Tony Shalhoub Returns To TV In CBS Pilot From ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Producer

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 17th, 2013 at 11:13 am,

Former Monk star Tony Shalhoub is looking to make his return to TV by joining the cast of CBS’ yet-untitled comedy pilot by How I Met Your Mother executive producer Rob Greenberg. Shalhoub is set to play Frank, a self-proclaimed ladies’ man with four divorces under his belt.

Formerly called Ex-Men, the half-hour project stars Chris Smith (Paranormal Activity 3) as a charming young man who moves into a short-term housing compound mainly populated by divorced men, after being left at the altar by his cold fiancée. Shalhoub joins previously announced Harold & Kumar star Kal Penn, who will play Gil, a guy who is caught having an affair and is now forced to live in the complex until his jilted wife takes him back.

Should the pilot get picked up it will mark Shalhoub’s first return to television since his hit detective dramedy Monk concluded in 2009. The highly-praised role of neurotic OCD-suffering private detective Adrian Monk won the actor three Emmys and a Golden Globe during Monk’s lengthy run on USA Network. Earlier this year, Monk co-creator Andy Breckman announced that a script had been completed for a new TV movie titled Mr. Monk For Mayor. Breckman also stated that the film should begin production this summer in California, with an expected release date of December 2012 –but no recent news has arisen.

Recently Shalhoub was expected to appear in the NBC American remake of English sitcom Friday Night Dinner. The comedy centers on the regular dinner experience of an English-Jewish family (The Goodmans) each Friday night. Greg Daniels (who adapted The Office for American television) would have spearheaded the remake – which he wrote for the network – with Ken Kwapis (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) tapped to direct. The pilot ultimately failed to make it into the upcoming fall season, but also would have featured former West Wing star Allison Janney opposite Shalhoub.

It has also been rumored Shalhoub is currently the frontrunner to portray Beetee, the Male Tribute from District 3, in the upcoming Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire.


Keep your eye on the main page for more on Shalhoub’s TV comeback and Rob Greenberg’s untitled CBS pilot.

Source: TV Guide.

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  1. Tony Shalhoub is the man. I loved Monk and I’m really looking forward to the movie.
    Him doing more work is awesome news as well… count me in if this show gets picked up.

    • Tony Shalhoub is a great actor, he is a natural!! His deliverance is on the money.

      I wish Tony and Bitty would do another older version of Monk again, it would be a very big hit, as I mentioned before, Sharona carries the craziness with Monk.

      Looking forward to seeing him in the new series.

      I still watch all the old Monks – ( I have them recorded in every room in the house)

      Please let me know when the new show airs. We are Men!

    • Please bring Tony Shalhoub back on a great sitcomb. Monk was the best- show like Monk would be wonderful.

    • I wish they would make not only the movie but you can do another series of Monk with Sharona – LOVE LOVE LOVE all of them. I will be on the look-out for the upcoming movie of Monk. He’s adorable.

  2. Okay when did the movie come into play. watched the entire series, even made guesses as to who killed his wife (i was wrong) and yet i never knew about the film. anyone know what its about, when it comes out etc.

    • Turns out plans for the movie have been scrapped due to financial difficulties. Very sad.

  3. I can’t wait to see Tony Shalhoub on CBS “How i Meet Your Mother” and I think he will add even more hilarious moments on the show. It was not too long ago that I just started watching this show, and it was not until I got the Hopper that found out about the show. When I bought my Hopper my Dish coworker told me about the Hoppers PrimeTime Anytime feature that automatically records all prime time shows that come on CBS, NBC, FOX and ABC everyday in HD, and that’s why I bought the Hopper.

    • you misread the headline man… lol Tony won’t be joining “How I Met Your Mother,” he’s doing a show produced by the same guy who produced “How I Met Your Mother…” lol

  4. I think his film will go on, and I also look forward to the new series, Mr. Monk. I watched all the seasons, and each series of interesting and amusing. Hurry Mr. Monk forward new episodes!!!!!!

  5. I have never requested an autographed photo before, but I mailed a self addressed/stamped envelope to Tony Shaloub on May 11th for my husband’s retirement (He loves MONK). Does it normally take this long or should I just stop waiting for it?

  6. I LOVE the show MONK my sister bought me the 8 season series. I can’t get enough, I watch it over and over again. I would LOVE to see the movie. I’ll be on the look out for the movie. And if he gets another show I’ll watch that also.

  7. I and my husband jere love monk we want more thank u

    • Love monk

  8. i want monk back new episodes, I am at least grateful for the reruns, but I love monk, tony is great those that have disorders can relate, me I am just an old paranoid bitty (63) who does not like to touch slimy denture cream adhesive and I don’t like anything under my feet that sticks pokes.
    However, I want tony to know I am grateful for the wonderful job he did on his character. I loved Shrona Natalie, I loved Captain Stettlemeyer, I know I have misspelled the name, but they all did such a wonderful and believeable job.
    Thank you

  9. Pictures of him now…notify me of new show

  10. I am a Monk “addict” I have watched all the episodes dozens of times. They have marathons on one of my channels at least once a week and I watch them all. It broke my heart when the series went off. I pray that someday he will do the Monk character again on TV with the same cast. They were all wonderful!!

  11. Love Tony Shalhoub! He is a rare gem that does not come around but once in a blue moon. His versatility is endless!

  12. Dear Mr. Shalhoub:
    Have een watching you for years. You have a great gift-you can do it all.
    This is a note to tell you I live in gb. I taught HS English for 20 years. Last month I wrote a novel. It takes place close to gb. It’s mystery, thriller. It’s called THE BAR-of lost souls. Each Chapter is centered on one of the souls. Do they get their soul back? Don’t think so-you just raped a 12 year old. The lost soul in Ch.8 gets her soul back-she finally finds a good man and like Flannery O’Conner said, “They’re hard to find.” You so many creative pros,I know no one. My book is great…I have to find an agent.I have been searching for two months-no luck. Do they live under a rock? I will NOT self-publish. It’s just that good. You will probably never see this but I appreciate the opportunity to vent my frustations. And I am not schmoozing when I say
    I only missed one or two episodes of MONK-and your comedic timing in WINGS made the show. I’ll have to see your latest ventures. I know they will be successful. Meantime, maybe you could give a prayer shout out to whomever or what you believe in to help me find a decent agent.
    Thank you, Mary Kay Ranta (is that not a Catholic school girl name? All of my friends are MARY—————SOMETHING. Sister MARY AGNES would be doing a death roll in her grave if she ever read my book.
    If I was the type of person who would off you a bribe-works everytime.
    A butter-dripping hamburger from Krolls.

  13. Please remake the show Monk, it was a very entertaining show. It would be nice if the remake had the latest cast.