Articles for Chuck Season 2

Chuck has been off the air for more than nine months, so tonight‘s season 2 premiere at 8pm on NBC will be a test to see how the writers‘ strike really affected last year‘s freshman shows. Will the fans come back, and will new fans give it a chance?BuddyTV attended NBC‘s fall premiere party and spoke to several Chuck cast members on the red carpet. Joshua Gomez, Sarah Lancaster, Ryan McPartlin and Zachary Levi all stopped by to talk about the changes for the new season. Continue reading for the highlights and to see our exclusive video interviews. Read more »
Chuck Bartowski is the greatest nerd on television.  Of course, Chuck isn‘t really a nerd.  He‘s a good looking dude, isn‘t socially awkward, and has managed to acquire the feelings of one of television‘s hottest women.  And, he‘s also a quasi-secret agent who has all of the government‘s secrets stored away in his mind.  Chuck returns to NBC tonight for its second season premiere.  Josh Schwartz, Chuck‘s show runner, is smart enough to know that the series didn‘t receive great ratings last year and when you add that to the odd scheduling forced upon Chuck by the writers‘ strike, it was necessary to re-introduce the show to the general public.  And, that‘s exactly what tonight‘s season premiere did, and in quite enjoyable fashion.  If you liked the first season of Chuck, tonight‘s episode will not disappoint.  Read more »
Chuck‘s mostly excellent season two premiere was critically lauded, but was unable to garner excitement from the television audience.  The ratings were poor, but not surprisingly so – Chuck inhabits perhaps the most difficult time slot in the network week.  The Monday – 8pm slot is home to Chuck, Gossip Girl, The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Dancing with the Stars.  It‘s one thing to pit both of Josh Schwartz‘s shows against each other (he runs Chuck and Gossip Girl), but placing both series against such fierce competition is plain mean.  NBC curiously ordered a full second of season of Chuck before the premiere even aired. They had to have known what to expect from Chuck‘s ratings.  Read more »
Season 2 of Chuck got off to a big start last week with special guest star Michael Clarke Duncan. It doesn‘t end there, however, because the new season of Chuck is full of big-time guest stars in just about every episode. Tonight at 8pm, Chuck returns with another O.C. alum in the form of Melinda Clarke and a multiple Emmy winner in John Larroquette.When BuddyTV spoke to the cast of Chuck at the NBC fall premiere party, we asked what guest stars they were most excited about. The answers varied, though Larroquette was obviously a big favorite for many of the cast members. Continue reading for more details on future guest stars and to watch our exclusive video interviews with the cast. Read more »
America - start watching Chuck, please.  It‘s a good show, I swear.  Really, you should totally check it out.  It‘s funny, there are a lot of good-looking people, there‘s a bunch of that spy stuff I know you like.  It‘s got everything, America.  Tonight‘s episode of Chuck is guest star heavy, and wonderfully so.  John Larroquette plays a former James Bond/suave secret agent who has relegated himself to the bottle in recent years.  Melinda Clarke (from The OC), plays the bad guy, a former KGB agent who may be in possession of the real cypher.  It was another good episode that added a sweet little twist at the end.  Previously on Chuck: The cypher was a fake, a trap, and it blew up and killed Graham in the process.  Chuck remains the intersect, and thus will remain alive until the new one is up and running. Read more »
Chuck needs help.  Will you watch it if all of us Chuck fans ask you really nicely?  We swear, you‘ll enjoy it.  I wrote earlier this week about Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and how the end might be near for that series, due to its abysmally low ratings for a network series.  Chuck‘s ratings are almost exactly the same as Terminator‘s, and both shows inhabit the same Mondays at 8pm time slot.  The difference is that Chuck has already been picked up for a full second season by NBC.  Does that mean that Chuck is really, truly safe?  Or, is it a false emergency blanket, the kind of thing that gives fans hope before NBC cruelly rips the carpet out from under us, leaving viewers with a Chuck-less existence? Read more »
There is a sub-plot on tonight‘s episode of Chuck that I will not discuss in detail or feature in the recap.  There are a variety of reasons for this.  One – I hate stunt casting.  Two – I hate stunt casting.  Three – I don‘t like Michael Strahan.   There is a difference between having a quality guest star (like John Laroquette last week), and casting someone who has no business acting into a role that does the show no good.  It was basically a stupid commercial for a video game.  There, I‘ve said more than I wanted to.  Besides that abomination of a storyline, tonight‘s Chuck was mighty solid.  I was not happy when Bryce Larkin appeared in Sarah‘s apartment at the end of last week‘s episode, but the writers on Chuck made it work.  It turned into a somewhat poignant story, and it should please the fans.  Read more »
Chuck is starting to find its stride.  Tonight‘s action-packed episode is one of Chuck‘s best episodes ever.  This is not an exaggeration.  Nicole Richie guest starred as an old high school acquaintance of Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski), and while that casting might have been cringe-inducing a couple months back when it was announced, it turned out better than anyone could have expected.  Despite not being an actress, Richie was pretty solid.  In addition, we get to see what Sarah looked like back in high school.  Yvonne Strahovski has never looked worse, which is a a testament to the work done by the wardrobe and make-up people for Chuck.  Also, the soundtrack was spectacular (it had been a while since I last hear me some Prodigy). Read more »
The USA Network has given a green light to yet another series, this time titled White Collar as it lifts cast contingency for the show.  The series, which stars Matthew Bomer of Chuck and Tru Calling and Tim DeKay of Tell Me You Love Me and Carnivale, will also feature director Bronwen Hughes of Burn Notice, Breaking Bad and Forces of Nature.  White Collar is created by Jeff Eastin, who also serves as executive producer for the upcoming Fox Television Studios endeavor."USA is ramping up its production slate by adding a third pilot to its roster with WHITE COLLAR," Jackie de Crinis, USA‘s executive vice president, original programming said in an official statement.  "The unique dynamic of Matthew Bomer and Tim DeKay adds two memorable characters to the roster that defines the USA brand." Read more »
Dominic Monaghan is going to play a rock star on a prime time network series.  His name will not be Charlie.  Unlike his character on Lost, Monaghan‘s new character will be kind of a crazy person, a metalhead who will appear on the February 2 episode of NBC‘s Chuck.  This is all according to an exclusive scoop from EW‘s Michael Ausiello.  Monaghan‘s rock star will make an in-store appearance at the Buy More and consequently be targeted for assassination by a group of shady bad guys.  According to Josh Schwartz, creator and show runner on Chuck, the character will be very different from Charlie on Lost.  The February 2 episode in question will be shot in 3-D to coincide with NBC‘s 3-D promotion around the Super Bowl, which NBC will air the day before Monaghan‘s Chuck episode.  Read more »
The music of Rush, Atari, Missile Command, Buster from Arrested Development, Sarah‘s Hot Nerd outfit, and the montage tribute for Anna; tonight‘s episode of Chuck combined a lot of glorious elements into one silly-fun hour of television.  The writers decided to hold little back tonight‘s episode, which featured a War Games-esque World War III threat and a lot of video game playing.  Viewers were also treated to the most one-episode screen time ever for Jeff Barnes.  It teased at giving some reasons for his overall Jeff-ness, though I‘m still at a loss for why he is what he is.  We do know that Jeff used to be an arcade game phenom, which is where the episode began.  Read more »
Chuck has all the ingredients.  Chuck is funny.  Chuck has attractive and talented leads.  Chuck should appeal to anyone and everyone.  It has pop-culture references, it has over-the-top action.  It has drama, but is not a downer.  There is nothing about Chuck that would turn away a prospective viewer.  It has nothing holding it back.  And yet, despite all the support it has seen from NBC, the show is floundering in the ratings.  It is routinely at the bottom of the barrel in its time slot on Mondays at 8pm.  It is one of those television mysteries that really hurts for a fan.  It‘s like you know a secret that no one else knows or cares about.  If the ratings don‘t pick up for Chuck, the series will soon cease to exist.  This is a fundamental truth for TV shows – no matter how great a show is, no matter how much faith a network has in it, at the end of the day ratings talk.  Why, then, is Chuck such a ratings failure? Read more »
And the guest stars keep on coming.  Chuck, on this, its second season, has already welcomed guest stars such as Michael Strahan, John Larroquette, Melinda Clarke, Ben Savage, and Nicole Richie.  Beginning next Monday, when Chuck returns with a new episode (“Chuck vs. The Ex), Jordana Brewster will join the series for a three-episode run as Chuck‘s ex-lady friend.  Now, thanks to E! Online‘s Kristin Dos Santos, we know who the newest Chuck guest stars will be: Jenny McCarthy and Andy Richter.  That duo will appear in the fourteenth episode of season two.  The episode is called “Chuck vs. the Suburbs” and will air either in late February or early March.  Read more »
BuddyTV picks the top 15 places to grab a bite with our favorite TV restaurants.<<PREVIOUS     |     NEXT>>Gourmet hot dogs may not sound all that wonderful, but when served by a drop-dead gorgeous blonde woman wearing lederhosen, the taste will be the last thing on your mind. However, be sure to go soon, because a Wienerlicious restaurant can be converted into a smoothie stand at any minute. Read more »
BuddyTV interviews the lovely Yvonne Strahovski, who plays Sarah Walker on Chuck.Yvonne Strahovski is a force to be reckoned with.  As television‘s evolutionary Sidney Bristow, Strahovski plays Sarah Walker, secret agent, on NBC‘s Chuck.  In tonight‘s all-new episode of Chuck, we get to see Sarah as she was in high school for the first time.  Turns out, she wasn‘t always the super-hot bad ass we know from the first two seasons of Chuck.  We managed to snag a quick interview with Yvonne earlier today from the Chuck set.  We talked about tonight‘s episode (one of the series‘ best), guest star Nicole Richie, and what we can expect from the rest of the season.  In addition, Yvonne spilled the beans on a character we‘ll see later this year. Below you will find the written transcript, as well as the full mp3 audio of the interview. Read more »
Chuck Bartowski, we must remember, is something of a failure.  A smart guy who failed to graduate from Stanford, who ends up working for the Nerd Herd.  A prime example of wasted potential.  Until, by sheer luck, he is in infused with precious government knowledge, and is, in a way, forced to realize that untapped potential whether he wants to or not.  There aren‘t a lot of people who went to Stanford and end up sustaining a career in which they make a negligible amount above minimum wage.  Chuck still lives with his sister, and is best friends with a socially inept super-nerd.  Before the government got involved, Chuck was still awash in grief thanks to his break-up with Jill, his Stanford girlfriend, who eventually shacked up with his former best friend and mortal enemy, Bryce Larkin.  On tonight‘s Chuck, we are introduced to Jill and find out what all the fuss was about.  Read more »
Chuck faces brutal time slot competition, is still flailing in the ratings and hasn‘t shown any signs of improving its poor ratings.  So, then, credit must be given to NBC for sticking with a series, in Chuck, that they believe can and will be a hit.  They‘ve pushed their whole support behind Chuck, even going so far as to picking up the entire second season before the season even premiered.  Now, after a first couple of months of continued low ratings, NBC is preparing to give Chuck a big promotional push, centered around NBC‘s coverage of the Super Bowl.  Read more »
Chuck strives for normalcy, knowing that the chance for it has largely passed him by, at least for the time being.  As long as he is the intersect, and remains under constant surveillance, Chuck will be resigned to a life of sneaking around. This being the case, when there is the possibility of conducting an inter-personal relationship with someone wherein Chuck can be normal, open and honest, he is going to pounce on this.  The only possible person with which he can have this type of relationship is someone who a) knows that he is working for the government and b) doesn‘t also work for the government.  Jill, his ex-girlfriend from Stanford who returned last week, fits both of these requirements, and thus gave Chuck the opportunity for what he believed to be a fleeting sense of normalcy.  Unfortunately for Mr. Bartowski, he was oh so very wrong.  Read more »
Chuck Bartowski began the series as a sad disappointment.  But, in a way, it was a content sadness.  He had a steady job that he was good at, he had his best friend to spend time playing computer games with and he had a supportive sister.  He still has all those things a third of the way through season 2, but things have grown vastly more complicated.  When we first met Chuck, the disappointment he had in his life was shared.  At least, he could be honest about it.   Chuck is still the same disappointment in the eyes of his loved ones, only now he has to keep much of his life a secret from them and will have to continue to do so for an undetermined length of time.  The last two episodes of Chuck have brought Chuck hope, given him an outlet for honesty which was sorely lacking.  However, this was false hope, and one has to wonder how much further the presence and betrayal of Jill will toss him down into the gutter of his own psyche.   Read more »
Josh Schwartz was the youngest show runner in the recorded history of television when he created and took the reins of The O.C. on FOX.  When that iconic teen drama came to an unsightly end, Schwartz quickly bounced back, bringing two series to network air at the same – NBC‘s Chuck and The CW‘s Gossip Girl.  Both are highly regarded among critics and have reached some modicum of success (in the world of TV, making it to a second season is an accomplishment in and of itself).  A screenwriter first and foremost, Schwartz has been hired to pen his first big movie project.  FOX has brought him in to write (and possibly direct) the next X-Men film, tentatively titled X-Men: First Class.  Read more »
Chuck‘s list of guest stars this season is plain absurd, and they keep adding them on.  Either the Chuck set has gotten a reputation for being one heck of a good time, of NBC has unleashed a mighty guest star budget for the spy action/comedy.  Either way, there are more guest stars being announced today, thanks to EW‘s Michael Ausiello.  The big name is one Tricia Helfer, who Battlestar Galactica fans know extremely well.  Helfer is, well, quite a looker and she is coming onto Chuck for one episode as Special Agent Alex Forrest, a possible replacement for Yvonne Strahovski‘s Sarah Walker, amidst worries that Sarah has gotten too close to Chuck.  Fans shouldn‘t worry, however.  Strahovski isn‘t going anywhere, and Helfer has only signed up for the one episode.  Casey will be hoping otherwise, as he will take a liking to the no-nonsense Agent Forrest.  Read more »
A profound change occurred in Chuck Bartowski‘s being tonight.  In the past, epic heartbreak and betrayal would lead our friend Chuck into abject sadness.  He would retreat into his shell, feel sorry for himself and mope around.  Chuck, once again a victim of a stake through the heart, this time channeled his emotions and stood up for himself.  It may have taken him awhile, but season 1 Chuck would not have done the same thing as season 2 Chuck in tonight‘s final scene.  Chuck is evolving, which is always a nice sign for a lead character.  Things can‘t stay too stagnant, or it just gets boring.  Jordana Brewster, as Jill, said farewell tonight, though I suppose there is room for her to return in some capacity, though not likely any time soon.  Read more »
Earlier this morning, NBC issued a press release announcing their mid-season schedule for January 2009.  The biggest omissions for January are Chuck, Heroes, Life and My Own Worst Enemy.  All of those shows, except for the recently canceled My Own Worst Enemy, will return in February. NBC was very clear in making this point.  In addition to a brand new Monday night slate for the month of January, there are also some new NBC specials poised to hit the air, including two new Saturday Night Live prime-time specials.  Friday Night Lights, which has been airing its third season exclusively on DirecTV, will make its return to Fridays on NBC in January, as we reported earlier.  Read more »
Upon learning of the news yesterday, that Chuck is one of the programs that NBC has temporarily tossed when it announced its midseason schedule, I immediately thought of that line from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: “don’t panic.”But the immediate reaction from viewers was inevitable.  Sure, the network made sure that Chuck, along with Heroes and Life, are returning in February, but it wasn’t enough to appease them.  Who can blame them?  For one month, the show will be replaced by dance competition show Superstars of Dance, spearheaded by So You Think You Can Dance’s Nigel Lythgoe.  People have thought, “not another reality series?”—especially at a time when NBC is at its most precarious position yet. Read more »
Although tonight‘s episode was titled “Chuck vs. The Sensei,” it really should have been “Casey vs. The Sensei” instead.  With Chuck just having endured the whole Jill saga (lasting a trio of episodes), the Chuck writers shrewdly gave Mr. Bartowski a number of things to distract him from what should have been a time of sadness and reflection.  We had our Sarah Walker episode earlier in the season – tonight was the John Casey episode.  And, as it turns out, Agent Casey is a former karate student who learned everything he knows from his sensei.  That sounds about right. Read more »
BuddyTV interviews Josh Gomez, who plays Morgan Grimes on Chuck.Joshua Gomez, really, anchors half of Chuck.  It may be the half of the series that gets talked about the least, but it is integral nonetheless.  Chuck is basically two different shows - one half spy adventure, one half office comedy.  Josh plays Morgan, Chuck‘s best friend and loyally lazy Buy More employee.  While he may not be in on much of the spy action, Gomez is front and center for all the shenanigans at the Buy More.  Morgan has had more screen time this season on Chuck, and we were lucky enough to speak with Gomez today about the current season and what we can expect from the future.Below you will find the transcript of the interview, as well as the full mp3 audio. Read more »
The year is almost over, and BuddyTV wants to know which shows were your absolute favorites from 2008. We have a huge Showdown featuring 48 of the top shows of the year, from reality staples like American Idol to smash hits like CSI. You can vote for your favorite cult shows like Supernatural, or a small comedy like It‘s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.  We have shows still going strong like Grey‘s Anatomy and shows canceled before their time like Jericho.VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE SHOW OF 2008>> Read more »
Exploration time on Chuck: it‘s the authority figures‘ time to shine.  It‘s a little weird thinking of it at first, but judging from last week‘s episode, it could go that way.It wasn‘t exactly a giveaway at the end—Chuck (Zachary Levi) springing Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) a vow about tracking down their father so she can be happier during her impending wedding—but it was a well-sprung surprise.  We did see Casey (Adam Baldwin) deal with all those feelings of betrayal upon discovering that his old mentor (guest star Carl Lumbly) has turned rogue and is basically out to get him, and that served as a pretty good parallel. Read more »
It‘s December, and as happens each year, many of our favorite shows have curled up in their dens (“production studios”) to hibernate until spring. For the avid television viewer, the dark days of winter are a reflection of the dark TV screen, turned off until new episodes return in January and February. It can be a confusing and lonely time for TV viewers. Some even resort to reading books.Thankfully, the big studios are working harder than ever to give viewers a temporary cure for the mid-season break blues: a new crop of Webisodes from favorites like Heroes, Battlestar Galactica, and more. Read more »
Now being a “shipper” is a very serious thing. I mean, as your characters fall in love, you do too. 2008 was full of great television relationships. We had to narrow it down to a lucky 20 for BuddyTV users to choose from.Any shipper fanatic knows their “ship” inside and out. I, for one, will always be a LoVe shipper. That is - Logan and Veronica of Veronica Mars. 2008 saw the development of new ships, the crumble of others, and the long lasting tension of our older ships. Overall, it‘s been a great year for most shippers.The competition will be fierce as there are a lot of fans out there. When we did our “Which One Tree Hill Couple is Best” showdown, Brook and Lucas pulled out the win from underneath Leyton and Naley fans. MiSa (Michael and Sara from Prison Break) fans have been known to be a powerful force. Read more »
Chuck returns next week with a very special 3D episode called “Chuck vs. The Third Dimension.” To make things even more exciting, Dominic Monaghan will be guest starring as rock star Tyler Martin. Monaghan, who played Charlie Pace on Lost, will be reprising his role as a rock star, but this time on a comedy. I‘m sure Martin will be nothing like washed up and tortured Pace of Drive Shaft. Five preview clips have been released and I can already tell this episode is going to be amazing. First, there‘s the Willy Wonka reference. Tyler Martin decides to place a golden ticket in one of his CD covers for one lucky fan. Morgan, who doesn‘t even like Martin, is obsessed with getting it. I hope they have one or two more references to Wonka in the episode to top it all off. Also, there‘s a new, slightly intimidating, employee at the BuyMore named Mr. Butterman. What could be better? Read more »
From NBC‘s official press release:Welcome to the neighborhood. Jenny McCarthy (John Tucker Must Die) and Andy Richter (Andy Baker, P.I.) guest star. Read more »
Battlestar Galactica ended last Friday, concluding its four year run on the Sci Fi Channel. The characters may be hard to come by until the TV movie The Plan, but the show‘s stars have been keeping busy elsewhere.  Tahmoh Penikett is on Dollhouse, Katee Sackhoff had a recurring role on Nip/Tuck, Mary McDonnell showed up on Grey‘s Anatomy and Tricia Helfer visited USA‘s Burn Notice.Those last two have even more TV gigs lined up for the future.  McDonnell will make an extended run on The Closer and Helfer will guest star on this week’s Chuck Read more »
Battlestar Galactica may be over, but Tricia Helfer is doing just fine. After a scintellating run as the villainous Carla on USA’s Burn Notice, the sensual Caprica Six is now heating up NBC’s Chuck. In this Monday’s new episode, “Chuck vs. the Broken Heart,” Helfer guest stars as Chuck’s new temporary handler, Agent Alex Forrest.NBC released a new clip from this week’s episode of Chuck, and it’s a doozy. Agent Forrest goes undercover as the stripper at Captain Awesome’s bachelor party. If you thought Caprica Six was sexy, you haven’t seen anything. Check out this video clip from Chuck: Read more »
Amidst rumors that Chuck is up for cancellation (or, more accurately, non-confirmation from NBC that it’ll be renewed), the fans of the NBC series are already rallying online to convince the network to renew their favorite show.  Especially after NBC canceled Crusoe, Lipstick Jungle, and My Own Worst Enemy, rumors are rife that Chuck is next.  For his part, the star of the show expressed his gratitude to the fans who are helping to save Chuck, which is two episodes shy of completing its sophomore run.“It’s amazing to see how many campaigns have sprung up for the sole purpose of keeping Chuck around,” Zachary Levi tells the followers of one of his fan sites.  “To know that our show evokes that kind of support within our fan base is overwhelming. On behalf of our entire cast & crew, I personally want to thank each and every one of you who has taken up the fight.  And I ask that if we are blessed enough to provide you all with another season, that you would fight just as passionately as you are now to spread the word about the show to those who haven’t given it a chance yet.” Read more »
No one knows what‘s going to happen to Chuck, not even creator Josh Schwartz, reports the New York Times.  Amidst rumors of the NBC action-comedy series not returning for a third season, Schwartz said not knowing where the show stands is emotionally "tricky" especially since he believes the last two episodes they‘ve done are among the best.  Also, he calls the slew of online campaigns clamoring for Chuck‘s return "really remarkable," adding that a loyal fan base can make a big difference in this day and age."The difference between being a hit show and being an on-the-bubble show is so small now," he said.  "The metrics have become so narrow that everything does help...  Now, more than ever, that kind of fan support can really have an impact. The cost of launching a television series is as high as it‘s ever been.  And obviously the odds have never gotten any better." Read more »
Tonight‘s second season finale will be epic, says Joshua Gomez, who plays the titular character‘s best friend on action-comedy series Chuck.  The pronouncement comes in the heels of NBC still having no word on whether Chuck will be renewed for a third season, amidst intense online campaigns to "save Chuck.""I‘m really curious to see what the fans think of [the finale]," Gomez says.  "I know everybody kind of felt that this past episode was sort of a finale-esque episode." Read more »
As NBC continues to toy with the idea of renewing Chuck or not, its fans are determined to show the network that if Jericho fans can do it with 20 tons of peanuts, so can they.  Apparently, these save Chuck campaigns have gathered renewed steam as they find a singular front through a sandwich, and perfect timing in last night‘s finale. A massive online campaign was launched last night imploring Chucks fans to head to the nearest Subway branch, purchase a $5 footlong, and drop a note in the comment box indicating your participation in the campaign.  Subway, as a product placement sponsor on the NBC series, can reportedly sway the network and prove to be a "business justification" to grant the show a third season. Read more »
NBC top guns might be crunching some mean and complicated numbers, as the network recently put off the announcement of either cancellation or renewal of quirky sophomore comedy Chuck for another week or so.  The series starring Zachary Levi is riding on a massive Internet campaign to salvage it from being cut short, culminating in a footlong-buying activity during its season 2 finale Friday participated in by Levi himself."I thought we were going to hear about it this Monday because NBC‘s announcing a bunch of its schedule, but I just got an email from [executive producer] Josh Schwartz, and he said stay positive, [but] we‘re not going to find out on Monday.  It could be another week or two.  They‘re making their final tallies and decisions." Read more »
NBC unveiled their slate of programs for the 2009-2010 season this morning.  Six new pilots were picked up (two comedies, four dramas).  NBC failed to concoct an actual day-by-day schedule for the Fall - they are expected to release that schedule within a couple of weeks.  Not mentioned during NBC‘s announcement this morning were the likes of Chuck, Medium, My Name is Earl, Law & Order and Life.  Some of those series could get picked up for mid-season.  As of right now, the fall schedule looks filled to the brim, especially when you consider that Jay Leno‘s new show will be taking up five hours of prime-time per week.  For Chuck fans, the wait continues, although the forecast isn‘t terribly bright.  Shows picked up for next season include Parks and Recreation, Southland and Heroes.  NBC has also ordered six more episodes of Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday for the Fall.  Here‘s a rundown of the six new shows from NBC: Read more »
The fans have won against the evils of big-shot networks, since NBC has conceded and renewed the series Chuck for a third season.  Despite low ratings, the Josh Schwartz action-comedy was given another shot and will be returning next fall.Chuck‘s new installment will compose of 13 episodes, as NBC picked it up once more from Warner Bros.  Still, good news is usually accompanied by its counterpart.  It has been reported that the company made some budget concessions to secure the show‘s return.  This means the season might not be as, well, "complete" as its predecessors.  Read more »
After the amazing news that NBC has decided to renew Chuck for 13 episodes, no small thanks to the tons of Subway footlongs purchased on finale night courtesy of the devoted fans, TV Guide reports that it‘s possible that the NBC spy-comedy will be renewed for a full season."We may extend it out and continue it through the summer," says NBC entertainment president Ben Silverman, adding that it all depends on the ratings and it might be a good idea to pair it up with similarly ratings-challenged Friday Night Lights, which owes its continued existence to a deal inked between NBC and satellite provider DirecTV.  Read more »
After its initial announcement last month about the shows it would pick up, today NBC revealed its official 2009-2010 schedule and also made several official cancellations.My Name is Earl and Medium are both gone, though there are possibilities that both shows could be picked up by rival networks.  For My Name is Earl, it‘s especially difficult since the season ended with a cliffhanger.More Fall Lineups:FOXABCNBCCBSThe CW Read more »
I know you all have been dying to hear who will be at this year‘s Comic Con. I have some good news for all the Twilight and Supernatural fans out there. Although guest lists haven‘t been confirmed yet, both camps will be present for panels, which is no surprise. Other Comic Con essentials confirmed are Chuck, Lost, Fringe, True Blood, Smallville, Vampire Diaries, and the new Peter Jackson flick District 9. Check out our tentative TV panel schedule and our confirmed show list:  Read more »
The Saturday and Sunday Comic-Con schedules were released over the weekend. I thought things would get really good on Saturday, but the list is less than impressive. I suppose with four full days of Comic-Con, you can spread out the really big panels. Once again, below is a list of our picks for the day. Check it out and if you see anything missing, check the full list here.One thing I‘m curious about is the Chuck panel. Why is it at 10am? Doesn‘t Chuck deserve one of the better time slots? Wouldn‘t NBC push for a better panel time? Chuck already had some struggles last season, but this season promises to kick-ass and the new kung fu twist is perfect for the Comic-Con fans. I stand perplexed. Either way, it looks like I‘ll be spending my morning with a donut, cup of coffee and my favorite show Chuck.Check out our list of picks below. Check out the other schedules: Thursday Friday Sunday Read more »
First, let‘s get this out in the open: initial reports said that Supernatural and Smallville will have their panels on Sunday so don‘t freak out that the shows aren‘t included in the first two days.Other than that, Friday‘s schedule looks amazing. Although my TV favorites aren‘t on the list, my movie favorites are. There a a couple more timing conflicts and I‘m guessing that people are going to have to make some tough choices. When in doubt, stick with Whedon, Rodriguez, Cameron and Jackson.Below are my picks for Friday‘s schedule. Once again, it was hard to narrow down the list. Check out the full schedule here. Check out the other schedules: Thursday Saturday Sunday Read more »
Wow! Who knew Comic-Con could bring the rock? Well, that‘s exactly whatthe Chuck panel served up to a roomful of very faithful, very dedicatedfans. Ballroom 20 was filled to capacity with eager fans ready to findout what was in store for the new season of Chuck.The panel started with a look back at season 2, then showed everybodywhat happened in creator Josh Schwartz‘s office "One month later"(though it was obviously just for laughs). The video showed Schwartztelling a now bearded star Zachary Levi that the show will not bepicked up. Then the phone rings. It‘s NBC with the news that Chuck isbeing picked up for a third season. Levi exits the office to shave andwork on his Kung-Fu in excitement to film a new season while Schwartzand co-creator Chris Fedak are left behind disappointed. Read more »
The nerds are getting the girls.  Michael Ausiello of Entertainment Weekly has reported that Smallville actress Kristin Kreuk will be heading over to the NBC series Chuck.  After her vacation from TV, she‘s bagged a new role and will be playing a love interest for the show‘s protagonist.The 26-year-old actress will be joining the show as Hannah, a girl who Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi) meets on a flight to Paris.  She‘s just been laid off from her glamorous job in the world of publishing, so she ends up working at the Buy More.  The guys of the Nerd Herd should consider themselves lucky. Read more »
The Creative Arts Emmys were held Saturday night, and some big namesone the major awards.  The Guest Acting awards are usually the bigdraw, and this year was no exception.  On the Drama side, Ellen Burstynwon for Law and Order: SVU while Michael J. Fox won for his recurringrole on Rescue Me. Read more »