Chuck Gets Picked Up For A 2nd Season!
BURBANK – February 13, 2008 – NBC has picked up its freshman drama series “Chuck” and “Life” — as well as its hit “Heroes” — for the 2008-09 season, it was announced today by Ben Silverman, Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios, and Marc Graboff, Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios.
All three series will have major re-launch campaigns next year.
“We are thrilled to be bringing back the high-energy dramas ‘Chuck’ and Life’ for next season,” said Silverman. “Additionally, we will be saving and re-launching our #1 drama and most successful franchise, ‘Heroes,’ so that it will run in all original episodes in the fourth quarter.”
“These pickups are a sign of our confidence in these quality series and will allow the respective producers to get a head start on their creative arc for next season,” said Graboff. “As a result, they give us a lot to build on as we point to next year’s schedule.”
“Heroes” is NBC’s #1 series this season in adults 18-49, the #1 Monday series on any network in adults 18-49 and the #1 scripted series on any network in adults 18-34. This season, “Heroes” has averaged a 6.2 rating, 14 share in adults 18-49 and 13.1 million viewers overall.
“Chuck” has averaged a 3.5 rating, 9 share in adults 18-49 and 8.7 million viewers overall this season. The most recent telecast of “Chuck” on December 3 won the time period in adults 18-49, adults 18-34 and all key adult-male demographics. “Chuck” has increased its adult 18-49 rating from half-hour to half-hour with each of its 11 Monday telecasts this season.
Chuck Gets A Full Season!
Chuck has finally been picked up for a full season by NBC. I have decided to post a few sources to let you guys know that this is real!
Kristin At E!
Great news, kids. Inside sources tell me two of my new faves, Chuck and Life, have both gotten “back nine” orders from NBC, meaning when the strike ends they’ll get full seasons!
Now, what does this delicious news mean in the grand scheme of things?
Well, about a month ago, I heard from a source very close to Chuck that the network was not going to pick it up until after the strike was over. Talks resumed today, and rumor has it things are looking very positive. Could the bosses over at the Peacock net know something good about the strike ending sometime soon? Let’s hope so!
It took ‘em a while, but NBC is finally rewarding a few of its freshman series with back-nine orders — and methinks you guys will be very pleased with the first two recipients.Sources confirm to me exclusively that the Peacock has picked up Chuck and Life for the full season.
The Writers Strike May Affect “Chuck”:
The writers’ strike in The USA over the issue of Broadband and Internet profits has been given the go-ahead and “Chuck” could come to a complete halt! Read this:
It’s also a grim story for new series, as evidenced by Chuck and Gossip Girl boss Josh Schwartz, whose two new shows have been gaining both momentum and buzz and now must come to a screeching halt. Sources have told me Gossip Girl lost a cover of Entertainment Weekly because of the strike (it might not be on the air when the cover would hit stands) and that Chuck will not receive news of a full-season pickup until after the strike is over. “I support the guild,” Schwartz told me. “But it’s unfortunate for everyone, all the way around.”
The good news is that these strikes may last for only 5 days, the bad news is that it may carry on for 22 weeks like the last writers’ strike in 1988.
Lets hope that the strike ends soon and that the writers’ such as Josh Schwartz can get back to work to produce our favourite show, Chuck.
CHUCK: NBC LIVE PRESS TOUR DIARY:12:05 pm: I give this new action/comedy confection from Josh Schwartz a moderately enthusiastic thumbs-up. At the very least, I hope it turns Zachary Levi into the huge star he should’ve become after Less Than Perfect.
12:09 pm: Sarah Lancaster looks stunning.
12:10 pm: A reporter asks Schwartz to compare Chuck star Zachary Levi with his doomed O.C. starlet Mischa Barton. “They’re both tall… and shapely.” But unlike Barton, Levi probably won’t be killed off after three seasons.
12:11 pm: “I’m not as smart as Chuck,” says Levi of his secret-agent alter, “but I think I’m decently intelligent.”
12:14 pm: OK, ladies and gentlemen, it’s a big moment here in Press Tour Diaryland as we hand out the first Whatchoo Talkin’ ‘Bout Willis award! The trophy goes to the reporter who just asked Chuck costar Adam Baldwin if he’s related to the dysfunctional Baldwin brothers Alec, Daniel, Stephen and William. Today’s winner receives free and unlimited access to TV Guide’s Movie and TV database! Congratulations!
NBC’s Chuck: The Low-Down’s You Need To Know:
“Chuck” will make its premiere on NBC in Fall 2007 on Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. EST.
From executive producer, Josh Schwartz (“The O.C.”) and executive producer-director McG (“Charlie’s Angels,” “We Are Marshall”) comes a one-hour, comedic spy thriller about Bartowski (Zachary Levi, “Less Than Perfect”) – a computer geek who is catapulted into a new career as the government’s most vital secret agent. When opens an e-mail subliminally encoded with government secrets, he unwittingly downloads an entire server of sensitive data into his brain. Now, the fate of the world lies in the unlikely hands of a guy who works at Buy More. Instead of fighting computer viruses, Chuck must fight assassins and international terrorists.
With the government’s most precious secrets in Chuck’s head, Major John Casey (Adam Baldwin, “My Bodyguard”) of the NSA assumes the responsibility of protecting him. His partner is the CIA’s top agent (and Chuck’s first date in years) Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strzechowski, “Gone”). They’ll keep him safe by trading in his pocket protector for a bulletproof vest.
Also starring on NBC’s ” Chuck” are Joshua Gomez (“Without a Trace”) as Chuck’s best buddy Morgan and Sarah Lancaster (“What About Brian?”) as Chuck’s ever-supportive sister Ellie. Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak wrote “Chuck ,” which is produced by College Hill Pictures and Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Inspector Pilot: Chuck review:
While Pushing Daisies is undoubtedly my favorite new series for this fall (look for a review in the next few days), I can now say that I’ve definitely found my runner-up: action dramedy Chuck, which launches this fall on NBC.
Chuck is a perfect blend of kick-ass action, hilarious comedy, romantic intrigue and nerd humor. It also, like fellow Warner Bros. Television series Pushing Daisies, has one of the most instantly likeable, charismatic casts on television.
For those of you not in the know, Chuck revolves around lovelorn twenty-something Chuck (Zachary Levi), the head of a Nerd Herd (think Geek Squad, only without the product placement) at a Buy More store; he’s still after years hung up on a college girlfriend who left him for his far cooler roommate Bryce Larkin (Traveler’s Matthew Bomer). Said roommate, a gymnast and engineer, has since moved onto bigger things. Like being a rogue CIA spy who breaks into a highly secure government facility to steal an image-based intelligence software program that encodes secrets into easily digestible imagery. Before Bryce is killed, he managed to download and email the program to the one person in the world that would be least likely to be involved in any plot: one Chuck Bartowski.
Chuck himself is a down-and-out loser, unable to speak to women and more likely to break into a chorus of “Vicki Vale” (Batman, natch) than ask for her digits. So imagine his surprise when the beautiful Sarah (Yvonne Strzechowski), a Buy More customer whose mobile he repairs, expresses interest in him. Naturally, it’s not Chuck’s body she’s after, but what’s inside his head, namely that sophisticated intelligence database. But the beautiful and deadly Sarah isn’t the only agent after that database; cutthroat John Casey (Firefly’s Adam Baldwin) is also tracking the whereabouts of the database and he is willing to kill anyone that gets in his way, including Sarah and/or Chuck.
So what happens? You’ll have to wait until the fall to find out (I can’t spoil everything, now can I?) but I will say that I was blown away by the strength of the pilot’s action sequences, especially the opening sequence featuring Bryce (Bomer) stealing the database in a whirl of acrobatic moves, explosions, and kickass fight choreography, a car chase–driving backwards, no less–between Sarah and Chuck (in a Nerd Herd mobile) and the sadistic Casey, which leads spectacularly when Sarah triggers an emergency barricade and kneels behind the pillars, resulting in an explosion of glass and auto parts inches above her. It’s a jaw-dropping sight and sets the stage for a climactic showdown on the roof of a downtown skyscraper.
While the action is sure to get many a fan’s adrenaline pumping, it’s the humor that runs underneath the kinetic fight sequences that kept me even more engaged. Chuck and his best friend Morgan (Joshua Gomez) are hilarious together and their rapport seems natural and easy. I was rolling on the floor during the scene in which they (seriously) face off with a ninja assassin in the process of stealing Chuck’s hard drive as Morgan begins to chuck (heh) various household items at the thief, who quickly deflects them right back at Chuck.
Chuck‘s perfectly balanced combination of raw action and witty humor is enough to win me over, but I have to quickly say how well cast Chuck‘s entire crew is. Zachary Levi displays the right mix of nerdy daring- do and leading man amiability, resulting in a truly memorable character whom you want to return to each week. Sarah Lancaster is adorable as Chuck’s sister Ellie, who pushes her brother to get out there and meet women (she also catches him attempting to escape his own birthday party); she’s eager-to-please but not obnoxiously so and blissfully in love with her boyfriend, the preening Captain Awesome, a surgeon extraordinaire. One can’t say enough about the sexiness of Yvonne Strzechowski, who proves herself prone to wandering around expensive hotel rooms in color-coordinated underwear (when she’s not wearing form-fitting body armor) as well as being a deadly fighter and driver; however, she also displays a rare vulnerability as she too attempts to recover from a monumentally failed relationship.
(Tuesday at 9 PM ET)
Premise of the screener: Twentysomething geek who works in the “Nerd Herd” tech support section for a Best Buy-ish store called Buy More gets an e-mail from an old college friend who is now a CIA agent. It contains thousands of secret files that get downloaded into his brain (don’t ask). The government wants to find out what he knows.
Bob says: This thing is all over the place, but it’s massively entertaining. I can see why NBC gave it the green light. It has stuff for the geeks, something for spy/action fans, hip music, clever lines, and a likable cast (Zachary Levi from Less Than Perfect plays Chuck, Yvonne Strzechowski is hot, and Adam Baldwin does a variation on his role from Vanished). Hopefully the show can balance the spy stuff with the goofy, geeky romantic comedy stuff, though I wonder if it’s just not funny enough for comedy fans and not serious enough for spy fans. But it’s such a bizarre mix it could work. Seems like an odd fit for NBC though.