William Shatner's next TV gig is on USA's 'Psych'


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CBS’ loss, USA’s gain: William Shatner is returning to TV in a guest role on Psych next season.

Shatner will appear on the sixth season playing the estranged father of Detective Juliet O’Hara (Maggie Lawson). He’s described as “a charming con man who wants to mend his broken relationship with his daughter. But when the opportunity to pull off a dream con is presented to him, his decision to stay on the right side of the law becomes more complicated.”

Shat’s $#*! My Dad Says was axed after one season despite fairly solid ratings. Psych returns in the fall.

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  • ugh

    i love this casting, but why is it so many female cops/spies on tv have a con-man father?

    • Yep

      I noticed that too since I watch Chuck and Sarah’s dad is also a con-man. It’s like TV writers are determined to give all strong, female characters daddy issues. It’s annoying.

      • Jamesb3

        It is not just female cops. Michael Weatherly’s character on NCIS has the same con-man dad, played by Robert Wagner.

      • Jelly

        Also sounds like Henry Winkler’s character on Royal Pains; and Temperence Brennan’s father, Ryan O’Neal’s character on Bones.

    • Katja

      Well, she has a brother (John Cena) who does shady supersecret military-ish work that got him arrested in a previous episode, so maybe it makes a bit more sense here.

    • Mr Ed

      I almost don’t recognize William Shatner! I have DVD’s of him as “T.J. Hooker” and also remember him on “Star Trek”! If I saw him on the street, I may have a hard time telling it was him! He doesn’t look like the same person! Of course we all grow old with time!

    • Jerry Landers

      Timothy Hutton’s father on LEVERAGE was also a con man. The idea is old and worn and has been around for decades. Its a fun role and Shatner can pull it off, but it does get a bit tiring. How more interesting if he was an ex-porn start ala Ron Jeremy.

  • Shawn

    YES YES YES! I love it. Can’t wait for Psych, will be very fun to watch Shatner with the cast.

  • Jim

    On “Bones”, Bones father, played by Ryan O’Neal, was a criminal.

  • Clete

    You know the father character I liked was on “The Closer”. Barry Corbin played a father much like my own. He was retired, but evident from the way the character was played that he loved his daughter. That made his character more interesting than some con-man, criminal, retired cop or something else.

  • Javadude54

    What’s the episode called? “$#*! My Con-Man Dad Says”?

  • Amy

    Poor Jules…first a shady brother, now a shady dad too.

    • Ian

      And a shady boyfriend!

  • Justin

    Sounds good to me.

  • RiverBottomNightmareBand

    Sounds good. Can’t wait for this show to return.

  • Dinana

    OH Shat! This could ruin Psych for me! Not a Shat fan…

    • K

      Oh, but William Shatner TOTALLY belongs in the ridiculous over-the-top world of Psych. I think it’s perfect. (But I have a soft spot for Shat, even though I never had even the slightest urge to watch his sitcom.)

  • Sue1

    Love this show, glad to see it’s return. Actually sounds like a good role for Shatner, and knowing Psych, there might be a different spin on it.

  • Caiman

    Love the Shat!

  • Katja

    Um, HELL yes. I think he’ll be great on Psych, and I always love when big-name people end up on Psych (and thus draw attention to it) since it’s such a fun show yet so underrated.

  • Carrie

    Wow, they have so many terrific guest stars lined up for the new season. He seems perfect for the show and the role. I love “Psych”! Can’t wait until the new season actually starts!

  • Eurydice

    All cliches aside, this makes sense. A straight-arrow father has a con-man son and a con-man father has a straight-arrow daughter. It’s no wonder Jules and Shawn are attracted to one another – they’re dating their fathers. And Psych is the perfect place for a loopy guy like Shatner.

  • Ciara

    What a line up they got here…
    After the ‘devestation’ (maybe that’s a bit much, so, sadness?) of having to wait till fall, the news that they have such a superb guest-star line-up is making the waiting a lot easier…something to look forward to!

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