One More Season for Monk


USA Network has picked up the eighth, and what will be the final season of “Monk,” reports Variety.

The cable channel has ordered 16 episodes of the series, an early prodiginator of its “Characters Welcome” brand of original series, with a premiere scheduled for next summer.

With the earlier renewals of “Psych,” “Burn Notice” and “In Plain Site,” USA has now re-upped all of its established originals.

Starring Tony Shalhoub, a three-time Emmy winner for his role as a brilliant detective who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder, “Monk’s” seventh season earlier this year scored average ratings increases over season six in adults 18-49 (up 13%) and total viewers (up 20%).

“Monk” is executive produced by David Hoberman, Andy Breckman, Randy Zisk, Tom Scharpling and Shalhoub.