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Interview with James Roday and Dulť Hill of "Psych" on USA Network 7/31/09

I was on vacation in Baltimore while I phoned in for this conference call. I was walking down a noisy city street with my cell phone, but I was not going to miss this call! I'm so glad I didn't, too. These guys are hilarious. I laughed most of the time. They did a lot of laughing, too. It's clear they have a blast no matter what they are doing.

Read my review of the season premiere!

Psych Ė James Roday and Dulť Hill Q&A Session
July 31, 2009/1:00 p.m. EDT

Moderator: Thank you. Our first question is from the line of Jennifer Iaccino with Media Blvd Magazine. Please go ahead.

J. Iaccino: Hello to both of you.

D. Hill: Hello, how are you doing?

J. Roday: How are you?

J. Iaccino: Iím very well, thank you. This is a pleasure. I was thrilled to pieces when I heard that I might have the chance to speak to you both.

But to move on with my questions, I wanted to say to Mr. Roday and Mr. Hill I know that youíve both played very different characters in other things. I know that Mr. Roday had actually played alongside to Maggie Lawson in Fear Itself and Mr. Dulť you had a wonderful part on West Wing for a while. So how do you feel now about playing comedy? Do you enjoy it better; do you like doing horror or drama more? How does it feel?

D. Hill: I actually enjoy comedy; itís a lot of fun. After doing seven years of drama on West Wing to be able to come and work with Roday and the rest of the cast has been a blast. Itís something different, especially working with Roday where he likes to improv a lot it challenges me to work on different muscles that I havenít used before.

J. Iaccino: Thatís wonderful. How about you, Mr. Roday?

J. Roday: Well, first of all I just want to thank you for reminding me that I did in fact appear in Fear Itself; I often forget that. Secondly, I would say Iíve actually done a lot more comedy than Iíve done drama. Itís weird the way that worked out, because when I came out of theater school I took myself way too seriously, so itís kind of ironic that I ended up sort of going down the comedy path.

But I think what makes this role special compared to some of the other stuff that Iíve done is just the fact that Iíve had the opportunity to live with it so long and sort of watch it sort of grow and nurture it, not unlike you nurture a plant. And working with a great group and an unbelievable cast and sort of having the freedom to do what we do on the show sort of sets it apart from any role that Iíve played, comedy or drama. Itís just been a special ride. Itís been a special ride.

Moderator: Thank you. Our next question is from Traci Grant with Please go ahead.

T. Grant: Hello, guys.

D. Hill: How are you doing, Traci?

T. Grant: Iím good. How are you? Basically, this is for both of you; the show is known a lot for its kind of fast-paced banter between your characters Shawn and Gus. And so what I want to know is how much sort of say do you guys get in what goes on in the dialog, particularly between the humorous segments and something like the nicknames that Shawn makes up for Gus? What goes on with those types of moments?
J. Roday: Unlike, I think, the majority of shows on television right now we actually have a frighteningly high amount of say in what we do with the dialog. A lot of times it comes in great and all we have to do is say it, but any time we sort of recognize an opportunity to throw something in or add something or if we have a better name for Gus than the one that came in we just pull the trigger.

Weíre pretty good at monitoring ourselves so that we only do it if weíre making it better, and itís very rare that we find out later that the people down in LA were disappointed because we changed something. Theyíre usually pretty pleased.

D. Hill: Yes. And the names that we come up with most of the time it has to do with somebody that we know, somebody in the cast knows or somebody that one of the writers knows or a producer, something like that. I would say pretty much eight times to of ten there is some relation to the crazy name that Gus is being called.

T. Grant: Great. Thank you so much.

J. Roday: Thanks, Traci.
D. Hill: Thank you.

Moderator: Jessica Mahn with Fan Please go ahead.

J. Mahn: Hello. This question is for both of you. What detectives, in real life or in fiction, have been an influence for the characters?

J. Roday: You know what, I go to this movie called Without a Clue that not a lot of people saw. It was Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley, and the idea behind the movie was that Watson was the brains of the operation and Holmes was just this very theatrical sort of charlatan that diverted peopleís attention and got all the ladies. Itís a very, very funny movie that not a lot of people have seen.

But I love the fact that it was sort of rooted in the idea that these two guys absolutely, positively were dependent on one another to solve a crime, because Holmes was sort of the face of the franchise but Watson was the guy that sort of kept their feet on the ground and did a lot of the thinking. Thatís not exactly what the dynamic is on Psych, but the sort of ying yang element of it of thereís no way that either of these guys could work on their own and thereís no way that they could accomplish what they were doing without the other one is definitely sort of a big element of what we do on Psych.

So thatís my answer. I feel decent about it. Iím passing it off to Dulť.

D. Hill: I guess for myself itís not any real I guess template that I came in to with a preconceived notion about like in terms of a previous detective team. I guess if I had to choose one I would say Cosby and Poitier in Uptown Saturday Night. I want to say that would be the equivalence that I could think of, but besides that thereís not really anything that Iíve thought about before to say yes, this is what the template is.

Moderator: Thank you. Troy Rogers with Please go ahead.

T. Rogers: Hello, James. Hello, Dule.

J. Roday: Whatís up, dude?

D. Hill: How are you doing?

T. Rogers: I just want to say the premise of the premiere episode made me smile, because Iím in Vancouver. I just wanted to know what was behind the decision to actually feature Van city in the episode?

D. Hill: I think itís that we work in Vancouver. Weíve been workingó

J. Roday: Yes, it was an opportunity to finally not worry about everything that was in the background of all of our shots. We actually could play the locations for the actual locations, and make believe stickers and Canadian flags all those things were good. And it was actually a lot of fun; Iím glad weíve lasted long enough to do one to do that. It was fun.

D. Hill: And we finally didnít have to move our palm trees with this; we could leave the palm treesó

J. Roday: Thatís right, our three movable palm trees got an episode off.

D. Hill: Right. They were tired, you know what I mean; the palm trees were tired. With every episode they were Ö

J. Roday: We gave them a much-deserved break.
Moderator: Thank you. Our next question is from Tiffany DíEmidio with Eclipse Magazine. Please go ahead.

T. DíEmidio: Hello, guys.

D. Hill: How are you doing?

J. Roday: Tiff! Where have you been all of our lives?

T. DíEmidio: You know, Iím very stealth and kind of behind the scenes.

J. Roday: Yes, you are. Come on out.

T. DíEmidio: Now Iím out. I have to say that I really enjoyed the first episode, and I particularly loved the Thomas Crown/Remington Steele reference and laughed pretty hard about that one, mostly because the other day I was on Hulu and I actually watched an episode of Remington Steele. So it just kind of made me laugh.

But I really enjoy the pop culture references that you make in the series, and I just wondered if you could be in any television show of the past which would it be? Or if you could spoof a show as an episode what would it be?

J. Roday: Well, my answer is one in the same. I would have given anything to be on Twin Peaks, and if we last another season we will be doing a Twin Peaks episode. So there you go.

T. DíEmidio: Really. That would be interesting to see. Dulť?

D. Hill: I guess for myself if I could have been a Cosby kid.

T. DíEmidio: Cosby kid.

D. Hill: Yes, of course. If I could have been on Cosby that would have been great for me. And I guess if we could spoof any show I would say maybe Fame; I could be Leroy.

T. DíEmidio: Fame. Oh, you really have to do that I think. Iím going to petition for it.

D. Hill: Sounds good.

Moderator: Thank you. Lauren Tucker with Small Screen Monthly. Please go ahead.

L. Tucker: Yes hello. First of all, thank you for talking to us today.

J. Roday: No prob.

L. Tucker: I have a question for both of you. If you could investigate anybody who would it be?

D. Hill: If I could investigate anybody who would it be?

J. Roday: I think I might have to just really roll up my sleeves and investigate Monica Bellucci and just make sure that sheís living her life along the straight and narrow, sheís not cutting any corners in life, in her work; just really get in there and make sure that sheís on the up and up.

D. Hill: And from my side I would investigate Halle Bear, who is also Halle Berry.

J. Roday: Thatís it; this is classy stuff youíre getting from us today.

Moderator: Our next question is form the line of Christine Nyholm with Please go ahead.

C. Nyholm: Hello, guys.

D. Hill: How are you doing?

C. Nyholm: Good. How are you?

J. Roday: Pretty good.

D. Hill: Good.

C. Nyholm: Excellent. My question is it just seems like you have a blast; the show is so fun to watch. And I was wondering if the show is as much fun to shoot as it is to watch?

D. Hill: Yes.

J. Roday: Absolutely.

D. Hill: We have so much fun up there. The cast is great, the crew is even greater, and we just have a lot of fun. No one takes themselves too seriously; we all come to work and we are pretty much getting paid to laugh all day. We sing songs; we have the best singing crew in Vancouver. One day if you get a chance you come up there and weíll have them sing you Happy Birthday just for no reason in particular. We sing Happy Birthday about three or four times a day just because. Thereís a really great bunch of people up there.

J. Roday: And we donít pay royalties for it. Itís free; we can sing Happy Birthday for free.

Moderator: Our next question will be from the line of Drucilla Moorhouse with E Online. Please go ahead.

D. Moorhouse: Hello, guys.

D. Hill: How are you doing?

J. Roday: Hey.

D. Moorhouse: At Comic Con you kind of teased that Twin Peaks would be this season. Is that not true?

J. Roday: That is not true, unfortunately. I think that something got lost in the translation there. This season has sort of been locked for a while; there are no unaccounted for episodes. That was us teasing with the hoax that if some of our executives were in the audience it was like a hint, hint listen to how bad everybody wants this. You have to keep us on the air. Itís a promise; itís definitely a promise that if thereís a season five Twin Peaks will definitely happen.

D. Hill: I guess a little teaser too Twin Peaks would be Ray Wise doing our show this year. A little prelude.

J. Roday: Thatís true. Itís a Twin Peaks prelude.

Moderator: Jay Jacobs with Please go ahead.

J. Jacobs: Hey, guys. I wanted to talk about some of the telltale references. I actually thought it was really funny the jokes that you made about The Mentalist in the premiere. When that show started were you guys like going, ďHmm, that sounds familiar,Ē and was it sort of fun to sort of point that out on screen?

J. Roday: It was. No one is off limits when it comes to us, including ourselves. Weíve made fun of our own sort of resumes on this show. As long as they have a sense of humor over there I would think that they would be sort of flattered and get a kick out of it.

Obviously, itís not malicious in any, but itís what we do on our show and if youíre going to go make a bigger show thatís kind of like our show and get four times as many viewers and Emmy nominations then you should expect to hear about it when our show airs.

Moderator: Travis Tidmore with CineManiac. Please go ahead.

T. Tidmore: Hey, guys, thank you for talking with us today.

J. Roday: Hey. No problem.

T. Tidmore: Iím a big fan of the show and my son is a one-year old and loves your theme song. I have a video online of him dancing to the theme song.

J. Roday: Nice.

T. Tidmore: My question is do you guys have a favorite episode to film or that you think is the best episode you guys have done so far?

J. Roday: I like different ones for so many different reasons, but I can say that for me personally, just as an actor, I think the most fun Iíve ever had on our show was an episode called Lifeís Camera Homicidio when my character got thrust into the world of a Spanish telenovela and I got to improvise in both English and Spanish. That was a blast.

D. Hill: Well I guess for that episode I guess Roday to be able to improvise in Spanish he was getting in touch with his roots so he was really excited about that.

But for myself it would still have to go back to American Duos. I just canít help it, I just loved dressing up as Michael Jackson and being able to do a moonwalk, have John Landis direct me while Iím dressed up as Michael Jackson in Thriller. And there was a crowd there, too, so you canít really beat that. You canít really beat that. Thatís one of my all time favorite experiences on Psych.

Moderator: Our next question is from Suzanne Lanoue with The TV MegaSite. Please go ahead.

S. Lanoue: Hello. Thank you for taking our calls today.

J. Roday: Thanks for being interested enough to ask us questions.

D. Hill: Yes, you know.

S. Lanoue: Youíre welcome. I was going to ask you if you had any things that you could tell us about this upcoming season, whatever you feel free to share either overall or specifics about what we can expect this season.

J. Roday: In terms of sort of themes for episodes you saw that weíre doing sort of an expedition Canada, catch a jewel/art thief episode, and weíre doing sort of a Shawn and Gus save an old western town and everything that comes along with that that you could imagine, including a grizzled, gray bearded James Brolin.

D. Hill: Exorcism episode.

J. Roday: Yes, weíre paying tribute to the Exorcist with our exorcism episode featuring the aforementioned Ray Wise, who is just fantastic in the episode I have to say. Just really came in and knocked it out of the park.

D. Hill: American Werewolf in London homage.

J. Roday: Thatís right, a little love letter to American Werewolf in London and werewolf movies in general featuring David Naughton, obviously, and Josh Malina. And lots of other fun stuff.

I have to say I think weíre kind of storming out of our gates this year with some really good stuff. I think last year we stormed in our heads, but we were actually like trotting at a casual pace, and this year I actually think weíre storming out of the gates for real.

Moderator: Roger Newcomb with We Love Soaps. Please go ahead.
R. Newcomb Hey, guys. To kind of follow-up on some previous questions, how many of the pop culture references come from you, including the Chad Michael Murray reference?

D. Hill: I would say about 99.9% of them do not come from me. Maybe if thereís something in the Ď70s that might be something that I came with, but most of the Ď80s references I have no idea what Iím talking about. Itís not until after I film it that I turn around and say, ďOkay, now what was that about?Ē

J. Roday: Who were the twins that you knew that I had never heard of in Tuesday the 17th?

D. Hill: The twins? Oh, the Mowli Twins.

J. Roday: The Mowli twins. That was your 0.01% man.

D. Hill: That and whatís the other one? I donít even know if it made it to air, the Gill Scott Heron.

J. Roday: Oh, that was. That made it two. That made it two.
D. Hill: Gill Scott Heron. Thatís my two for the year.

J. Roday: Yes. Most of them come from the writers and then I throw in my fair share as well. Chad Michael Murray became the target of some early jabbing for us after I saw some interview where it was like a behind the scenes of House of Wax and he was wearing a wife beater. It was just a real serious interview, and I got such a kick out of it that we had to have some fun at his expense. Hopefully heís a good-natured guy with a sense of humor.

Moderator: And Alix Sternberg at Please go ahead.

A. Sternberg: Hello, guys.

D. Hill: How are you doing?

J. Roday: Hey.

A. Sternberg: Good. How are you? So my question is how does becoming co-producers affect your roles on the show?

D. Hill: I donít know what Roday thinks, but from my side I donít think it really changes that much. I think from the beginning of the show the dynamic has pretty much been what it is. Maybe say from Rodayís side he may write a few more episodes, but he was already writing episodes anyway. From my side I would think itís more of a title; it hasnít really changed the actual working dynamic that much. Maybe a little bit changes, but nothing too major.

J. Roday: Yes. I think, like Dulť said, the dynamic was sort of set from the first season. Because none of our producers are up in Vancouver with us it was just sort of a necessary thing that we take on a little more responsibility to help the show sort of run smoothly. They finally decided to throw us a title for it.

Moderator: Lauren Becker with Shooting Stars Magazine. Please go ahead with your question.

L. Becker: Hey, guys, thank you for talking to us. Iíve been a huge fan since the very beginning, so Iím really excited about the new season.

D. Hill: Thank you. Glad you enjoy it.
J. Roday: Nice.

L. Becker: Yes. My question is just this year they released two books for Psych and your characters and everything, and I was wondering if you were to ever read those yourselves and you could come up with your own kind of merchandise what would you like to see?

D. Hill: Well I would read it if I had one and if I knew there was one that was out.

J. Roday: I was going to say itís good to know that there are books out. I didnít know that.

D. Hill: Maybe Iíll try to read it one day on the set.

J. Roday: Merchandise.

D. Hill: I would have to say a video game. I love video games anyway, so a Psych video game somehow that I could play on Xbox or Wii would be great.

J. Roday: I have to say I think the idea of a talking bobblehead was pretty solid, and someone actually came up with already and did it. I love the idea of little Shawn and Gus bobbleheads.

D. Hill: Which, by the way, I have my President Obama bobblehead also. So when I get my Psych bobbleheads it will be Shaun, Gus, and President Barack Obama bobbleheads sitting on my counter.

J. Roday: I might give you Ichiro Suzuki bobblehead just so that you can add it and it would be a quartet.

D. Hill: Sounds good.

Moderator: Our next question comes from Russell Trunk with Please go ahead.

R. Trunk: Gentlemen, wonderful talking with you today, my friends.

J. Roday: Yes. Thanks, man.

R. Trunk: And for the record, Without a Clue is one of my favorite movies of all time.

J. Roday: Good man. Good man.

R. Trunk: Now look I was wondering if you, James, had visited any actual psychics in order to watch and observe them in action? And if you, Dulť, being an encyclopedia of useless knowledge that oddly becomes useful every week, is it anything like the way your brain works in real life?

D. Hill: Well from my side no; I try not to fill up my brain cells with useless information. So most of the time Iím pretty much just learning it as it comes in the scripts.

J. Roday: And for me I visited a couple psychics back before we shot the pilot just because I was sort of interested to hear their back stories and sort of how the power manifests itself.

And of course you never know if theyíre legit or not, but there were some interesting stories in terms of like physicalizing the gift. I was interested to hear like does it ever take over your body, does your body heat rise, stuff like that; anything that I could steal. Of course I did not tell them while visiting that I was going to be playing a fake psychic nor did they figure it out on their own, so maybe that tells you everything you need to know about the people that I met with.

And I have to say, for the record, my favorite line from Without A Clue is after Michael Caine pokes a dead body with a stick and announces to everyone, ďIt is my opinion that this man is dead.Ē So there you go.

Moderator: BethAnne Henderson with Please go ahead.

B. Henderson: Hello, guys, thanks for taking our calls today. After coming back from Comic Con and all the questions that have already been asked before me, Iím kind of out. I donít know even what to ask you guys anymore, so Iíll just ask you this. Whatís the one question that you both wish someone would ask you that no one has ever asked you?

D. Hill: I guess I would say that question you just asked me. It would be just a reoccurring cycle just would keep going around, because then my response would be the question you just asked me if you would ask me the question again.
J. Roday: Wow. Thatís a tough one. Thatís a good one. I love talking about my fellow cast mates, because I think theyíre all geniuses and I think theyíre all so talented. So anything that allows me the opportunity to go off ranting about them and watching them work and what a joy it is for me to sort of sit back if Iím writing or directing and sort of watch them do their thing is a great question that I feel like I donít get asked enough. But thatís it; thatís the best that I can give you.

Moderator: Thank you. Kristyn Clarke with Please go ahead.

K. Clarke: Hello, guys. Thanks for taking our call.

D. Hill: Thank you.

J. Roday: Of course.

K. Clarke: Which one of you is the most like your character on the series or are you completely different?

J. Roday: I think weíre both pretty different. I do. I think thatís one of the things that is really cool about our show is that we have as much fun as we do, A, and B, we get to play characters that are pretty different from our real life personas.

D. Hill: But actually going back to someoneís previous question about useless information I would say that Roday is more like Gus in that area, especially with film trivia, Ď80s trivia. He and Steve Franks can lift off songs on an album. I guessó

J. Roday: I have the trunk of useless knowledge.

D. Hill: Yes.

Moderator: Karen Jackson with Please go ahead.

K. Jackson: Hello, guys. How are you?

D. Hill: Pretty good. How are you?

J. Roday: Good.
K. Jackson: Pretty good. Thanks for talking with us. Love the show. I was wondering you guys have such great chemistry on the show does that come naturally?

D. Hill: I think so; I think it comes naturally. From the time we first got together there was a good vibe there, and weíve had a cast that continued to grow with it. I think even off screen we get along very well. The cast as a whole we like hanging out with each, making each other laugh, going out having dinner, playing poker, playing mafia. Itís just us up there in Vancouver, so if we didnít get along then I think it would show itself on screen. So I would say it comes pretty natural.

J. Roday: I agree with all of that.

Moderator: And our next question is from Icess Fernandez with the blog Writing to Insanity. Please go ahead.

I. Fernandez: Hello, guys.

D. Hill: Hello.

J. Roday: Whatís up?
I. Fernandez: Hello. I just have to say right quick Lifeís Camera Homicidio was on repeat at my house for the longestólove that episode. And just finished seeing the premiere a couple of nights ago, and I couldnít help but wonder while I was watching is there anything, in your guysí opinions, that would cause Gus to say no more? Is there anything that Shawn could do that would just drive Gus over the edge and Gus would just have to take a stand and say no, Iím just not going to do that?

D. Hill: I donít know if there is anything that Shawn could do. I do think there is something that Jeff Wachtel and Bonnie Hammer could do--if they say the show is over they maybe might see Gus say no more.

But no, I donít think so. I think theyíve been together for so long theyíre like brothers. I think a major part of Gus really enjoys going along on the journeys that Shawn takes him, but just doesnít want to come out of his face and actually admit. He always wants to say this is wrong and we shouldnít be doing this, but I think he would go pretty much wherever Shawn leads him, and I donít think Shawn would lead him to far off the ledge. I think thereís like a nice little balance there.

J. Roday: I think if there was going to be something that caused him to say that it would have happened already. Shawn has done some pretty whacked stuff to him, so I think heís in. I think heís in at this point.

D. Hill: Right.

Moderator: Courtney Shink with Raked Reviews. Please go ahead.

C. Shink: Hello, guys. How is your Friday treating you?

D. Hill: Itís treating me well.

J. Roday: Not bad. I woke up, I have friendly voices on the other end of the line; I got nowhere to go but down.

D. Hill: Speaking of which, a little bit of trivia. Itís a little bit of trivia. Iím actually, after this phone call, Iím going to the wedding of Matt CedeŮo, who was on Homicidio.

J. Roday: Wow.

D. Hill: Thereís a little bit of trivia. Iím going there this afternoon, speaking of Friday. Heís getting married today.

J. Roday: Iíll be danged.

C. Shink: Awesome. Well I have a quick question for you. I think thereís a danger in comedy when you go across a number of seasons that you could become predictable or stale. How do you guys keep this show so fresh?

J. Roday: Itís a good question, and I think part of the answer is that all of us, from producers to writers to actors and everybody, is sort of hyper aware of what you just said. You couldnít have a group that was sort of more acutely aware of not getting complacent, of recognizing how important it is to not become predictable and to not get stale, because it happens to so many other shows. And so when we go to break stories and weíre on set it sort of pushes us, quite frankly, to not settle for stuff that feels like it could be better and thatís sort of the way weíve been treating the show from the beginning.

And while it may get more and more challenging the longer that we last the truth is we donít ever want to be considered one of those shows that dropped off after season blank and then was just sort of on autopilot until the end. And I donít think anyone will ever sort of break in that regard; weíll always continue to challenge each other and make sure that everybody is working as hard as they possibly can.

D. Hill: And I think itís very easy to, I guess, just to do what you think works. I think, as Roday was saying, we keep challenging ourselves to keep raising the bar, to keep staying engaged, and even as the actors on the set to keep staying connected and staying alive each time we do it.

And then also I think certain things we try to make sure we donít run certain things to the ground, like Gus is not going to run screaming out every episode. After you find yourself doing certain things for a while you kind of say okay, letís go someplace else with it to keep the characters alive.

J. Roday: Absolutely.

Moderator: The next question is from Lena Lamoray with Lena Lamoray Magazine. Please go ahead.

L. Lemoray: Hello, guys.

D. Hill: Hello.

J. Roday: Look at you naming your magazine after yourself.

L. Lemoray: I know. Okay, American Duos has to be my favorite episode. What was it like working with Tim Curry and the rest of the guest stars?

D. Hill: Oh, wow, it was great. First of all, just the fact that Roday and Tim Curry went into a little back and forth saying, ďNo.Ē You couldnít really beat that. Youíre working with a comic genius, a great actor, along with Gina Gershon too, it was great. And then having John Landis direct, as I said before, for myself it was one of the all time great moments for me on Psych.

J. Roday: It was a blast of an episode and it was cast perfectly. It was just one of those things where all the pieces came together and you just sort of sat back and pinched yourself a little bit, because youíre like I canít believe this is A, happening, and B, like episode one of season two. So the planets definitely aligned on that one.
Moderator: Rafe Telsh with Please go ahead.

R. Telsh: Hey, guys, itís great to hear some Without A Clue love there.

J. Roday: Thanks, man. Everybody should go rent that movie. Iím just putting that out there, because thatís such a little gem.

R. Telsh: I came up with a little trickier question, because your showís Twitter feed said they were tired of hearing the same questions over and over again. Both of you play characters who are more complicated than they first appear, like it would be easy to play Shawn as just this grifting slacker but thereís more to him than that. What do each of you think is your characterís most difficult trait to capture and what moment in the show has allowed that character element to shine?

J. Roday: Well thatís very insightful and thoughtful indeed. For me I would say the most challenging thing about playing Shawn is the tight wire act between slacker and man child, and then also somebody that you really do want to invest in emotionally and like every week. And the line between wanting to rub his head and slap his face is very, very, very thin. And sort of walking that line and always knowing when to stop is sort of the most challenging on a day-to-day basis.

In terms of like a single event that sort of helped me with that I would say probably when we brought Shawnís mother onto the show, first episode of season three. Kind of we peeled back a layer that I think by tapping into it has allowed that sort of tight wire act to get a little easier just because you sort of saw a side of him that was way vulnerable that he didnít have complete control over. And once we sort of put that out there I think it made things a little bit easier in terms of the balancing act.

D. Hill: And then just for myself is one I donít I guess get too cerebral with my character, so I donít really think about it like that too often. I guess when a question comes up it makes me think about it, but in my day-to-day action on the set I donít really process it I just do it.

I would say I guess for me it would be that Gus to not make him too nerdy but not make him too cool, because he is a nerd. But at the same time you want him to be cool also, and I think too far in either direction would change the dynamic of the show. So itís always trying to find that balance of cool nerdiness or nerdy coolness or something like that. That would be my answer to that.

Moderator: Marc Eastman with Please go ahead.

M. Eastman: Hello, guys.

J. Roday: Hey, Marc.

M. Eastman: When I talked to James a little while ago you kind of gave me the may or may not be a werewolf episode. I was wondering if at this point there are any may or may not things you would tell us about whatís going to happen.

J. Roday: Well there may or may not be a continuation of the story that capped off our season last year, An Evening With Mr. Yang.

D. Hill: And there may or may not be something big coming.

J. Roday: There may or may be our biggest guest star ever appearing on the show down the stretch. And we may or may not be getting another dose of what Gusí hair looked like in the Ď90s. Howís that?

Moderator: Josh Bozeman with Please go ahead.

J. Bozeman: Hello, guys. Thanks for taking the call today.

J. Roday: Sure, dude.

J. Bozeman: My question is kind of weird, but forgive me. If Shawn and Gus went camping and they ran into a clan of hungry, angry cannibals what would the plan be to fight them off? And would Gusí wicked dance moves or maybe his random knowledge come into play somehow?

D. Hill: I would say first Shawn would probably try to do some kind of psychic intervention to lead them on a place for much better food. And then Gus would come in and talk about the nutritional principals of the food they were going to get instead of the make-up of eating Shawn and Gus together. Because eating the two of us together wouldnít be good, but eating what weíre going to go and get would be that much better. And somewhereó

J. Roday: I think there would be a diatribe about how dark meat is far worse for you than white mean, which Shawn of course would take and run with until he realizes that theyíre doing a pretty good sales job on white meat and now everybody is just looking at him. At which point Gus would have to create a diversion, and you would end up with us running as fast as our legs would carry us and probably screaming bloody murder.

D. Hill: Yes. At the top of our lungs at the highest pitch possible.

J. Roday: Yes.

Moderator: Our next question is from Stacy Roberts with Seriously? OMG! Please go ahead.

S. Roberts: Hello, guys. I love the show and I love you guys together.

D. Hill: Thank you. We love you.

J. Roday: Thanks, Stacy.

S. Roberts: Thank you. Quick question. You said what your favorite episode was, but you guys have done so many great things together on the show what has been your favorite like moment on the show?

J. Roday: Well since weíve already sort of thrown out the Duos thing a couple of times Iíll try to name one that doesnít involve us dressing up and singing at the end of that episode. I donít know.

D. Hill: There are so many.

J. Roday: There are so many good ones, but I think back at some of the early ones just because they were the moments that sort of helped set the tone and define the series. I think it was a lot harder to come by moments like that in the early episodes, as opposed to now when weíve been doing it so long.

So Iíll say the scene in Forgive Me Not where we were pretending to be doctors from other countries and spoke in the ticktock language to the zoo doctor. I think for where we were in the series that was pretty inspired tható

D. Hill: Yes. I would have to agree with that; that was one of the classic moments. It wasnít planned to go as far as it did, and Bob Dansky just let us run with it and it turned into that where we just were-- I donít even know how we were communicating, but we were doing some kind of language to each other that kept on going.

Moderator: Rosa Cordero with Please go ahead.

R. Cordero: Hello, guys.

D. Hill: How are you doing?

R. Cordero: Good. I wanted to thank James specifically right now, because I recently posted pictures of him grocery shopping in Vancouver on my Website and you made my site go crazy. Youíre a major sex symbol.

J. Roday: Thank you. I guess I was out of vitamin water huh?

R. Cordero: So my question is at Comic Con you guys mentioned something about a musical episode and also there was a mention of a possible porn spoof. And so I wanted to let you guys know if you did do the porn spoof I have a lot of volunteers.

D. Hill: Oh, okay. Tell them theyíre welcome to come join us.

R. Cordero: Iím at the front of the line.

D. Hill: Okay. Sounds good to me.

J. Roday: Thatís awesome. Thank you.

R. Cordero: So the musical episodeóare you guys really going to do a musical?

J. Roday: I would say yes. If we can last a little bit longer youíll definitely get a musical episode before all is said and done.

Moderator: Jay Jacobs with Please go ahead.

J. Jacobs: I was wondering in the new episode you work with Cary Elwes. What was that like and were there any Dread Pirate Roberts jokes going on?

J. Roday: We went pretty light on him. We went pretty light on him with The Princess Bride jokes. He came in and he was very focused and he wanted to do a really good job. He had given his character a lot of thought, and that was sort of enough for us, I think, just seeing an actor of that caliber come in and be definitely sort of concerned and tuned in as he was. I mean donít get me wrong; we had a great time with him and he was a blast to work with, but we didnít rib him too much.

Moderator: Eleanor Greeley with Spoiler TV. Please go ahead with your question.

E. Greeley: So in season three we got to see a lot more of the serious side of the characters. Are we going to get more of that in season four?

D. Hill: Definitely.

J. Roday: Yes, a little bit. You donít ever want to go too far in that direction, because I think people have plenty of shows that they watch to watch people be serious. I think at the end of the day itís always going to be important for us to mostly deliver what has made us successful, but there will definitely be episodes this year where you see us flip our serious switches. Gus has a serious jackal switch where itís still a jackal but itís a serious jackal.

D. Hill: Yes. That will have to make its way out some time this year.

Moderator: Rachel Levy with SideReel. Please go ahead with your question.

R. Levy: Hello, guys. A multi-parter. What has it been like to be on USA Network, and I was wondering if you think kind of thereís any big differences being on cable? And also, kind of related to that, do you guys ever feel like youíre kind of in friendly competition with newer series, other multiple of detective, spy, comedy series?

D. Hill: From my side I think itís great on USA. They really take the time to nurture their shows, they give you the chance to grow, and they give you the freedom to try different things. I would say everyone over there at USA, Jeff Wachtel, Bonnie Hammer, they all are very brilliant at what they do and they know what works. They know what works for their network and their track record proves it.
In terms of like feeling in competition I myself donít. I always feel that your journey is your journey and whatís good for one is good for all. If the network is doing well then itís great for all of us, so if they have a show that comes and premiers well great; that makes us that much more stronger. As long as we can hold down our spot then I think we can keep going along for a good ...

J. Roday: Yes. I think what we do is fairly unique on Psych, and we just have to keep doing that because thatís what got us where we are. So you canít really worry about any other show, whether itís on USA or not. You have to stay true to yourselves and hope that people keep watching, and in the meantime just be, like Dulť said, just be happy for the family because it seems like everything they churn out right now turns to gold.

Moderator: Rae Hanson with RTVW Online. Please go ahead.

R. Hanson Hey, guys. I donít have any zombie or porn questions, but now that youíve had your first experience at Comic Con how was it for you guys? I know it was great for us fans to see you, but how did you enjoy Comic Con?

D. Hill: I actually loved it. I wished that I wasnít so tired, because we had worked the night before in Vancouver and we flew down to LA I guess Wednesday and then I got up and flew to Comic Con Thursday morning. So I was pretty exhausted, so I wish I had more energy to be able to walk around. So Iím hoping to be able to go back next year and make sure I get some rest.

But I enjoyed it. It was great being there with all the fans and seeing peopleís reactions. I enjoyed seeing the different outfits that I did see. Hopefully weíll get a chance to do it for many more years.

J. Roday: Yes, I was absolutely blown away. I mean working up in Vancouver, to an extent, sort of puts us in a bubble. To be able to come face-to-face with our fans and see their reaction I felt like the fourth Jonas Brother and I feel like Dulť was the fifth black Jonas Brother.

Even though it was only for an hour it was just an overwhelming, heartwarming response. I donít want to go as far as to say itís like a validating thing, but you really sort of felt for a moment there like wow what weíre doing is connecting with people, and thatís the best feeling you can have as an artist for sure.
Moderator: Chelsea Daigle with Music, Movies, Mayhem. Please go ahead.

C. Daigle: Hello.

D. Hill: Hello.

J. Roday: The mayhem. I want to talk about the mayhem.

C. Daigle: All right. Well this question is for both of you. If you had the opportunity to choose some music for a Psych soundtrack what are a few tracks that would make the cut?

D. Hill: For a Psych soundtrack?

J. Roday: Shout would be on there.

D. Hill: Shout would be on there. I guess I would say Pass the Dutchie by Musical Youth. Oh, Man in the Mirror.

J. Roday: Man in the Mirror. I would give Priscilla Ahn a shout out.

D. Hill: Whatís that one where it goes ahhh, itís a Hall and Oates one, ďIíll do anything that you want me to.Ē

J. Roday: I Canít Go For That.

D. Hill: Yes.

J. Roday: And Priscilla Ahnís A Good Day thatís the song that played when Lassiter broke up with his ex-wife. That probably should be on there. Maybe at the end.

Moderator: Traci Grant with Please go ahead with your follow-up question.

T. Grant: Yes, hello again. So what I want to know is if people havenít started watching Psych yet why should they tune in now?

D. Hill: Well thereís so much serious stuff going on in the world I think itís a great show to come and sit back, put your feet up, and laugh for a little bit; just clear your minds. I think anyone who comes and watches this show definitely laughs out loud at least once, so if youíre looking to just step away from all the stress for a second then I would say check out Psych.

You know weíre like kids in a candy store, and it kind of brings people back to a time in their youth when people just dared to do anything, and thatís what we do on Psych.

J. Roday: And there are so few rules that we have to follow in terms of making this show. I donít think there are a lot of other shows out there where one week youíre wearing chaps and spurs and riding a horse and the next week youíre running from a potato sack headed killer chasing you into the woods with a machete, and yet youíre still laughing both times. I think itís a pretty unique little hybrid; it has something for everyone.

Moderator: We have a follow-up from Drucilla Moorhouse with E Online. Please go ahead.

D. Moorhouse: Can you guys hear me?

D. Hill: Yes.

J. Roday: I sure can.

D. Moorhouse: I accidentally pressed the hands free and I donít know how to get it off. Iím going to go back to the American Werewolf episode. You wrote that, James. Right?

J. Roday: Yes. I co-wrote that with my best friend Todd Harthan.

P. Moorhouse: Can you talk more about it? It was my favorite movie of all time. And is John Landis directing?

J. Roday: Wow. Iím right there with you; itís definitely one of my favorite movies of all time. The original plan was to have Landis direct it for obvious reasons. He is off directing a feature in England right now. So we got the incomparable Andrew Bernstein to step in in his place, who did a fantastic job, who Dulť has known since his West Wing days.

Itís not unlike Tuesday the 17th; itís an episode that needs to sort of stand on its own feet, but will definitely have moments where weíre winking and nodding and proclaiming our love for the original. But it has its own little story and its own little twists and turns.
Just having David Naughton on set was enough for me, because I got to pick his brain for the better part of a week and ended up getting a signed picture of him mid-transformation with the elongated torso reaching up at me. Thatís getting framed and going on a wall.

Moderator: Karen Jackson with Please go ahead with your follow-up.

K. Jackson: Hello, guys, again. I was wondering how has the success of this show changed your life?

D. Hill: Well for myself it hasnít really changed that much, because I had come from the West Wing before. So West Wing had more of a bigger change in terms of my daily life than going from West Wing to Psych. The only thing I would say thereís more fans, because the audience is different.

But in terms of regular life I wouldnít say itís that much. I guess doing the show has changed my life because Iím in Vancouver six months out of the year. So youíre kind of battling that being settled in one place, because by the time that I come home and I get settled in LA and used to being home and having my home life I now have to go back to Vancouver and live six months up there. But there are worse things I can be going through, so Iím not complaining at all.

J. Roday: My socks and underwear donít have holes in them anymore. That was a big deal for me.

Moderator: Next up is a follow-up from Jennifer Iaccino. Please go ahead.

J. Iaccino: Hello again. I just wanted to know with your vast knowledge about show biz basically and obviously youíve done some work on writing before, would you guys think about anything in the future that you would like to possibly write or direct? Maybe a new version of Twin Peaks, knock on wood, because I really loved that show too.

D. Hill: Well in terms of writing, I think in the future you will see me writing something called Nothing; it will be a blank piece of paper with nothing written on it, because I have no ambition to write so thatís not going to be happening. Iíll leave all that up to James Roday.

J. Roday: Yes. I feel like this have been an invaluable sort of experience for me, because Iíve managed to kind of cut my teeth doing all of the things that I do aspire to do. Hopefully by the time this show has a long and successful run Iíll have sort of banked enough stuff to sort of go out there and get myself another gig writing or directing.

I can tell you that when we do the Twin Peaks episode it will probably either be myself or Steve Franks directing, and the two of us will certainly write it because I donít think anyone else knows half as much about that show as we do. So I donít think we would feel comfortable handing it off, unless David Lynch wanted to come in and direct, in which case weíd make an exception.

C. Fehskens: Michael, we have time for one last question.

Moderator: Okay. We have a follow up from Courtney Shink with Raked Reviews. Please go ahead.

C. Shink: Hello. I was wondering youíve had a ton of fantastic guest stars. Who would you like to see on the show and who do you think they would play?

J. Roday: My answer is going to stay the same until we get him on. The answer is David Bowie, and anybody he wants is whom he will play.
D. Hill: And for myself I would like to get someone like Chris Tucker on the show. It would be great if he could play some kind of, I mean he could play anybody he wanted to also, but he could play some kind of relative of mine or something. It would be a lot of fun.

J. Roday: I think David Bowie could also play David Bowie if he wanted to, and Shawn and Gus could just have an episode where they hung out with David Bowie.

D. Hill: I think David Bowie could play Mr. Guster in season five.

J. Roday: He could.

D. Hill: There you goóbecause we change my dad all the time. Like dude, your daddy is David Bowie. Ö is not showing.

J. Roday: That would be fantastic.

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