Classic TV series returns to Toronto to film a reunion movie
A classic whodunnit show with a Toronto connection is back after more than two decades to produce its long-awaited reunion movie.
The cast and crew of Monk—starring Tony Shalhoub as the OCD-afflicted title detective—is filming this month at Cinespace's Kipling studios and on-location. Shooting is set to wrap on May 30.
Mr. Monk's Last Case: A Monk Movie is a follow-up to the original series which ran for eight seasons from 2002 to 2009, earning 18 Emmy nominations and eight wins.
Canadian actor Jason Gray-Stanford, who plays the loveable but less than bright lieutenant Randy Disher, is active on social media and has been posting on the cast's time in the city.
Mr. Monk's Last Case is slated to stream on Peacock in the U.S. There's no release date for a Canadian platform announced yet. All that's been revealed about the plot is that it's set post-pandemic and involves Monk's journalist stepdaughter, Molly, preparing for her wedding.
Things have come full-circle for the show's relationship with Toronto.
Nearly all of the first season was filmed here (with the exception of the Vancouver-shot pilot) and these episodes are awash with local sights as they were in the early-2000s.
Humber Bay Park, Shouldice Hospital, and the Metro Toronto Convention Centre are a few of the many locations sharp-eyed couch sleuths can spot masquerading as San Francisco. Mississauga's city centre also makes a couple of appearances.
Most visible was the Tip Top Tailors building on Lake Shore—just prior to its loft conversion—which stood in for police department headquarters. Establishing shots of the exterior continued to be used in later seasons.
Toronto in the early aughts was a very different place than it is today—with a smaller skyline, affordable living, and abundant fibreglass moose, but one thing that hasn’t changed is our city's popularity as a stand-in for other places in movies and TV.
You can still watch the classic Monk series on VisionTV weeknights at 5 p.m.
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