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New series come to ION

by Marwa
Thu, Aug 4th 2011 03:20 pm

The ION Television network will be premiering the series "Psych" and "Monk" starting Sunday, Aug. 21, at 6 pm. The shows will both air during the network's primetime schedules, with a five-hour block of "Psych" (10 p.m. to 3 a.m.) and a four-hour block of "Monk" (6 until 10 p.m.).

ION obtained the right to air six and future season of "Psych" as part of the acquisition package from NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution. It will be the first time the series has been syndicated on a broadcast network. Emmy-winning series "Monk" will be premiering all of it's eight complete seasons.

The acquisition of the series are part of a strategy of providing high-quality content. The series, along with Universal Media Studio's "House," will join the primetime schedule of popular series "Without a Trace," "Criminal Minds," "Ghost Whisperer" and "Flashpoint."

"Psych" is a humorous, witty series in which James Roday plays young police consultant Shawn Spencer who works to solve crimes with his acute observation skills, which are so precise that he is believed to be a psychic. Dulé Hill plays Shawn's best friend and reluctant partner Burton "Gus" Guster.

"Monk" stars Tony Shalhoub as Adrian Monk, of the San Francisco Police Department, who was known for his atypical methods for solving the department's most puzzling cases. After his wife's unsolved murder, however, Monk develops an extreme case obsessive-compulsive disorder, causing him to struggle with the simplest tasks and lose his badge. Monk now works as a private consultant, still solving cases in the strangest ways.

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