USA Network Renews 'Burn Notice' and 'Psych'
USA Network Renews 'Burn Notice' and 'Psych'
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Burn Notice and Psych have been picked up by the USA Network for a third and fourth season respectively after a record-breaking summer.  Both programs reportedly captured the coveted 18-49 demo last season, with the spy drama delivering 2.76 million and the dramedy attracting 2.24 million for that key audience.

Psych stars James Roday as Shawn Spencer, a young crime consultant for the Santa Barbara, California Police Department whose "heightened observational skills" him to convince people that he is psychic.  The series also stars Dulé Hill as Shawn's best friend Burton "Gus" Guster, as well as Corbin Bernsen as Shawn's father, Henry.  Season 3 premiered on July 18 and after eight episodes, the show went on hiatus. The next new installment will be a Christmas-themed episode scheduled to air on November 28, with the rest of the third season resuming in January 2009.
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Burn Notice, on the other hand, returned for its sophomore season on July 10 for a brief nine-episode run.  The show is expected to continue with the remaining seven episodes of the season early next year.  The spy drama stars Jeffrey Donovan as a secret operative who is forced to live off his wits as he pursues the person who burned him.  Also included are Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell and Sharon Gless.

"Burn Notice and Psych are key components of USA's success story," USA Network exec Jeff Wachtel said in a statement.  "Psych has some of the best young demos the network has ever seen and continues to surprise audiences with entertaining storylines.  Burn Notice caught fire right out of the box and just keeps growing.  It's one of the best shows on television.  Both shows have a huge fan base on-air and online and reflect the high quality of programming that viewers have come to expect from USA."

Both Psych and Burn Notice have received orders for 16 episodes, which are slated to air in the summer of 2009.

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: USA Network
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