Well, TV fans can pretty much etch in one favorite for next year's Emmy awards. Under the category for "Best Actor," they may as well write in Tony Shalhoub as a nominee right now.
Shalhoub will return to the role that has helped him earn five Emmy nominations and three wins (including last year's prize), as USA Network today announced that it has picked up Monk for a seventh season.
Lucky number seven for the comedy will consist of 16 episodes and be split up into two parts. The first half is scheduled to hit the air in July 2008 and the back end will air in January 2009. Each of the series' last four seasons has taken similar approaches to airing.
The show follows the Adrian Monk (Shalhoub), a private detective in San Francisco who happens to have an irrational fear of just about everything and suffers ...Read more
The Emmys came, they saw, they awarded. And the winner is...you!
In the show-opening comedy segment, host Conan O'Brien appeared in parodies of Lost, 24, and the Emmy nominated South Park episode "Trapped In the Closet," before coming onstage and opening with, "Welcome to the 58th, and final, Emmy awards."
"Two and A Half Men is the number-one sitcom on TV. There's something about Charlie Sheen raising impressionable young kids that just feels right," the flame-haired host quipped to a roar of laughter.
The winners (and their comments backstage after winning):
Outstanding Supporting Actress In a Comedy:
Winner: Megan Mullally, Will & Grace
Mullaly on the pre-show jitters: "I was feeling emotional, and it's not that time of the month. I'll attribute it to being Will & Grace's coming to an end."
Outstanding Supporting Actor In a Drama:
After eight long seasons, Mr. Monk will be done keeping the streets safe 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.
Remember the writers' strike? That thing that happened last year with all the picketing, arguing, and nonwriting? It's all over now, but during the height of the work stoppage, networks had to get a little creative to keep their schedules afloat.
One of the more logical solutions some took was to appropriate a few shows from their stable of cable channels and repurpose them for prime-time network broadcasting. CBS did it with Showtime's Dexter, and NBC did it with USA Network's Monk and Psych.
Now that the strike is over, networks can stop these experiments and get back to business. NBC is pulling Monk and Psych from their Sunday-night time slots, according to an updated schedule released by the network. Replacing the two shows will be a two-hour block of The Office, at least for the next two weekends.
The move isn't surprising, given both Monk ...Read more
We keep seeing the same men popping up at the Emmys in the best actor in a comedy category, but there's a reason for that. Tony Shalhoub has deserved every single one of his six consecutive nominations, Charlie Sheen has gone for three straight, and Alec Baldwin is looking like the favorite to win for a second year.
It's the television equivalent of "getting called to the show" in baseball. NBC today announced that it would begin airing Monk and Psych, a pair of successful basic cable shows from the USA Network, beginning next year.
Because of a strike-addled fall television season, networks have been thinking about dipping into their cable family and picking shows to fill the holes in their broadcast programming. NBC and USA Network are both owned by NBC Universal Corporation.
The current plan is to let Monk and Psych air as planned in January on USA then re-air them on Sunday nights in March on NBC. NBC did not announce a time, but both are an hour long and would likely air from 8-10 p.m.
Monk stars Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub, who was an NBC primetime regular for his role in Wings, as a quirky San Francisco investigator who suffers ...Read more