Yeah, that's the lamest headline ever, but with news like this, who cares? Chuck, the best slacker-action-spy-comedy ever to air on NBC, will return on January 10 with back-to-back episodes on the first day of a two-day premiere. The show was originally slated for a March debut, but all one needs to do is take a look at the wasteland that is NBC programming to realize the network had some space to fill.
The day after the premiere, on January 11, Chuck will settle into its regular time slot on Mondays at 8pm. That will pair it with Heroes, which will move to 9pm. Three episodes of Chuck in two days? Isn't that a little much? Isn't that a narrow window for word-of-mouth? Isn't that shooting the show in the foot? Chuck has a strong presence with online fans, and if NBC wants buzz to build, wouldn't it be better off allowing some time for the OMGs and FTWs to spread? I'm just thinking out loud here.
Anyhoo, this season of Chuck sees our accidental spy (played by the always-excellent Zachary Levi) getting an upgrade. With a new version of the Intersect (ye olde stockpile of CIA and FBI classified information) uploaded to his mindtank, Chuck not only knows top-secret doodads, but he's now also adept at various physical forms of kick-assery (holy Matrix!). But of course Chuck will be Chuck, and he may not be able to keep his emotions in check to become a real agent.
In other NBC news, the network has pooped on all the online reports that medical-explosion drama Trauma has been canceled. Instead, NBC has ordered three more episodes of the series for a total of 16 (seven have aired so far). NBC previously said it wouldn't order additional episodes of the series, but had a change of heart after realizing it screwed itself over so badly with a disastrous fall schedule. It's unclear when these new episodes of Trauma will air, though, given that Chuck has moved into its place.
Check out this welcome back message from Levi and a glimpse at a scene from Season Three where Bartowski gets all picante!