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Psych Interviewby Pattye Grippo    

This is a transcript of an interview with James Roday and Dule Hill on October 22, 2010 about the show Psych.

Question:
You've got all these people on Facebook and everywhere talking about you, they're talking about they want to get you to host Saturday Night Live. They're putting all this effort into getting, you know, everybody involved in this. How does that make you feel?

Dule Hill:
I think it's great. I mean it's flattering and if they can get a groundswell going to get us to host it, I think it'd be a fun time. Me and Roday would have a blast. They know we love working together. And it would be fun to have that experience to be able to share it with the fans.

James Roday:
And that would be the pledge that we would make is that if we ended up somehow going on Saturday Night Live, we would promise to be funny for everyone who helped make it happen.

Question:
Were you involved in choosing which schools are involved in the college tour and will you both be appearing at all of the schools on the tour?

James Roday:
We were not super involved in the selection of the schools. We just sort of made it clear that we were enthusiastic about the idea of a college tour period and sort of getting in touch with our younger demographic and that we would be down for just about anything.

Dule Hill:
I mean I'm hoping that one of these colleges will give me an honorary degree being that I didn't - so I didn't have to go to get my - to get my degree in college. I don't think we'll be appearing at all the schools but we'll be trying to stop through along the way surprising different people.

Question:
On this college tour you guys are going to be seeing a lot of different people, a lot of different fans. So what is the strangest question you guys have been asked by a fan so far?

James Roday:
You know what, over this past break I was asked in the flesh by a fan to sign here bosom. I don't think I'm going to be able to top that for the rest of the run of the series. That's like rock - that's like rock star kind of stuff. Just for the record, I did not. I did not actually sign her breasts.

Dule Hill:
Me, I'm completely blanking out if I'm being honest. Guess I'm still waking up. It's so early. I don't really have anything more to add to that. I don't think I can top somebody asking to sign a breast. I mean in terms of my time here on Psych.

Question:
What can you guys say about the upcoming second half of the season? Who are some of the guest stars who are going to be stopping by?

James Roday:
It's pretty loaded. A pretty loaded second half. I'm pretty excited about it. You know, we kick things off with the return of Cary Elwes in our premier playing his Guster character.

And then we also featuring our Twin Peaks tribute episode, which has been about four years in the making. Something that we're all incredibly proud of and we're very, very luck to be able to do since we got to hang out with seven original cast members from the show for a week and a half. And it was a fan boy's dream for me and I think people are going to - people are really going to dig it.

And we're also brining home the Yin/Yang Trilogy. That'll be the finale. We've got Ally Sheedy back. We've got Jimmi Simpson back. Cybill Sheperd is popping back in. Mena Suvari came up. And then of course the even Mr. Yin will be revealed.

Dule Hill:
We have Ralph Macchio.

James Roday:
Ralph Macchio. That was a hoot. And what else that's out there? We've got out Christmas episode which having fun and we're wacky and out there and shows all of our characters doing stuff that you've never seen them do before. Tony Cox, very, very funny man came up and did that one.

Question:
What's so much fun about kind of returning to this whole vesper storyline in Vancouver. I mean since you guys already shoot there, is it kind of exciting to go out and be able to use all these other locations that you're not able to the rest of the year?

Dule Hill:
Well it's good to not have to, you know, remove all the Canadian flags whenever we're shooting. It's good to let the what is there actually be seen. You know, it's awfully great not having to carry around our palm tree all the time.

Question:
When you guys host on SNL, is there a particular skit or a particular person that you guys would like to portray on the show?

James Roday:
Well, I'll just say I think it would be fun to do one of those - one of those shorts.

Dule Hill:
Well yeah, well Andy Samberg shorts. Got to be.

James Roday:
One of those where we sing probably.

Dule Hill:
Yeah. I think we have a pretty funny idea of what to do there.

Question:
My idea for the musical guest would be David Bowie so that James can fulfill his dream of asking him to come on site.

James Roday:
Which I would do - I would do live on the air. I would put him on the spot. That's what you got to do with icons sometimes. You just got to put them on the spot.

Question:
I wanted to find out a little bit more about the Twin Peaks episode, which you said had been in the works for a while. Was it something you guys thought of? Was it a writer idea? How did it come about and why did it take so long?

James Roday:
Well, it's my favorite show of all time like a hands down. And I went to Steve I think the end of Season 1 maybe and was like we have to do the Twin Peaks episode. And, you know, to his credit, he immediately jumped on board. It just took three more years for us to sort of gain enough steam and get enough fans and have enough sea legs to actually be able to pull something like that off. But it was worth the wait for sure because I think it came out way better than it would have if we had tried to do it too soon.

And I don't know. I'm obviously a little bit biased. I can't say that I've ever been more proud of anything we've accomplished on our show than I am of this Twin Peaks episode.

Question:
Did you have any particular sway in the story or getting any of the Twin Peaks folks or was that something other people handled?

James Roday:
Well, you know, I sort of - I co-wrote the episode. And I sort of - and I targeted who, you know, which cast members from the original that we wanted. And, you know, I think it was seven and we got five out of the seven first choice that is and then we were still able to replace the two that we didn't get with, you know, with other fantastic cast members from Twin Peaks as well. So I mean technically we went seven for seven. But...

Question:
Who were the two you couldn't get?

James Roday:
You know, for various reasons we weren't able to get Michael Ontkean and Madchen Amick although at one point it looks like - it looked like we had both of them sort of like 11th hour stuff. But I felt like we adjusted nicely and we still got great people.

Question:
For the Twin Peaks episode, how about Kyle McLaughlan or Lara Flynn Boyle? Were they considered at all?

James Roday:
Interesting you should ask about those two. Kyle was the one name that we sort of didn't bandy about because as you'll see, you know, when the episode airs, you know, Sean and Gus sort of become Agent Cooper and, you know, he was such - he was such an iconic part of such an iconic series that we decided, you know, not to go - not to go for Kyle. Not because we don't love him but just because we thought it might be more interesting to sort of feature some of the other - some of the other actors from the cast.

And then Lara, you know, not really. You know, she'll do the Twin Peaks movie and there was a lot of speculation back in the day that, you know, maybe she wasn't as connected to the series as some of the actors were - as some of the other actors were. And we kind of wanted it to be a big love fest and a big sort of Twin Peaks reunion, so we sort of targeted the people that we thought would have the most fun and the most appreciation for us doing that.

Question:
What college antics do you hope to get involved in during the tour?

Dule Hill:
Well anybody who wants to offer me a shot, I'll definitely take a shot.

James Roday:
I don't know.

Dule Hill:
I don't think I'll be doing the the tube. I think those days may have passed me by. But I will take a shot.

James Roday:
I was really hoping to get in on some final exams. Maybe a couple of essays. I don't know. Been a long time since I wrote a really good paper.

Question:
How will this tour affect you trick or treating plans?

Dule Hill:
I think we'll be missing it. At least at my home.

James Roday:
I won't be able to trick or treat like normal. But I'll make sure someone is in place in my stead so that the children still get the candy that they need.

Question:
Why do you guys think that the coveted college demographic is choosing to watch your show over playing video games?

Dule Hill:
I think it must be we're a fun show. I mean I think it's something that people can relate to. You know, we have a lot of fun. You know, there's a lot of hijinks and antics that go on that really makes for laughs. I mean they can tune in and they can get their mind away from all of the exams and scientific and all those, you know, college things they got to remember. They just laugh for a little while.

James Roday:
And they only have to put - they only have to put the video game controllers down for about 40 minutes and you pick them right back up again.

Dule Hill:
You see what I'm saying.

Question:
You've shared a little bit about the guest stars that we can expect in the upcoming season. Is there anything else that you can share wabout this upcoming season as far as any of the plots, where you guys are going, what you're doing?

James Roday:
When we go back to the - we got back to the police academy. And by back I mean - not that we've been there before but we're forced to go through police training because of all of the sloppy work that we do. And that's fun.

Dule Hill:
We interact with a polar bear.

James Roday:
We do. We have a - we have an episode that will be the directorial debut of our own Andy Berman where we're defending the honor and the life of a polar bear who's been accused of murder. A real polar bear.

Question:
Do you really interact with that polar bear?

Dule Hill:
Yes we do.

James Roday:
Yeah we do. We do. And that'll be interesting. We actually just starting shooting the episode yesterday and we haven't met the bear yet. But it's coming up very soon.

Dule Hill:
We're asked a lot of questions about how that interaction is going to go down. Because I've been - how are we going to shoot this scene because this bear's in front of my face?

Question:
Are there any strange gifts that you guys have received from fans?

James Roday:
Every possible version of a pineapple I think we've received. Yeah, you know, real pineapple, iron on pineapples, little pineapple men, pictures of us morphed with pineapples.

Dule Hill:
Right.

Question:
Do you know if the studios are planning on giving any sort of gift to the fans who come to the college seminars?

Dule Hill:
They are.

James Roday:
Yes. Yes.

Question:
There's an incentive for them to come?

Dule Hill:
They can get - I know they can get fully loaded iPads [laughs].ou know, they can get some site collectibles and things like that.

James Roday:
Pretty high end swag is coming their way.

Dule Hill:
Yeah.

Question:
James, what can you tell us about Shawn and Juliet?

James Roday:
Shawn and Juliet. Well, you know, it's - it kind of resolves itself quickly in the premier. So you won't have to wait for very long. And then you'll sort of see where it's headed and what we're doing with it. I think, you know, it's - to our credit, we sort of - we wanted to kind of do our own version of what is sort of a kind of traditional thing that happens on shows after a while.

And I think we're doing a pretty good job of, you know, not making too big a deal out of anything and keeping fun and the spirit alive and, you know, but also addressing the fact that, you know, these two have been pining for each other for a really long time. So that's what I can tell you.

Question:
The majority of the fans want to see you guys end up together. So I'm going to keep cheering for that and hopefully that's where it'll go. But you guys have definitely kept it interesting where other shows probably just have it where they hook up and then everything just kind of goes downhill from there. So it's exciting to see what you guys have in store in the season.

James Roday:
Yeah. Yeah. You know, it's a slippery slope. But luckily there's lots and lots of examples of what not to do that other shows have given us from the past.

Question:
Will Gus be getting another love interest or the same love interest this season?

Dule Hill:
I don't think I'll be getting the same love interest. Well they - there is a phantom love interest that - I don't know if that show's aired already. There's a phantom love interest that comes that we never actually get a chance to meet. And then there's something that starts to go on in an episode near the end of the season with her. I guess with...

James Roday:
I think that one did air. Wasn't that the one that ended at the wedding, right?

Dule Hill:
Yeah. That show did air already?

James Roday:
Yeah, that aired.

Dule Hill:
Oh, okay. And then maybe end of the season Gus will have an infatuation with a relative of Lassiter. You know, that won't go over too well.

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