Monk: Sharona To Return For Final Season - Featured

This summer, get ready to say goodbye to one of the most successful series in basic cable history. As reported previously, the USA network decided to put an end to the long-running comedy Monk for its eighth and final season. But before the defective detective solves his last case, he'll be reuniting with a long lost friend.


According the network's press release, original cast member Bitty Schram will be reprising her role as Sharona for a guest appearance during the eighth and final season of Monk.


"We couldn't think of a better way to help wrap up the series than with the return of Bitty's character," lead star Tony Shalhoub, who plays Adrian Monk, said in a statement. "Bringing some closure to Sharona is long overdue."


Schram (A League of their Own) was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her portrayal as Sharona. She reportedly left Monk halfway through the third season due to a contract dispute though it was explained by the network that they wanted to take the character in a new direction. Sharona's role as Monk's assistant was later replaced by Natalie Teeger, played by Traylor Howard.


To refresh your memory, Sharona is a divorced practical nurse from New Jersey and a single mother with a young son named Benjy. During the first three seasons of Monk, she initially served as Monk's nurse before becoming his first assistant. When Monk became a consulting detective, Sharona helped him out, often doing independent investigations. She last appeared on the show's third season in the episode Mr. Monk and the Two Assistants where she moved back to New Jersey with her son to re-marry her ex-husband.


Don't forget to catch the all 16 brand-new episodes of Monk's final season this summer on the USA network.


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Apr 3, 2009 10:51AM EDT

i think it would be nice for monk to end after finding trudys killer as thats his main goal and the only case he never solved

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May 18, 2009 1:08AM EDT

it will be nice to see sharona back and also i think the final episode should be about getting trudys killer and i think sharona should be there as well it will be a sad day when monk ends a lot like when mash ended a lot of wipes will be used that day

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