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.

According to Entertainment Weekly‘s Michael Ausiello, “The 13-episode pickup came after Warner Bros. agreed to make significant budget concessions, including scaling back the number of episodes several members of the show’s stellar supporting cast will appear in and, per one insider, possibly eliminating one actor altogether (R.I.P. Anna Wu?).  The show is also expected to cut two of its staff writers.”

Even so, let’s focus.  Chuck is back – that’s all there is to it.  The return definitely marks a victory for the show’s fans, who have vehemently rallied to support the series.  They launched a “Save Chuck” campaign earlier on, which included buying sandwiches from the fast-food chain Subway, a series sponsor.

Now that that’s settled, there’s still the matter of the timeslot. Chuck has to compete with Southland, Heroes, Medium, Law & Order: SVU, Friday Night Lights and Parks & Recreation. All of these shows have been renewed by NBC, and will be airing next fall as well. There hasn’t been any confirmation regarding the exact return, but the network has promised to release its official schedule on Tuesday.

Things looked hopeful for the Chuck enthusiasts, especially since FOX was able to renew the struggling Dollhouse.  There was also the support of Chuck star Zachary Levi, who has appeared on NBC’s numerous events, from PSA campaigns to marketing promotions.  The return of Chuck was inevitable, and is of course a cause for celebration.

-Maria Gonzalez, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: NBC, Entertainment Weekly
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Maria Gonzalez

Staff Writer, BuddyTV