USA Network first announced their potential broadcasting of Psych on June 17, 2005. The network stated that they had requested a pilot episode of the series, to be managed by Tagline Productions. The original working name for the series was "Psyche". By August 30, James Roday and Dulé Hill had been cast to play the show's main characters. It was also announced that the production for the show's pilot episode would begin shortly, and the episode would likely air in 2006. On January 5, 2006, USA announced the Psyche would be competing against In Plain Sight, written by David Maples, and Underfunded, written by David Breckman, for air time and broadcasting slots. Later in January, the network confirmed that the pilot episode for the show would air later that year. They also announced that the show's name had changed to Psych. On February 21, 2006, USA Network announced that it had ordered eleven one-hour episode scripts for Psych. They confirmed that the show would take Monk's 10 p.m. (EST) Friday night time slot, and that the pilot episode, planned to be two hours in length, would be broadcast on July 7. The network also revealed that Corbin Bernsen had been cast as another of the show's major characters. The network released, on April 27, that filming for the pilot episode, which had been cut to 90 minutes in length, had begun in Vancouver, British Columbia. In addition, USA Network announced that Timothy Omundson and Kirsten Nelson would have starring roles in the episode.
The episode was written by Steve Franks, who reused much material from the original pitch to USA Network. The pitch focused on a man who would call in crime-solving tips to the Santa Barbara Police Department through his photographic memory and uncanny ability to notice details. It followed him as he was arrested by the police, talked his way out of jail, and solved a crime for the police department. The plot of the show was later changed to Shawn's fake psychic ability by the producers. The show's introductory flashback to young Shawn was adapted from the pitch, in which it was located in the middle of the installment. The use of an introductory flashback has been used in almost all following episodes. Among other scenes added to the episode was a confrontation between Shawn and Henry at a barbecue restaurant, which was added by Corbin Bernsen, and the episode's conclusion, again a confrontation between Shawn and Henry. In addition, much time was spent revising the scene of the arrest of Mr. McCallum.
Large portions of the installment's dialogue were improvisations made by James Roday. Several of Roday's improvisations have become reoccurring themes on the show; Shawn's unusual and spasmodic "psychic episodes" were added by Roday, and was kept by the producers, who loved the idea. Another major theme that was created through Roday's improvising was the inclusion of food in every episode. This was established when Roday ate pretzels while talking to Gus for the first time in the episode. Also, the inclusion of a pineapple in nearly every episode was established through an improvised scene during the pilot. In addition, large amounts of dialogue were removed in favor of using visual elements and facial expressions.
Several scenes were deleted from the episode, generally because the producers felt they were not necessary. A short scene about Chief Vick's pregnancy was removed from the installment because it was deemed to be irrelevant to the episode's plot. Mention of the chief's pregnancy was not made until it was time for her to give birth. A scene about Shawn hooking up with Katarina and then gathering evidence from her was removed from the episode, as well as several smaller scenes.
The pilot is the only episode to feature Anne Dudek as Lucinda Barry, Lassiter's original partner and love interest. As test audiences did not recognize Lassiter was separated from his wife, his relationship with Barry caused negative reception to the character. Barry was subsequently written out of the series, while the character Juliet O'Hara (Maggie Lawson) was created to replace her.
Although Franks chose to film the show in Vancouver, most of the show is filmed in the surrounding communities. Approximately 40% of the pilot was filmed in the Vancouver suburb of White Rock, including most scenes focusing on coastal areas. Several other scenes were filmed in regional mountains. The entire episode was filmed in real-life locations, instead of the sets used for every episode since. The show had to use real locations due to uncertainty on whether the show would succeed. Not being able to use a stage for filming created several issues in the episode.
Due to environmental differences between Santa Barbara and Vancouver, the crew had to use several different props to make the installment seem believable. The producers brought in fake palm trees, surfboards, and Southern California newspapers in order to make White Rock seem like Santa Barbara. Producers commented on how they made many mistakes in writing the episode. Steve Franks acknowledged that "within the first 6 seconds of the show, we made a mistake". The installment's murder scene was considered by the producers to be "the most gruesome thing we've ever done on the show".
IGN gave the episode a favorable review, saying that although the 90-minute episode "drags on a bit longer than it needs to" it "certainly has the makings of a fun and diverting series." Richard Keller of TVSquad.com had a few issues with the first episodes such as the location and the underutilization of Dule Hill, other than that he stated that the show's concept "works well; even better than Monk in many respects". On other hand, People's Tom Gliatto declared "Unlike Monk, a gently comic character coping with mental illness, Roday's just an overgrown kid. Who needs him?"
"Pilot" is the first episode of Season One, as well as the first episode of the overall show. Faced with a headline kidnapping case, the police reluctantly hire Shawn Spencer, the city's newest psychic detective, to assist with the investigation.
Anne Dudek played Lassiter's partner, Lucinda Barry, in the pilot episode of Psych, but she was quickly replaced by Juliet (Maggie Lawson). Starting with Psych season 1, episode 2, Juliet was the main love interest of Shawn Spencer (James Roday), one of the show's two main protagonists, and was also partnered with Carlton Lassiter (Timothy Omundson) at the Santa Barbara police department. Juliet worked alongside Lassiter in solving homicide cases, with Shawn and Gus (Dulé Hill) always getting in the way and coming to their own conclusions about each death.
Before Juliet was on Psych, Lassiter had a completely different character as his partner. Played by Covert Affairs actress Anne Dudek, Junior Detective Lucinda Barry was the one working with Lassiter when Shawn and Gus first came onto the scene. Shawn was quick to deduce through his natural gift of observance that Lassiter - who was currently separated from his wife - was having an affair with Lucinda. Following this discovery, Anne Dudek's character was never seen again after Psych's pilot. At the beginning of episode 2, Shawn met Juliet in a diner, and learned that she was transferred to Santa Barbara to become Lassiter's new partner.
The reason for Lucinda Barry's departure after Psych's pilot given within the show was her affair with Lassiter, which was, of course, against department protocol. Since Shawn had exposed them, Anne Dudek's Psych character had to be transferred. Juliet made a comment about this early in Psych season 1 by letting Lassiter know that their relationship would be different, and Lassie's affair would be joked about by the fake psychic Shawn later in the series. While this was never explained or explicitly mentioned, it seems that Lucinda Barry died sometime after Psych's pilot. In Psych's season 7 premiere episode "Santabarbaratown 2," Shawn and Gus go to the firing range and see that Lassiter has won an award for the "Lucinda Barry Memorial Tournament."
"Pilot" is the premiere episode of the American comedy crime series Psych. The show was created by Steve Franks who also writes the pilot episode and it is directed by Michael Engler. It first aired on the USA Network on Friday, July 7th, 2006. The series focuses on the character of Shawn Spencer - the son of a retired police officer who earns a living by collecting the reward for phone-in tips to the Santa Barbara Police Department. Shawn gets into a little trouble with the law himself and the only way he can get out of it is by telling police detective Carlton Lassiter that he is actually a psychic. Using only his own wits and high-powered perception, Shawn is able to convince others (well, at least some people) that he really is a psychi. Taking this deception to a whole new level, Shawn and his childhood friend Burton "Gus" Guster continue this charade and open the Psych Detective Agency.
FRANKS: When we landed [in Vancouver], it rained for 11 days straight. It was like Blade Runner. We shot in October and by the end of the episode, there was snow on the ground. We had people with hair dryers melting the snow on the ground. We did the entire scene where Lassiter [Timothy Omundson] is wrestling Shawn to the ground out in front of the mansion of the bad guy and the ground was frozen solid. It was just an exciting and fun time. We were just trying to create Santa Barbara out of the Pacific Northwest and our very famous plastic palm trees were being carted around and flown behind each shot.
Dudek kemudian muncul di Mad Men sebagai tetangga sebelah Francine Hanson, dan di Big Love sebagai salah satu istri antagonis Alby Grant, keduanya berperan berulang. Pada 2010, ia bergabung dengan pemeran Covert Affairs. Dia memerankan putri dari karakter Anthony Hopkins dalam film The Human Stain, dan sebagai Tiffany Wilson dalam film komedi White Chicks. Pada 2012, ia berperan sebagai astronot ISS dalam satu episode acara TV Touch. 781b155fdc