Burn Notice's Bruce Campbell Visits Psych's "Land of Idiots and Weirdos"
After spending seven years blowing things up, engaging in high-speed car chases and drinking mojitos — OK, maybe that last part wasn’t so tough —Bruce Campbell knew he wanted to take a long break from acting following the end of Burn Notice.
“After you finish a series, you’re like, ‘I’m retiring.’ This came up, and I was like, ‘Yeah, I have to do this,” he tells TVGuide.com.
‘This’ being a role on another USA show, Psych, in which Campbell appears on Wednesday’s penultimate episode (9/8c). The network connection, it turns out, was no coincidence. “I had always wanted to work with the guys because I ran into them at all these PR events for Psych and Burn Notice,” he says. “This is the last hurrah for this show. Heck yeah, I want to be a part of that.”
On Wednesday’s homage to horror films — aptly titled “Nightmare on State Street” — Campbell plays a dream therapist who tries to help Gus (Dulé Hill) deal with a recent bout of haunting and horrifying dreams. “He’s the seventh most successful dream therapist of 1994 or something like that. He has very bad credentials so he helps him in a way that he can by his own bologna,” Campbell says with a laugh. “If I ever play another cop or lawyer, it will be too soon. It’s always fun to play idiots and weirdos. And Psych is the like the land of idiots and weirdos.”
This episode in particular, which was co-written and directed by star James Roday, was also a great fit because of Campbell’s breakthrough role starring as Ash in the 1981 horror movie classic The Evil Dead. “James is a huge, geeky fanboy at his core. He’s been an Evil Dead fan since he was probably 9,” Campbell says. “So it’s no surprise that he said, ‘I want Ash in my last episode,’ because it’s about zombies and stuff like that.”
Although the hour may have its fair share of guts, gore and zombies, it was also a surprisingly emotional shoot because it was the last episode of Psych filmed. (The last several episodes were filmed out of order to accommodate the actors’ schedules.) “They were in remarkably good spirits for the last episode. … They had to really suck it up and the guys did a great job,” Campbell recalls. “They’ve had a great run and now the world is their oyster. They can do TV, they can do movies, they can do whatever.”
With the loss of two of its signature series in less than a year, Campbell says he’s looking forward to seeing what his old stomping grounds will do next. “USA has to adapt and evolve just like everybody,” he says. “Now they have to see what they’re going to do with shows like Graceland, and which direction they’re going to go. Are they going to stay blue sky? Are they going to get edgier? … I’m kind of excited to see what they have in store.”
But will USA’s future include the long-rumored Burn Notice spin-off series featuring Sam (Campbell) and Jesse (Coby Bell)? Although he says he has gone back and forth on the idea several times, Campbell is open to the possibility. “Coby and I, we’re good pals and we’d love to do any kind of a spin-off, or even just a TV movie,” he says. “Never say never, but I think if there was a massive demand, I’d already be sitting on a set somewhere with a mojito in my hand.”
Psych airs Wednesday at 9/8c on USA. Do you still want a Sam-Jesse Burn Notice spin-off?