Hector Elizondo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage.com
Well, we kinda knew Monk couldn't go too long without an analyst, right? So, tragic as is the April 8 death of Stanley Kamel aka the neurotic's Dr. Kroger a USA Network spokesperson confirms to me exclusively that Hector Elizondo has been tapped to join Monk as Tony Shalhoub's new shrink. There's no word on how his character will be introduced, but he'll first turn up in the show's seventh season premiere on July 18.On a related note, Elizondo's hiring would seem to signal that CBS' Cane is a goner. So what's your take, peeps? Will you have a harder time adjusting to seeing Monk on someone else's couch than he'll have being on someone else's couch? Or do you remember Elizondo so fondly from Pretty Woman and The Princess Diaries that you'll actually be psyched to see him take a role on a show you actually watch? Share your thoughts below!
Question: I was heartbroken to hear of Stanley Kamel's passing. His portrayal of Dr. Kroger on Monk was a delight, particularly his deadpan delivery in his counseling session scenes with Tony Shalhoub's character. What do you think Mr. Kamel's death will mean for the Monk series? I know Dr. Kroger was a supporting character rather than a lead, but the therapy scenes provided the heart of the show. I would hate to lose that aspect of the program. Regardless of how Monk handles this loss, Stanley Kamel will be impossible to replace.
Answer: I have a very fond memory of this actor. Around the time when he was playing a much darker psychiatrist character on Murder One as well as guest-starring regularly on other shows (like Beverly Hills, 90210), I "honored" him in a year-end package by naming him "slimeball of the year" or some such thing. He wrote me back a personal note saying how much he enjoyed the shout-out. He was a terrific character actor, and the Monk role was among his best. ...
Stanley Kamel, who played Dr. Charles Kroger on the USA series Monk, has died. He was 65.Access Hollywood reports that he was found in his Hollywood Hills home by his agents. Sources say Kamel suffered a heart attack.Kamel appeared in numerous TV roles over the past three decades, including as Rebecca Gayheart's father on Beverly Hills, 90210.A network representative said, "USA is deeply saddened by the news of Stanley Kamels passing. Stanley was an amazingly talented and extremely kind man, and an important member of the USA family. He will be sorely missed." J.R. Whalen
Stanley Kamel, Monk
After three decades as a steadily employed but no-name actor, Stanley Kamel has found his dream role on USA's Monk as the title character's dedicated shrink, Dr. Charles Kroger. Mind you, Kamel has played a therapist before — prior to Monk he was best known for his villainous turn as an ethically challenged psychiatrist on ABC's Murder One — but as Kroger, he gets to show that despite his wild blue eyes and intense persona, he can still play a good guy, and a pretty funny one at that. Kamel talked (at length) to TVGuide.com about his long career and the second half of Monk's fifth season, which kicks off tonight at 9 pm/ET.
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