Monk renewed for eighth, final season

After eight long seasons, Mr. Monk will be done keeping the streets safe sometime next year. The USA Network has announced that it has picked up its long-running comedy for an eighth season that will serve as a fond farewell for the revered cable show; this season will be its last.

Monk, which stars Emmy mainstay Tony Shalhoub as an obsessive-compulsive private investigator, has been one of USA's original programming cornerstones and first premiered in 2002. Shalhoub has taken home three Emmys for his portrayal as the quirky dick, and has been nominated a total of six times. Season eight will debut sometime next summer.

"We want to build to a spectacular conclusion for this wonderful show," said USA VP Jeff Wachtel in a statement. "By many measures, Monk is the most successful series in the history of basic cable television--and it was certainly the original tentpole of our 'character' brand. Our fans have been extremely dedicated, and season eight should prove to be a very satisfying reward."

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I was so suprised when it was announced that this would be the final season of the Monk show. It is a huge disappointment to me and my family. Monk is one of the few quality shows out there. We have more channels than we could have ever dreamt of in years past. More channels, but so little to choose from. Of course there is a lot of reality show crap, but little that is of value, mentally stimulating, or entertaining. It just seems a little early to be the final season of Monk. Most television shows that have done well and continue to do so, do not end until the 10 year mark. I understand that Tony Shaloub wants to leave on a high note, as doe most Actors on a hit TV series. In my opinion, the eight season is very premature. There is so much more to tell and it is not going to be told in this final season. I think most fans of Monk were taken by surprise this season. We are left with a huge disappointment and little time to mourn the final days marking the end of Monk. Rather than ending Monk on a high note, for many of us fans...the show is ending on a sorrowful note by the untimely demise of a show that clearly would have had many more wonderful days ahead of it. To many of us, the feeling is similar in nature,(but not nearly as intense) of learning a youthful friend with many years left to live is given a few months to live.... Many of us can relate to the Monk character as a friend. We have all personally had some of his up's and down's. Most of us have had at some point the same loneliness he feels, sadness, the feeling of being an outcast, and more. We empathize with Monk when he feels the same things we have experienced. We are with him each week hoping that he will find his happiness again. Many of us watching the show admire his values of right and wrong. We like to see justice served. We want a fair world and we want to know that the evil are not going to get away with their crimes. When Monk catches the bad guy or gal, we feel satisfaction...knowing there is one less criminal out there...knowing he or she did not get away with their crimes. We want to feel safe in our society. The fantasy of a super detective like Monk being out their to keep us safe eases our minds. As we see him find justice for others, we are hopeful each week that he will find justice for himself and Trudi. It is my hope that Tony Shaloub, the USA Network, and any other principal parties of the show, will see the tremendous outpouring from the viewers and decide to keep Monk on the air for a couple more seasons. USA Network could come back and announce Monk and the viewers were all dreaming...that the show wasn't really ending and extend the show a couple more seasons. It would definitely make a good publicity stunt...if Tony Shaloub and the Network were to changed their minds....
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The fans have been very dedicated indeed. That's why I was so disappointed the last seasons. Things that we fans had been looking forward to for a long time, most notably the return of Monks dad, were a huge disappointment. IMHO de show has been going downhill since Betsy Schram left the show. Traylor's just to boring for me. So I do hope the producers 'll use the entire season to work towards the end: solving Trudy's murder, rejoining the police force (?), getting remarried (?).
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I am very unhappy that Monk will only have one more run! After House, it is certainly the next best TV show for good acting, storyline and great characters.

I am hoping NBC will change their minds and keep this terrific show going. They will NOT be able to top Monk or put anything nearly as good on. I too am tired of most other shows, apart from some that are not repeats, on Discovery Channel.
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I heard about the 8th and final season and thought it was just rumor - so sorry to see it's fact. I feel like the kid who never gets enough candy and always wants more. They had great character development and fun story lines. I wish it could go on forever because so many of the primetime shows are rip-offs of former hit series/movies, just plain boring and stupid, or, God forbid, REALITY TV!!! Monk has been my favorite show for years and without it, there's really not too much left to fall back on. Hope Monk's send-off is terrific!
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I've always somewhat enjoyed Monk, however NBC/USA is the devil for canceling The 4400 when it only had one season left to wrap everything up. So my comment really is F U USA, Monk better find the killer of his wife.
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Monk is such a great show, I hope they do right and wrap up ALL the loose ends before it ends.
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I agree with BeachfrontGlass. The ending for 4400 was extremely unsatisfying for a pretty decent show.
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Fun show, but it's played itself out. I stop watching regularly when Sharona left.
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Aw, that's a shame. This show is so great! Well, at least it had a good run. And at least they know they're ending, then they can give us wonderful final episodes!
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i cannot believe its ending!! but i do agree that at least it wasnt cancelled with out a proper ending (*ahem* most of the shows on network tv *ahem*). we will miss u monk!! cant wait to find out about his wife's murder though... it has been too long!
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At least the show can leave with a bang. Thanks for giving us fair warning!
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I can't believe its ending! It's such a good show. I'm glad it is getting a good ending
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Alright. Gotta love that Tony Shalhoub's quicky character -- the epitome of what the USA Original programming has become (ie Psych).
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Sad to see it go but at least it will get a proper ending.
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What a sad day...At least it will get its proper ending. I'm no doubt gonna cry on the last episode. This is one of if not my favorite show of all time.
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Eight seasons is still a good run. I would rather it gets a big sendoff & ends on a high note then succoming to the curse of tired, stale, & overrun shows.
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Monk is one of my favorite shows... its sad to see it go soo soon... :(
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we want more MONK more MONK
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Give it more! Give it more!
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Maybe we'll finally discovered who killed Trudy!
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Noooooo! Monk Needs a ninth season!
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I love Monk. I wish they had given The 4400 the same type of consideration... That show ruled and we didn't get a proper send off!
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I agree. Thanks to USA for letting this show have a huge advanced notice of the end; instead of pulling the plug before the producers can create a proper farewell. Take note, other studios!
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I'm sad that Monk is coming to an end, but happy that the fans get a planned and proper finale.
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Yes, I really do hope they put a good ending to this show; since I've watched this show since season 1... don't let me down on the last season :)
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That's great that they give it a full last season but I'm sad that it's going to be over.
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I'm glad their planing the final season instead of just cutting the show off with no conclusions.
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