Alphabet plunks hunk of ‘Monk’ on Saturdays

Skein fills void left by 'L.A. Dragnet's' cancellation

ABC has exercised its option to air rebroadcasts of the second season of USA Network’s hit comedy/drama “Monk.”

Alphabet web will air the Tony Shalhoub starrer Saturdays at 10 p.m. beginning Jan. 17. The “Monk” pickup fills the schedule void left behind by the cancellation of “L.A. Dragnet.”

The network ran the first season of “Monk” through the summer and part of fall 2002. Originally developed at ABC, “Monk” eventually wound up at USA — but the Alphabet retained rights to air a second window of the drama (which comes from Touchstone TV and Mandeville Films).

Shalhoub, who won the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a comedy this year, stars as Adrian Monk, an obsessive-compulsive private investigator in San Francisco. Series also stars Bitty Schram, Ted Levine and Jason Gray-Stanford.

Second season of “Monk” premiered on USA this past summer. Airing on ABC’s Thursday night schedule for 11 weeks last year, the first cycle of “Monk” averaged 6.9 million viewers and a 1.9 rating/5 share among adults 18-49.

“Monk” is exec produced by Andy Breckman, David Hoberman and Shalhoub.

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