Everyone has his or her favorite actor on TV, but what about the more obscure entertainers out there?
Amid the slew of popular TV performers that dominate the headlines lies an undercurrent of cult favorites, made iconic by uber-fans and bloggers — we’re talking the people that inspire beautiful, beautiful fan fiction and subreddits.
These actors may not earn millions or attend award shows, but they garner a small fan base that makes up for its size in devotion. No matter where this entertainer goes, for better or for worse, fans are sure to follow.
Here are the top 10 cult actors and actresses of all time:
10. Donal Logue
Starting the list is Donal Logue, a Canadian actor best known for his role as Sean Finnerty on Fox/The WB’s Grounded For Life.
Logue, who made an appearance on a 1993 episode of Fox’s The X-Files
DVD Rating: 4.0/5.0
“Monk” debuted in July of 2002 long before programs like it made much of a splash in TV ratings or even with critics. Everything changed over the next seven years and the final episode of “Monk” in December of 2009 set the record for the most-watched scripted drama in cable history with 9.4 million viewers, numbers that would have made the a show a hit on any network.
Monk: The Complete Series was released on DVD on October 5th,
There are many fabulous stand-alone episodes in season eight. One of the best on the set is “Mr. Monk is Someone Else,” where the usually timid and nervous Detective Monk masquerades as a hit man with a terrifying reputation. Once Monk gets a taste of respect and deference, he is reluctant to revert to his old personality, with interesting results. Another great one, “Mr. Monk’s Favorite Show” guest-stars Elizabeth Perkins as a Marsha Brady-type older actress whose upcoming book reveals sordid details about Monk’s favorite classic TV show. His initial misunderstandings about Perkins’ character, along with his revelation about the
Other notable names in the newest pilot casting include "Monk's" Traylor Howard, "The Wire's" Sonja Sohn and James Frain of "The Tudors."
Cuthbert, who also guested on ABC's "The Forgotten" this season, will star in the network's comedy pilot "Happy Endings," according to The Hollywood Reporter. She'll play half of a couple that breaks up on their wedding day, then tries to figure out how to work things with their circle of friends.
The pilot's cast also includes Eliza Coupe ("Scrubs"), Damon Wayans Jr. and Casey Wilson ("Saturday Night Live") as some of the friends. Cuthbert's not-husband hasn't been cast yet.
"Nikita" stars Maggie Q ("Live Free or Die Hard") as a candidate to replace the original titular assassin,
Meanwhile, Fox is tweaking Greg Garcia's comedy pilot "Keep Hope Alive" by recasting two roles, tapping Shannon Marie Woodward for one.
Elsewhere, Maria Thayer, Lauren Weedman and Mahaley Hessam have been cast in Larry Charles' NBC comedy pilot "Our Show"; James Frain has landed a lead in NBC's drama pilot "The Cape"; Stephen Rea has boarded the CBS drama pilot "Chaos"; former "7th Heaven" co-star David Gallagher has joined the CW's drama pilot "Betwixt"; Sonja Sohn has been added to the ABC drama pilot "Body of Evidence"; and Raoul Trujillo has been cast in ABC's drama pilot "Edgar Floats.
This final episode of Monk picks up where the last ended. Monk (Tony Shalhoub) and Natalie (Traylor Howard) are watching the tape that Trudy (Melora Hardin) had recorded prior to her death. She'd wrapped it as a Christmas present and Monk refused to open it until now, when he's close to death. It turns out that Trudy had an affair with her college law professor some 27 years ago, before she and Monk met. She was young, didn't know that the professor was married, and became pregnant. She gave birth to a girl but the baby died nine minutes later.
It turns out that, prior to Trudy's death, Monk was investigating the disappearance of
Monk tells the tale of a brilliant San Francisco detective (Tony Shalhoub) who, following the death of his wife in a car bombing, has a nervous breakdown. After being a recluse for three years, Monk returns to the force, barely able to control his obsessive-compulsive disorder. While his phobias often make it difficult for him to function, he's an incredibly observant sleuth in part because of them.
The long-running USA series has also featured the talents of Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine, Traylor Howard, Stanley Kamel, Bitty Schram, Emmy Clarke, Kane Ritchotte, and Hector Elizondo.
While filming the last episode, Howard, who's played Monk's assistant Natalie for
"Monk" was never an especially challenging show, which was one of its charms. You knew going into an episode that Shalhoub's character would likely be grossed out by some unpleasant aspect of a crime scene, that his keenly honed observational powers would help him see things no one else could and that by the end of the hour, those things would come together to catch the perpetrator.
What has kept the show entertaining for so long is its strong investment in character. Creator Andy Breckman and the show's writers have kept an admirably light hand on things over the years -- further adding to the show's comfort-food vibe -- but they've also given supporting actors Traylor Howard, Ted Levine and Jason Gray-Stanford enough material to
Mr. Monk and the UFO: Season: 8 - Episode: 3 airs this Friday, August 21st, at 9/8 central, as part of Monk: The Final Season. Only on USA. Created by Andy Breckman, Monk stars Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine, and Traylor Howard.
TV Rating: 3.5/5.0 You’d have to have lived under a rock for the ’00s or just bought your first TV to be saying “what is this show called ‘Monk’”? The award-winning mystery series has been a beloved part of the basic cable landscape for the better part of the decade and the season premiere of the final arc of the
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Monk centers on Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub), a brilliant San Francisco detective who has a breakdown following his wife's murder. After a three-year absence, Monk returns to the force to help do what he does best: solve crimes. Of course, for someone suffering from severe Ocd, that's no easy task -- but it's usually Monk's Ocd that ends up helping him solve the case. Series performers also include Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine, Traylor Howard, Stanley Kamel, Bitty Schram, Emmy Clarke, Kane Ritchotte, and Hector Elizondo.
The show premiered in 2002 and was a surprise hit for the USA Network. One of the most endearing aspects of the show was the close relationship between Monk and his practical nurse/assistant, Sharona Flemming (Schram).
Monk tells the tale of Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub), a brilliant San Francisco detective who, after the death of his wife in a car bombing, has a nervous breakdown. After being a recluse for three years, Monk returns to the force, barely able to control his obsessive-compulsive disorder. Monk's many phobias make it difficult for him to function but, because he's hyper-aware of the world around him, he's an incredibly observant sleuth.
Though they're often irritated by his disorder, Captain Leland Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine) and Lieutenant Randall "Randy" Disher (Jason Gray-Stanford) utilize Monk's abilities cases get tough. Monk is helped by assistant Sharona Fleming (Bitty Schram) and later by Natalie Teeger (Traylor Howard
USA Network said Friday that it is giving its long-running hit series an eighth- and final-season pickup with a 16-episode order. The final season of the show -- starring Tony Shalhoub as Adrian Monk, a brilliant detective who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder -- will debut in the summer.
Sources said the decision to end "Monk" after its eighth season was reached mutually by all parties involved with the show who wanted to bring the series to an end while it was still firing on all creative cylinders. And, after seven seasons, the show's high price tag likely made it hard for USA to justify going beyond an eighth season.
"Monk" still is going strong from a ratings standpoint, posting series-high viewership numbers in February among key demos and total viewers and seeing its viewership in 2008 grow significantly over 2007. Through 2008, "Monk" is averaging 5 million total viewers,
USA Network has given a 16-episode order to the drama series that stars Tony Shalhoub as Adrian Monk, a brilliant detective who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder. The cable channel is targeting a July premiere for the first half of the show, which is from Universal Media Studios in association with Mandeville Films and ABC Studios, and January for the second half.
In addition to Shalhoub, the rest of the cast also is set to return, including Traylor Howard, Ted Levine and Jason Gray-Stanford.
Shalhoub -- who has earned three Emmys, a Golden Globe and two SAG Awards for his role -- also executive produces with David Hoberman, Andy Breckman and Randy Zisk.
USA executive vp original programming Jeff Wachtel said it was a no-brainer renewing the series, saying it serves as both a tentpole series for the network's "Characters Welcome" brand as well as a launch pad for new shows.
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