Chuck's chances changing?

Chuck Bartowski, you sly dog, you! While fans of NBC's Chuck hold onto hope for the show's renewal, common sense, history, and number-crunching led most to believe that the action-comedy was doomed. But as is the case with any good spy story, things aren't always what they seem.

Two of the industry's biggest trade magazines are now reporting that Chuck's chances for a third-season pickup are better, probably because of the incredible Internet support in recent weeks. Says The Hollywood Reporter, "…the chances of survival for the quirky soft-rated series have improved slightly." Variety was slightly more positive, saying, "…signs are pointing to a third-season pickup for Chuck."

We won't know for sure about NBC's 2009-2010 schedule until Monday, when the network presents the new slate for advertisers in New York. Until then, keep buying those Subway sandwiches!

As for the rest of NBC's schedule, the early buzz says Amy Poehler's Parks and Recreation and Southland (despite some pretty steep ratings erosion) will likely return next year. I'd pencil in Parks for fall and Southland for midseason.

The same can't be said for My Name is Earl, however, which is considered on its way out. There have been rumors that Fox, which produces the show, may sweep in and save it.

Community, the half-hour comedy pilot starring Joel McHale and Chevy Chase, is the only new show pretty much guaranteed a schedule spot.

So, Chuck fans. Are you nervous? Cautiously optimistic? Recklessly pessimistic?

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I just can't believe it isn't an automatic starter.. Surely their are more geeks in the world willing to watch such a show.. I actually think it really well scripted. Very witty with a dry sense of humour...
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Oh, god im so nervous. they have to renew CHUCK"! How could they posibly live with them self if they don't?
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I love Chuck (even though I've got all of season 1 and parts of season 2 to catch up). Started to watch the second season here in NZ and I find it really funny!! BRING CHUCK BACK NBC!!!!
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everyone should go to the NBC Chuck forum and comment on their "ratings part 4" post to show NBC that there are heaps of fans out there!
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Yay. Renew Cuck! Oh I man Save Chuck!!
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I love Chuck.
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recklessly pessimistic. it's a great and original show...therefore it will be canceled.
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Fantastic news!!! I looove Chuck! :D
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They've got to bring Chuck back! PLEASE NBC, do the right thing. We love Chuck. Help save Chuck at SaveChuckBartowski.com
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so, if Chuck comes back, does that mean that Scott Baluka becomes a regular?
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what a great news! i keep my fingers crossed..:-D
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I really hope that Chuck stays - it has not been given the credit it deserves.
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That's really good news, although I'm cautiously optimistic. I hope Chuck gets a third season because of the great script and acting work they put in the series. And also for all the fans, myself included, waiting for an old-new Chuck.
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Chuck is the only TV show that actually DESERVES to be renewed, its creative and refreshing. It had the best storylines, acting and writing, better than most of the stuff on tv so yeah i need more Chuck.
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Season 2 ending left so much possibilitys open, give us a third!
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The end of season two is a great cliffhanger for a third season... they have to come back with a full new one.
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The end of season 2 was a great way to end the show...but i would like to see it return.
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Recklessly optimistic! Come on Chuck, we can't wait to see more of you!
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go chuck go
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we want chuck back..lets make some petition!!!
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Would love to see a third season of Chuck!
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TV By the Numbers Reported that, despite comments by Zach Levi indicating a delay, NBC will announce a pickup of Chuck at tomorrow's in-front presentation. Goooooooo Chuck!
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Chuck FTW!
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Out of all the shows I love on television... I would give all of them just to see Chuck have a third season... and that is saying A LOT! It's the only story line I can't live without... not literally speaking of course, but you get the gist.
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i hope to see chuck i love that show.
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Very nice. Chuck's improved dramatically over the last half of this season, and it'd be a shame to see it end just as it's started to get into its stride.
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I love Chuck and its a great show but after the lates episodes of it i actually adore it i cant wait to see the nex so wanted season of it.
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Bring us a new season of chuck!!! greetings from sweden
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PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE. This is without a doubt the best show on TV. Better than Lost, 24, House, Dexter, etc, ALL OF THEM.
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Be great to have another season, especially if well done by the writers/producers given the shake-up in Chuck's work and personal life. If they had ended at Ellie's reception, it could have been a great series finale, but since it's open to continue, please do. In the end, I just what Chuck and Sarah happy together, Fulcrum gone, and Casey to stop threatening man parts for just being human, . . oh, and NBC to take care of its fan supported shows and get clue to when and where people view those shows . . . Neilsen's are only an old part of the picture.
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GO Chuck GO!!!
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what i dont understand is southland has had lower ratings then chuck but still gets to get another season it makes no sense
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*holds on to hope*
oh it would be soooooooo awesome if they would pick up Chuck for a third season
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plz bring it back
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CHUCK MUST BE SAVED, brilliant show!
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YEah!!! Go chuck!!!
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CHUCK! CHUCK! CHUCK!
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last season was SO amazing - it just got better, and better and better and then pulled off that spectacular season finale - it SO deserves, and the hard working passionate fans, so deserve a renewal! if so i will watch it every week like i did this year!
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Man, NBC needs to renew Chuck. I hope they don't end up as stupid as Fox in not renewing T:SCC.
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I'd love to see a third season of Chuck ! Let us all hope they'll pick them up ...
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Chuck is my aunts fav. show and one of mine I really hope it is not cancelled! As for am I nervous.... I really think that it will be back- maybe I am in denial.
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chuck is one of the few shows i had to watch this year. they have to pick it up again if only to explain chuck the super nerd.
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i've eaten lunch at a subway everyday to give chuck a chance for a 3rd season.
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http://petitionspot.com/petitions/renewnbcchuck
For the people ho did not sign the petition yet plx do sine?!
The cannot cancel our beloved Chuck!
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chuck totally should get picked up, i just started watching it and it's a really good show.

does anyone know anything about his new joel mchale show?!?!
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i really want chuck to be picked up for another season
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I hope they take into account the people in other countries where chuck isnt aired, instead we are forced to download it. The Subway advertising still reaches us and still ultimately increases their revenue.
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i know that ratings seem to be everything for tv shows in todays markets and that relates to marketing,sales, and ultimately cash. i have read many of the comments about chuck but let me add another point. i think that many of us Chuck fans may be very dissapointed if its not picked up and that may relate to future shows watched, or not watched, on nbc in the future. you want marketing and target audiences? i may not be one of them without my Chuck fix next season.
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im thinking maybe a shorter season for chuck chevy chase is funny hes back on tv. im betting fox will pick up earl probably put on sundays so at least it would reach 100 eps
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