Somehow it seems only fitting that a comedic series like USA’s “Psych” would have its mid-season premiere land on February 29th or, as it’s commonly known, “Leap Day.” With its sharp use of pop culture references, quick banter between fake psychic Shawn (James Roday) and his lifelong pal Gus (Dule Hill) and a slew of guest stars that effortlessly folds into the world that Executive Producer Steve Franks and his writers have created, the series shows no signs of losing creative steam or its devoted audience.
While the second half of season six begins to air tonight, the writers’ room for USA’s longest running series on the air is already hard at work on season seven. Thankfully, I was able to coax Franks to the phone for a few minutes to not only talk about how the writers break the often intricate episodes but also whether the long-talked-about music episode is going to finally happen and the impressive dedication in making sure the opening titles are always fresh.
Jim Halterman: You wrote and directed tonight’s episode, “Indiana Shawn And The Temple Of The Kinda Crappy, Rusty Old Dagger“ so I have to ask how do you and the writers go about breaking your episodes? Do you start with the film or TV show you want to reference or does the case come first?
Steve Franks: Sometimes it goes backwards and [in season 7] we’re doing a ‘Clue’-inspired episode. James [Roday] is a huge fan of ‘Clue’ and then we said, ‘How fun to do three different endings and let people vote on the endings?’ In that case, we worked backwards. The same thing when we wanted to do a ‘Twins Peaks’ episode so we worked backwards from that. This one, it didn’t start as an ‘Indiana Jones’ episode but I had this whole idea about this boat chase that I really wanted to do and I also …CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE