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DVD Pick of the Week: June 26, 2007

Psych - The Complete First Season courtesy Universal Studios Ho

Forgive me for being a few days late with this, but I've been very busy in LA this week. I had planned to do it before I left, but had so many other things on the go that I didn't get around to it.I'll keep this short - my pick of the week for June 26 is Psych season 1. Universal has provided a nice anamorphic widescreen (1.78:1) transfer, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, deleted scenes, audition tapes, a behind-the-scenes featurette and character profiles.There are a few other notable releases coming on the 26th, including the final season of Miami Vice, the 5th season of Monk and the complete series of Captain N & the Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3.There are lots of other releases coming on the 26th; you can view the entire list at read more

Short Cuts: Monk, Paris and Nicole, and More!

With an audience of 5.2 million total viewers, the Friday return of USA Network's Monk was the night's most-watched basic-cable program in prime time. Lead-out Psych, alas, drew just 3.8 million, a steep drop from the series' July debut (6.1 mil).... The new season of The Simple Life, fancying Paris and Nicole as camp counselors, may start production as soon as March, says the New York Daily News.... Disney Channel presents a weekend marathon of every episode of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, starting Saturday, Jan. 27, at noon/ET. read more

Has Stanley Kamel Finally Made His Monk on Show Biz?

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 about his long career and the second half of Monk's fifth season, which kicks off tonight at 9 pm/ET. I love interviewing character actors. You guys always say the best stuff. Like read more

I hope your much-deserved ...

Question: I hope your much-deserved vacation was nice and relaxing, because the second half of the TV season is starting, and if it's anything like the first half, it will be busy. I have two very different questions for you. First, what do you think about the TBS sitcom My Boys? I think it is great. It isn't anything particularly new or innovative, but it is warm, comforting and, above all, funny. It seems like everything that most of the second-rate sitcoms on the networks (NBC's Thursday lineup excepted) are trying to be. I'm only sorry that we have to wait until this summer to see new episodes, but that's better than none at all. My second question is about Sci Fi's new show, The Dresden Files. The books on which it is based are a fun twist on the whole noir genre, and what little I've gleaned about the show seems encouraging. But as a professional, you probably have better information and may even have seen an episode or two by now. You didn't mention it on your list of new shows ... read more

The Stars Come Out for Monk's Season 5

The new season of the USA network's Monk, starring three-time Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub and premiering Jan. 19, will feature guest appearances by Studio 60's Steven Weber (as a radio shock jock suspected of murder), Two and a Half Men's Holland Taylor (as Natalie's mother), Andy Richter (as a strange new buddy of Monk's), Charles Durning, Sean Astin and Desperate Housewives' Ricardo Antonio Chavira. read more

Does Father Know Best? Dan Hedaya Previews a Monky Christmas

Dan Hedaya and Tony Shalhoub, Monk

Although TV lovers sometimes have trouble coming up with his name, they always recognize his face. As one of Hollywood's most prolific character actors, Dan Hedaya has been working steadily since the late '70s, playing a hirsute assortment of cops, lawyers, cheating or cuckolded husbands and, in the underrated Nixon-era comedy Dick, a U.S. president. He adds another eccentric character to his résumé when he guests as Adrian's long-lost truck-driver dad on USA's hit crimedy Monk (Nov. 17, at 10 pm/ET). I was thrilled when I heard that you were going to play Adrian's dad. But then I started to wonder if perhaps you're too young for the part. Dan Hedaya: I had that thought as well. I'm not old enough to be his father, really. I wo read more

So far this summer I've ...

Question: So far this summer I've really enjoyed Psych and Eureka, as well as the too-cute Meerkat Manor. But as fall approaches and I read about some of the great new shows (as well as my old favorites), I'm wondering if I've taken on too much. My question is: How long do these summer shows run? Most didn't start until June, but I don't remember reading anywhere just how many episodes of each had been ordered. Also, what are the chances of Psych and Eureka getting renewed for a second season (whenever that is)? Answer: With cable series, it's case by case, and almost always very confusing. For the most part, these shows will finish their summer runs at the end of this month or by early September, so new episodes won't overlap with the fall-season launch. Shows like Psych and Monk often have another batch of originals that air sometime during the official season, usually in the winter. The chances are excellent that Psych and Eureka will be renewed, with new seasons almost certainl ... read more

A lot of people seem to ...

Question: A lot of people seem to complain about the sameness of CBS' dramas. I'm wondering if these people are forgetting about Numb3rs. Numb3rs is one of my all-time favorite shows, and although it is just yet another crime drama, I consider it very different from the rest of CBS' schedule. It has much more in-depth character development, an incredibly creative premise and amazing actors (who really should have been nominated for something by now). I don't think CBS has treated it well by shoving it into the Fridays-at-10 slot, where it supposedly dominates but is mostly forgotten. Do you agree? Answer: I'm not as down on CBS' crime franchises as you appear to be, but I do think Numb3rs is distinctive (if not quite top-tier, must-see TV) and agree that it's being taken for granted because of its relatively invisible time period. I'll admit that most of the shows I record on Fridays go unwatched, despite my best efforts. I catch up with a Numb3rs episode on occasion, and if I hear one ... read more

I think it's really ...

Question: I think it's really interesting how Psych became such a hit on USA. The same with Saved's success on TNT (although I find the show a dull Rescue Me knockoff). Some channels (both cable and network) have found certain formulas that really work, and then stick with that brand. Psych, for instance, fits seamlessly into the USA brand by being a cross between The Dead Zone and Monk. In fact, I want to further compliment USA on the best ad campaign I have seen in years. I actually stop fast-forwarding on my DVR to watch those hilarious USA ads featuring their wonderful array of characters. My wife and I love them! But my question goes back to the failure earlier this year of Love Monkey (also a wonderful show) on the stodgy, serious CBS network. CBS puts on this wonderful, sweet and quirky show and it fails; so they go back to their dull formula with the ridiculous The Unit, and it's a ratings smash. Do you feel that networks and cable channels (after a scenario like this for CBS) ... read more

Thanks so much for your ...

Question: Thanks so much for your review of the new USA series Psych. I had read a scathing review of it in an entertainment mag and almost decided to skip it. Luckily, I tuned in and have really enjoyed the first two episodes. It's the perfect companion piece for Monk. This show has real potential, and I hope others aren't discouraged by the "snarky" reviews by critics who don't see how much better Psych is than 70 percent of the comedy the Big Four networks are producing these days. Thanks for turning me on to what I think is a diamond in the rough. Answer: My pleasure. I'm not sure what magazine you were reading (how disloyal of you!), but most of the reviews I read were largely positive, although some naturally chose to compare it unfavorably to Monk. I think the show and star James Roday are a delight, and I hope the numbers hold throughout the summer. ... read more

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Premiered: July 12, 2002, on USA
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: An ex-cop suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder solves crimes with various (and usually exasperated) sidekicks in tow in this first-rate mystery with a breakout Emmy-winning star in Tony Shalhoub. The 'defective detective' may have an abundance of phobias (heights, crowds, and even milk, among them), but he also has razor-sharp deductive skills, which he uses to help the San Francisco police with especially baffling cases.



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