FOX has closed a deal with NBCUniversal International Television Distribution to acquire USA Network’s dramedy series Monk, TVWise has learned.
The drama series has previously been broadcast in the UK – initially on BBC Two (seasons 1 – 6), before ITV secured the first window rights to the final two seasons. FOX’s deal with NBCU covers all 8 seasons of the series, which will air weekdays on FOX at 12pm (with that episode being repeated again at 6pm) from Monday June 24th.
Monk ran for eight seasons on the NBCUniversal owned USA Network, (the longest running scripted series the network has ever had, now tied with Psych) and followed Tony Shalhoub as Adrian Monk, a former detective turned private consultant for the San Francisco Police Department who suffered from pronounced OCD following the murder of his wife. The series also stars Bitty Schram, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine and Traylor Howard. Last year, USA Network was developing a follow-up Monk TV movie titled Mr Monk For Mayor, however, the network ultimately passed on the project after the financing couldn’t be worked out.