Double Duty for Monk

ABC once passed on USA Network's hit. Now it hopes the cable detective can help find its missing ratings

The story of Adrian Monk--the protagonist of the hit detective show on the USA cable network--is not unlike the story of Monk the series. Monk, played by Tony Shalhoub, is a brilliant detective with a few quirks: after his wife was murdered, he developed obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Now he's germ phobic and afraid of heights--and milk. He can ID a criminal with little more than a sniff of the curtains at a murder scene, but put him near a couch with a crooked pillow, and he can't function until he straightens it. Because of his condition, he was fired from the...

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