Monk: Stars Talk About Last Episodes and Possible Return

Monk series finaleTonight, we say goodbye to one of television’s most beloved and unique detectives. Adrian Monk is certainly an unlikely hero and it’s perhaps for that reason that viewers will miss him so.

Monk tells the tale of a brilliant San Francisco detective (Tony Shalhoub) who, following the death of his wife in a car bombing, has a nervous breakdown. After being a recluse for three years, Monk returns to the force, barely able to control his obsessive-compulsive disorder. While his phobias often make it difficult for him to function, he’s an incredibly observant sleuth in part because of them.

The long-running USA series has also featured the talents of Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine, Traylor Howard, Stanley Kamel, Bitty Schram, Emmy Clarke, Kane Ritchotte, and Hector Elizondo.

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While filming the last episode, Howard, who’s played Monk’s assistant Natalie for the past five years, reflected on the end of the show and her co-star. She said, “It doesn’t seem quite real… It’ll be weird not to work with Tony a lot. He’s such a lovely man. And I adore him, and it’s such a great part for a woman and all that stuff.”

Shalhoub didn’t want to know how his character’s story would finish until it was time to shoot the last episodes. He says that he likes the way the show is going out and shared, “When I read the finale, I was really moved and very satisfied. It exceeded my expectations. I thought it was going to be tricky to pull off. It’s a daunting episode emotionally. I discovered, once I was in it, that it all started to come to me. I had been loaded up for eight years.”

In terms of the finale being satisfying for fans, Shalhoub said, “I think what they will feel is kind of a magnification of what I believe they’ve been feeling all along, which is kind of mixed about Monk: Feel good for him, bad for him, frustrated for him… Hoping for his success and for his healing, his recovery.”

While the Monk series finale was written to give the show closure, the cast aren’t necessarily done with their characters just yet. Shalhoub shared,”We’ve talked about a Monk feature. We’ve been talking about that for a long time. The cast would love to do it. But there’s really nothing hard and fast in the pipeline.” In another interview, the actor said, “I just don’t know. I never say never.”

What do you think? Would you like to see Monk and his friends return for a movie?

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  1. Moondreamer says

    I’d love to see a movie, at least one of Monk. All the actors/actresses were outstanding. The writing delicious. Actually, I’d like to see an annual Monk movie till the end of time. Congratulations on ending the series better than any series has ever ended in the history of TV. I laughed, I cried, I was happy with how all the characters ended up. Specially Disher & Sharona. What a pleasant surprise. I love you all.

  2. Wayne says

    Monk was one of the few shows on TV that a family could watch. It was witty, heartwarming and a great who-done-it. Yes, make movies. I prefer movies to a series. They have a begining and an end. They don’t leave off in the middle of a story when accountants decide a show is not making enough money.

  3. Omar says

    From concept to cast, I don’t know of any other show that rivals Monk, and I have enjoyed watching the series so much, that I think it would be kind of a challenge to cram it up in 90minutes or so. I think it would be best to have a series of movies like x-files maybe. but certainly whatever works would be more than welcome, … I already miss the cast and especially Tony.

  4. Terri says

    This was one of the cleanest police shows on the TV. I enjoyed it very much and now have nothing to look forward to on Friday nights. Hope you bring it back along with White Collar. Both shows are fun to watch.

  5. Leigh says

    I was really unprepared for the impressive ending to Monk. I love the fact that the show doesn’t end with us finding who killed Trudy, rather that took a bit of a back seat to the second story line, which is a surprise to us all, but a heartwarming ending.
    I liked Traylor alot, but I miss Sharona. Thank you for bringing her back and renewing the “love” interest.
    We love you and miss you take care until next time, and there is ALWAYS A NEXT TIME!!!
    Good Luck with the SAG awards!

  6. says

    I would love to see a Monk movie. I’ve been a fan of Traylor Howard since Two Guys and a Girl and I still remember watching Tony Shalhoub in Men in Black. Emmy Clarke is fantastic and a Monk movie just has to be done.

  7. Denise says

    We have been watching Monk from day one and it is one of very few TV shows our family watches. Our son, 5 years, has also watched Monk which is another great thing about it – you can watch it and be on pins and needles but you kid can watch it too – it isn’t too violent. I cried at the closure of the last episode. We vote for more Monk and it would be nice if it were on regular TV for those of us who don’t watch cable TV anymore.

    • Judy Butler says

      I would love to see a Monk movie made for TV. Similar to the Columbo and Rockford Files. I so enjoyed the series and I would be happy if he would do 2 movies a year. Thanks for listening. Come on Tony! you will be missed very much.

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  9. Lois Blount says

    I expected to be disappointed in the final episodes…..was gratefully surprised. This cast captured my heart; I would be grateful for periodic (annual) updates in the form of a Monk single episode to to give us a (hopefully) upbeat peak at the unfolding of Monk and “family)’s unfolding lives.

  10. Kenzie says

    A Monk movie! I am crying tears of joy to think that Monk might come back with a movie! I hope it goes into theartres! OhmyGod! Pleaseeee a Monk movie! I really want it and we all do too!

  11. Joe says

    I would love to see a movie made!
    You follow the characters around for so long they bocome a part of you.
    The movie will give you a chance to get re-aquainted with old friends..

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