Websites for Monk information, items, fansites, books, DVDs, etc.
The USA Channel has many interesting website features for the show such as the Season Overview, Epsisode Guide, Photos and Actors Bios, fun Monk games (like Monk Shui and Eye Spy Monk), Online viewing of selected episodes, Quizzes, and the Monk Message Board while Randy gives his two cents with Ask Disher, and much more. . . .Check it out at http://www.usanetwork.com/series/monk/Did you know there are Monk Novels available? Check out:
http://www.usanetwork.com/series/monk/bookreleases/germany/ and the Official Lee Goldberg site: http://www.leegoldberg.com/monk.htmlYou can find Scripts for Monk episodes at the following sites:http://www.twiztv.com/scripts/monk/http://www.100megspop2.com/presca/transcripts.htmlhttp://episodeguides.blogspot.com/2008/05/monk-tv-show-transcripts.htmlAlso get some fun Monk toys and stuff at the USA's online Monk Store: http://www.nbcuniversalstore.com/index.php?v=nbuusanowmnkView Monk episodes from Season 1 to 7 at "Amazon Unbox":
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000VB0CH4/ref=atv_dp_season_selectMonk Season 1 to 6 DVD's available:
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Ddvd&field-keywords=Monk+&x=22&y=23Monk fansites and Webpages"Monk Fanpop Fansite": http://www.fanpop.com/spots/monk"The Thrilling Detective" Website (interesting site profiling famous fiction novel, movie and tv detectives including Adrian Monk): http://www.thrillingdetective.com"The Mahalo Beta Monk Page": http://www.mahalo.com/Monk"The Monk Funpage":
I miss Sharona. What happened to Bitty Schram?
Reason she left in the world of the show:
In Season 3, Episode 10, "Mr. Monk and the Red Herring" at the beginning of the episode, Monk and Dr. Kroger are discussing that, although Adrian is in denial about it; Sharona has sold her house, re-married her ex-husband, Trevor, and moved back to New Jersey, that there was no way she would be coming back and even Dr. Kroger couldn't "order" her to return.Reason Bitty Schram left in real life:
Info from article found at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5875714/
"No Sharona--Bitty Schram leaves Monk"
"Sources say contract disputes may have led to her departure."
By Andrew Wallenstein, Hollywood Reporter updated 8:14 a.m. ET, Tues., Aug. 31, 2004
"Schram will not return as Sharona, nurse and assistant to Shalhoub's obsessive-compulsive detective, when the show resumes the second half of its third season in January. Monk has decided to go in a different creative direction with some of its characters, a USA spokesman said. Bitty will not continue with the cast and we thank her for her notable contributions and wish her the very best.. . . . . .Bitty Schram and USA Network have amicably decided to go their own separate ways. . . . . .She wishes everyone connected with the show continued success and looks forward to pursuing the various opportunities before her, Schram's management firm, "Untitled Entertainment", said in a statement. . . . . .While both USA and Schram's management characterized Schram's exit as a change in creative direction, there were rumblings in recent weeks that some members of the series. . . . . .attempted to renegotiate the terms of their contract. . . . . .Television networks are increasingly willing to take a hard line against raise-seeking actors who aren't absolutely essential to the show. ""Also, in the April 3-9, 2006 print edition of TV Guide, Bitty reveals that she didnt want to leave Monk, but she suspected that she was being "paid less than many people who got raises", and she "couldnt work out a new contract." She went on to call Monk "the best experience of my career."http://television.gearlive.com/index.php/tvenvy/article/bitty-schram-catches-thief-speaks-out-4351343/So, basically, she left because she disagreed with them on the creative direction of the character and because there was a contract dispute.
I heard that Monk has OCD. What is OCD?
The information in quotations has been gleaned from the Answers.com Website: http://www.answers.com/topic/obsessive-compulsive-disorder and http://www.answers.com/topic/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-treatment"Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorder is the experience of prolonged, excessive worry about circumstances in one's life. OCD is characterized by distressing repetitive thoughts, impulses or images that are intense, frightening, absurd, or unusual. These thoughts are followed by ritualized actions that are usually bizarre and irrational. These ritual actions, known as compulsions, help reduce anxiety caused by the individual's obsessive thoughts. Often described as the "disease of doubt, " the sufferer usually knows the obsessive thoughts and compulsions are irrational but, on another level, fears they may be true.""Obsessions are intrusive, irrational thoughts that keep popping up in a person's mind, such as "my hands are dirty, I must wash them again." Typical obsessions include fears of dirt, germs, contamination, and violent or aggressive impulses. Other obsessions include feeling responsible for others' safety, or an irrational fear of hitting a pedestrian with a car. Additional obsessions can involve excessive religious feelings or intrusive sexual thoughts. The patient may need to confess frequently to a religious counselor or may fear acting out the strong sexual thoughts in a hostile way. People with obsessive-compulsive disorder may have an intense preoccupation with order and symmetry, or be unable to throw anything out.""Compulsions usually involve repetitive rituals such as excessive washing (especially handwashing or bathing), cleaning, checking and touching, counting, arranging or hoarding. As the person performs these acts, he may feel temporarily better, but there is no long-lasting sense of satisfaction or completion after the act is performed. Often, a person with obsessive-compulsive disorder believes that if the ritual isn't performed, something dreadful will happen. While these compulsions may temporarily ease stress, short-term comfort is purchased at a heavy pricetime spent repeating compulsive actions and a long-term interference with life."Treatment for OCD is usually a combination of medication and CBT or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:"Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) teaches patients how to confront their fears and obsessive thoughts by making the effort to endure or wait out the activities that usually cause anxiety without compulsively performing the calming rituals. Eventually their anxiety decreases. People who are able to alter their thought patterns in this way can lessen their preoccupation with the compulsive rituals. At the same time, the patient is encouraged to refocus attention elsewhere, such as on a hobby."For more information and help for the OCD sufferer and their families please visit:
The Obsessive Compulsive Foundation--http://www.ocfoundation.org/ and
The Anxiety Disorders Association of America--http://www.adaa.org/The USA channel website also has an excellent section in the Monk heading on "Understanding OCD":