Chuck Survives, Wonder Woman Doesn't

It's hard to keep a good spy down. Against all odds and common business sense, Chuck has been renewed for a fifth—and final—13-episode season, says EW. I'll wait until you're done screaming...

Okay. The action-comedy is the highlight of three renewals for the Peacock, the final cards in NBC's hand. Parenthood, which was aided by a finale ratings boost, was also renewed and will return for a third season. Rounding out the pack is David E. Kelley's Harry's Law—a surprise hit for the network with impressive overall audience numbers—which will be back for Season 2, according to Deadline Hollywood.

That means NBC will still have one David E. Kelley program on its schedule this fall. But Kelley's much-hyped Wonder Woman reimaginationeering has been cut after a lengthy love-hate-loathe affair. The series would have seen Friday Night Lights star Adrienne Palicki suiting up as the Amazonian superheroine in a contemporary setting, singing Katy Perry songs, and running her own successful corporation. Despite brand familiarity (or maybe because of it), general consensus seems to be that the show didn't work, and early peeks at the heroine's new costume were laughed off the Internet. It's hard to imagine what went wrong with the project besides everything.

Wonder Woman wasn't the only potential show that saw its dreams crushed by the embarrassment of not meeting the struggling NBC's standards. Also axed were post-Civil War drama Reconstruction (boo!), Ronald D. Moore's fantasy drama 17th Precinct (boo!), oddball comedy Brave New World (boo!), Jon Dore's My Life as an Experiment (boo!), Traffic writer Stephen Gaghan's Metro (formerly S.I.L.A. and boo!), Lovelives, Don-Johnson-as-a-hairdresser A Mann's World, and an untitled Kari Lizer project. In short, several pilots I thought sounded interesting (as denoted by "boo!"s) didn't make the cut.

But NBC didn't send all of its pilots to the welfare office. Bent, starring Amanda Peet as a woman who has a crush on the contractor who is redoing her kitchen; Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea, based on Chelsea Handler's book and starring Laura Prepon; Free Agents, a remake of the British series; and an untitled comedy project have been picked up to series. They join Awake, Smash, Up All Night, Prime Suspect, Whitney, The Playboy Club, and Grimm as new fall series on NBC's schedule.

As for NBC's remaining unspoken-for shows, don't count on any last-minute renewals. (Yes, that means The Event is almost certainly canceled. I know! I'm crushed too!)

For more information on which shows are returning and which aren't, head over to our 2011 Renewals/Cancellations Guide.


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i believe that all shows should get 1 & 1/2 seasons... gives them time to develop a following and at the mid point of season 2, if not enough ratings, then cancel them and allow for tying up loose ends for the audience/fans... that way everyone would know to expect growth in first half of 2nd season or else andd if else, would get conclusion properly... would make the fans not so angry for getting #@itted out of closure, because we fans would get proper ending to the series... think about it broadcast network execs.... you guys are alienating your bread and butter with all these partial 1st seasons and changing the times off our shows then @@itcanning them after 8 or 12 episodes... crazy to expect us to invest ourselves this way over and over again... have some respect for us and you'll develop a BRAND loyalty base (loyal back to you for you considering US in your decisions) and really, we'd all know what to expect, even the actors and writers, but ESP the fans??!! think about it..
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the event canceled!?!?! well tv shows usually take time to develop their characters and hit their stride... almost all the great shows took time to gather a following... this show has/had alot of potential, with great actors and plot... if a network out there picked up farscape, firefly, dark angel, the event, sgu, dr who, being human (uk version), true blood, warehouse 13, dollhouse, fringe and dexter... they'd be #1 network in three months... guaranteed... ANYONE AGREE??? SAY HELL YES TO ORIONWAY's premise!!!!
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"Let's keep it going for more than 13 episodes, "

1. It's been stated already that this is the FINAL season.

2. The show needs an ending - you can't leave the writers in limbo every 13 eps about whether the show's going to end or not (which describes every season of Chuck). Thirteen and done, wrap it up and give us a nice ending. Let the finale actually BE the finale. Otherwise the risk of ending on a cliffhanger is too great.
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The fact that NBC didn't pick up Wonder Woman has nothing to do with complains about the costume. That's just the excuse they want to give. The reality is that they didn't like the production itself and felt it could become like The Bionic Woman.
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what about REM
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Glad about Chuck, a lot of my favorites got axed, luckily this one didn't.
Disappointed though that 17th Precinct will not see the light of day.
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So happy to see Chuck will be back, at least one network TV station still has some sense. Maybe I'll have to make room for Harry's Law in the fall...wait...that shouldn't be too hard after a lot of my fav's were canceled.
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SOOO glad to see more Chuck! It is the best show on TV right now by far! Let's keep it going for more than 13 episodes, Chuck has proved itself over and over!!
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I love Harry's Law and Chuck, so I'm jazzed to see that they were renewed. I wish 17th Precinct could have gotten a shot at success. Hopefully, it and the other pilots can find new homes elsewhere.
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Seriously!? Harry's Law is just a far less entertaining version boston legal
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Yeah chuck 5th season it seems i had to send them my plots for :D 6th season i love chuck ...
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and NBC wonders why it ratings are not good with shows like The Cape, The Playboy Club and Bent
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im so mad bout wonder woman i have no ideal what 2 think.nbc didnt pick up the show b/c of 2 things: this whiny cry babies who keep saying the costume was ugly and linda wasnt in it..number 1 the costume isnt the show.number 2 linda is 2 old 2 b fighting in tights thats not sexy.those the only 2 reasons this show didnt get pick up.r u kidding me?.......the costume wasnt that bad n like i said thats not the show and if ppl wouldnt have start acting like children linda was on the talk and on others shows about 3 weeks ago saying she was gone be in the new wonder woman and that they wrote a great character 4 her.now we want even she the new wonder woman or linda character on the show b/c of this old whiny fans.it makes me so mad ppl can judge a show before it even get started now of days.this really suck and i blame most of the old fans of the show b/c they were the ones who were negative.networks need to grow some back bones 4 real.
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finally.chuck get what he deserve,congra chuck fans.
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finally a good news Chuckkkkkkkkkkkkk
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I'm glad Parenthood is back. The new shows sound awful!
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I'm really pleased with the renewal of Parenthood and Harry's Law. Those are my feel good shows, I just love cuddling on the couch after a difficult day at the office and watch those.
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I am sooo excited Chuck survived! Monday nights would be ho hum with out it! Go Chuck!
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Im extremely happy that chucks coming back for a 5th season, then i kept reading that its gonna be its final season as well. im very upset about that ='(
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I could guess that Chuck would be back but I would have guessed 12 episodes, not 13. 12 would have given the series 100 episodes total, which is amazing considering how rocky a start the show got off to. It sounds like the Wonder Woman failure forced NBC to renew Chuck. I'm disappointed that 17th Precinct didn't work out, although there's a slim chance of it going to Syfy where it sounds like it belongs. But the trouble is Syfy is dropping it's SF.
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So instead of trying something new, NBC is going to do more of the same that made it the failing network that it is now? Nevermind, that's a great idea!
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YEAH Harry's Law best new show IMO and Parenthood another great show.
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Yeah!!! Happy as can be that Chuck will be back for a 5th season. But don't count out a 6th season. NBC needs Chuck... It seems almost every groundbreaking show that NBC brings out (The Cape, Wonder Woman, etc...) It seems to crash and burn. Chuck is a staple to the NBC lineup.
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glad parenthood will be back great show. Didn't care for the movie but love the tv show.
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Am glad Chuck got renewed for a fifth season am just sad that it will be its last one. After Chuck is gone am never ever going to watch NBC again.
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That's weird. For some reason I thought you can't say damn here, so I said darn before. Just clearing that up (I got a damn rep to keep up!!).
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Gotta say... it's pretty crazy about chuck's renewal...pretty crazy no...INSANE. THey are out of their minds...ratings were droping every week...I lost my hopes and start to didn't care much about the show. Gotta say it's one of the most crasiest renewals I've seen in my short life.
But in the other hand I'm not THAT surprised...after last year full season pick up with crappy ratings, a season 5 was almost guaranteed.

Just waiting to see if NBC is crazy enough to keep chuck on mondays...and if they move it to Fridays...better dont put it against Fringe.
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Good for the Chuckster! It deserves a proper sendoff...// and freakin' darn it!! I really wanted a 2nd season of the Event. I'm so curious where the story was going. Hopefully Syfy picks it up.
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Even though I'm not caught up on Chuck (still in season 2) I'm stoked that I have even more to catch up on!
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CHUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.................................need i say more :D
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I'm happy they gave Chuck one more short season and told them that's it. It's been obvious that they're running out of new places to take its story line. 13 more episodes will give them enough time to wrap everything up and give it an actual series finale instead of cutting off on a season finale cliff hanger.
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Alright Chuck is still alive! I'd like to see it defy the odds and come back for a 6th season last spring, just to witness the rage. But besides that, too bad The Event is almost definitely cancelled, I mean we all knew it would happen, but that is one comedy that'll leave big shoes to fill.
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Yay Chuck got another season, and at least they know from the start that it will be the last so the writers can do the finale some justice!
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Nooooo! 17th Precinct can't be cancelled!!
Someone needs to pick it up. NBC absolutely blows, why the hell wouldn't they take a Ron Moore show? He's such a good writer, much better than the writers of almost any NBC show. It better be picked up by another channel-be it one of the other Big Three or a cable channel.
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Wish the person who likes Chuck also liked Stargate.
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CHUCK for the win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Yay that is what all networks should do, if you are going to end a show you should at least respect fans enough to give them a proper ending! Thanks NBC I can't say so much for ABC and their killing spree today!
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Sounds like they axed the most potentially interesting shows on the list!
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I tried to watch chuck once...the comedy sucks and the action is lame
but good for them. I always root for the underdog
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I was really looking forward to 17th Precinct. :(
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scratch that V has been cancelled EW.com
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I really wish V would get good news too! But ABC is heartless. Cue the Kanye song.
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I've lost quite a lot of interest in Chuck over the past two seasons, but a final and shortened season 5 sounds cool. Hopefully the writers will end the show with something better than what we've been watching the last 2 seasons.
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Some of those pilots sounded interesting, but instead NBC went with the terrible sounding ones. At least WW didn't make it - that show was so misguided that you couldn't help feeling sorry for it.
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I'm happy about Chuck. It needs more solid scripts and enough to tie it up so it won't leave us with an open-ended send-off. With respect to Wonder Woman being canned I'm glad. The premise of the show sounded horrible and from what I saw of the casting I was even less impressed. It was destined to fail.
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The bubble? Chuck scoffs at the bubble. Chuck lives on the bubble. Chuck OWNS the bubble.
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Awesome news about Chuck!! I love it, and even though season 4 was pretty bad, they can end things on their terms, and more importantly it's going to actually have an ending which most shows don't have. It was a fighter, a underdog all the way through that ended up winning.
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Wonder Woman... good call. When you can't make it on pathetic NBC, then you are really hurting. I mean, we aren't even talking about a real network here.
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At least it's been verified that its Chuck's last season. Don't yet me wrong-I'm a fan, but this will-they-won't-they-renew-the-show was even more annoying than Chuck and Sarah's will-they-won't-they.
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I really hope another network, maybe a cable channel picks 17th Precinct up. I really want to see that one.
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