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Hollywood Insider: James Roday and Ally Sheedy talk PSYCH

Ally Sheedy makes a special guest appearance on tonights season finale of the hit USA show PSYCH. Sheedy plays serial killer Mr. Yang who is called into question when various classic Hitchcock films become scenarios in a plot to take out Shawn (James Roday). Is Mr. Yang responsible? Watch tonights season final of PSYCH at 10/9C on USA to find out!

Recently James Roday and Ally Sheedy sat down with a group of online media to chat about the PSYCH season finale, favorite Hitchcock films and the moving tribute to John Hughes at the Oscars. Here’s what they had to say:

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TELEVISION: Mr. Yin Presents… Gives Psych’s Fourth Season Finale Chills, Laughs and a Bit of Poignancy!

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Anyone Psych fan who reads the TV listings for tomorrow night will recognize immediately that the show’s fourth season finale, Mr. Yin Presents… [USA, Wednesday, 10/9C] features the return of serial killer/basket case, Mr. Yang [Ally Sheedy]. Those listing may well include mention of the finale’s Hitchcockian influences. What they won’t tell you is just how well the ep, directed and co-written by series star James Roday, works.

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HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: James Roday and Ally Sheedy On Bringing Mr. Yang Back to Psych!

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The fourth season of USA’s Psych [Wednesday, 10/9C] comes to a poignant conclusion with season finale, Mr. Yin Presents… – which was co-written and directed by series star James Roday. In support of the finale, Roday and special guest star Ally Sheedy sat down for a teleconference Q&A with a number of bloggers/reporters for a truly unique conversation.

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TELEVISION REVIEW: Psych – John Cena is Juliet’s Brother? Who Saw That Coming?

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Tonight, Psych makes its Wednesday debut [USA, 10/9C] – a new night coupled with the loss of the lead-in that used to be provided by the now departed Monk. That means it’s time to break out the big guns – and not just the ones masquerading as John Cena’s biceps!

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HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: John Cena & James Roday Get Psyched!

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Psych [USA, Wednesdays, 10/9C] returns for its winter premiere tonight – a new night – and minus the lead-in of perennial favorite, Monk, which ended its eight-year run in December. I took part in a teleconference Q&A session with series star James Roday and John Cena, who guest stars in the premiere. Unfortunately, their schedules where such that there was no overlap, so Mr. Cena was onboard for the first twenty minutes, then had to get on an airplane and Mr. Roday joined, us for the last half-hour, from the studio. It was an unusual situation that allowed for some interesting questions.

Also on the call were: Joshua Maloney [Niagara Frontier Publications], David Martindale [Hearst Newspapers], Rosa Cordero [AccidentalSexiness.com], Sammy Torino [TV Grapevine], Troy Rogers [thedeadbolt.com], Kristyn Clark [Pop Culture Madness], Laura Tucker [Small Screen Monthly], Earl Dittman [Wireless Magazine], Lisa Sternberg [Starry Constellation], Whitney Sedgwick [TwoSuns.com], Lena Lamoray [LenaLamoray.com], Travis Tidmore [The CineManiac], Monica Garsky [Flash News], Icess Fernandez, and Martin Sternberg [SmallScreenScoop.com].

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TELEVISION: Psych Returns With Big Surprises For Shawn!

When the third season premiere of Psych [USA, Fridays, 10/9C] airs this evening, pseudo-psychic Shawn Spencer [James Roday] is going to be thrown for a loop in ways he never anticipated. First, off, his best and partner in the Psych detective agency, Gus [Dule´ Hill] is basically given the choice of staying with the agency and losing his highly remunerative day job, or keeping his day job and quitting Psych. Second, his mother, Madeline [Cybill Shepherd] is in town – and his father [Corbin Bernsen] knew she was coming. To further complicate matters, the CEO [Christopher McDonald] of the company where Gus works has a haunting problem – the kind of case that only Shawn and Gus can handle.

As in Psych’s lead-in, Monk, this evening’s case isn’t the primary focus of the ep – The Ghost in You. Sharp-eyed viewers will notice something unusual in the way that Shawn’s investigative scenes are shot that is integral to the case’s solution. But what really matters in the way that Shawn’s relationship with his father is challenged by the arrival of Madeline – but her impact isn’t just on the Spencer men.

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It seems that Madeline is a psychologist who used to work with the police department. She has returned to not only visit Henry and Shawn, but to see if Detective Carlton Lassiter [Tim Omundson] is fit for duty. The sparring between them is quite literally priceless.

While Psych initially seemed like a series based on a gimmick, it has become a dependable source of entertainment because its writers know just when to lay off the shtick and spring a dramatic moment on us. The Ghost in You is no exception. Between trying to figure out how to keep Gus involved in the agency, without getting him fired at this day job – and dealing with the emotional rollercoaster ride that his mother’s surprise [to him] visit produces – as well as the agency’s latest case, we get to see sides of Shawn that we don’t usually see [which ties in, thematically with the Monk premiere that precedes it].

The Ghost in You is a solid ep that allows Roday and Hill to do their Gene Wilder/Richard Pryor of detectives thing to full advantage, while giving the show’s guest and supporting cast an opportunity to add texture and colors to the proceedings. It may because of the unusual shift of focus, but this is one of the best eps of the series, to date.

Final Grade: A-