One more year for the meticulous Monk


"Monk" will soon be solving his last case.

USA Network said Friday that it is giving its hit series an eighth- and final-season pickup with a 16-episode order. The final season of the show — starring Tony Shalhoub as Adrian Monk, a detective who suffers from obsessive- compulsive disorder — will debut in the summer.

After seven seasons, "Monk's" high price tag likely made it hard for USA to justify continuing, even though the show remains a strong ratings performer.

Traylor Howard, Ted Levine and Jason Gray-Stanford also star in the series, which is from Universal Cable Prods. in association with Mandeville Films and ABC Studios. David Hoberman, Andy Breckman, Shalhoub, Randy Zisk and Tom Scharpling are the executive producers. (partialdiff)