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.
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Source: TV Guide.