Chuck Spies A Return Date

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!

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Jun 21, 2012
never say never pleas come back u r only family is mine
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Nov 30, 2009
lets just hope that Chuck gets a chance NBC cuts good shows and yet heroes is still running
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Nov 23, 2009
Good news...I guess....I hate it when good shows land on NBC, because the ability of these morons to screw things up is unmatched among the networks.
Will keep my fingers crossed....
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Nov 23, 2009
Finally !!
Been waiting for this for a while now.
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Nov 23, 2009
Good to see Chuck come back earlier than scheduled.
Unfortunately, I'm the type to let my candies melt so they last longer. Running three episodes on the same week will mean it ends that much sooner...

Unless NBC orders some more episodes...
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Nov 23, 2009
Can't wait for more of Chuck! NBC doing something smart for a change.
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Nov 22, 2009
Chuck is gonna rock ass!!
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Nov 22, 2009
great show MANY MANY THANKS NBC for starting a few months earlier.
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Nov 22, 2009
Woo Hoo...can't wait. :D
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Nov 22, 2009
yay chuck!
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Nov 22, 2009
most excellent! CHUCK rocks!!
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Nov 22, 2009
AWESOME................
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Nov 21, 2009
CHUCK!! Yay!
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Nov 21, 2009
So excited to see Chuck again. I can't wait!
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Nov 21, 2009
LOL was that stone cold steve austin on the plane next to him?!??! LOL
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Nov 21, 2009
Haha, so is NBC trying to lure the heroes people to watch chuck? (which is like barely a few now) or lure chuck people to watch heroes? Cancel Heroes and give chuck the whole 2 hours....WHAHAHAHAHAH
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Nov 21, 2009
awesome
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Nov 21, 2009
OMG my greatest slacker is back!
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Nov 21, 2009
Oh Great Chuck's back..
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Nov 21, 2009
chuck rocks!!! woooow
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Nov 21, 2009
Chuck is past its prime, but yay for Trauma!
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Nov 21, 2009
It's about time!
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Nov 21, 2009
Never mind, I was looking at the wrong month...still- premiering on a Sunday? Sounds like a mistake to me...
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Nov 21, 2009
Awesome! Though I agree that 3 in a row won't allow it to grow this season. Also, isn't the 10th a Saturday?
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Nov 21, 2009
omfg i just can`t w8 till the premiere
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Nov 21, 2009
*girly scream of joy*
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Nov 21, 2009
Thanx for the update, Cant wait
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Nov 21, 2009
OMFG, CHUCK CHUCK CHUCK, news are too good to be true... season 3 is going to be AWESOME
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Nov 21, 2009
The fact that it's coming back so soon is GREAT!! And three episodes in two days?! That's freakin AWESOME!!!!
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Nov 21, 2009
im excited! :)
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Nov 21, 2009
YESSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 3 EPISODES IN 2 DAYS?! THIS IS THE BEST DAY OFMY LIFE! OMG FTW! :P
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Nov 21, 2009
omg omg omg. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!! Monday's are pure ownage now Chuck first then 24.
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Nov 21, 2009
three eps of chuck in two days epic win!
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Nov 21, 2009
wow i cant wait, the 2nd season finale was soooooooo good, hopefully they dont screw the pooch
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Nov 20, 2009
I know a lot of people that love Chuck so i'm glad for them it's coming back (I've never been able to get into it, though). I'm also glad for me with them moving Heroes to 9pm... but now won't it be going up against 24? Ouch. Also, for those saying cancel Leno, i totally agree. That farce murdered five hours of original programing at NBC and NBC sucks just a bit more because of it. But I'm pretty sure they signed on for a few seasons of Leno.. which sucks for just about everyone.
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Nov 20, 2009
i'm soooooo happy!!!

i missed chuck soooooo bad yeiiii!!
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Nov 20, 2009
Best news of the fall!
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Nov 20, 2009
Cancel Leno
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Nov 20, 2009
More Trauma less Chuck
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Nov 20, 2009
Chuck is back in the hizzle! :D
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Nov 20, 2009
Awesome. Good to have some more good tv back on. I missed Chuck and the Gang. One of the top shows on tv that not a lot of people have watched.
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Nov 20, 2009
I was so excited to see the promo for Chuck last night. Can't wait!
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Nov 20, 2009
I am really excited too I have really missed having Chuck on it feels like forever since we saw him last! can't wait!
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Nov 20, 2009
Finally! Chuck rocks so I'm psyched. I don't know why this show has struggled in the first place - its got everything a good comedy-spy show needs. Hopefully NBC can give it time to build a following.
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