History Trivia / Monk

12th Dec '17 4:34:40 PM ClintEastwood
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** Alfred Molina and Stanley Tucci were also considered for the role of Monk before Tony Shalhoub was picked. Incidentally, both would guest-star in ''Monk'' episodes ("Mr. Monk and the Actor" and "Mr. Monk and the Naked Man" respectively) and received Special Guest Star billing. Amusingly, David Ruskin (Tucci's character) is [[MetaCasting an actor playing Monk in a TV movie.]] Peter Magneri (Molina's character) has some of Monk's eccentricities.
** John Ritter, Creator/HenryWinkler, Dave Foley, and Michael Richards were also considered for the role of Monk. Music/QueenLatifah was the original choice for Sharona.

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** Alfred Molina Creator/AlfredMolina and Stanley Tucci Creator/StanleyTucci were also considered for the role of Monk before Tony Shalhoub was picked. Incidentally, both would guest-star in ''Monk'' episodes ("Mr. Monk and the Actor" and "Mr. Monk and the Naked Man" respectively) and received Special Guest Star billing. Amusingly, David Ruskin (Tucci's character) is [[MetaCasting an actor playing Monk in a TV movie.]] Peter Magneri (Molina's character) has some of Monk's eccentricities.
** John Ritter, Creator/JohnRitter, Creator/HenryWinkler, Dave Foley, Creator/DaveFoley, and Michael Richards Creator/MichaelRichards were also considered for the role of Monk. Music/QueenLatifah was the original choice for Sharona.
12th Dec '17 3:59:40 AM jormis29
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** John Ritter, Henry Winkler, Dave Foley, and Michael Richards were also considered for the role of Monk. Music/QueenLatifah was the original choice for Sharona.

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** John Ritter, Henry Winkler, Creator/HenryWinkler, Dave Foley, and Michael Richards were also considered for the role of Monk. Music/QueenLatifah was the original choice for Sharona.
25th Nov '17 8:29:20 PM GrammarNavi
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** Adam Arkin was involved in two season 1 episodes. He wore a fatsuit to portray bedridden Dale "the Whale" Biederbeck in "Mr. Monk Meets Dale the Whale". He also directed "Mr. Monk and the Other Woman".

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** Adam Arkin Creator/AdamArkin was involved in two season 1 episodes. He wore a fatsuit to portray bedridden Dale "the Whale" Biederbeck in "Mr. Monk Meets Dale the Whale". He also directed "Mr. Monk and the Other Woman".



** Dale "the Whale" Biederbeck, Monk's recurring ArchEnemy, is played by a different actor in each of his appearances because [[IncrediblyLamePun the role is too large for one guy to carry]]. He's played by Adam Arkin in "Mr. Monk Meets Dale the Whale," by Creator/TimCurry in "Mr. Monk Goes to Jail," and by Ray Porter in "Mr. Monk Is On the Run, Part II".

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** Dale "the Whale" Biederbeck, Monk's recurring ArchEnemy, is played by a different actor in each of his appearances because [[IncrediblyLamePun the role is too large for one guy to carry]]. He's played by Adam Arkin Creator/AdamArkin in "Mr. Monk Meets Dale the Whale," by Creator/TimCurry in "Mr. Monk Goes to Jail," and by Ray Porter in "Mr. Monk Is On the Run, Part II".
2nd Nov '17 7:27:25 PM creader
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1st Jun '17 11:37:19 PM Alvin
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** Vancouver-born Jason-Gray Stanford portrays the American Randy Disher.

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** Vancouver-born Jason-Gray Stanford Jason Gray-Stanford portrays the American Randy Disher.
20th May '17 12:51:44 PM nombretomado
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** [[WordOfGod According to Hy Conrad]], one script that never got filmed was an episode called "Mr. Monk Is At Sea". It would have been aired in 2004 as part of season 3 (likely taking the place of "Mr. Monk and the Game Show") and would have involved Monk and Sharona investigating a set of murders on a cruise ship. While USANetwork approved of the script, it never got filmed because cruise lines were pretty sensitive about the notion of a murder being committed on their ships or someone falling overboard. They wouldn't budge, even when the writing team tried changing the killer's identity and lowered the body count. Even attempting to use the floating ''Queen Mary'' hotel in Long Beach for shooting fell through. Although the script was still brought up whenever the writing team was running short on ideas, it became the team's white whale, "Episode 126". Only in 2013 did Hy Conrad contact Daniel Dratch, who acquired the "Mr. Monk Is At Sea" script from the vault. The script was thus rewritten and published as ''Mr. Monk Gets on Board''.[[note]]By 'rewritten', we mean that Natalie was substituted in place of Sharona, some new subplots were written in, and the cruise makes a visit to Mexico that allows for Captain Alameda from "Mr. Monk Goes to Mexico" to get involved.[[/note]]

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** [[WordOfGod According to Hy Conrad]], one script that never got filmed was an episode called "Mr. Monk Is At Sea". It would have been aired in 2004 as part of season 3 (likely taking the place of "Mr. Monk and the Game Show") and would have involved Monk and Sharona investigating a set of murders on a cruise ship. While USANetwork Creator/USANetwork approved of the script, it never got filmed because cruise lines were pretty sensitive about the notion of a murder being committed on their ships or someone falling overboard. They wouldn't budge, even when the writing team tried changing the killer's identity and lowered the body count. Even attempting to use the floating ''Queen Mary'' hotel in Long Beach for shooting fell through. Although the script was still brought up whenever the writing team was running short on ideas, it became the team's white whale, "Episode 126". Only in 2013 did Hy Conrad contact Daniel Dratch, who acquired the "Mr. Monk Is At Sea" script from the vault. The script was thus rewritten and published as ''Mr. Monk Gets on Board''.[[note]]By 'rewritten', we mean that Natalie was substituted in place of Sharona, some new subplots were written in, and the cruise makes a visit to Mexico that allows for Captain Alameda from "Mr. Monk Goes to Mexico" to get involved.[[/note]]
4th Mar '17 10:38:56 PM jormis29
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** "Mr. Monk and the Airplane" featured a brief cameo from Tony Shalhoub's co-star from ''Series/{{Wings}}'' (Creator/TimDaly) as himself, with Sharona raving about how ''Wings'' was her favorite show. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Adrian swears he never saw it.]]

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** "Mr. Monk and the Airplane" featured a brief cameo from Tony Shalhoub's Creator/TonyShalhoub's co-star from ''Series/{{Wings}}'' (Creator/TimDaly) as himself, with Sharona raving about how ''Wings'' was her favorite show. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Adrian swears he never saw it.]]



** Monk's standoff with Winston Brenner in Monk's darkened apartment in "Mr. Monk and the Blackout", with Monk wearing nightvision goggles, is similar to the climatic scene in ''TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' where Buffalo Bill (Levine) stalks Clarice Starling (JodieFoster) through a dark basement. Coincidentally, Ted Levine and another actor from that movie, Scott Glenn, would later reunite in "Mr. Monk Is On the Run," but in reversed roles, with Glenn playing the villain and Levine being a supporting protagonist.
** In "Mr. Monk Gets Cabin Fever," Monk's alias name in witness protection is "Frank Conway," a reference to Shalhoub's character Kevin Conway in ''Film/ACivilAction'' where he costarred with JohnTravolta.

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** Monk's standoff with Winston Brenner in Monk's darkened apartment in "Mr. Monk and the Blackout", with Monk wearing nightvision goggles, is similar to the climatic scene in ''TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' where Buffalo Bill (Levine) stalks Clarice Starling (JodieFoster) through a dark basement. Coincidentally, Ted Levine and another actor from that movie, Scott Glenn, would later reunite in "Mr. Monk Is On the Run," but in reversed roles, with Glenn playing the villain and Levine being a supporting protagonist.
** In "Mr. Monk Gets Cabin Fever," Monk's alias name in witness protection is "Frank Conway," a reference to Shalhoub's character Kevin Conway in ''Film/ACivilAction'' where he costarred with JohnTravolta.Creator/JohnTravolta.



* RealLifeRelative: Quite a number of people in Tony Shalhoub's actual family have appeared on the show.

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* RealLifeRelative: Quite a number of people in Tony Shalhoub's Creator/TonyShalhoub's actual family have appeared on the show.
10th Feb '17 9:03:45 PM creader
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** CharacterOutlivesActor: Dr. Kroger appears in the novels ''Mr. Monk Goes to Germany'' and ''Mr. Monk is Miserable'', both of which were published after Stanley Kamel's death. However, they were both set prior to "Mr. Monk Is On the Run", filmed when Kamel was still alive.
10th Feb '17 9:02:42 PM creader
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* TheDanza: [[{{MSNBC}} Lawrence O'Donnell]] plays Judge Lawrence Barr in two episodes.

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* DawsonCasting: Tony Shalhoub is actually six years older than Monk is supposed to be. Hence, though he turns 50 in "Happy Birthday, Mr. Monk," he's actually 56 in that episode, which aired in 2009.

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Tony Shalhoub is actually six years older than Monk is supposed to be. Hence, though he turns 50 in "Happy Birthday, Mr. Monk," he's actually 56 in that episode, which aired in 2009.



* DirectedByCastMember: Tony Shalhoub was Monk as well as one of the show's executive producers.

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** Two of Tony Shalhoub's ''Series/{{Wings}}'' costars appeared in guest roles: TimDaly AsHimself (complete with an ActorAllusion for Shaloub) in the first season and Steven Weber as the killer of the week in a fifth season episode.
** Monk's former partner in "Mr. Monk and the Employee of the Month" is played by Enrico Colantoni, who previously appeared in ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' with Tony Shalhoub.
** The actor in "Mr. Monk and the Actor" is played by Stanley Tucci, who was considered for the role of Monk and co-starred with Tony Shaloub in ''Film/BigNight''.

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** Two of Tony Shalhoub's ''Series/{{Wings}}'' costars appeared in guest roles: TimDaly AsHimself (complete with an ActorAllusion for Shaloub) in the first season and Steven Weber as the killer of the week in a fifth season episode.
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** Monk's former partner in "Mr. Monk and the Employee of the Month" is played by Enrico Colantoni, who previously appeared in ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' with Tony Shalhoub.
** The actor in "Mr. Monk and the Actor" is played by Stanley Tucci, who was considered for the role of Monk and co-starred with Tony Shaloub in ''Film/BigNight''.
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* MetaCasting: Stanley Tucci, one of the actors originally considered for the role of Monk, plays in "Mr. Monk and the Actor" as David Ruskin, who is playing the role of Monk in a movie. Creator/AlfredMolina, who had also auditioned for the role, appears in "Mr. Monk and the Naked Man" as computer programmer Peter Magneri.
17th Dec '16 2:52:06 PM rafi
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* HideYourPregnancy: Traylor Howard became pregnant before shooting began for the second half of season 5. To avoid causing problems, it was necessary for writers to position Natalie during scenes such that her midsection and below is hidden by items like bags, tables, or car doors. This is evident in "Mr. Monk Makes a Friend" and "Mr. Monk and the Really, Really Dead Guy". In "Mr. Monk Is at Your Service," the writers took advantage of Traylor's pregnancy by incorporating it into the episode. For most of her scenes, Natalie stands or sits in positions that make it so that we see only the section above her chest, (like behind a desk or leaning against her car with the driver's side door open). However, when she needs to rescue Monk from her old obsessive boyfriend, she wards off his advances [[PillowPregnancy by stuffing a pillow down her chest]]. For these scenes, they just filmed her like they would in normal episodes, like in the first half of the season.
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