with different shows being cancelled. There has been decisions I have not been able to justify or understand at all, so for me, our logic is not always the same with the network´s.
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It hasn't been confirmed that season 8 will be the last. The small number of episodes may suggest that, but it's also possible that the simply are transitioning it, as an older, more expensive, yet totally dependable series to shorter seasons, equal to about what one or their "half" seasons has been in the past. That would be a good way to keep the show around but allow for more new series development on the network, as well as address the budget concerns. Psych show runner Steve Franks has always thought of the two halves of the show as separate seasons to some degree anyway, so this might very well be a deal that works well for both show and network. I agree that the show seems to get better and better each season, and it still seems like there are enough character storylines to explore for a few more seasons beyond the upcoming season 7. The writing, acting, and balance between the silliness we love and more emotional stories is still right on. So while I realize this could indicate the final season, I would like to hold out hope for more. I don't think it's time to end the ride just yet.
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You are giving me hope! I really hope this is the case.
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I agree. Psych is one of those shows that can go on forever.
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I don't want it to end at all. I don't think Psych has even really gone down in quality since it started. Its probably best to end it while its at its peak though.
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Psych is one of those shows that I don't think ever needs to end, probably because it doesn't focus -- or HAVE to focus -- on well written plots, which I think is the toughest thing for television writers to do over a long period of time. Psych's appeal is completely with the chemistry among the characters -- especially Shawn and Gus' bromance -- and the jokes.

As has been said already: Psych is the best show on USA.
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I hope not. Psych is by far the best show on USA. Cannot wait for the seventh season to start.
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It will NEVER be time. Psych is the best show. USA is making a mistake. They have nothing close to that good and funny.
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I don't think the network is making a mistake *if* they give us a couple of shorter seasons. Due to the cost of older shows it becomes a choice of less episodes or no episodes. In that scenario I'd definitely take less. However, I am still very much hoping that we can get more than one season of 8 episodes. I can absolutely live with half as many episodes to get twice as many seasons. That is to say, I'd rather have a shorter season 8 and get a shorter season 9 (or 10). Of course if season 8 is the last, I'll be pretty devastated, but since we don't know that for sure yet, no need lose hope just yet.
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They better have done so. Best show on USA.
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