The comedy series starring James Roday and Dule Hill will end with the current season, with a one-hour after show following the finale.
USA Network is officially saying farewell to the long-running dramedy series announcing that the current eighth season of Psych will be the last one, as noted by The Hollywood Reporter.
The final episode will air on March 26 at 9 p.m., it will be a special one-hour live show. Psych After the Show will follow at 10 p.m. and it will feature a Q&A session with the series’ creator Steve Franks and the entire cast.
The network’s longest-running original series Psych, debuted on USA in the summer of 2006. The eighth season, which debuted on Jan 8, opened with 2.3 million viewers and a rating of 0.8 among adults 18-49. Even though Psych reached 4 million viewers with the fifth season, the most recent episode got to a very near series low, with only 1.7 million viewers.
According to THR, Franks said in December that, “We’ve shot out season eight and if season eight is it, that’s what it was meant to be. If it can live on in any other capacity, let’s talk Broadway.” He also said about the finale episode that “It certainly has a degree of closure that will be satisfying.”
Psych reached its 100th-episode milestone last March and last December it broadcast a two-hour movie musical (which was a passion project from Franks). When the show ends, it will have aired more than 120 episodes, which is just a few over former USA dramedy, Monk.
Chris McCumber, the president of USA Network said, “Psych has made an indelible imprint on the television landscape, with a unique brand of comedy.” McCumber also added, “The final season celebrates the iconic characters that have made this show so beloved, and will be an exclamation point on the series’ incredible run. And while the series will wrap in March, somehow I don’t believe we’ve heard the last of Shawn and Gus.”
USA has a handful of scripted shows on its slate like White Collar (which recently ended its fifth season and still has yet to be renewed), Royal Pains, Covert Affairs, Suits, Graceland, the six-part miniseries Dig (from Tim Kring), Sirens, Benched and Playing House. USA is also working on five dramas.
Jeff Wachtel, the president and chief content officer of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, said that “Psych is one of those rare projects that broke into the cultural mainstream. Its wild energy, fearless fun and engaging characters delivered an unrivaled series that will continue to be loved by fans for as long as there are ways to watch TV.”
Psych is directed by Mel Damski who is also the EP, while Kelly Kulchak and Chris Henze are the executive producers. Saladin K. Patterson, Andy Berman and Todd Harthan are co-executive producers of the show which co-stars Corbin Bernsen, Timothy Omundson and Kirsten Nelson.
James Roday and Dule Hill also released a video announcing the season finale and it can be watched below: