Lassie is coming home in Psych’s new movie, spring 2020


Will Timlin

We just have to wait for iiiiiit, a little bit longer. Psych 2: Lassie Come Home is the name of the upcoming sequel to Psych: The Movie. With the first episode of this classic TV show airing all the way back in July of 2006, Shawn Spencer and Burton Guster are still very much alive in the world of catching bad guys. The first movie, directed by Steve Franks, was released at the end of 2017. He brought this film to a shocking 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. That is not something that happens very often. Watching Psych: The Movie felt as if it was a premiere for a new season, but still a separate, effortful project. 

The announcement of the sequel, on June 25, 2019, made Psych-Os ecstatic. In the first teaser, the movie was originally going to be called Psych: The Movie 2, but was recently switched to Psych 2: Lassie Come Home. The title was not the only thing that switched. Since the pilot of Psych, the TV show has been tied down to USA Network, but that is no longer the case. NBC is launching a brand new streaming service, called Peacock, similar to popular services such as Amazon Prime and Hulu. The new Psych film will be featured on Peacock, which is supposed to launch this summer. This will be a positive for both the movie and the service as it will serve as a kind of incentive technique for people to invest in the NBCU streaming subscription, but also give Psych a platform to start expanding outside of cable television.

In an interview by Deadline, Maggie Lawson, who stars as Juliet, talked about how she would love for there to be more movies after this is released. “I hope. Are you kidding? It’s my show, it was my family for eight years.” 

Psych 2: Lassie Come Home looks like it is going to be a fantastic take on combining the crime fighters with the paranormal. Steve Franks has always been excellent at incorporating some spooky aspects into the show. Season 3 Episode 1, “Ghosts”, and Season 6 Episode 11, “Heeeeere’s Lassie”, are great examples of how Steve Franks can turn this show into a perfect mixture of comedy and sarcasm while keeping a feeling of fear and uneasiness. “Heeeeere’s Lassie” was one of the highest-rated episodes of all the seasons with a rating of 9.0 out of 10 on IMDb TV, which means Psych-Os and critics alike both love when Steve Franks brings out his dark side. 

After feeling like the sequel was as far away as Pluto, Psych 2: Lassie Come Home, is finally only months away. The mysterious comedy will (hopefully) not be the last we will ever see of Shawn Spencer and Burton Guster. 

“You know that’s right.”