November 15, 2008 / 1:49 AM / 12 years ago

"'Monk" looks at final season

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - “Monk” will soon be solving his last case.

USA Network said Friday that it is giving its long-running hit series an eighth- and final-season pickup with a 16-episode order. The final season of the show — starring Tony Shalhoub as Adrian Monk, a brilliant detective who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder — will debut in the summer.

Sources said the decision to end “Monk” after its eighth season was mutual. But, after seven seasons, the show’s high price tag likely made it hard for USA to justify going beyond an eighth season.

“Monk” still is going strong from a ratings standpoint, posting series-high viewership numbers in February among key demos and total viewers and seeing its viewership in 2008 grow significantly over 2007. Through 2008, “Monk” is averaging 5 million total viewers.

Jeff Wachtel, executive vp original programing at USA Network and co-head of original content at Universal Cable Prods., said in a statement, “Our fans have been extremely dedicated, and Season 8 should prove to be a very satisfying reward.”

Shalhoub received six Emmy nominations for his role as Adrian Monk, and took home three statuettes.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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