Chuck Gets BIG Full-Season Pickup

I'm not quite sure what you have to do to get canceled on NBC these days. A day after NBC predictably picked up The Event, Outsourced, and Law & Order: Los Angeles, the network has given a full-season order to veteran spy comedy Chuck and new action show Chase.

Chuck I get, as I explained yesterday in an article titled "Does Chuck Deserve a Full Season Pickup?" It's got a solid fan base, and though the ratings aren't great, at least they're not dropping like everything else. A steady line is considered great these days.

But Chase? I'm not sure why NBC is moving forward with that show even though last night's episode was up a decimal point in the ratings (to a whopping 1.6). I can't imagine it's a cheap show to make, cheap enough to look at a 1.6 and give it a thumbs at at least. A half-hour sitcom doing a 1.6 I understand, but an action series?

In addition, Undercovers got an order for four more scripts despite a very disappointing early run. At this stage, you'd have to be a really, really poor performing show to be canceled at NBC.

So Chase gets an additional nine episodes ordered for a 22-episode season, but Chuck will go even longer. NBC has added 11 episodes of Chuck, meaning 24 total episodes and a whole lotta opportunities for B-list actors to play Greta.

Go ahead and yell out your happys in the comments section below.


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It's amazing how most of the people who say Chase "sucks" admit to only watching the first episode. Well, watch it now, because it absolutely does NOT suck. It's a great show. And the characters are neat, exciting, and don't whine or complain. This is not boring or exaggerated drama. Their life issues are mentioned, but it is not the focus. This is great because Chase is an ACTION show. It is NOT a comedy as some strangely expect. It's all about the action (there's a ton of it) and it's a real lot of fun to watch. Cole Hauser (Pitch Black) is fantastic. The relationship he has with Annie is really neat. And the fact that we see her 1) somewhat suicidal - tension 2) slowly getting close to an inmate, a murderer (this relationship is really fascinating) Well there are different aspects to the show that makes it very interesting. It's time someone wrote a REAL review on Chase - watch the episode, comment on the CONTENT - because ratings prove NOTHING. Excellent shows have had poor ratings- Firefly, Castle struggled at first (finally getting recognition), Dark Angel, even Tru Calling. Talk about the content, get people to watch an episode. But everyone needs to STOP saying it sucks when they either NEVER watched it (Tim Surette) or watched ONE episode. If you want to see action, fights, brutal gun battles, chases, explosions, stealth, crime fighting, SWAT-like searches, and amazing hand-to-hand combat (the brawl between Annie and one of the murderers was unbeliably brutal yet simple) - then this is the show for you.
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I've tried to give Chase a chance. Premiere series often require a little time to establish characters and chemistry. The plot and writing is just too formulaic. They need new writers with more complex plots to set themselves apart from the rest. Until then, a pretty and tough chick isn't enough to carry this series.
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Please leave chuck in the air. I can't leave without it
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I decided to DVR an episode of Chase- it was fantastic! Setting my season pass, hopefully others will catch on too.
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I don't care about the ratings, Chase is a good show.
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I'm really worried that this back 11 will mean no season 5. Anyone else think this? However, it is 100 episodes to get syndication, so who knows?
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Chuck - YES! Can't live without it! Chase - YES! (You and the American viewing public that only registered the 1.6 are nuts. This show's pretty good) Undercovers - NO! (Great bodies, faces, potential, but the sexiness is totally cardboard. Gerald McRaney looks totally disinterested. I lost interest at epi2) Outsourced - Are you kidding? This is junk that should never have gotten out of the pitch meeting. I'm giving the Event more time myself, leaning toward liking it.
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You gotta love Chuck, but its so hit and miss I 've been ready for the axe awhile now. I'm glad its got its extension, but if it falls, it falls...
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http://tvbythenumbers.com/2010/04/28/ladies-night-few-broadcast-primetime-shows-draw-more-men-than-women/50011

It's a oldish list, but it's also the best explanation why Chuck always get renewed. Viewer value is determined by how hard they are to reach. Men (especially non-sports watching men) are hard to reach, so a show with a smaller, but more male, audience can still have value to the network.
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Chuck is one of a small handful of shows that I actually watch live and thus, endure the commercials instead of watching it later on the DVR. It is so good that I can't wait to watch it every week. Thanks NBC for doing something right.
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I was really hoping that chuck would get a back 9, then I find out it's getting a back 11? This is AWESOMELY INSANE! * does a happy dance*
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I really like Chase. It reminds me of Elmore Leonard. Kind of a criminal character study combined with a relentless procedural chase. This hasn't really been done before. Undercover is been-there-done-that and Chuck is fine, I guess, but not great.
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Chase and Undercovers suck. I like The Event!
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Yes! Chuck's finally getting some credit for its awesomeness!
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I dont like either one but yeah for the people that do.
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Simple no to Chuck and Chase is...o my god,bad guy is listening ZZ Top
so she knows everything about him....WTF,cut it,when Justified continues u all
will see how realy Chase is bad show
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Chuck!
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Loving this! Chuck is the best show!
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Yayy (: Chuck gets an extension ! Finally its been noted for its awesomeness (:
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24 episode season of Chuck? YES, now all the shows on NBC I like have full seasons, now to wait for a season 5 of Chuck, and a season 3 for Community.
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chuck was dead a way back, and chase isn't all that great, come on NBC, have some class
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Glad Chuck got the full season, but I don't know how much steam it has left after that. If it does end up getting renewed again, next season should be the last.
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underconvers is soooooooooooooo crap!!!!!!!!!!
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Thank god Chuck survived. They tried to cancel it too many times.
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i love undercovers,this show is so underrated b/c ppl dont seem 2 get that its jus starting out trying to find its way and every week this show gets better and better.the ratings are pretty steady and good so i dont see why this show wouldnt get a full season pick up..i jus hope nbc dont cancel this show b/c its really great.i am happy for the additional 4 episoeds jus hope it gets a full season pick up..
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not interested. Gave up on the show this season cause it is too repetitive and Olivia Munn sucks :P
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CHUCK MATE!!! (Sorry, I couldn't resist)
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Must be Zucker backlash. They're doing just the opposite of what he would have done. Glad for Chuck. I hope it can make it to another season as well. I don't watch the others. My only concern is for Community.
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NBC's entire lineup in is terrible! Chuck, Chase, Undercovers (shame on you JJ Abrams). The Event is soooo boring and full of flaws(All records of sean being on the cruise were gone and a guy was checked into his room the same day, yet he's wanted for a murder that took place there? Where was the yellow caution tape when he got back? Just one example--it's right on par with Flashforward of ABC--it has some merit but it just isn't entertaining. Law and Order is okay if you're into that kind of thing, but everything else is absolute trash! The Office is good but quickly getting old. Outsourced tries too hard to be funny and it's missing a key ingredient that I can't really put my finger on. The only good show is Community, which has not yet lost it's charm. Still, I need some drama in my life. After 24, Lost, and Prison Break, the only decent show out is The Vampire Diaries. And that's a CW show. Never thought I would have to resort to this!
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Chuck!!!! :D

Season after season it's suffering for renewal so this are great news to hear.

Hope they keep the good quality of the show :)
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NBC has a history have canceling really good shows. I'm glad Chuck and Undercovers got more episodes. Yay!! Not everyone has a DVR and I watch a lot of shows I've missed online. Too bad online viewing is not factored in the ratings. Undercovers reminds me a lot of Alias (after Syd and Vaughn get married, of course).
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Chuck is awesome, but Chase?! This show needs to go so that Community is more secure in the new schedule!!!!
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Chuck was fun the first season but after that it kept getting worse and worse.
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CHUCK!!!!!!!!!! WOOOT! LOVE THAT SHOW!!!!!!!
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Great news for Chuck, whoohoo!
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I heart Chuck!!!!! I wish more people would give Chuck a chance. They would fall in love with the who fam, and Morgan and the Buy More Guys, Casey and the crew. It's action packed and HILARIOUS!!!! I hope we get another SEASON!!
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Chuck's awesome.
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Chuck is a terrible show.
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GO CHUCK!!! i love this show so friggin much this is amazing news lol 24 episodes yeaaahhhh
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What a relief, I can stop doing my "Save Chuck" ritualistic dance to the Television Gods (at least until the season ends). And Personally I like Undercovers and Chase. Although the "baddie of the week" formula Chase is running is getting a little boring. Stretch it out for a couple of episodes I mean jeez it takes months (to years) for real US Marshalls to get that bad guy, if at all.
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CHUCK!!! Well played NBC, well played.
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Really happy about Chuck. I don't know if NBC is desperate, but it's a nice change to give average shows a chance to gather steam instead of pulling the plug after only a couple of episodes.
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It's nice that Chuck got picked up, I'm just concerned about whether they have enough story to fill the order.
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Nice, glad chuck got more eps :)
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I really like Chase.... I was hesitant to keep watching it because I read so many articles saying how it was just a matter of time before it gets cancelled. I'm glad I kept watching anyways, it really is a good show. And getting a full season order is definately good news... ( however, RIP Mercy...)
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o_O
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Where Community?! WAHHHH!!
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NBC is clearly really desperate.
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Yay Chuck they sooooo deserve it!
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hooray for chuck! :D
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