FOR THE WEEK OF January 16, 2009
(*Note: This is a picture of myself – in my Monk cap – in front of a mountain gorilla, taken in Rwanda last week. I call it "Mr. Monk and the Monkey.")
As a writer myself (Gladiator, The Aviator, Sweeney Todd, Last Samurai, etc.), I most appreciate the show for the exceptionally high quality of the writing. Week after week, year after year, Andy Breckman and his team have been able to create a string of fiendishly complex and inventive mysteries that also allow the characters to shine. Add to that a flawless cast and you have my favorite show on television. I was lucky enough to spend some time on the set recently and I can also speak to the incredible contribution of Randy Zisk, the other producers, and the crew. Working together, they have created something unique and highly entertaining. Finally, Tony Shalhoub's performance is simply perfect – he always finds the wit, the loneliness, and the humanity behind the phobias and foibles.
But, when all's said and done, I come back to Andy Breckman and those engaging and touching scripts.
I will admit to being a Monk fanatic: read all the books; bobblehead Monk on my desk; re-watching the seasons on DVD; etc. Although very hard to pick one, my favorite episode is probably "Mr. Monk Gets Stuck In Traffic" – or anything with Ambrose.
Thanks to everyone who makes this show possible.