“Psych”: USA orders two additional Season 8 episodes and lets fans vote on a storyline

USA Network announced yesterday that due to the overwhelming popularity of its hit series Psych, it will be adding two more episodes to the show’s upcoming Season 8.

Additionally, USA has opened up online voting to fans for the selection of a storyline to be featured in a Psych Season 8 episode. The results of the online voting will be announced when Psych returns to San Diego’s Comic-Con on July 18 (with the panel being moderated by Cary Elwes, who will guest-star again as master thief Despereaux in Psych Season 8). The Comic-Con presentation will also feature an advance screening of PSYCH: The Musical on July 17. PSYCH: The Musical is a special two-hour episode that will air this winter on USA Network.

Psych fans can go to http://www.usanetwork.com/content/psych-episode-vote to cast a vote for one of the following Season 8 storylines (descriptions from USA Network):

· TELETHON – In a classic “whodunit?” case with a PSYCH twist, Shawn and Gus investigate a murder that Shawn is convinced was committed by the beloved host of Santa Barbara’s annual Children’s Hospital Telethon. There’s only one problem – the host was seen by hundreds of thousands of people on live television during the exact time the murder occurred elsewhere. Can Shawn steal the show, poke a hole in this rock-solid alibi, and prove the host did it? Or will Shawn fail in front of his biggest audience yet?

· DREAM THERAPY – From acclaimed director James Roday (“Mr. Yin Presents…”, “Heeeeere’s Lassie”), comes a new vision in terror: “A Nightmare on State Street.” In the episode, an exhausted Gus enters dream therapy to understand the cause of his recent night terrors. But after this, nothing is ever again what it seems… He soon realizes that in dreams, no one can hear you scream!

· FOOD TRUCK – When the well-known owner of a beloved Santa Barbara food truck is mysteriously murdered, Shawn and Gus, fans of delicious flavor, are determined to solve the crime as only they can. They go undercover as proprietors of the PSYCH Naptime Food Truck, and soon discover that the high-profit world of Santa Barbara’s mobile food business is cutthroat, insular and a place of many secrets – many of them worth killing for.

UPDATE 7/19/13: Psych fans overwhelmingly voted for the “A Nightmare on State Street” episode to be a storyline in Season 8. It received more than 50% of the fan votes, it was announced yesterday at Comic-Con. It was also announced that PSYCH: The Musical will premiere Dec. 15.


Psych photo: Alan Zenuk/USA Network