James Roday and Dule Hill Talk 'Psych' Season 6
James Roday and Dule Hill Talk 'Psych' Season 6
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
The long-awaited premiere of Psych season 6 is approaching fast. The stars of Psych, James Roday (Shawn) and Dule Hill (Gus) spoke with reporters about the upcoming season, their hopes for the show's future and pineapples.

On working with guest star William Shatner:
James Roday: Unbelievable. The man is... I mean, he's an icon obviously, but watching him work was an honor in and of itself. I mean, he's a machine. He was totally invested. He had -- and I say this this -- is not me editorializing or exaggerating, he had the heaviest load that we've ever given a guest star on our show. He pretty much drives the entire episode. He had the same schedule as Dule and I. And it was just remarkable. I mean, not only did he know everything, he had questions, he had thoughts, he had concerns. You know, he was modulating his performance and he just... he really, really wanted to knock the role out of the park.

It was humbling, and it was a real honor just to watch him work and pick his brain and be around him.

On the Halloween episode (airing October 26):
James Roday: Halloween is the vampire episode. And I think it's airing the week of Halloween. [The guest stars are] Kristy Swanson, the original Buffy, and Corey Feldman, one of the Frog brothers from The Lost Boys, and Tom Lenk, a regular on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series.

We went double Buffy.

Dule Hill: And Blackula makes a guest appearance also.

James Roday: Guest appearances, Blackula and the Vampire Lestat.

There's a visual reference in our vampire episode where we're in a very strange vampire bar, and we approach the bar and the bartender has his back to us. And when he turns around to face us, there's a music cue and the actual casting of the bartender comes together to create what I feel is a pretty delicious '80s visual reference.

On the upcoming episode guest-starring Joey McIntyre of New Kids on the Block:
James Roday: That was the super... our superhero episode. There's like a vigilante superhero combing the streets of Santa Barbara, cleaning them up one bad guy at a time. And it may or may not be Joey. We don't know.

On the Indiana Jones-themed episode:
James Roday: Yes, that episode came out really well, and it's also the third installment of the episodes involving the Despereaux character, played by Cary Elwes. And for my money, it's the best of the trilogy, for sure. A lot of fun.

[Guest star] John Rhys-Davies was a blast, man. We didn't get to work with him a ton, but, you know, he came in and he was, you know, kind of bigger than life and sort of what you would imagine. And he was a real sweetheart.

On a surprising themed episode:
Dule Hill: We also have a Shining episode this year.

James Roday: Our Shining episode will feature a brand-new, completely-different rendition of the theme song.

On Gus' romantic relationships (or lack thereof) in season 6:
Dule Hill: I think we'll have to see what happens in season 7, but in season 6 he makes a valiant effort to attain that. He goes for it.

You know, you can't blame Gus for trying in season 6. He's actually put his, throwing his hat into the ring and he's out there, you know, really trying to make it happen. But we'll see what happens going into season 7. Maybe he'll get past the one-episode love interest then.

On pineapples:
Dule Hill: I do like pineapples though. I love them.

On their dream for a themed episode:
Dule Hill: I hope that in season 7, we can actually make the musical episode happen. I mean I started -- that's how I started in the business, doing musicals -- so it would be great to bring that to Psych and be able to sing and dance in an episode, and not just in a Psych Out.

James Roday: Agreed. Yes, I think that's kind of the pinnacle of theme episodes that we've yet to do. So that's the big apple that hopefully we'll be able to slice up and feed to all of our fans.

On the far-off Psych season 6 finale:
James Roday: There is a shocking ending that I hope our fans will not soon forget.

Psych season 6 will premiere on Wednesday, October 12 at 10pm on USA.

(Image courtesy of USA)


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