Psych season 7 premieres on Wednesday, February 27 with an episode called “Santa Barbaratown 2, Lethal Weapon 5.” The premiere may air this week, but TV Equals was on the Psych set last summer when the series celebrated filming its 100th episode. On that day, we got a chance to sit down with stars Corbin Bernsen, Maggie Lawson and Timothy Omundson to find out what is happening with Henry, what it was like to reach 100 episodes, and more.
Henry might be back, and he might not. Everyone was mum on the set last year, especially when asked about Henry’s condition after being shot in the season 6 finale, no one more so than Corbin Bernsen himself. “There’s a lot of possibility, [but] nobody really knows do they? You assume that [Henry] lives. I mean, they’re not going to kill Henry, right? But have you explored the possibilities? Ghost. Flashbacks. But it’s fun, I mean when you have a pretty long career, and there are those cliffhangery moments, it’s great to have one of them in your library I suppose.”
Speaking of flashbacks as a possibility if Henry really is gone, Bernsen had an opinion about the costuming. “I really hated the wig. I mean, I personally just didn’t like it, it made me angry, but I guess that was good for Henry. Every day I would put it on I thought they actually make me look older. In a weird way, blonde guys should not have hair, as they get older. But I don’t know if I want to go back. I like to go forward. That’s what I think would be fun, where Shawn comes and visits my grave, on the 20 year anniversary of my death.” Bernsen joked.
Timothy Omundson and Maggie Lawson had no trouble picking their favorite scenes to film over the past seven seasons. When asked about his favorite scene to film, Omundson didn’t hesitate, “One of my tops is at the end of Yang, up on the clock tower.”
Maggie Lawson agreed, “That’s in my top maybe my favorite of all of them.”
Lawson continued, “I have to tell you, one of my favorite scenes was from last year, at the end of the vampire episode; with Tim, and Christie Swanson in the jail cell. I tear up every time. And I’ve seen it a few times. When James [Roday] was editing it; and the music and the whole bit and I was like, (cries).”
James Roday is an amazing director, according to his co-stars. Speaking more on the vampire episode, as well as other episodes that Roday has directed, Omundson said, “James is such an amazing director. He sort of gave me a little a preview and we talked about what he was going to do, At this point with him, more so than in any other directors, it’s just like, ‘Just point me, I’ll do it.’ I have complete trust. I’ll do whatever; I mean I floated in a river for the man.”
Lawson added, “But you want to do that for him when he directs there are obviously a connection and a passion for the show. Like the way he directs is, he puts himself sort of in it as well; he plays some of the music you’ve heard from some of his episodes. He’ll play the whole sequence at the end, and when we have our moment – at the top of the clock tower and I sort of fall into his arms emotionally – He plays the music for us while we’re doing it.”
Season 7 won’t be just Pez dispensers and unicorns; it will have some dark moments as well. Asked about the heavy note that season 6 ended with, Omundson said, “We’ve ended pretty darkly in the past, especially when James is at the helm. I think our audience can certainly appreciate it when we can mix it up a little bit like that. And it’s not just always Pez dispensers and unicorns.”
Lawson questioned Omundson’s choice of words, “Pez dispensers and unicorns. That’s what you went with?”
Maggie Lawson likes how the darker moments push the characters into a deeper place. Speaking more about the show’s more darker moments, Lawson said, “I feel like the Yin-Yang trilogy pushed everybody into a deeper place. Overall in relationships and how we all had to work together. And I think for me, when I think about that, when I think about those sort of turning points in the show, and when things took that sort of heavier turn, we got into characters a little bit. We all explored so much.”
Omundson agreed, “And after a hundred episodes, to be able to look back at, for example, like where Lassiter started [compared to] where he is now. He’s still the same guy; he’s still that same loveable prick. One of the big turning points for me was obviously the divorce paper scene, because it was such a culmination [of that season]. When it was finally revealed, it was like ‘Oh this is why he’s such a prick. ‘Cause he’s been so miserable and unhappy.’ And so that was a big turning point.”
The biggest part of the show for Tim Omundson is the relationships. Asked about whether Psych could be considered a procedural type of show, Omundson said, “We’re procedural in a way, but most procedurals don’t have what we have which is the relationships. To me that’s what I want to watch when I watch a TV show. I want to watch how these characters bump into each other. You’ve seen so much of their lives; we’ve all sort of grown up on this show. This is so much more rewarding to me like, here are these people, they’re stuck with each other [and] how is this going to unfold this week?”
Well, it certainly sounds like the cast has a lot of fun shooting Psych. What do you think now that you’ve been teased about Henry’s fate and learned about some of the cast’s favorite episodes to shoot? Are you more excited than ever to see the premiere tomorrow?
Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow for our interview with James Roday and Dule Hill from the set. Also, as Psych‘s 100th episode draws near in the coming weeks, we’ll also have interviews with guest stars Martin Mull, Christopher Lloyd and Lesley Ann Warren, as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes photos of the 100th episode celebration with the cast and crew.
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