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#1 of 161 OFFLINE   Adam Lenhardt

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Posted June 11 2009 - 11:29 AM

Not returning until August 7th this yearPosted Image. Sort of eliminates the point of having summer counterprogramming. I've heard rumors that's its going to run straight though, opposite network programming, rather than coming back in January for the second half of the season.

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Posted June 12 2009 - 01:54 AM

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Not returning until August 7th this yearPosted Image. Sort of eliminates the point of having summer counterprogramming. I've heard rumors that's its going to run straight though, opposite network programming, rather than coming back in January for the second half of the season.
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If what you've heard is true, would this mean that the DVDs for the seventh season might come out sooner? That would be a bonus in my book. Posted Image

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Posted June 12 2009 - 02:21 AM

"Here's what happened." Posted Image

I think Monk will run straight through, but Psych will still be split in half. Still, kind of a late start, running well into the fall season, and adding more to my plate. At least, I will have time to catch up on Season 7 episodes on DVD, before the premiere.

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Posted June 12 2009 - 06:10 AM

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I think Monk will run straight through, but Psych will still be split in half. Still, kind of a late start, running well into the fall season, and adding more to my plate. At least, I will have time to catch up on Season 7 episodes on DVD, before the premiere.
Walter,

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Posted August 05 2009 - 04:55 PM

Some very broad overview spoilers:
Sharona will be returning for the episode before the two-part season finale. The last five hours will form one continuing story, presumably dealing with the conspiracy surrounding Trudy's death.
The season begins Friday.


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Posted August 05 2009 - 05:52 PM

Do we know for sure that it will run straight through rather than being split into two "mini seasons?"



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Posted August 06 2009 - 12:50 AM

Sorry about the other thread. I did a search and it didn't report anything. That is what I get for trusting in machines. :)


For future reference, what is the best way to find if a thread exists? I did a search for "Monk Season" and it showed some of the older ones, but not season 8. Maybe it is because Monk is in quotes in this thread?

Anyway, sorry about that.

The important thing is Monk is back tomorrow!!!


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#8 of 161 OFFLINE   Adam Lenhardt

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Posted August 06 2009 - 01:56 AM

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Sorry about the other thread. I did a search and it didn't report anything. That is what I get for trusting in machines. :)


For future reference, what is the best way to find if a thread exists? I did a search for "Monk Season" and it showed some of the older ones, but not season 8. Maybe it is because Monk is in quotes in this thread?

Don't worry about. The new search is much quirkier than the old software where it would bring up all of the thread titles with the words you type in on a New Thread screen. I was convinced that I'd seen a Monk Season 8 thread (apparently because I started it/img/vbsmilies/htf/blush.gif) but I had to go back like five pages in the search results to find it.

Either way, thanks for the reminder about the season premiere tomorrow!



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Posted August 06 2009 - 04:59 AM

Yes, thanks for the reminder! I would not have remembered it, I don't think.

Time to get another season set, too. :)


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Posted August 07 2009 - 03:52 PM

I really enjoyed tonight's episode.  What with all of The Brady Bunch references, I was having a fun time of it.  And I loved how Monk solved the case while he was 'dreaming.'  Very nice episode all around.

And next week, the Brady Bunch connection continues somewhat, when another of that show's alumni -- Christine Baranski -- guest stars on Psych.

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Posted August 07 2009 - 06:28 PM

I had a wicked headache tonight, which almost certainly impacted my experience. But tonight's episode felt kind of prefunctory to me, although I did enjoy the running gag about just what an unimaginably huge slut the former child actress was. I'm not sure what to make of next week's episode from the preview.


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Posted August 08 2009 - 04:12 AM



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And I loved how Monk solved the case while he was 'dreaming.'  Very nice episode all around.
 
Yes, good spin on the normal solution style.


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Posted August 08 2009 - 05:00 AM

Did anyone else think that Natalie was 'gone' in the house for quite some time?  I was curious where she went to before I heard Monk call out her name repeatedly.


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Posted August 08 2009 - 11:52 AM

I loved the episode and got a kick out of fun they had with the "child star tell-all book" genre.  (Although Maureen McCormack's Brady tome is freshest in everybody's mind, I recall some pretty shocking and salacious stuff from Burt Ward's Batman book, and assorted Partridge Family memoirs.)  Elizabeth Perkins seems to have put on a few pounds since I last saw her, but at least most of them landed in the right place.  /img/vbsmilies/htf/smiley_wink.gif

Monk trying to figure out the mirror on the ceiling was great, too.  As was solviing the mystery with the DVD set.  The final reveal was handled very well.  The whole recreation of the series was brilliant.  Of course it was obvious from the start that Perkins's character was behind the "threats", but I originally thought she was just trying to drum up publicity for her book tour.  When she killed the "nobody" I was thrown off the trail and wondering if the handwritng of the bookstore owner would mtach the notes and lead to some other connection.  Then I remembered that the dead guy's job history included a stint at an accounting firm and all became clear again.  

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And next week, the Brady Bunch connection continues somewhat, when another of that show's alumni -- Christine Baranski -- guest stars on Psych.
It is really scary that you know this.  /img/vbsmilies/htf/laugh.gif  My first thought was "Baranski?  The Brady Bunch?"  But then I checked the IMDB and sure enough, she did appear in a single episode.  

Nitpick:  When they were watching the show at Perkin's place, the image filled the entire 16:9 screen and everything appeard in normal proportions.  The only way that could happen if the episodes had been remastered in widescreen from the original film a la Hogan's Heroes on UHD.  Yet when Natalie and Monk watch the discs on his 4:3 TV, the show also fills the screen and is in normal proportions when it should be letterboxed.  Obviously impossible.  And yes, I know that noticing this is almost as geeky as knowing that Christine Baranski once did a gues shot on The Brady Bunch,.  /img/vbsmilies/htf/laugh.gif

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Posted August 08 2009 - 02:44 PM

Joe,

Well, The Slumber Caper is our four-year old's favorite episode of The Brady Bunch thus far.  She once watched it three straight times, and wanted to watch it again. :)

I actually discovered the bit about Baranski several months ago when I was researching whether Julia-Louise Dreyfus was on an episode of The Brady Bunch.



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Posted August 08 2009 - 02:46 PM


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Nitpick:  When they were watching the show at Perkin's place, the image filled the entire 16:9 screen and everything appeard in normal proportions.  The only way that could happen if the episodes had been remastered in widescreen from the original film a la Hogan's Heroes on UHD.  Yet when Natalie and Monk watch the discs on his 4:3 TV, the show also fills the screen and is in normal proportions when it should be letterboxed.  Obviously impossible.
First thing that I thought of while watching the ep, while THEY were watching the ep.

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Posted August 10 2009 - 04:42 AM

Me too. You know you're a HTF geek when the first thing you notice is that they're watching an old TV show in a modified aspect ratio (MAR). Unacceptable! /img/vbsmilies/htf/smile.gif


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Posted August 14 2009 - 02:31 PM

Anyone else notice that the picture of Trudy was the first actress to play her? Odd. Good episode.

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Posted August 14 2009 - 03:12 PM

They've never had a lot of fidelity when it comes to Trudy. One of the parallels of featuring a character frozen in time on a show that lasts eight seasons.

After a lackluster opening, this was one had dramatic heft similar to the earlier episodes. I know Tony Shaloub takes a lot of heat for getting an Emmy nom every year, but he earns it with moments like when Monk realizes that the man's wife has changed. His whole body language changed in a way that was really quite profound. It was also interesting to see an episode with hardly any Natalie in it. We haven't had one of those in a while.

Next week's episode looks like it's back to the lighthearted fare. I do enjoy me some James Brolin, though, so it has that going for it.


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Posted August 15 2009 - 06:19 PM

This week's episode is the Monk I like to watch.  It's about him, his character, and why he is the way he is.  It's not the fumbling bafoon solves crimes gimmick that too many episodes fall into.  It was about him, and I loved it.

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