James Roday & Dule Hill Return for "Psych" Season 6

By Jamie Ruby

PsychPsych, which airs on Wednesdays on USA Network, returned recently for its sixth season. The series follows Shawn Spencer, played by James Roday, who uses his powers of observation to help the Santa Barbara police, masquerading as a psychic detective. He is joined by his best friend Gus, played by Dulé Hill.

This season promises to deliver with a lot of great guest stars including William Shatner, Kristy Swanson, Corey Feldman, Malcolm McDowell, Joey McIntyre, Molly Ringwald, Danny Glover, and Wade Boggs.

Roday and Hill recently talked to the digital media about the upcoming seasons and their characters' latest antics.

USA Conference call
James Roday and Dulé Hill
October 4, 2011

DULÉ HILL: How's everybody doing?

JAMES RODAY: What up, what up?

DULÉ HILL: I'm giving everybody a warning, if I keep coughing in your ear, my apologies, I guess my body is starting to shut down because we just wrapped like three days ago. But I'm taking my Buckley's right now, my Buckley's cough drops, so I should be good to go.

JAMES RODAY: I'm not coughing in anyone's ear, so I'm not making any apologies.

PsychQUESTION: First of all I wanted to hear about the fan appreciation day, what's going down and how did that come about?

JAMES RODAY: Well you know, last season after we wrapped we did a little, we did like a little four-day college tour where we kind of hit every major region of the country and said, "Hi," to some of our fans at a couple different universities. And in lieu of something like that again, we're kind of centralizing the whole celebration to one location, which is the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City.

So Thursday we'll be kicking it at the Ziegfeld, and we'll get to hang out with about 1,000 of our fans that will be attending from all over the country. And we'll screen the premiere and we'll do a little Q&A and we'll give away some swag. And it should be fantastic and a great opportunity for us to say, "Thank you."

QUESTION: Since you just wrapped, is there anything you can dish about the season finale, is it a cliffhanger?

JAMES RODAY: Yes, there's - that is fair to say. There is a shocking ending that I hope our fans will not soon forget.

QUESTION: I heard two different things from you and Andy Berman about the Clue episode. Is it definitely off?

JAMES RODAY: It is not off, it's just not a part of our 6th season. It's still very much in the hopper and all of the key players are still committed, we just weren't able to shoot it this season because of various scheduling conflicts. But it's on tap for next season -- knock on wood -- probably the first or second episode.

QUESTION: You [have] hinted not only about the Clue episode...but also about a Halloween episode, I believe with vampires, and also an Indiana Jones-inspired episode as well as a Cuckoo's Nest-inspired episode.

JAMES RODAY: Yes, we did in fact deliver on those other ones. Those are in the can. Those are fully produced and being mixed.

DULÉ HILL: We also have a Shining episode this year too.

JAMES RODAY: Shining is what you get in place of Clue. So we still felt like we should swing big.

QUESTION: Well, what about Halloween?

JAMES RODAY: Halloween is the vampire episode. And I think it's airing the week of Halloween.

QUESTION: [Are] there any special guest stars in that one?

JAMES RODAY: Kristy Swanson, the original Buffy, and Corey Feldman, one of the Frog Brothers from The Lost Boys, and Tom Lenk, a regular on Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series.

QUESTION: So it's a lot of Buffys?

JAMES RODAY: Yes, we went Double Buffy.

DULÉ HILL: And Blacula makes a guest appearance also.


QUESTION: Who does?

DULÉ HILL: Blacula.

JAMES RODAY: Guest appearances, Blacula and the Vampire Lestat.

QUESTION: James, how did you come up with those weird accents in...the first episode of the season with Malcolm McDowell.

JAMES RODAY: You know what, our key makeup artist, Wendy Snowden -- shout out -- is British, and I literally sat, I sat with her that morning and was like, "All right, walk me through all the bad British regional dialects that there are and let me just butcher one." And that's how we landed on that.

QUESTION: Well they were horrible...but funny.

JAMES RODAY: Thank you.

QUESTION: Maggie has Twitter, Dulé has Twitter, Tim has pseudo-Twitter, when is James getting Twitter?

JAMES RODAY: Twitter, now what is that?

You know what it's - I'm not anti-Twitter, I just, I'm warming myself up. I'm just doing some pre-Tweeting loosening up exercises, making sure that my diet is in order. I just want to be in the best possible shape when I take this exciting journey into the Twitosphere.

QUESTION: Speaking of social networking, you guys are embarking onto some new territory with the Hashtag Killer. How do you guys feel about embarking on that new territory?

DULÉ HILL: I think it's fun. I mean obviously that whole interactive and social network stuff is a big part of today's society and our fan culture, so anything that we can do to engage them some more and keep them interested in our show, I think is a fun journey. And it's something different. And I hope people are enjoying it. I haven't had a chance to play it myself yet, but it seems like it'll be a fun thing to play.

JAMES RODAY: (Unintelligible).

DULÉ HILL: That's Roday talking to his dog, in case you were wondering.

JAMES RODAY: (Unintelligible).

DULÉ HILL: He's not losing his mind over there.

QUESTION: Could you tell us a little bit about some of Gus's upcoming nicknames this season?


QUESTION: Besides Blacula -- by the way the chops look good on you.

DULÉ HILL: Thank you. Thank you very much, thank you. Make it a Bloody Mary. I don't know Roday, what are some of the nicknames? I always - once they come and go, I kind of forget about them until they air.

JAMES RODAY: We did - the only one I can remember is because I just finished watching the cut for Shining yesterday and we do Eddie Adams from Torrance, which I believe is a Boogie Nights reference.

DULÉ HILL: Okay, okay. I'm kind of blanking out. I'm sorry I don't have a better answer for you right now. I can't remember some of the names I've been called this year.

QUESTION: Okay, so you guys made my dream come true watching you guys do the pendulum with Joey McIntyre in a video yesterday.

DULÉ HILL: Yes they released it on Entertainment Weekly, Roday.


QUESTION: Yes, that was a dream come true right there. So I want to know, what are the possibilities of seeing the remaining members of High Top Fade Out with all the members of New Kids on the Block on the show one day?

DULÉ HILL: It would be a fun Psych-Out. I don't know - I mean that'll be - I don't know if that'll ever happen; that's a lot to ask. I think we can maybe work it out where we can get some members of High Top Fade Out, our (Quarterblack), and a member of New Kids on the Block all in one season. I think we can make that happen this year.

QUESTION: Oh my God, that's just too much for my heart here. Can you tell me a little bit more about the Joey McIntyre episode?

JAMES RODAY: That was the super - our Superhero episode. There's like a vigilante superhero like combing the streets of Santa Barbara, cleaning them up one bad guy at a time. And it may or may not be Joey, we don't know.

QUESTION: Now that you guys are done shooting, what are you going to get into during your free time?

JAMES RODAY: Well, if Dulé will allow me to sing his praises, he will be appearing on Broadway in New York, starting in December, in a play called "Stick Fly" opposite Mekhi Phifer and Ruben Santiago-Hudson and a trio of wonderfully rich Broadway stage actresses that everyone should make a point to circle in their calendars and get to New York to see the man on stage.

DULÉ HILL: It should be a good time. And it's produced by Alicia Keys, who I just (found out is doing the music for the play. So you know, even if we are terrible the music will be good.

SCIFI VISION: What's your favorite Psych-Out that you've done? They all seem like so much fun, but what's your favorite?

DULÉ HILL: For myself it would be either the one we did with Joey, which because when you start involving real musicians and real singers and real artists singing their own songs with you, you can't really top that.

It would be the one that we did with Joey, and then it would be the original one that we did in the pilot, "Man in the Mirror," because that's kind of what started the whole machine going with the Psych-Outs. And that was just really just Roday and I having a lot of fun off camera. And then we got to the final shot just, "You know what, let's put it on tape. Let's just do it." And it turned into this whole big Psych-Out phenomenon so. Those are...

JAMES RODAY: Yes and in the spirit of doing Psych-Outs with the original artists, I'll mention a drunken rendition of "Head Over Heels" that we did with Chris Smith.


PsychSCIFI VISION: Is there anything this season that you learned about yourself or just in general since this season started?

DULÉ HILL: That I learned about myself?

JAMES RODAY: That it takes less takes and less stairs for me to get winded when we're in pursuit of bad guys.

DULÉ HILL: I probably learned something about the - I mean I like Vancouver but the love kind of starts to fade as my seasons go on. You know, the rain gets a little worrisome.

SCIFI VISION: What's something your fans would be surprised to learn about you?

JAMES RODAY: They'd be surprised?

DULÉ HILL: This one's a hard question because you don't really know how much people know or people don't know or what they (unintelligible).

SCIFI VISION: Like a hidden talent or something like that? Or a funny hobby, I don't know, something different.

DULÉ HILL: (Unintelligible).

JAMES RODAY: Well you know I think a lot is made of my affinity for horror films, which is absolutely true, and I think indicative of some of the episodes that I've written and directed. But I'm equally maniacal and fanatical about sports, which may not be as evident, especially since some of our sports episodes leave a little to be desired. But fantasy sports is sort of, probably my biggest vice in life, and it's not something that I get asked about a lot, nor do I volunteer it. But in this instance I will.

And right now, you know, we're in the football season and I'm managing no less than five -- that's right, five -- fantasy football teams. So there you go.

DULÉ HILL: I think for myself it would be - they probably would be surprised that I'm nowhere near tuned into the 80s as my character on the show. The majority of the references that we make on the show I have no idea what we're talking about. It's really afterwards I'm always like, "What is - Okay, what was that about? What are you saying now?" It's Roday and Steve, they're very much into the 80s, but I'm not really anywhere near as into as they are.

But I do like pineapples though -- I love them.

QUESTION: So one of the several traditional things in terms of psychos going crazy to watch every new episode is of course Gus's nicknames, the "Gus don't be," they heard it both ways and the pineapples. What are you going to show us in those departments this season?

JAMES RODAY: Well there's definitely some nicknames, there's definitely some Gus Don't Bes. One that we're particularly proud of that you'll see in the Jennifer Lynch episode entitled Guillermo del Toro presents (Autopsy Turvy), which will air late in the season. So asterisk that one for a Gus Don't Be. I don't want to spoil it. And I believe there's still a pineapple every episode. I think that's just a machine that kind of takes care of itself.

QUESTION: One of my favorite nicknames is (Gus Diddy Showbiz) with the extra T for extra talent, which is yours Dulé?

DULÉ HILL: That one's up there, but my favorite is always the original, I'm guess I'm a big fan of the original ones (unintelligible) Gus (Sillypants) Jackson; one, because it made Gus a Jackson, you know, and I'm a big fan of the Jacksons; and then it also caught me off guard when Roday first did it and I was like, "What did this cat just call me? Did you just call me (Sillypants)?" But that's my favorite.

QUESTION: You're probably the show with the biggest amount of pop references and stars, you're getting Danny Glover and William Shatner, that's probably pop references heaven. What is your favorite Season 6 reference?

DULÉ HILL: Again for me that's - I'm going to have to like tap out on that one because I'm really blanking out on the references this year. And I don't know if it's just because we just finished and I kind of just dumped everything out of my mind. But as I'm going back and trying to think I cannot really come up with, just on top of my head. But that one I'm going to tap out on.

JAMES RODAY: There's a visual reference in our vampire episode where we're in a very strange vampire bar and we approach the bar and the bartender has his back to us and when he turns around to face us there's a music queue and the actual casting of the bartender that comes together to create what I feel is a pretty delicious 80s visual reference. So I'll go with that.

QUESTION: If you could have any crossover with whatever show, which would it be?

DULÉ HILL: USA Network, I would want to do White Collar. I mean, that's on the air right now, I would say White Collar. Ashow that was off the air, I would still go back to Monk.

JAMES RODAY: Well if it's any show I would say we should crossover with The Walking Dead because I think we're due for a zombie episode.

DULÉ HILL: For myself I would say if it's any show I would say Modern Family because I just love the show so much. And I think it would be fun to have Shawn and Gus interact with all of those characters over there.

QUESTION: We all know that the Blueberry is almost a stable character of the show itself, but at one point in Shawn's wooing of that girl he said that he's been thinking about getting a car. So do you think he would ever abandon Gus and the Blueberry in that way and actually get a car of his own and lose the motorcycle?

JAMES RODAY: No, I think he was just - those were just - that was just sweet nothings. That was just sugar talk.

QUESTION: Just sugar talk. You break a girl's heart.

JAMES RODAY: You say what you've got to say in the moment, you know what I mean?

QUESTION: Tell us a little bit about what it was like working with William Shatner.

JAMES RODAY: Unbelievable.


JAMES RODAY: The man is - I mean he's an icon obviously but watching him work was an honor in and of itself. I mean he's a machine. He was totally invested. He had - and I say this - this is not me editorializing or exaggerating, he had the heaviest load that we've ever given a guest star on our show. He pretty much drives the entire episode. He had the same schedule as Dulé and I. And it was just remarkable. I mean not only did he know everything, he had questions, he had thoughts, he had concerns. You know, he was modulating his performance and he just - he really, really wanted to knock the role out of the park.

And then to top it off, when the weekend came and you know, Dulé and I basically beach ourselves and recharge our batteries so that we can get back to it Monday morning, Bill flew to Calgary and did two live shows on Saturday and Sunday, and then flew back to Vancouver and was back at work at 6:00 am Monday morning. The man is 80 going on 20. And like I said, it was humbling and it was a really honor just to watch him work and pick his brain and be around him.


QUESTION: Obviously you both have a good relationship with each other, but have there ever been times where you've had a falling out and you had to do a scene together and kind of get through it?




JAMES RODAY: Not even once.

DULÉ HILL: ...I mean because I think we respect each other too much. We respect each other's process and even as individuals there's a mutual respect there. I really - I would be shocked to see that happen during the run of the show.

JAMES RODAY: Yes, I think the closest thing to any sort of real difficulty is I think we both had to fight our way through scenes when we were very, very ill. That's about the worst of it.

QUESTION: If you could replace each other with a different actor for one episode, who would it be?

DULÉ HILL: Myself...

JAMES RODAY: For one episode...

DULÉ HILL: I would replace myself with Deon Richmond, who is the real "Bud," to see if anybody noticed the difference.

JAMES RODAY: I would - for one episode, I would replace Dulé with David Bowie. It would be a different take on Gus, and I would get to work with Bowie. And I wouldn't feel bad because I'd know Dulé would appreciate the time off and he would be back the next week.


QUESTION: So now that Shawn has Juliet, Gus is all by himself. Is he ever going to have a longer relationship than like an episode or two?

DULÉ HILL: I think we'll have to see what happens in Season 7, but in Season 6 he makes a valiant effort to attain that. He goes for it.

You know, you can't blame Gus for trying in Season 6, he's actually put his - throwing his hat into the ring and he's out there, you know, really trying to make it happen. But we'll see what happens going into Season 7, maybe he'll get past the one-episode love interest then.

QUESTION: I'm waiting for Shawn to try to fix him up with some random person on the street or something.

JAMES RODAY: I don't know how much faith Gus would have in a Shawn setup.

DULÉ HILL: Exactly. But then again, Gus hasn't been doing too great on his own so at a certain point he might say, "You know what, what the heck?"

QUESTION: You have a whole bunch of themed episodes. Is there something you haven't done yet? I know you said you're going to do the Clue episode next season. But is there something you really want to do that just hasn't happened?

DULÉ HILL: Well I know Steve Franks has talked about it for a couple of season now and it hasn't actually happened yet, but I hope that in Season 7 we can actually make the musical episode happen. I mean I started - that's how I started in the business -- doing musicals -- so it would be great to bring that to Psych and be able to sing and dance in an episode, and not just in a Psych-Out.

JAMES RODAY: Agreed, yes I think that's kind of the pinnacle of theme episodes that we've yet to do. So that's the big apple that hopefully we'll be able to slice up and feed to all of our fans.

You know it's tricky, it's not something that you could throw together. You know, other shows have tried it to varying levels of success and I think because Steve has such a love for music, you know, his band sings our theme song, it's really important to him to hit a homerun with it.

And I think that's why there's been a little bit of indian giving in the past, because he realizes - I think it really hit him this past off-season, just how much work it's going to take to do it right and that's why he postponed it. But I think he's committed and I expect it to happen next season.

QUESTION: I feel like Psych could pull it off. Some shows that can't.

JAMES RODAY: Right, exactly. And I think he knows that. And but the good news is, look he's got a game cast and he's got his own band and they're songwriters. And it's just a matter of putting in the time and we should be able to execute.

QUESTION: We found out last season that Lassiter found out about Shawn and Juliet. How do you think that's going to affect their relationship with him?

JAMES RODAY: It's a little touch and go out of the gates, but Lassiter himself finds love this season and I think that kind of helped cushion the blow. And you know, it's pretty much back to business down the stretch.

QUESTION: If the whole cast of Psych were on Survivor, who do you think would win?

JAMES RODAY: The whole cast.

DULÉ HILL: My guess? I would probably say Lassiter, because he probably trained for like 15 years for a situation just like that.

JAMES RODAY: Yes, you've got to throw Shawn and Gus off first and second, just because the comfort items and the food that they're accustomed to eating wouldn't be there. So I think they would probably be out first.

And then you'd have some kind of showdown between Lassiter, Juliet and Henry. I'm going to keep it in the family, I'm going to say that Henry Spencer pulls out the upset victory.

QUESTION: Are we going to see more development between Henry and Shawn's relationship this season?

JAMES RODAY: I think it's less relationship-driven and more just Henry-driven, in terms of where he is, and where he is in his life, and what he wants, and stuff like that. The season finale addresses some of that stuff. But you know he's still at the police station and they're forced to work with one another on a daily basis so that's still happening. But I think we take it a little further with Henry towards the end of the season.

QUESTION: Juliet seems to be a strong female character; do you think she's inspiring female viewers?

JAMES RODAY: You know, I think (Jules) has come a long way. I think she was a junior detective when the show started, and Maggie looked like she had just graduated high school. And if you track the evolution of that character I think it is a little inspiring. I mean we've kind of watched both the actress and the role, the character kind of come of age on our show. And she's pretty tough and she takes care of business, but she's still very feminine and all of that is sort of in place as well. And considering that she isn't Shawn or Gus, and isn't at the forefront of every episode, I think it's a nice character to cite on TV, sure.

QUESTION: I've been absolutely addicted to Hashtag Killer. What sort of input and how much work you both put into the 7-week mystery game?

JAMES RODAY: Input; not a ton. We were a little tied up with the 16-week season. But we did give a couple full days to the shooting of it. And it's weird, because it's a little disjointed and we didn't shoot it in sequence. So it'll be interesting to see how it all unfolds once they put it all together and it starts happening on a weekly basis.

DULÉ HILL: But I will say I was there at the inception of the idea, because when I went down to South by Southwest, when I first got on Twitter, I was down there with Jesse Redniss.

QUESTION: He's the Vice President of Digital right?

DULÉ HILL: Right. We were all there talking after the event and somehow the Hashtag came up. And then he started talking about Hashtag Killer. From there I guess they took it and ran with it.

PsychQUESTION: Can you tell us anything about the episode you just finished filming? Everyone's totally in the dark, except we know that Jennifer Lynch directed it.

JAMES RODAY: It was an episode that Andy Berman and I wrote knowing that Jennifer was directing it. So that should give you a little (hint) there.

It's just a strange little episode that kind of shows you some parts of Santa Barbara that you're not used to seeing, and some characters that you're not used to seeing. But it's all still very much in the spirit of our show. It's not a big - I wouldn't call it a big dark departure episode along the lines of the Yangs or anything like that. But just a little left of center. And Jennifer did an absolute bang-up job of it. So we're pretty excited about it.

QUESTION: Does that mean that you have confirmation that David Lynch watched "Dual Spires?"

JAMES RODAY: That we don't have. But if he didn't watch "Dual Spires," I have a sneaking suspicion that he will watch Jennifer's episode. So one way or another, this time next year, I think we'll be able to say that David Lynch has watched an episode of Psych.

DULÉ HILL: Or at least part of an episode. He's going to at least watch at least some of it.

JAMES RODAY: At least some of it.

QUESTION: Did you know that Japa Dog is opening in New York City?

DULÉ HILL: I saw that. Somebody - these are - this is the thing again about Twitter, and I know I keep going back to it, but somebody tweeted me a picture of it yesterday. "Japa Dog is coming to New York."

QUESTION: This show has had so many guest stars in every single season, and this one is no different. Do you have any initiation rituals? How do you bring them into the Psych family?

DULÉ HILL: We don't have initiation rituals, we do have sendoff rituals.

JAMES RODAY: This is true.

DULÉ HILL: Yes, whenever a guest star has wrapped, we always send them off with a Happy Birthday song by the Psych cast and crew, which I've got to say we sing pretty well.

JAMES RODAY: It's the one song everybody knows and we've been able to really start playing with some unorthodox harmonies and crescendos. I think the cast - I think the guest cast get down with it.

DULÉ HILL: They always cry.

JAMES RODAY: There's always that initial sort of moment of, "But wait a minute it's not my birthday." But then they get it.

QUESTION: Having spent six seasons with Shawn and Gus, you know the characters extremely well. But do you ever find yourself surprised by something that has been written into the script or that either one of you bring up in improv?

JAMES RODAY: I get surprised two or three times a year, when our writers come up with something for the purposes of one episode that Shawn has supposedly had as part of his character for much longer than that, so a strange way of talking or a fear of something.

A lot of times we'll just sort of invent something for the purposes of an episode as a theme. And I'm suddenly sort of thinking, "Wow, that's odd. I didn't have that last week." They've done that to me a couple of times this season.

All of a sudden there was an episode where Shawn has a great fear of death and doesn't know how to deal with it, which is odd because of course we were around death every week.


JAMES RODAY: But it served the purposes of the one episode that it's in, so we rolled with it.

DULÉ HILL: I'm learning how to expect the unexpected when dealing with the Psych writers, so I don't really get too surprised when things come around. But having that mentality also leaves the room wide open for the writers to do what they do and come up with all these amazing stories and roles for us to get into. So that's kind of my motto of each season is "expect the unexpected." When you have Andy Berman, Todd Harthan, Steve Franks, Saladin Patterson, you know, all these cats all in one room, you can expect something crazy's going to come out of there.

QUESTION: Will we be getting any special renditions of the theme song this season?

JAMES RODAY: Yes, as a matter of fact. Our Shining episode will feature a brand new, completely different rendition of the theme song.

DULÉ HILL: And we do get a re-run. We get a re-run of the Boyz II Men a cappella version.

Since (Quarterblack) is returning.

SCIFI VISION: Can you talk a bit about the Indiana Jones episode and working with John Rhys-Davies?

JAMES RODAY: Yes that episode came out really well, and it's also the third installment of the episodes involving the Despereaux character, played by Cary Elwes. And for my money, it's the best of the trilogy for sure -- a lot of fun.

And yes, John Rhys-Davies was a blast, man. We didn't get to work with him a ton but he came in and he was kind of bigger than life and sort of what you would imagine. And he was a real sweetheart.

DULÉ HILL: Fun guy to work with. Full of energy.

SCIFI VISION: Do either of you have any crazy or fun fan stories?

JAMES RODAY: I still think it's going to be tough for me to top a fan wanting me to sign their boob. It's just, we've been asked to sign a lot of things, and I just didn't see that one coming.

DULÉ HILL: The question is, "Did you?"

JAMES RODAY: I did not. I did not.

DULÉ HILL: See me on the other hand, I probably would have. If she gave me a Sharpie, I would have been like, "Sure, why not? It's your booby you know? You do what you want to do with it."

SCIFI VISION: Just hope they don't get it tattooed on there.

DULÉ HILL: Exactly.

And for me it goes back to, still when I was in "Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk," and coming out of the stage door, one fan asked for my sweaty towel, because it was a tap dance show so I came out all sweaty. And I was wiping my face with it, and they just wanted the towel so bad. And I said, "Sure, take it." And he took it and he ran down 49th Street screaming at the top of [his] lungs waving the towel. And I was like, "Wow," you know, I was like, "For one sweaty towel? Okay, that's a lot for one sweaty towel."

SCIFI VISION: Well at least they were happy.

DULÉ HILL: Yes. I guess it's the little things in life.

SCIFI VISION: So if you two weren't acting, what do you think you'd be doing?

DULÉ HILL: I was going off to become a corporate lawyer; I was in my junior year of college at Seton Hall going for a business finance degree. And then my next step was to go to law school to become a corporate lawyer.

Would have I been enjoying myself? I don't know if I would have, but that's what I probably [would have done.]

JAMES RODAY: If I wasn't doing anything related to the entertainment industry I'm sure I would probably be working with animals in some capacity. I don't know if I would have had the discipline to make it all the way through medical school to become a vet, but maybe. Zoo; zoo might be fun too. Being a zookeeper, that feels fun.

QUESTION: James, you're such a sports fanatic, I wonder how you're preparing for a possible NBA withdrawal, and specifically a Spurs withdrawal?

JAMES RODAY: Well it's unfortunate...

DULÉ HILL: Well sorry, first...

JAMES RODAY: ...you know, because you'd like...

DULÉ HILL: Sorry, let me say real quick this, first withdrew last year, if you didn't notice.

JAMES RODAY: It's unfortunate because you'd like to think that they could handle their business, like everybody else in the world has to handle their business, so that they don't have to cancel a season. It's funny the way that athletes and their unions and the owners kind of pull these scams on us, because you never see doctors deciding, "You know what, we're not going in and saving lives this week. We're out." Or teachers deciding they're not going to go and teach school for six months. It's unfortunate that this happens, but as sports fans that are devoted from pretty much as early as you can hold a basketball, we always end up forgiving them and we always end up coming back to the trough when they get back.

I'd like to think that it won't be a lost season, and that it'll be a strike-shortened season. And the last time we had a strike-shortened season, the San Antonio Spurs won their first championship.

Maybe that's not a bad thing. And maybe for an old bunch of guys like the Spurs, it's just what the doctor ordered. A little less wear and tear on the legs, they can come in and steal one.

DULÉ HILL: And in the meantime, let me just say it looks like the 49ers and the Jets may be going to the Super Bowl. How about that, huh?

JAMES RODAY: Not if Mark Sanchez plays like he did the other night.

DULÉ HILL: Yes I know, but we're not going to talk about that right now.

QUESTION: James, are you still planning maybe to come back to your hometown for the holidays?

JAMES RODAY: I would like to get there for a couple days, sure. I have to figure out when that will be, but it is still on the books for me to get there sometime in December, yes.

QUESTION: And how did William Shatner's character - he's Juliet's dad right? - respond to Shawn? How does he take to Shawn? I imagine they locked horns a little bit.

JAMES RODAY: We had some fun there because it's kind of like you can't snow the snowman, you can't con the King of Con, so he kind of had the ability to see right through Shawn and that made things really interesting. And then Shawn of course fired back by seeing through him and calling him on all of his BS. So we had sort of an interesting game of one-upsmanship and a little bit of a chess match going on, with the common thread of course being that they both do care very much about Juliet.

QUESTION: Do you know when that might air?

JAMES RODAY: When does that air? I want to say...November or December. It's not in the first four, which takes you through mid-November, or at least the first week of November. And it's not the finale of the first half. So I would say late November probably feels right.

QUESTION: Have you ever thought about coming across to England and visiting your...Psych fans across here?

DULÉ HILL: I actually do want to come over, and I was planning to come over this fall but then the play came up, then the schedule couldn't really work with me making my way over there. But probably next summer. Probably on one of my hiatuses I plan to make the trip over to the U.K. and see what it's talking about over there. I definitely want to see some family, and I have a lot of friends over there too, so you will see me soon.

I think I'm going to have a good time, so I'm looking forward to it.


DULÉ HILL: I ask everybody the same question who's from England, so I'm going to ask you. You remember the show called Fame Academy?

PsychQUESTION: I do unfortunately, yes.

DULÉ HILL: Well, so do you remember the Judge who had the drapes?

QUESTION: I can kind of remember him, yes - spent a lot of time in the gallery. It's a very old BBC1 show.

DULÉ HILL: That's right, but that is my uncle. There you go.

QUESTION: Cool. It got cancelled after what, one season?

DULÉ HILL: It was very short-lived. But if by chance you ever see it, he also was in this band in the 80s called the Links, which is back in the U.K., back in the 80s, he's the lead singer of the band. But if you ever see him you say, "Hey, I know your nephew, and he told me that you were going to buy me a drink."

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