Don’t miss the start of the 8th and final season of MONK on USA NETWORK, Friday at 9/8c. Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG award winner Tony Shalhoub returns as the obsessive-compulsive detective Adrian Monk with 16 brand-new laugh-inducing episodes. The final season promises to be a memorable one for all Monk fans. So tune in and watch one of the most successful series in basic cable history give its final farewell. Become a fan on Facebook, Follow Monk on Twitter, and play Monk games on USA’s Character Arcade.
Grand Prize Winner will receive: Monk Season 6 & 7 DVD Monk Novel Monk T-Shirt Monk Hat
1st Prize Winner will receive: Monk T-Shirt Monk Hat
Contest is open to US residents only. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends August 28. I’ll draw names on August 29, and notify winners via email.
SciFiChick.com was able to participate in a conference call Q&A session with Bruce Campbell and Sharon Gless, from USA’s Burn Notice. Here’s the transcript from that call. And don’t miss the Burn Notice mid-season finale, tonight at 9pm.
What sorts of methods and what type of influences do you use to in your portrayal of your characters? What do you draw upon to, in your characterization of Sam and of Madeline?
S. Gless: Bruce?
B. Campbell: Mother first.
S. Gless: Well, my husband said, when he read the script, chain smoking half the time. And he said, how lucky are you, they’re paying you to smoke. So he said, wow, you do all the things with the cigarette. I said, “Well, yeah, I already knew how to do that.” What do I draw on? I’ve never actually had children, myself, but I just connected with Jeffrey’s character and every week it’s different and as the show goes along, Madeline, my character, first she’s totally in the dark and very needy and very sort of just all sort of emotional things that are unattractive. And as time went on, Matt Nix said, “Sharon, she’s smarter than what I was writing.” And he gave me one clue, he said, “Remember, he gets his smarts from her.” I said, “Oh, okay.” So I just took that information and it gave me and my character a little more confidence. But I don’t know, how do you prepare for playing someone who’s manipulative? Is it built in? I don’t know.
B. Campbell: When you’re in show business, you know lots of manipulating people.
S. Gless: Yes, that’s true. But I try to do the manipulation with humor. Hopefully, that’s how it’s coming across.
Why doesn’t Sam Axe’s personality match the normal ex-military stereotypes? He seems really upbeat compared to how most shows depict characters that have been in serious military situations.
B. Campbell: I think my character is actually more accurate. I think I run into some of these guys. My first wife remarried a police officer, and I’ll tell you these guys like having a good time when they’re not working. They don’t sit around mopey dope, they sit around and crack gallows humor, lots of gallows humor, dark humor. Frankly, I think they’re happy that they’re alive most of these guys after going through all of this and they have a good joie de vivre that the average executive might not have. So I should think Sam is very indicative of the real guys, you know guys who are my age who have mustered out in their 50’s. Believe me, most of them are drinking beer and sitting around a pool cracking jokes about the old days.
S. Gless: In my experience in having done Cagney & Lacey many years ago, we had technical advisors on the set and we had detectives and police. Not exactly in the role that Bruce is playing, but these guys who see so much really do have a very macabre sense of humor. And I do think that’s how they stay sane.
Is there a beer or cocktail that Sam has yet to meet and enjoy and if there is, what is it and why haven’t they met yet? And Sharon, Madeline seems to go with the flow a bit more nowadays with Michael’s past. Will she eventually come around to just trusting him blindly or will curiosity get the best of her and she’ll find out on her own where her son has been for the past ten years?
Vanished, by Kat Richardson, is 4th in the Greywalker series.
Harper Blaine solves all kinds of weird and creepy cases as a Seattle P.I. When she died for two minutes, Harper became a Greywalker and has been seeing all sorts of dead creatures ever since. When a former (and dead) old flame contacts Harper about her past, she decides to go investigate her father’s death. And she’s shocked when she hears the truth. Then, head vampire Edward sends her to England to investigate a missing vampire colleague. She goes, if only to check up on Will, another former (living) boyfriend of whom she’s been having strange dreams.
In this latest installment, we get a deeper look into Harper’s past and what helped to shape her into the person she is – her demanding and overly-dramatic mother, her father’s tragic death, and other childhood trauma. And as events unfold in this story, Harper discovers that someone has been pulling the strings behind the scenes for a while. She discovers more about her father and more about her destiny as a Greywalker.
There are plenty of twists and surprises in this story, coupled with fantastic characters that make for exciting reading. Harper travels from Seattle to L.A. to London along her journey of discovery. And Richardson’s narrative gives the reader a feeling of being right there with Harper. Vanished is full of thrills, chills and mystery. And this is easily my favorite in the series so far. Greywalker a unique urban fantasy series that won’t disappoint.
SciFiChick.com was able to participate in a conference call Q&A session with Tony Shalhoub, star of USA’s Monk. Here’s the transcript from that call. And don’t forget to tune in to USA on Friday night, August 7th, for the season premier of the final season of Monk!
What’s the lasting impression you want audience members to take from watching your show and watching you?
That’s a great question. I think, if I had to choose one thing, I would say that I would want people to take away this idea that sometimes people’s problems or neuroses are really the things that are kind of a blessing in disguise, and even though there’s, you know, sometimes there’s pain associated with these things that sometimes in the face of adversity with obstacles to overcome, people can really kind of soar and find their higher selves and I think that’s what we’ve tried to do on the show is we’ve portrayed this character as someone who turns his liability, his liabilities into assets per his life. And that there’s – and I hope that when we get to the end – I don’t know this for sure, but I hope when we get to the end of season eight that we’ll have seen some real healing from Monk, and I believe in that. I believe that there is healing and that there is change, and that all of those things are – they are just really, really key to all of our lives.
Do you have a preference to comedy or drama or horror?
Well, I don’t really have a preference, to be honest. In fact, my preference, my only preference is to have a lot of variety and diversity in the material that I work on. I’ve been so fortunate throughout my career, when I was doing theater, more theater than anything else, and when I was doing films that I got a chance just to do a broad range of things. In fact, a lot of my choices that I made were about that very thing. Every project that I had an opportunity to do or chose to do, I wanted it to be different from the last thing I did, and I think that’s why I have a good, you know, I had kind of a diverse kind of résumé. I’m really – it’s what I set out to do as an actor originally.
You talked about the character and what he sort of means, but what sort of legacy do you think this show leaves, and what do you take away from it?
Well, I think one of the things that will be remembered about this show, I hope will be remembered, is that at a time when there was, in a lot of television, especially with the onslaught of cable and in a period where television is kind of redefining itself, that there were precious few shows on the air that were suitable for a wider audience, like a younger audience, you know, people in their 30’s and then people like elderly people in the 70’s and 80’s. That there was a show that all those different demographics could tune into and appreciate, and would appreciate on their own level.
SciFiChick.com was able to participate in a conference call Q&A session with James Roday and Dulé Hill, stars of USA’s Psych. Here’s the transcript from that call. And don’t forget to tune in to USA on Friday night, August 7th, for the season premier of Psych!
The show is known a lot for its fast-paced banter between your characters Shawn and Gus. How much say do you guys get in what goes on in the dialog, particularly between the humorous segments and something like the nicknames that Shawn makes up for Gus?
J. Roday: Unlike, I think, the majority of shows on television right now we actually have a frighteningly high amount of say in what we do with the dialog. A lot of times it comes in great and all we have to do is say it, but any time we sort of recognize an opportunity to throw something in or add something or if we have a better name for Gus than the one that came in we just pull the trigger.
We’re pretty good at monitoring ourselves so that we only do it if we’re making it better, and it’s very rare that we find out later that the people down in LA were disappointed because we changed something. They’re usually pretty pleased.
D. Hill: Yes. And the names that we come up with most of the time it has to do with somebody that we know, somebody in the cast knows or somebody that one of the writers knows or a producer, something like that. I would say pretty much eight times to of ten there is some relation to the crazy name that Gus is being called.
What detectives, in real life or in fiction, have been an influence for the characters?
J. Roday: You know what, I go to this movie called Without a Clue that not a lot of people saw. It was Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley, and the idea behind the movie was that Watson was the brains of the operation and Holmes was just this very theatrical sort of charlatan that diverted people’s attention and got all the ladies. It’s a very, very funny movie that not a lot of people have seen.
But I love the fact that it was sort of rooted in the idea that these two guys absolutely, positively were dependent on one another to solve a crime, because Holmes was sort of the face of the franchise but Watson was the guy that sort of kept their feet on the ground and did a lot of the thinking. That’s not exactly what the dynamic is on Psych, but the sort of ying yang element of it of there’s no way that either of these guys could work on their own and there’s no way that they could accomplish what they were doing without the other one is definitely sort of a big element of what we do on Psych.
So that’s my answer. I feel decent about it. I’m passing it off to Dulé.