Psych alum James Roday has been tapped to direct two episodes of Blood Drive, Syfy’s 13-episode straight-to-series, grindhouse cinema-inspired drama.

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Set in a near-apocalyptic future, the series revolves around Arthur Bailey (Alan Ritchson), the last good cop in Los Angeles, and Grace (Christina Ochoa), his dangerous femme fatale partner with an agenda of her own. When Grace is forced to partner with Arthur, she’s not thrilled, to say the least. But soon she might learn that this genuinely moral, nice guy is also a determined survivor, with whom she might have more in common than she had ever imagined.

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The gruesome thriller is from UCP and executive producers John Hlavin (Shooter), Fredrik Malmberg (Conan the Barbarian) and David Straiton (Bates Motel), who will also direct. James Roland, who created the series and penned the pilot, will serve as co-executive producer. Mark Wheeler will serve as producer. The series is in production in South Africa.

Roday is best known for his eight-year run as the hyper-observant consultant detective Shawn Spencer on UCP’s and USA Network’s hit comedy Psych, for which he also wrote and directed several episodes. He made his theatrical directorial debut with the horror-comedy Gravy and has directed TV series including Fox’s Rosewood and CBS’ Rush Hour. Roday is repped by ICM Partners and Principal Entertainment LA.