USA network has upped their order for the eighth season of 'Psych' from eight to thirteen episodes, prompting further speculation that the eighth season of 'Psych' will be the last for the series.
The sleuth detective dramedy about a phony psychic and his best friend is presently amidst its seventh season on USA, making it one of the most successful series on the network. Back in December, prior to the debut of the seventh season, USA picked up an eight-episode eighth season; since then, ratings for 'Psych' have remained strong, even improving greatly from the norm from season six. The numbers alone could be enough to have prompted the order of five additional scripts for season eight, however there is speculation that the five scripts ordered will ask the writers to wrap up the storyline for a satisfying series finale.
'Psych' stars James Roday ('Beerfest,' 'Gamer') and Dule Hill ('The West Wing,' 'Gayby') and has proven to be a cult hit as well as a ratings hit, given DVD/BluRay sales as well as a strong social media presence. There is one monkeywrench thrown in to the plans for an eighth season, however: Maggie Lawson, who plays the female lead Jules O'Hara on 'Psych,' is starring in a comedy pilot over at ABC this season. Should the Cullen Brothers pilot be picked up, that project would attain first-position for Lawson and she would be contractually limited to appearing in only five episodes of 'Psych's thirteen-episode season.
There remain a lot of what-ifs in that Lawson scenario, however given the buzz behind her project at ABC, I would not be surprised if the writers of 'Psych' were forced to creatively write Jules out of the bulk of the final season.