Thursday, February 23, 2006

Dulé Hill in USA Network Pilot

From a Press Release:
"LOS ANGELES, Feb. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- USA Network is building on its 2006 original programming slate with an 11-episode order for the one-hour series PSYCH, starring James Roday ("Dukes of Hazzard," "Miss Match"), Dule Hill ("The West Wing") and Corbin Bernsen ("Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang," "LA Law"). Series is executive produced by Steve Franks ("Big Daddy"), in association with Tagline Pictures' Kelly Kulchack and Chris Henze and NBC Universal Television Studio. The announcement was made today by Jeff Wachtel, USA's executive vice president, original programming.

PSYCH is a perfect fit with our programming strategy of great shows based on fun and unique characters," said Wachtel. "From pitch to pilot, it's been a tremendous experience. The writing is fresh. The chemistry of the cast is extraordinary. It isn't easy to create a drama infused with comedy, and PSYCH just knocks it out of the park."

PSYCH centers on Shawn Spencer (Roday), who possesses uncanny powers of observation honed by his police officer father, Henry (Bernsen), who drilled young Shawn to note even the smallest details of his surroundings. When Shawn is accused of committing a crime that he actually solved for the police department (by calling in a tip), he convinces the cops that he's a psychic, and with the reluctant assistance of his best-friend Gus (Hill), Shawn starts solving cases for an ever-skeptical -- but grudgingly impressed -- police force."

First Reported August 30, 2005

From Reuters:

Newcomer James Roday will star in "Psych," a lighthearted USA Network drama pilot about an amateur detective who cons the police into believing he has psychic powers that help him solve crimes.Roday ("The Dukes of Hazzard")plays the bogus psychic, and Dule Hill ("The West Wing") plays his best friend.Roday's addition lifts the cast contingency of the project, the first of several pilots USA is expected to greenlight in anticipation of settling on at least one series to introduce next summer.USA is looking for a project that could fit into its new "characters welcome" branding alongside "Monk." The hit detective show ranks as basic cable's No. 1 original show in USA's adults 25-54 target demo, with just under 2.4 million viewers for the season to date.

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