Monk (TV series)
Monk is an American comedy-drama detective mystery television series created by Andy Breckman and starring Tony Shalhoub as the title character, Adrian Monk. It ran from 2002 to 2009 and is a police procedural series, but exhibits comic and dramatic tones in its exploration of the main characters' personal lives; the series was produced by Mandeville Films and Touchstone Television in association with Universal Television. The series debuted on July 12, 2002, on USA Network, it continued for eight seasons, with the final season concluding on December 4, 2009. The series held the record for the most-watched scripted drama episode in cable television history from 2009 through 2012 with "Mr. Monk and the End – Part II", its series finale, with 9.4 million viewers, 3.2 million of them in the 18–49 demographic. Adrian Monk was a detective for the San Francisco Police Department until his wife, was killed by a car bomb in a parking garage, he believes that Trudy's death was part of a larger conspiracy that she had uncovered during her time as a journalist.
Trudy's death led Monk to suffer a nervous breakdown. He was discharged from the force and became a recluse, refusing to leave his house for three and a half years; until the final episode, Trudy's death was Monk's only unsolved case. He is able to leave the house with the help of his nurse/assistant, Sharona Fleming; the breakthrough allows him to work as a private detective and a consultant for the homicide unit, despite limitations rooted in his obsessive–compulsive disorder, which has heightened since Trudy's death. Monk's numerous compulsive habits and a number of phobias compound his situation, such as his fear of germs. Monk is afraid of 312 things, including milk, harmonicas, asymmetry, enclosed spaces, foods touching on his plate and risk; the OCD and phobias cause problems for Monk and anyone around him as he investigates cases. These same personal struggles the OCD, are what aid him in solving cases: his sharp memory, specific mindset, attention to detail. In one episode, "Mr. Monk and His Biggest Fan", Marci Maven has compiled a list of all of Adrian's fears.
In another episode, he tries to conquer his fears by doing various activities which involve his phobias. For example, he tries drinking milk, climbing a ladder, putting a ladybug on his hand, but when things are scattered unorganized across a table, he cannot resist the compulsion to arrange them neatly. Captain Leland Stottlemeyer and Lieutenant Randy Disher call on Monk when they have trouble with investigations. Stottlemeyer is irritated by Monk's behavior, but respects his friend and former colleague's amazing insight and observational abilities, as does Disher. Since childhood, Monk's obsessive attention to detail has allowed him to spot tiny discrepancies, find patterns, make connections that others miss. Something someone says or does triggers Monk to make the connection. In his spare time, Monk continues to search for information about his wife's death, is plagued with the idea that he may never determine who killed Trudy, he dedicates his life to solving other murders because he feels a moral obligation when the outcome disrupts him or affects his friends or him negatively, which happens periodically throughout the series.
Monk becomes intrigued when a woman is killed, or when someone is killed with some type of bomb, because this reminds him of Trudy's murder. In the middle of season three, Sharona decides to remarry her ex-husband and move back to New Jersey, prompting Monk to hire Natalie Teeger as his new assistant. Natalie is a widow and mother of an 11-year-old daughter, Julie. Monk discovers Natalie when she is involved in a murder case herself, in "Mr. Monk and the Red Herring". Natalie is able to understand and bond with Monk better than most people due to sharing his grief over the loss of a spouse. Monk has a brother Ambrose and a half-brother, Jack Jr. about whom Monk first learns when his father tells him in season five. He meets Jack Jr. in the episode "Mr. Monk's Other Brother" during season seven. Adrian Monk is a former homicide detective and a current consultant for the San Francisco Police Department, he has an extreme case of OCD and is well known for his various fears and phobias, but not limited to, snakes, glaciers, rodeos and milk.
His wife Trudy was murdered in 1997, he is haunted by her death until the series finale. Sharona Fleming is Monk's nurse and becomes his first assistant, she refuses to baby him forcing him to do things that are unpleasant to him. Her final appearance as a regular character is in "Mr. Monk Takes His Medicine", she moves to New Jersey midway through season three, leaving only a note. However, she returns in the final season in "Mr. Monk and Sharona" to give closure to her character. By "Mr. Monk and the End", Randy and she have are revealed to have moved to New Jersey together. Natalie Teeger is Monk's second and final assistant. Although she is more deferential to her boss than Sharona, referring to him as "Mr. Monk", she is not hesitant about telling him when his eccentricities are going too far. A young widow who lives with her daughter Julie, Natalie lost her husband Mitch when he was shot down over Kosovo in 1998, she first appears in "Mr. Monk and the Red Herring". Natalie was introduced partway through season three when Bitty Schram, who played Sharona, left "precipitous" over a contract dispute.
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Suicide Dolls is a 2010 American film directed by Keith Shaw and starring LaQuita Cleare, Christy Carlson Romano, Heather Tom and Steven Bauer. Desperate for someone to notice them, high school seniors Amber and Jade have always wanted to do something killer with their lives. One week before graduation, they decide to make a suicide pact and record the last 24 hours of their lives; as they live out their last day, the girls face past demons and reveal secrets that led them down the path of self-destruction. From drugs to abuse to death, they've lived in a warped world that has propelled them into a downward spiral. LaQuita Cleare as Jade Christy Carlson Romano as Amber Heather Tom as Lexi Steven Bauer as Hank Ryan Carnes as Tyler Joanna Stancil as Sheila Official website Suicide Dolls on IMDb
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series
The Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series is an award presented annually by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. It is given to honor a young actress below the age of 25, who has delivered an outstanding performance in a role while working within the daytime drama industry. At the 12th Daytime Emmy Awards held in 1985, Tracey E. Bregman was the first winner of this award for her role of Lauren Fenmore on The Young and the Restless; the awards ceremony had not been aired on television for the prior two years, having been criticized for voting integrity. The award was called Outstanding Ingenue in a Drama Series, the criteria of the new category were deemed confusing. Adding to the confusion, the first winner and the Outstanding Supporting Actress winner that year, Beth Maitland, played characters near to the same age; the category was renamed Outstanding Juvenile Female in a Drama Series in 1989 and began using its current title in 1991.
The criteria were altered, requiring that the actress be aged 25 or below. Since its inception, the award has been given to 23 actresses; the Young and the Restless has the most awarded actresses with a total of eight. Since 2008, Jennifer Landon has been tied with three each. In 1999, Heather Tom became the most nominated actress in the category when she was nominated a seventh time winning a second time that year, she was nominated again the following year, holding the title with eight nominations, however lost to Camryn Grimes. In 2000, Grimes became the youngest recipient of the award, winning at the age of 10; as of the 2018 ceremony, Chloe Lanier is the most recent winner in this category for her work on General Hospital. Listed below are the winners of the award for each year, as well as the other nominees; the following individuals received two or more wins in this category: The following individuals received two or more nominations in this category: "IMDb:Daytime Emmy Awards". IMDb. Archived from the original on 2013-07-04
Francine Joy Drescher is an American actress, comedian and activist. She is best known for her role as Fran Fine in the hit TV series The Nanny, for her nasal voice and thick New York accent. Drescher made her screen debut with a small role in the 1977 blockbuster film Saturday Night Fever, appeared in American Hot Wax and Wes Craven's horror tale Stranger in Our House. In the 1980s, she gained recognition as a comedic actress in the films Gorp, The Hollywood Knights, Doctor Detroit, This Is Spinal Tap, UHF while establishing a television career with guest appearances on several series. In 1993, she achieved wider fame as Fran Fine in her own sitcom vehicle The Nanny, for which she was nominated for two Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress in a Comedy Television Series during the show's run, she received further recognition for her performances in Jack and The Beautician and the Beast and reinforced her position as a leading sitcom star with Living with Fran and, along with the cult classic Santa's Slay, Happily Divorced.
A uterine cancer survivor, Drescher is an outspoken healthcare advocate and LGBT rights activist, is noted for her work as a Public Diplomacy Envoy for Women's Health Issues for the U. S. State Department. Divorced from writer and producer Peter Marc Jacobson, she lives in Malibu, California. On February 4, 2014, Drescher made her Broadway debut in Cinderella as stepmother Madame. Drescher was born on September 30, 1957, in Kew Gardens Hills, New York, the daughter of Sylvia, a bridal consultant, Morty Drescher, a naval systems analyst, her family is from Central Europe. Her maternal great-grandmother Yetta was born in Focșani and emigrated to the United States, while her father's family came from Poland, she has Nadine. Her family is Jewish. Drescher was a first runner-up for "Miss New York Teenager" in 1973, she attended Hillcrest High School in Jamaica, where she met her future husband, Peter Marc Jacobson, whom she married in 1978, at age 21. They divorced in 1999. Jacobson was Drescher's constant supporter in her show-business career, he wrote and produced her signature television series, The Nanny.
Drescher graduated from Hillcrest High School in 1975. Drescher's character Fran Fine from The Nanny and Romano's character Ray Barone from Everybody Loves Raymond met at a 20th high school reunion on an episode of The Nanny. Drescher and Jacobson attended Queens College, City University of New York, but dropped out in their first year because "all the acting classes were filled." They enrolled in cosmetology school. Drescher's first break was a small role as the dancer Connie in the blockbuster movie Saturday Night Fever, in which she delivered the line "So, are you as good in bed as you are on the dance floor?" to John Travolta's character. A year she began to gain more attention in films such as American Hot Wax and Summer of Fear, she took on a rare dramatic role in the 1981 Miloš Forman film, Ragtime. During the 1980s, Drescher found moderate success as a character actress with memorable roles in films such as Gorp, The Hollywood Knights, Doctor Detroit, The Big Picture, UHF, Cadillac Man, memorably in This Is Spinal Tap as publicist Bobbi Flekman.
She made an appearance in a second-season episode of Who's the Boss? in 1985 as an interior decorator. She had an appearance on Night Court as a woman with dissociative identity disorder who flips from a prude to a sexually minded woman and ends up in a hotel with ADA Dan Fielding. In 1990, Drescher appeared as Roxanne, in ALF the wife of grown up Brian, who had no clue she was the Mob Boss, in the episode "Future's So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades". In 1991, Drescher co-starred on the short-lived CBS sitcom Princesses. In the early-to-mid 1990s, she voiced "Peggy" from The P Pals on PBS. Drescher and Jacobson created their own television show, The Nanny, in 1993; the show aired on CBS from 1993 to 1999, Drescher became an instant star. In this sitcom, she played a woman named Fran Fine who casually became the nanny of Margaret and Grace Sheffield, she reprised her This is Spinal Tap character of Bobbi Flekman, a look-alike for her Fran Fine character, in Season 5, Episode 3 of The Nanny. Drescher appeared in Jack, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, The Beautician and the Beast and Picking Up the Pieces co-starring Woody Allen.
She was the voice of "Pearl" in Shark Bait. In the 2000s, Drescher made a return to television both with guest roles. In 2003, Drescher appeared in episodes of the short lived sitcom, Good Morning, Miami as Roberta Diaz. In 2005, she returned with the sitcom Living with Fran, in which she played Fran Reeves, a middle-aged mother of two, living with Riley Martin, a man half her age and not much older than her son. Former Nanny costar Charles Shaughnessy appeared as Ted. Living with Fran was cancelled on May 17, 2006, after two seasons. In 2006, Drescher guest starred in an episode of Order: Criminal Intent, she appeared in an episode of Entourage and
HGTV is an American basic cable and satellite television channel, owned by Discovery, Inc. The network broadcasts reality programming related to home improvement and real estate; as of February 2015 95,628,000 American households receive HGTV. In 2016, HGTV overtook CNN as the third most-watched cable channel in the United States, behind Fox News and ESPN. Kenneth W. Lowe envisioned the concept of HGTV in 1992. With modest financial support from the E. W. Scripps corporate board, he purchased Cinetel, a small video production company in Knoxville, as the base and production hub of the new network. Lowe cofounded the channel with Susan Packard. Cinetel became Scripps Productions, but it found producing more than 30 programs daunting; the organization brought in former CBS television executive Ed Spray, who implemented a system of producing programming through independent production houses around the United States. Burton Jablin, as Vice President of Programming, set the tone and oversaw the production of the early series.
About 90 percent of the channel's programming consisted of original productions at launch, with ten percent licensed and rerun from Canadian channels, PBS, other sources. Using local Scripps cable franchises, the Federal Communications Commission "must carry" provisions of Scripps medium-market television stations, other small television operators to gain cable carriage, the channel launched on December 1, 1994; the major programming themes, unchanged since the beginning, were home building and remodeling and gardening, decorating and design, crafts and hobbies. During its development, the channel was named the Home and Garden Channel; the name was shortened and a logo was developed. The logo was amended in 2010, with this version debuting on March 1 of that year; the square with the "G" in it was removed, the roof was increased in size and the "HGTV" letters are now set in Gotham Black, with the other Gotham fonts being used around the network. The network debuted with a skeletal staff, but with gradual acceptance by other cable operators, it now reaches 94 million households in the United States and has either partner networks, or network interests, in Canada and elsewhere.
It is now referred to as "HGTV". In July 2008, the E. W. Scripps Company spun off the channel and the other Scripps cable channels and web-based properties into a separate company, Scripps Networks Interactive. W. Scripps broadcast newspaper properties remain as part of the original company. In December 2011, the channel began broadcasting all of its programming in 16:9 aspect ratio format on its primary standard definition channel; this results in the appearance of black bars on the top and bottom of the screen on 4:3 aspect ratio televisions. HGTV's current programming focuses on home-buying and reality shows following the business of house flipping. SNI CEO Ken Lowe stated of the programming strategy. We're not going to throw you a curve ball. It's not easy to create content that people are passionate about and somewhat addicted to, somewhat repetitive." As of 2016, HGTV has invested at least $400 million annually on original programming. An annual promotion held by the network is the HGTV Dream Home, a sweepstakes which awards a custom-built house as its grand prize.
The 1080i high definition simulcast feed of HGTV launched on March 31, 2008. The HD channel did not simulcast the standard definition feed of HGTV. Instead, the HD channel featured programming separate from the standard channel; the standard definition feed of the channel began to carry the full 16:9 aspect ratio downgraded from the HD feed in a letterboxed format in early 2013. On December 31, 2009, Scripps Networks Interactive removed the Food Network and HGTV from New York City-area cable provider Cablevision, on the day that its carriage contract was set to expire. After months of negotiations, an agreement between Scripps and Cablevision was not reached, prompting the removal of the two channels. On January 21, 2010, Cablevision and Scripps reached a deal and the channels were restored to Cablevision's systems in the New York City area on the same day and by the next day in other areas. On November 5, 2010, AT&T U-verse dropped the DIY Network, Cooking Channel, Food Network, Great American Country and HGTV, due to a carriage dispute with Scripps Networks.
The carriage dispute was resolved two days on November 7, 2010, through a new carriage agreement. On June 13, 2012, representatives for HGTV admitted that scenes featured in the original series House Hunters are re-creations of prior events. In many cases, the final decision and purchase were made prior to filming. In some cases, homes visited were not on the market. In May 2014, HGTV decided not to premiere the Benham Brothers' series Flip It Forward, due to a controversy regarding the Brothers' beliefs concerning homosexuality and pro-life beliefs. In 1997, Atlantis Communications and Scripps Networks launched a Canadian version of HGTV as a Category B specialty channel. Through a series of acquisitions over the years, Corus Entertainment became Scripps Networks' partner in the network; the Canadian version features much of the same programming as the U. S. channel, along with domestical
Billy Abbott is a fictional character from The Young and the Restless, an American soap opera on the CBS network. Created by William J. Bell as the son of John Abbott and Jill Abbott, the character is portrayed by Jason Thompson, he was born onscreen during the episode airing on July 7, 1993. For the character's first six-year period, he appeared as a minor, portrayed by various child actors. In 1999, David Tom began portraying Billy as a teenager. Tom was acclaimed for his portrayal, winning a Daytime Emmy Award in 2000; the character is known for being a "spoiled rich boy", a "screw up", for his gambling addictions and consumption of alcohol. In 2002, Tom opted not to renew his contract with the series and the role was recast with Ryan Brown, who only portrayed the role for a year after he was let go in a storyline dictated departure. In 2006, Scott Seymour became a second recast for the character. Two years in 2008, Miller was cast in the role, who portrayed Billy until his exit in 2014. Miller's performance in the role was popular with audiences and critics, garnered his two wins for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2010 and 2013, one for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2014.
In 2014, Tom returned to the series following Miller's exit. In 2015, Jenkins announced his decision to depart the soap. Thompson first appeared in the role on January 13, 2016. Billy was born onscreen in July 1993 and grew up until 1999, when the producers decided to revise the birth date to 1983, his birth date was revised again to 1979, the same birth date as actor Billy Miller. Up to 1999, the character was portrayed by child actors, first by a set of twins named Katrin and Margret Ingimarsdottir by Brett Sherman, Shane Silver, Blake Pontello, Josh Michael Rose and Scotty Leavenworth; when the character was aged, the character was first portrayed by David Tom, brother of the acclaimed Heather Tom, who first aired on July 26, 1999. "I auditioned five times," said Tom at the time. "Every time, Heather would call and ask,'How was it? Did you feel good about it?'" When Tom received the role, he said, "She was excited. I won't have too many scenes with my sister, but it's great to be on the same show!"
Tom went on to receive a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in 2000. In 2002, Tom opted not to renew his contract but agreed to stay until that August when Billy was written out, was last seen on August 15, 2002; the character was absent from the series from August to December 2002. The role was recast with Ryan Brown, who debuted on December 26, 2002. During Brown's portrayal, rumors started circulating about his dismissal, but when Brown was fired, the producers said it was storyline dictated, he last aired on July 16, 2003. In 2006, it was announced that newcomer Scott Seymour would assume the role, debuting on August 15, 2006. However, Seymour was let go after only three months, his final airdate was November 9, 2006. In 2008, Billy Miller assumed the role as the fourth actor to do so, he first aired on September 19, 2008. Miller won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor for his portrayal in 2010. In 2011, Miller announced. However, after months of contract negotiations, Miller agreed to one more year on the series.
In November 2013, amidst contract negotiations, Miller opted to leave the soap opera, it was announced that David Tom, who played Billy, would be returning to the role. Miller taped his final scenes on December 19, last aired on January 30, 2014. Tom taped his first scenes back as Billy on January 7, returned on February 3, 2014. On May 23, 2014, Daytime Confidential broke news that Tom had been released from the series, with the writers taking Billy in a different direction, he is said to be replaced by actor Burgess Jenkins. Tom last aired on June 19, while Jenkins took over on June 24, 2014. Jenkins confirmed his casting on his official Twitter account, tweeting, "Thanks so much for the outpouring of warm welcome from all the fans!"In October 2015, Daytime Confidential broke news that Jenkins had been fired from the show, that former General Hospital actor Jason Thompson is one of the soap's top choices for recast, following another "plastic surgery arc" storyline. Jenkins last appeared on January 5, 2016.
On December 3, 2015, Entertainment Weekly confirmed reports that Thompson had joined the cast, began appearing on January 13, 2016. Billy has been known from a young age to be a spoiled rich boy; as he grew up, he became a playboy and a notorious screwup with a penchant for drinking and gambling. When Miller auditioned for The Young and the Restless in 2008, he didn't know that he would be cast as the infamous Billy Abbott. Still, he enjoys playing the resident bad boy: "But this guy has got an edge, he is a bit of a bad boy. It’s fun, but he is a bad boy you might want to take home, but he is not the kind that will slit your throat before you get there." Miller sees Peter Bergman's character of older brother Jack Abbott as a father figure to the younger Billy: "Peter is like an older brother, it’s interesting because Jack is more of a father figure to Billy than a brother. And since John is gone, Jack is so much older, the two of them are so much alike, it’s difficult. Billy could be scummy where he could go down the road, but Jack can be scummy.
However, Jack w