Everyone Wants to Watch Monk Forever

By Richard Lawson

Dec 07, 2009

...And they all want cake. I mean Monk. They all want Monk. Too bad they won't get anymore. The long-running series ended forever last night, earning a record-breaking 9.4 million viewers. Which is more than any other show in basic cable history has ever had. So good for everyone. I'm just glad that Tony Shalhoub can't win any more g.d. Emmys. Well, I guess he could win one more. Oh man, he's gonna win another one, isn't he? [THR]

...Our fearless TV.com leader, the most honorable and righteous CBS network, is planning to make a new television series based on a book that hasn't come out yet. Yeah. At least it's by James Patterson, who's a proven bookstore box-office draw. Plus we all remember how well his Women's Murder Club series did. Oh. Oh right. Hm. Anyway, Private is about a private detective. Thrilling. [Variety]

...Laura Leighton has found work on another sleazy TV series, only this time she's playing a responsible mom-type. She's just signed on to the pilot of Pretty Little Liars, a show about pretty little liars based on the teen book series. Joining Leighton will be the lady-named Alexis Denisof, who will be playing a dad-type. Hopefully not as woodenly as he's been playing a politician-type on Dollhouse recently. [THR]

...The woman who wrote that quickly-defunct Jimmy Smits series Cane has been tapped to write a pilot for TNT's planned Dallas update. Yes, Dallas! We all thought it was going to be a movie with a big fat sad John Travolta and maybe J-Lo. But we were wrong. It's going to TV. Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray, and Larry Hagman have already been approached to reprise their roles. This is big. Ten gallon big. [THR]

...Yay/Squirm. Alby's totally getting a boyfriend on Big Love this season. I'm excited, but also nervous. I mean, it's Alby. [EW]

...Adam Lambert, that kid at the party who makes an ass of himself just so people will turn and pay attention to him, will perform on the season finale of So You Think You Can Dance, Well I'm Sorry, But Only One of You Can. In an effort to outdo his American Music Awards performance, in which he shot Andy Warhol and got a back-up dancer pregnant, he plans to finally remove his skin-suit to reveal that he is, in fact, king of the Lizard People. [EW]

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  • SilentSerph Dec 10, 2009

    Monk was a really good show, and that was a really good final episode, but it doesn't really bother me that it's off the air. There's only so far you can go with the same formula in every episode, albeit a really good formula.

  • Voltergeist Dec 08, 2009

    Can't be happier about Monk finally being off the air, although I have to say that I actually enjoyed half of that last season. And, as far as series finales go, it wasn't a terrible ending (then again, shows like Seinfield set the bar pretty low).

  • danalynnlobo Dec 08, 2009

    Yeah, Tony SHOULD win another Emmy! The show should win another Emmy or six or whatever! I miss Monk already and it's not even Friday yet. The end of Monk was on the scale of the end of MASH for me...*sigh*

  • phaatje Dec 08, 2009

    R.I.P. Monk
    Can't wait for Big Love though

  • vicbjones Dec 08, 2009

    Nine point four million. Wow, Fugitive redux. Do you think Michael Richards is kicking himself for passing up the part? Then again, would Monk have lasted as long or been as good with Richards in the role? I doubt it.

  • pumpkey Dec 08, 2009

    I will miss it, it was comedy, mystery, and romance (his love for his wife).

  • dragon22a Dec 08, 2009

    Shalhoub is probably going to win the emmy again and he deserves it after the performance he gave in the final episodes. Another remake/update with Dallas? Do we really need it? TNT should focus on more original content rather than hopping on board the remake train.

  • Starprincess13 Dec 07, 2009

    How exactly is Pretty Little Liars supposed to be a tv series? Its plot would be hard to draw out for a long time. I think they are better as books.

  • Monkey2Banana Dec 07, 2009

    ill miss monk and one more emmy for tony shalhoub would be great

  • shadowysea07 Dec 07, 2009

    whats sad is that the last part is soo true

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