What has happened to the show Monk? It's still awful! It used to be a mystery with comedy that came from the characters, but now it's just a stupid situational comedy. There's no mystery--I can easily solve it within the first few minutes. Maybe since Tony Shalhoub won an Emmy, he's on auto-pilot now. Where is there to go but down from his high perch?
I'm not obsessed about it enough to join a message board and talk about it with others, but I did send an email to the network to ask them if they fired the previous writers. This reminds me of when the horrendous Enterprise debuted. I gave up on that T&A series after a few shows--the producers went for the LCD by abandoning intelligence for cheap thrills and stupid characters, with at least one bad actor/slut thrown in with a smattering of semi-decent ones.
Hello, Hollywood, there's still intelligent life out here!
I completely agree with you! It's weird. It used to be delightful - quirky and a little complex. Now it's nasty and unpleasant. It may have begun with the OCD people getting hyper that Monk wasn't "sick" enough, but maybe you're right about the writers.
I think it's funny how most die-hard ST fans can't make fun of Enterprise without also totally making fun of the opening song. I didn't think the song was that horrible - I mean, I wouldn't put it on a mix tape and drive across the country only listening to it - but some people on the internet have acted as if Diane Warren personally got them fired from their jobs and then put sugar in their gas tanks.
I think I watched 3 or 4 episodes of Enterprise. It wasn't horrible, but it either seemed under-budget or under-written, and the only thing it had going for it was that it was in a timeslot where no other shows I liked were also on, so it was convenient to watch while eating dinner. TNG was great, and I became very addicted in reruns, but it was much more captivating.
I watched one episode of Monk about two years ago and thought it was entertaining, but I saw it in a hotel and I didn't have USA at home. Now I have it, and I watched about 5 minutes of one, and it did nothing.
aup: I don't know if it's nasty, but it's shallow and simple. The website has all the bells and whistles that the show lacks.
Jon: The opening song was startling cuz it sounded like a muzak-rock song that would be sung in a faded club off the main drag somewhere. In previous series, the music was more majestic and/or orchestral. Enterprise wasn't underwritten but over-crapized.
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