Tony Shalhoub is finally plotting his return to television. The actor, who previously starred as Adrian Monk in USA's police dramedy 'Monk,' has joined a currently-untitled CBS comedy pilot, TVLine is reporting.
The pilot, formerly known as 'Ex-Men,' (you don't have to be a copyright lawyer to know why that title didn't stick) comes from How I Met Your Mother executive producer Rob Greenberg. It centers on a group of divorced men, all of whom live in a short-term housing complex. Chris Smith (Paranormal Activity 3) has the lead role as a man left at the altar by his fiance, while Kal Penn (House, Harold and Kumar) will star as a man whose wife divorced him because he was caught having an affair. Shalhoub's character, Frank, has been married -- and divorced -- four times, though he still thinks of himself as a ladies' man.
It sounds like the recipe for a solid sitcom, which by its very nature, could cycle out characters and become a long-running series. We'd be happy to see Shalhoub back on television for as long as he likes, though; after Monk ended in 2009, his only television appearances have been two HBO films -- 'Too Big to Fail' and 'Hemingway & Gellhorn.' With his noted absence from this summer's third Men in Black film, it was easy to think that the three-time Emmy-winning Shaloub had disappeared from acting entirely. Glad to see that's not the case.
The untitled pilot (we're advising that they don't go with their second title choice, Marital Justice League) is being considered for the 2013 season.