LOTR Actor on 'Monk's' All-Star Guest List
More DOAs and OCDs this season
Among the illustrious actors joining Tony Shalhoub is "Lord of the Rings" hobbit Sean Astin. On the show, Astin will play the son of a wealthy couple (Holland Taylor, Michael Cavanaugh), neighbors of Natalie's parents. When the couple mysteriously dies, Monk questions the son while investigating the possiblity of foul play.
Astin, best known as the loyal hobbit Sam from the LOTR films, also guest starred on "24," and provided the narration for Animal Planet's popular "Meerkat Manor."
"Monk's" new season also boasts other guest stars, including: "Studio 60" actor Steven Weber, Ricardo Chavira ("Desperate Housewives"), Charles Durning, "Frazier's" Dan Butler, David Eigenberg, funnyman Andy Richter, Heather Tom, James Gammon, Chris Williams and Brooke Adams.
Fans of the show can look forward to more mysterious mayhem this season, including:
"Monk" is one of the highest-rated original scripted series in basic cable history and has earned Shalhoub three Emmys for portraying the brilliant detective who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder, a problem that he must circumvent in his daily life and to solve crimes. Howard, Ted Levine and Jason Gray-Stanford also star.
The new season begins on Friday, Jan. 19.