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by jmaloni
Wed, Nov 30th 2011 12:05 pm
Pictured from left in the `Psych` episode `True Grits` are Mark Evan Jackson as Sheldon Gates, William Shatner as Frank O'Hara, Timothy Omundson as Carlton Lassiter, Maggie Lawson as Juliet O'Hara, James Roday as Shawn Spencer and Dulé Hill as Gus Guster. (Photo by Alan Zenuk/USA Network)
Pictured from left in the "Psych" episode "True Grits" are Mark Evan Jackson as Sheldon Gates, William Shatner as Frank O'Hara, Timothy Omundson as Carlton Lassiter, Maggie Lawson as Juliet O'Hara, James Roday as Shawn Spencer and Dulé Hill as Gus Guster. (Photo by Alan Zenuk/USA Network)
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William Shatner guests as Juliet's father

Behind the Screens with Joshua Maloni

Iconic "Star Trek" actor, famed singer and Priceline negotiator William Shatner guest stars in tonight's episode of "Psych." He plays con man Frank O'Hara, the estranged father of Santa Barbara Police Detective Juliet O'Hara (Maggie Lawson). As he ponders one last job, Frank cozies up with Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dulé Hill).

"I can't say enough about him. He is -- it was incredible. He's a wonderful man," Lawson told me before the season began. "James calls him 'The Terminator' because he just, you can't believe how hard this guy works. And then ... he was playing my dad. For him to come up and take such an interest in me, and to know all of these lines, he's such a pro. He had as many lines as Shawn in the episode.

"It's a huge guest star. And he just came to play. He is a great man, and I just absolutely adore him, and I hope that he comes back to the show a lot."

Shatner is the latest in a series of notable guest stars on "Psych." Just a handful of episodes into this season, fans have already seen turns by Danny Glover ("Lethal Weapon"), Malcolm McDowell ("A Clockwork Orange"), Cory Feldman ("The Lost Boys"), Molly Ringwald ("The Breakfast Club") and Kristy Swanson (the original "Buffy the Vampire Slayer").

"Our guest stars this year, who we had so much fun with, but they're so, so, so good. I feel like we got really lucky; we hit it out of the park with that," Lawson said. "In six seasons, I think you would expect to feel some kind of staleness. And I feel like it's the opposite. We have a new excitement. Every episode was sort of a new adventure. And the episodes are bigger. There are emotional dynamics going on now."

There's also more Lassiter (Timothy Omundson). Juliet's partner -- the show's "straight man" -- has been featured more prominently this season.

"I think that Tim, this season, has a couple of really, really incredible episodes, where you get to see how great he is as an actor. But also a different side to Lassiter, too. He finds love; he's really, I think, coming into his own as a man that way," Lawson said. "He's so, so good this season, and I can't wait for everybody to see him knock it out of the park. And, of course, the same with James and Dulé. But we see a side of Tim that's going to blow people away a little bit."

"Psych" airs at 10 p.m. on USA. Follow the show online at http://www.usanetwork.com/series/psych/index.html.

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