Tony Shalhoub Already Nostalgic For Monk

Tony Shalhoub

Tony Shalhoub

Tony Shalhoub reports that his “Monk” series troupe is just passing “the half-way point of the season” – in production of the eighth and final season for the USA Network show that’s earned him three Emmys for his portrayal of obsessive-compulsive detective Adrian Monk.  And, he says, “We’re already getting nostalgic for it.  People are already looking at me with puppy dog eyes.”

He admits, “We all love to work, and we all love to have work, so to step away from something so strong and successful – of course there’s a risk involved.”  Still, “I’ve spoken with the writers and I think we’ve all agreed there’s only so much you can mine out of this character.  Nobody wants to move into the area where it starts to feel stale, or the quality starts to drop.  Since everything does have to come to an end, we want it to happen in the right way, where we’re in control of it, not a situation where the plug gets pulled.  I think it honors the audience this way.”

The eighth season premiere is coming up Aug. 7 and Season 7 will be released on DVD July 21.  Among the highlights ahead, he says, is an episode featuring Elizabeth Perkins, “Mr. Monk’s Favorite Show.”  “She plays a woman who was a child actor on Monk’s favorite series he watched when he was a child – the only series he watched, a ‘Brady Bunch’ kind of show.  As an adult, she’s written a tell-all book that is not at all flattering, and Monk’s image of her is destroyed.”  Also, they’ve just finished shooting “Mr. Monk Takes the Stand,” an episode in which Jay Mohr guests as a “super, super strong savvy defense attorney who’s never lost a case, who is defending a criminal Monk knows is guilty.”

MEANWHILE: Shalhoub tells us he’s too “invested and immersed in ‘Monk’ to think much about life after ‘Monk,'” and he’s keeping his options open.  But what about reports that have him involved in a possible revival of “Lend Me a Tenor” with Stanley Tucci directing, and T.R. Knight and Alfred Molina in the cast?  Their reading of the show awhile back was supposed to be hush-hush, but “Grey’s Anatomy” followers keeping abreast of developments in Knight’s departure from that show made it public knowledge.

Notes Tony, “It really is a funny play.  We’re going to be doing another reading of it in a few weeks in NY.  We’re all taking a hard look at it.  No one knows if it’s going to happen for sure.  Everyone tiptoes around it for awhile.”

25 thoughts on “Tony Shalhoub Already Nostalgic For Monk

  1. beth ann

    I just wanted to say, I am going to miss MONK so much, I feel like a big part of my weekly viewing is going away. No one could of played this part better and I think Tony is one of the greatest actors of our time. Please consider doing MONK movies or something like this, to keep MONK alive through the years!

    We will miss seeing MONK and Tony each week..This is one of the best shows I have ever seen and I will really miss it!

  2. Richard Lee

    To Tony and everyone involved with Monk, I must tell you that you’ve created a work of genius in your Monk series. Each episode is clever and unique. I hate to think that new Monk episodes will not be coming down the line after this summer. My wife and I love to end each day with an episode of Monk on our DVR. Somehow it is never a complete day without the laughs, and the genuine good nature of Mr. Monk’s character. I know it seems like all possibilities have been covered for Adrian Monk. But I don’t believe this is actually so. Why don’t you put up a story suggestion Blog for viewers to leave input for new material? Otherwise, you’ll just have to come back in a year or two and start making a sequel series. Please don’t pull the plug on Monk. 🙁

  3. Yvette Cathers

    I still find this news discouraging and very depressing. I can reconcile the decision to end the series if 1) It was Tony’s decision, and 2) The actors simply want to move on to other roles. If it came down to anything else–money, for instance, or the decision was ‘thrust upon them,’ then I have to question the powers that be over at USA network for pulling the plug on what is a brilliant series and one of the painfully few clean shows on the air right now. I love Burn Notice, but it’s not quite enough to sway my decision to have my cable turned off once Monk wraps up for good.

    One that is glaring, is that after everything Tony Shalhoub and Ted Levine in particular have done in their careers–the talent and brilliance of both of these actors–studios still have them both bit-parting in films. What??? Either of these men by themselves could fully carry a movie.

    I can understand wanting to take part in a particular movie because of who’s directing or who wrote it or that it’s a quality film, but all movies have leads. Why have an actor on the set of Tony’s or Ted’s caliber, and only give them 5 minutes of screen time? Egregious. That is to waste their talent. If you have them on your set, use them. I am hoping that neither of these of actors completely disappears behind the camera.

    As for there being “only so much you can mine out of this character,’ I agree, but I don’t agree that they’ve reached that point yet. There has been so much layering with this character, it boggles the mind. In fact, I can scarcely recall another series that had supporting characters as multi-dimensional as they do on Monk, so all the effort hasn’t been put into the lead character. This is a fully fleshed out series, and in my opinion, they haven’t yet scratched the surface with Adrian Monk.

    One minute, a USA spokesperson is calling Monk their ‘flagship,’ and the next, they’re pulling the plug. Hollywood needs to listen up, because I happen to know I’m not the only one fed up with TV today. Sex is fine and normal and healthy, but a grown adult realizes it doesn’t belong EVERYWHERE. Many of us are sick and tired of the same stuff in every series. If you’re going to bump one of the few clean, adult shows on TV, replace it with another one. And good luck matching the solid writing you had on Monk. I believe that pulling the plug on Monk will soon be looked back on as a grievous error.

  4. Peggy Michell

    Thanks for all the years of looking forward to a “favorite night of the week.”. We (my family and I) all enjoyed it. It was always intriguing, but with a gentleness that left us feeling good.

    As Bob Hope always said, “Thanks for the memories.”

  5. Lloyd Igane

    Why stop at 8? Monk would insist on a nice round number like 10, wouldn’t he? So what are we meant to do after that – stop watching tv?

  6. Carolyn

    So glad that the new season will soon start; but so sad to see the series coming to an end…. What a great show; it will be greatly missed. 🙁

  7. Amy

    I will miss MONK terribly but I am glad that you are ending the story the way the writers have intended it to go. I hate when a favorite show goes stagnent and becomes the same thing over and over again with out any growth or plot. Thanks for the most amazing show ever.

    Always and forever a fan!

  8. Daniel from Missouri

    I’m a huge fan of Monk! I have the first six seasons on dvd and I can’t wait to get the 7th season in July!! And I also can’t wait untill the 8th season starts to see how it plays out though I hate to see it be over but that is what the dvds are for!!

  9. MajorMonkFan

    I really can’t believe it is the last season. While it is true that all good things must come to an end, I think it was too soon…
    I also read somewhere that
    (SPOILER AHEAD)

    there will be 10 mini episodes about Monk’s early life

  10. susan brill

    Tony Shaloub you are awesome! Monk is awesome. What will I do without new episodes of Monk?! He is the culture’s “Everyman” – seemingly bearing every weakness yet he prevails, he wins, he is the underdog. His successes in spite of his frailties are an inspiring message of hope. Even the nutty and the outcast have a place, a role to play. And sometimes – like Monk – it’s a really important role. Everyone of us has something of Monk in us. (We who love the show know we do; those who can’t stand the show are those who can’t stand to see it in themselves…so I’ve found.)

    If your fans come up with awesome new episode ideas that are fresh and compelling will you keep doing more seasons?! You should open it up to us – run a contest or something. Open an online collaboration to write shows. Be the first show to let your audience write your stories! We will keep Monk alive for years to come with more ideas and stories of the best hero on TV.

    With lots of admiration for you and your acting and your character Monk,

    Susan Brill
    Eau Claire, Wisc.

  11. Teresa

    I sometimes ask myself, “what would Monk do?” You were great in Men in Black, too, Tony. Life goes on. You have created an indelible iconic figure for us all.

  12. Pinya

    I am a big fan but I am totally understand why “Monk” come to the end. This is the best way to end, while people still loves it. “Monk” will be in my mind. forever!

  13. Dana

    Only just a couple of years ago became a fan but will truely miss the show. Best of luck to all the actors. Look forward to seeing where life takes them next.

  14. The Arnolds

    Tony, we have seen (more than once) 100 episodes of MONK and we could see them and 100 more besides. We love the character you have created, and thoroughly enjoy the rest of the cast. Thank you to all of you!

  15. Sara

    What a great show. I have watched from the first show. The only good thing out of this is it was Tony and the writers idea. At least they can close it out in style. Not just do like so many of my favorite shows and just stop with no tying up of loose ends. Thanks for the wonderful entertainment your cast and crew have given us. I wish the best to all of you in the future.

  16. Darren Claypole

    let’s hope when you have finished Monk, you could turn the books into movies. love the show and the books

  17. Iraida Milian

    I will miss Monk….I’m almost like him, that’s why I like the show, and of course, because it make me laugh. To Mr. Shalhoub…you are a great actor. I remember you sice I saw Paulie. A hug in the distance for you. God bless you Mr. Shalhoub

    Iraida Milian

  18. Edward Yanes

    I just wanted to say I am a 13 year old kid, and I love this show and I am truely saddend to see that it is going to end soon, the show was made great just by Tony’s great acting, my dad and I waited EVERY Friday for Monk, we did this for so long and always talked about it every Friday(after the season ended) until the following season, but I do think that making a Monk Movie would be a Great idea!!(Though its already good with the show being an hour) I think with a good director and Tony’s acting anything could be a hit! Although I dont look forward to the end of Monk (even though I will probly buy all the seasons on DVD) I will look forward very much to this last season and I am anxious to see if you make all the last ones better then the previous shows. I also hope USA has a Monk Marithon before the last episode. I will be watching

  19. Rick Gardner

    Dear Tony,

    Just like all the other great shows before MONK, we feel you are part of our family. Friday nights at 9 PM we all get together and watch MONK. You will be missed. We love you and the rest of the cast, crew and writers. Thanks again for being part of our lives in Apex, North Carolina!

    Rick

  20. MAMAW

    I AM 72 YEARS OF AGE AND I LOVE THE SHOW AND LOOKED FORWARD EACH WEEK TO SEE A FUNNY AND CLEAN SHOW. MOST SHOWS HAVE TO MUCH SEX AND VILE WORDS THAT WE OLDER AND ALL THE YOUNGER PEOLE DON’T NEED TO SEE OR HEAR. I WILL TRULY MISS MONK AND I PRAY THAT THE SPONCERS, DIRECTORS AND ACTORS WILL FIND SOME WAY TO KEEP THE SHOW ON FOR YEARS TO COME. THIS IS TRULY A GREAT AND ENTERTAINING PROGRAM AND I HAVE ALWAYS LOOKED FORWARD TO IT EACH WEEK. I AM VERY DISAPPOINTED IN THE USA NETWORK. THEY ARE RETURNING AND PUTTING ON NEW SHOWS THAT ARE NOT WORTH WATCHING AND I WILL NOT BE WATCHING USA ON A WEEKLY BASIS.
    TONY, YOU ARE GREAT GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP UP YOUR GOOD WORK. MAMAW

  21. Bella

    I am speechless!! I am so upset that the show has ended. I have your picture( Monk) on my computer table and a few people call me ” mama monk” haha, I do relater well to you.
    I love this show and thanks for the memories. I have the complete collection(well I soon will have the last of them) and I will watch them forever.

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