Monk Fridays at 9 pmET USA is back with an aptly named episode Surly Detection A submarine skipper wants to give Monk Das Boot when the sleuth investigates a suspicious suicide for Natalies old Navy friend Casper Van Dien Since claustrophobia ranks high on Monks list of fears he freaks out on the sub Although Monk quickly fingers William Athertons by-the-book commander as the killer the story is just beginning Our show is like Columbo Its more about how they did it than who did it says executive producer Randy Zisk The show also relishes making its hero acutely uncomfortable Monk is in the worst place he can be [an enclosed] space underwater Theres no [way to escape and] that makes it more fun You bet it does particularly when Monk hallucinates that his new therapist Hector Elizondos Dr Bell is talking him through his anxiety The one advantage to an imaginary shrink Theres no fear of being charged for an extra session G J Donnelly
On Saturday at 8 pm/ET, Hallmark Channel sends onetime Starship Trooper Casper Van Dien to contend with The Curse of King Tut's Tomb, as his maverick archeaologist races a ruthless rival (The Mummy's Jonathan Hyde) to find the boy king's untold riches. Sound a bit familiar? TVGuide.com spoke with Van Dien about his bid to prove he's Harrison Ford-tough, his famous lineage and the secrets to a successful royal romance.
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