Psych is officially set for another small screen reunion between James Roday’s Shawn Spencer and Dulé Hill’s Burton Guster for more pseudo-psychic sleuthing, thanks to the official order for a sequel TV movie, which, is now titled Psych 2: Lassie Come Home.
Interestingly, unlike 2017’s Psych: The Movie, the follow-up, as it turns out, will not premiere on the show’s old home of USA Network, with the reveal that it will instead debut on NBCU’s streaming service, Peacock. The move occurs after USA gave the initial greenlight for a second two-hour Psych TV movie back in February of 2019.
While it was originally planned to arrive before the end of 2019, the movie’s Peacock premiere is now tied to the streaming platform’s July 2020 launch. Steve Franks, creator of the original series, returns as director, writer and executive producer for Psych 2: Lassie Come Home.
Here is everything else we know about the second Psych movie.
Psych 2: Lassie Come Home Release Date
Psych 2: Lassie Come Home is set to launch when Peacock does on July 15, 2020. Psych 2 is just one of several launch day titles such as Brave New World, The Capture, and Cleopatra in Space.
Psych 2: Lassie Come Home Trailer
The first full trailer for Psych 2: Lassie Come Home has arrived. The opening crawl promises that this is “The most anticipated movie of all time…since their last one.” Can’t argue with that!
Psych 2: Lassie Come Home Cast
In addition to Roday, Hill and Omundson, it should come as no surprise that the TV movie sequel is also confirmed to welcome the returns of characters Juliet O’Hara (Maggie Lawson), Henry Spencer (Corbin Bernsen) and Karen Vick (Kirsten Nelson).
Psych 2: Lassie Come Home Story
Upon the movie’s greenlight in 2019, USA Network (its former destination,) released rather clear plot synopsis. As it reads:
Santa Barbara Police Chief Carlton Lassiter (Timothy Omundson) is ambushed on the job and left for dead. In a vintage Psych-style Hitchcockian nod, he begins to see impossible happenings around his recovery clinic. Shawn (Roday) and Gus (Hill) return to Lassie’s side in Santa Barbara and are forced to navigate the personal, the professional, and possibly the supernatural. Separated from their new lives in San Francisco, our heroes find themselves unwelcome in their old stomping grounds as they secretly untangle a twisted case without the benefit of the police, their loved ones, or the quality sourdough bakeries of the Bay Area. What they uncover will change the course of their relationships forever.
While the reunion project that would become the 2017 TV movie, Psych: The Movie, was a special moment and a tribute to the still-ravenous fandom behind the original 2006-2014 series, the initial chances for a sequel movie weren’t as auspicious, due to the schedules of the main stars. Indeed, Roday is a main cast member on the thriving ABC drama, A Million Little Things, and Hill joined the cast of USA’s Suits in late-2017. Additionally, Lawson joined Fox’s Lethal Weapon for what would become its final season, playing the ex-wife/would-be-love-interest of Seann William Scott’s Wesley Cole (Clayne Crawford’s replacement on the show).
Yet, all the dilatory issues experienced by the sequel project in its early conception were dwarfed by a tragic setback for Timothy Omundson, who is recovering from an April 2017 stroke, which left his mobility limited, and kept him out of the public eye for some time.
However, despite the sequel project’s seemingly snake-bit status, the cast and crew of Psych have managed to find a way make things come together. Indeed, with the logline revealing the ambush of Carlton Lassiter, we see that they even found a clever plot-relevant way to work with Omundson’s current condition.