In this season's second "Hey, we're out of shows, so let's repurpose something from our cable sister!" move, USA's Monk and Psych get a bigtime airing tonight on NBC. The shows are airing in repeats on Sundays for the next several weeks to fill the void left by the writers' strike, a la Dexter on CBS. But hey, as they used to say all the time, if you haven't seen it, it's new to you — right?
It's possible there are a lot of people who have never seen Monk despite its six years on the air and multiple Emmy and Golden Globe wins for its star, Tony Shalhoub. If you've always wondered who that curly-haired guy is accepting the Best Comedic Actor awards at practically every major ceremony, this is your chance to find out. For the uninitiated, Shalhoub plays Adrian Monk, an obsessive-compulsive detective who solves crimes even the most skilled San Francisco police detectives cannot. While I don't love every episode of Monk, I always get a kick out of the way Shalhoub embodies his character's many tics. I actually wish NBC were showing Monk from the beginning, so longtime fans could reminisce alongside new viewers seeing the show for the first time. Instead, they're just kind of jumping in with a random episode from the show's fifth season — but on the positive side, it guest-stars Andy Richter.
Psych, meanwhile, also jumps in with an episode from the middle of its run — the third installment of its second season, which finds the guys going head to head with the FBI and has its own very special guest star in Lou Diamond Phillips. Will you be checking out either show? To watch a clip of Shalhoub talking about his favorite Monk mysteries, just
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