Comic-Con 2010: Chuck

The Panel: The whole gang was in attendance—creators Chris Fedak and Josh Schwartz and cast members Zachary Levi, Joshua Gomez, Yvonne Strahovski, Adam Baldwin, Sarah Lancaster, Ryan McPartlin, Vik Sahay, Scott Krinsky, and Mark Christopher Lawrence.

What We Saw: As in years past, the Chuck team produced an exclusive Comic-Con video presentation, including the obligatory highlight reel, a Ring indoctrination tape, and—yes—Jeffster’s “Bad Romance” dance routine. Nothing was quite as funny as last year’s, and the whole thing may have been too long given how rushed the rest of the panel felt.

What They Talked About: They thanked the fans. A lot. After all, they kind of have to. Chuck is a show that has faced cancellation on more than one occasion, and each time it’s been those diehard fans who've kept the show on the air. The creators didn’t have much to say about the past season, perhaps because everyone was more interested in hearing what’s ahead in Season 4. Josh Schwartz did comment on the contentious Agent Shaw and his Sarah/Chuck interception. “You know, he was a great villain, I think,” Schwartz said. “Chuck and Sarah have a pretty undeniable chemistry, and that’s hard to replicate. We’ve learned some things.”

Most Valuable Panelist: Tough to say, though as always, Adam Baldwin got the loudest response. That might have something to do with the fact that he starred on Firefly and guest-starred on Angel—and that he continues to name-check both.

Best Question From the Audience: What questions? The panel began late and ended before a Q&A; could begin. Kind of a bummer for all those fans who waited hours to get in.

Missing in Action: No one, really. Although it would have been nice to see—

Most Exciting News: Linda Hamilton! The original Sarah Connor is now confirmed to play Mama Bartowski next season. “Is everybody excited about who’s playing mom, by the way?” Schwartz asked to a suitable roar. Chuck’s mother (and his mommy issues) will be a big part of the season. Other guest stars, both new and returning: Olivia Munn, Dolph Lundgren, Isaiah “I’m on a horse” Mustafa, and Nicole Richie. Oh, and Chuck/Sarah fans? Schwartz teased, “I’m going to leave it ambiguous and say this year you’ll be very happy.”

But Wait, There’s More!: Want to know who’s going to be the next character to find out Chuck’s secret? Well, they’re not telling. But they did say Jeff will probably be the last to know. And that he’d likely forget about it, anyway.

The Bottom Line: As much as I love Chuck and its cast and crew, this year’s Comic-Con panel just wasn’t all that memorable. Jeffster didn’t even really perform: I would have loved to hear Lester’s best Lady Gaga vocals. I wish Chuck many future panels, but let’s try to kick it up again next year, OK? And save time for a Q&A;! Sheesh.

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Aug 04, 2010
love chuck,i hope it continue
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Jul 28, 2010
I love that Chuck got a banner heading, but is currenty in hiatus. Makes me smile!

Also, that has got one one of the most unflattering pictues i have seen in a while.
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Jul 26, 2010
I hope that season 4 will be less boring and serious that the third one. What happened with the humor and comic scenes from season 1 and 2 ?? One thumb down, will see if the new season will be two thumbs down or up.
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Jul 26, 2010
I adored Linda Carter when I was young. She was so beautiful and powerful as WW. I never liked the cartoon version. I always loved the "real" Wonder Woman. Too bad she didn't fit the bill as Chuck's mom, but maybe she'll guest as a Baddie. It would be awesome to see her play such an opposite role!
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Jul 26, 2010
Lynda Carter was the popular pick, and the one that first occurred to me too. Linda Hamilton was also on the very short list and I'm sure will do just fine. What has puzzled me through all of this though is how the one I kinda thought was ACTUALLY going to be who they'd get for the gig wasn't really mentioned by anyone - Carrie Fisher. Now she woulda been all kinds of perfect!
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Jul 25, 2010
For some reason, when they showed the back side of chuck's mom head in the season finale, for some reason I kinda thought of Linda Carter aka Wonder Woman. I mean Linda Carter is sooo beautiful and kinda reminds me of an older Sarah Lancaster. But oh well.
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Jul 25, 2010
I have to agree on this one. Sarah Lancaster is way too hot to have such questionably attractive parents!
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Jul 25, 2010
Zach Levi might work, but somehow, I doubt that the offspring of Scott Bakula and Linda Hamilton would end up looking like Sarah Lancaster.
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Jul 25, 2010
Chuck!!!! Season 4 lets go!!
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