The Monk is Dead

Jason Singer
Mar 23, 2010

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:

 

Comments

Anonymous

Although I did not like the show itself, I respect what you have to say about it because your facts are clear and to the point. Looks like you've got a nice thing going here. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous

I can honestly say that I have never seen even one minute of the show Monk. I did not even know it was still on. Hell, I did not even know that USA was still a functioning network....

Anonymous

Ha! It's doing pretty well. It still occasionally shows re-runs of "JAG" and "La Femme Nikita," so for all intensive purposes, it's not a functioning network during those hours. But it also has some good stuff like "Monk."

By the way, your fresh fish story was hilarious. I'm definitely making a trip to Antalya in the not-too-distant future. I am totally asking for shoeshine, regardless of your warnings.

Anonymous

who the hell cares

Anonymous

You do not have to ask for a shoeshine. Children and grown men will chase you down the street with shoe polish in their hands. If you get the misfortune of one of them landing some polish on your shoes you will be out at least $20.

I was trying to dodge one once, but was distracted and he got white shoe polish all over my shoes. Turkish law states that if you get polish on your shoe the polisher must finish the job and if you did not agree to a price before hand you must pay whatever he demands. By the way....my shoes were canvas...

Anyway, I tried my standard routine of speaking French and Hebrew to the guy trying to convince him I was not American...no luck. Normaly I can fool anyone. I do not even dress "American" if you know what I mean. If they know you are American you will get taken even worse. Anyway this guy would settle for nothing less than a $20 bill.

$3 equals 1 million Turkish Lira so $20 buys a lot of stuff in Turkey.

Anonymous

I did not know that Monk was still on. Then again, I thought it was a terrible show. So, I guess that it does not matter to me.

Did we all see the new Star Trek trailer, though? Awesome looking film!

Joe

Rex has non-corming wedges. Also his driver face has been sanded.

Joe

Rex has non-corming wedges. Also his driver face has been sanded.