January 1, 2007

HIGH PRAISE:

What kind of a man is Monk?: Detective skills have come in handy as Tony Shalhoub explores, connects with his heritage (Lynn Smith, January 1, 2007, LA Times)

Critics admire his ability to shift moods on a dime, a trait the show's writers like to exploit. "Writing for Tony Shalhoub's voice is like writing for Bob Newhart," said co-creator and executive producer Andy Breckman. "It's all about pacing, timing, the pauses."

He said that after five years the writers try to come up with situations just to see how the actor will handle them. "We throw different pitches at the plate to see if he can hit it. It's like a game for us. We did an episode where he went through all five stages of grief in 30 seconds."

In "star math," the relationship of an actor's ego to his talent, Shalhoub also comes out on top, said Jeff Wachtel, USA's senior vice president of original programming. "Tony has the best ratio I've ever seen," Wachtel said. "It's so little about his ego and so much about the quality of the work and his fellow actors, it just makes people want to vote for him."

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 1, 2007 11:26 AM
Comments

Jason Gray-Stanford is also awfully good in his role of Randy, the polar opposite of Monk.

Posted by: erp at January 1, 2007 3:58 PM
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