Steve Franks serves as writer and executive producer on the USA Network original series PSYCH. The long awaited two-hour special PSYCH THE MUSICAL premieres on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 9/8c.
Franks wrote and directed PSYCH THE MUSICAL, additionally writing the lyrics & music (along with PSYCH music composer Adam Cohen) to the 14 songs and reprises performed by the PSYCH actors.
A southern California native, Franks earned a B.A. in English from the University of California, Irvine in 1991 while also doing stand-up comedy and fronting the popular Orange County band, Friendly Indians. While he was a graduate student in the film department of Loyola Marymount University, Franks’ career was launched when his first screenplay, “Big Daddy,” was purchased as a vehicle for Adam Sandler and went on to gross more than $160 million domestically.
On the heels of this success, Franks went on to create and work on more than a dozen other feature film projects, including the action/comedy “Skiptracer” for producer Neal Moritz and the feature version of “I Dream of Jeannie.”
On the television side, Franks has been involved in numerous projects for ABC, CBS and NBC. A fan for many years of classic, light detective shows like “Moonlighting” and “Magnum P.I.,” seven years ago Franks created a character who shares a similar tone - a psychic detective who has no psychic abilities … and PSYCH was born.
Franks resides in Orange County with his wife and two young sons.