In Depth

‘Monk’ Detects Final Season

USA Network’s “Monk” will solve his last case next year, as the award-winning series will end at the close of its eighth, 16-episode season, the network announced today.

The final season is scheduled to begin airing in the summer of 2009.

“We want to build to a spectacular conclusion for this wonderful show. By many measures, ‘Monk’ is the most successful series in the history of basic-cable television, and it was certainly the original tentpole of our ‘Character’ brand,” said Jeff Wachtel, executive vice president of original programming with USA Network/co-head of original content with Universal Cable Productions.

“Our fans have been extremely dedicated, and season eight should prove to be a very satisfying reward,” he said.

The show hit series ratings highs in February with its largest audience of adults in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic (2.98 million) and total viewers with 7.55 million.

“Monk” star Tony Shalhoub has been nominated for the Emmys’ lead actor in a comedy series for six consecutive years, winning in 2003, 2005 and 2006.

Executive producers of "Monk" are David Hoberman, Andy Breckman, Tony Shalhoub, Randy Zisk and Tom Scharpling. David Breckman and Jack Bernstein are co-executive producers. The series is from Universal Cable Productions in association with Mandeville Films and ABC Studios.