After eight seasons, a musical and a three-year hiatus, the USA television series “Psych” returns to our lives on Wednesday in movie form with the appropriately named, “Psych: The Movie.”
The anticipated movie premieres Thursday, December 7, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on USA, and will be broadcast again at 11 p.m. ET/PT, and on December 12 at 6 a.m. ET/PT (You can find the full schedule of listings here). If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can watch a live stream of USA online, on your phone or on another streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services. They cost a monthly fee but all come with a free trial, so you can watch the movie for free live as it airs:
FuboTV: USA is included in the “Fubo Premier” channel package, which costs $19.99 per month for the first two months and $39.99 per month after that. It comes with a free 7-day trial, and you can watch on your computer via your browser, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app
DirecTV Now: USA Network is included in all four channel packages, which range from $35 to $70 per month. It comes with a free 7-day trial no matter what package you choose, plus you can get $25 off your first month if you enter promo code “BDAY2017”. You can watch on your computer via your browser, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the DirecTV Now app
Sling TV: USA is included in the “Sling Blue” channel package for $25 per month. It comes with a free 7-day trial, and you can watch on your computer via your browser, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app
Taking place three years after the Season 8 finale, “Psych: The Movie” will feature the original cast joined by Zachary Levi and John Cena. And if you liked the original show–you probably wouldn’t be here if you didn’t–it sounds as though you’re in store for an enjoyable two hours, according to Variety’s Maureen Ryan:
The show’s tone, execution and goals have not changed, which is a good thing. If nothing else, one reason to keep the “Psych” gang wrapped up in familiar, light stories is because the world needs something fun. There’s more than enough darkness around these days, on TV screens and in life. If you’re coming to “Psych” for a challenging exploration of the grimiest corners of the human soul, well… don’t do that.
As far as the plot of the “Psych” movie goes — oh, come on. Honestly, who cares? All you need to know is that the script, by star/producer James Roday and creator Steve Franks, knits together low-stakes action, haunted-house scares, a kidnapping plot, and a romance storyline reasonably well. It’s all just a framework to hang the usual “Psych” escapades on, and as such, the workmanlike core storylines get the job done.
And this may not even be the end of the Psych world, as creator Steve Franks has said that he hopes this is the first of a six-movie series.