It’s a sad, sad day in TV-land.
Last week, USA announced “Monk,” the network’s signature show, would call it quits after its upcoming eighth season.
The announcement is both a gift and a curse, as Adrian Monk would say.
It’s certainly heartbreaking to see “Monk” go. For almost a decade, “Monk” has been one of the most consistent and thoughtful shows on television.
Since the show’s inception in 2002, the lead actor, Tony Shalhoub, revived the art of physical comedian on TV. In the vein of The Three Stooges, The Marx Brothers and Steve Martin at his peak (think “All of Me” or his stand-up comedy of the 1970s and 1980s), the actor played an obsessive-compulsive hypochondriac detective with merciless precision, giving “Monk” both undeniable laughs and a sobering, earth-shattering sadness.
Shalhoub single-handedly made Monk the most complete character on television.
He was rewarded handsomely, mind you, with three Emmy Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, and six straight nominations. He also won two SAG awards, one Golden Globe, and millions of adoring fans.
And while it’s sad to see “Monk” go, it’s also nice to see a show go out on top.
In its most recent season, “Monk” set a record for viewers and accolades. It also began USA’s wildly popular “Characters Wanted” campaign, which spawned three other successful shows, “Psych,” “Burn Notice” and “In Plain Sight.”
So farewell, Mr. Monk, we’ll miss you.
It truly is a jungle out there in TV-land, but you survived it, and made us laugh while doing it.
Thank you for giving us eight wonderful years.
In Other News:
Money. Big Money.
“Quantum of Solace,” the 22nd and latest James Bond film, set a franchise record this weekend with $70.4 million in ticket sales.
If nothing else, I’m sure Daniel Craig and Eon films can take solace in that.
Also, “Valkyrie,” scheduled for a Dec. 26 opening, released a new trailer this weekend.
The movie, directed by Brian Singer (”Usual Suspects,” “X-Men,” “X2”) and starring Tom Cruise, is about a German general who tries to assassinate Hitler. The New York Times wrote a great article about it this morning.
Check out the trailer below: