From the moment “Psych” premiered in 2006, the show had a connection with fans unlike that most other series have ever enjoyed. From fan clubs to sleepover parties, these Psych-Os have completely devoted themselves to the worship of fake psychic Shawn (James Roday), his partner in crime solving (Dule Hill), his detective dad (Corbin Bernsen) and the rest of the Santa Barbara police department. So it only makes sense that the show would finally getting around to hiring them all as writers.
Okay, so they’re not exactly writing….but fans of the show will get to determine how an upcoming episode ends. The 100th “Psych” will air on March 27 (10 p.m. ET/USA), and viewers on both coasts will be able to help catch that week’s killer. They’ll have their work cut out for them. The episode, a tribute to the board game/movie “Clue,” involves a party at a rock star’s mansion and a crime that occurs during the festivities. Five suspects emerge from Shawn and Gus’ investigation – The Butler, The Groupie, The Manager, The Author and The Host.
“This is a great example of how USA can eventize a broadcast and take fan engagement to new heights – before, during and after the show,” said Alexandra Shapiro, the network’s executive vice president, marketing and digital.
Here’s how it will work. While watching the episode, which will feature guest stars who appeared in the original “Clue” movie (Martin Mull, Christopher Lloyd, Lesley Ann Warren), fans can go to the official “Psych” website and vote for their most likely suspect. Voting can also be done by tweeting specific hashtags for each suspect: #PsychButlerDDit, #PsychGroupieDDit, #PsychManager DDit, #PsychAuthorDDit and #PsychHostDDit.
There will be graphics on the screen to keep track of the results and based on what happens, one of three endings will be shown. And since it’s possible West Coast viewers might pick a different conclusion than their East Coast counterparts, two of the alternate endings will be made available online the next day. And to do a little research before voting, why not study up with the first episode of this current season?