EMMY, GOLDEN GLOBE & SAG AWARD WINNER TONY SHALHOUB RETURNS AS AMERICA'S FAVORITE OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DETECTIVE IN USA NETWORK'S HIT SERIES MONK


THE FOURTH SEASON PREMIERES FRIDAY, JULY 8 AT 10:00 PM ET/PT


John Turturro reprises his Emmy-winning role as Ambrose Monk

Guest stars include Jason Alexander, Melora Hardin and Grant Rosenmeyer

New York, NY - June 24, 2005 - Monk, the critically acclaimed original series starring Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG award winner Tony Shalhoub premieres its fourth season on USA Network on Friday, July 8, 2005 at 10:00 PM ET/PT. Monk remains one of the highest-rated original scripted series in basic cable history.

Tony Shalhoub (The Last Shot, Men in Black) has earned an Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award and SAG Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal of Adrian Monk, a brilliant detective who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder. Monk's psychological disorder costs him his position as a legendary homicide detective on the San Francisco Police Force. Due to the tragic unsolved murder of his wife, Monk has developed an abnormal fear of germs, heights, crowds and virtually everything else, which provides an unusual challenge to solving crimes … not to mention his day-to-day existence.

Traylor Howard (Two Guys and a Girl, Me, Myself and Irene), Ted Levine (Heat, Moby Dick) and Jason Gray-Stanford (Taken, A Beautiful Mind) also star.

Guest stars include John Turturro (Quiz Show, O Brother, Where Art Thou?), Jason Alexander (Seinfeld, Shallow Hal), Melora Hardin (Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure, The Office) and Grant Rosenmeyer (The Royal Tenenbaums, Oliver Beene).

As season four continues, we see Monk getting closer to his new assistant Natalie (Traylor Howard) as she becomes quite a crime solver herself; John Turturro returns in his Emmy-winning role as Monk's agoraphobic brother, Ambrose; Monk's murdered wife, his beloved Trudy (Hardin), will appear to return from the dead; Monk faces off with a rival private detective (Alexander); and we will meet Monk as a teen and discover the true beginnings of how he became the Monk we’ve come to know and love.

Monk is executive produced by David Hoberman (Raising Helen, Bringing Down the House, The Negotiator), Andy Breckman (Saturday Night Live, Late Night with David Letterman, Rat Race), Tony Shalhoub and Randy Zisk (House, Without a Trace). Fern Field (Kane & Abel, Heartsounds) and Tom Scharpling serve as co-executive producers. Anthony Santa Croce (Carnivale) and David Breckman are producers. Monk is from NBC Universal Television Studio in association with Mandeville Films and Touchstone Television.


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