I love Friday nights on USA! Especially with the start of the new seasons of Monk and Psych.
This is Monk’s final season, and I’m really going to miss the OCD detective. If you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last 8 years, you probably don’t know that Tony Shalhoub has been nominated for an Emmy for his role as Adrian Monk nearly every year since the show started. You might remember Tony as the taxi driver from Wings.
Anyway, our dear detective has been solving crimes against all odds–like having to leave his house–for 8 seasons. What I really love about the show is that I always know who the killer is. I mean, usually it’s revealed early on, so the enjoyment of the show is all about how Monk will figure it out. The crimes are really creative, and for a suspense writer, it’s a great way to stretch my brainstorming.
Directly following Monk is Psych–pretty much the funniest fake-psychic detective show, ever! Shawn Spencer’s dad was a detective for the Santa Barbara Police Department, and he taught Shawn to pay attention. To everything! Shawn has honed his photographic memory and makes a fantastic detective.
Problem is Shawn doesn’t want to be a detective. So he and his best friend Gus (played by none other than Dule Hill!) have opened Psych–the psychic detective agency of choice for the SBPD–with Shawn as the psychic. Gus is a rather reluctant partner, after all he has a day job as a pharmacutical salesman. The way these two play off each other is so funny! And the one-liner zingers they toss back and forth are hilarious. Stir in a little unrequited love from Shawn to detective Juliet O’Hara, and it’s the perfect show! I laugh. I cry (because I’m laughing so hard). It’s a beautiful thing. And it doesn’t hurt that I have a little crush on Shawn.
I do love Friday nights on USA. Hoping you’ll tune in next week, too. 🙂 Until next time. -LJ