Does Chuck Deserve a Full Season Pickup?

There's good news for Chuck fans, somehow, miraculously again. Despite all reason pointing towards cancellation, word on the street is that NBC is near a deal to expand the current season's 13-episode order to a full 22. Entertainment Weekly says the contract is all but done, with just a few signatures in goat's blood needed here and there.

But does Chuck really deserve the pickup? A look at the ratings would seem to say no. Last week's episode drew 5.3 million viewers and a 1.9 rating among 18-49 year olds. Only the dismal Chase (1.5 rating) and the CW pair of 90210 and Gossip Girl (0.9 rating each) did poorer on that night on the major networks (yeah it's a stretch to call The CW a major network, but it is).

So why does Chuck continue to survive? Right now it's a case of survival by attrition. Network shows are all taking a beating, yet Chuck has remained steady, for the most part, this season. The love affair with new shows is wearing off as the numbers of those shows are plummeting, yet here's this one show that's putting up consistent--albeit disappointing--stats each week.

If you're NBC and you're crunching numbers, Chuck seems like the most reasonable investment. And with Undercovers and Chase making their cases to be the next NBC shows canceled, the heat is off Chuck.

Chuck fans, count your blessings and keep watching!

Do you think Chuck should get a full season? Do you think NBC will renew it for a fifth season?


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I think that they should move it to another night... There's just too much good tv on Monday... Dancing with the stars will probably demolish anything put up against it... Ratings don't lie. Chuck could possibly flourish under another night/time slot. I know I'd watch it more on like Tuesday or Wednesday night... Swap it with biggest loser or something...
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So what would they do? Cancel it and put another night of biggest loser on?
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First I will point out, I just started watching Chuck towards the end of season 3. I now own all three seasons on Blu-ray and have watched them multiple times. I really enjoy the show and will say its one of mabye 2 things I watch on TV per week. I do, however agree with lazarius12 comments on the writing. Its been hit or miss this season for me. I enjoyed the fashion show episode, but thats about it so far. I liked the fact that they gave Casey some love in the last episode, but I think they rely so much on "guest stars" that the lose track of what makes the show so fun. While they never take spying to seriuosly, they have really made it a joke this year. I have high hopes that the Chuck's mom episode brings back some of charm of seasons 1-3. I am glad that they extended the season, I just hope they bring out the qualites that made the show great before I hope for a seaon 5
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yes RENEW .. CHUCK for a 5th season :D
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CHUCK!!!!!!!!
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Hey TV.com editors: is it possible to get someone other than Tim Surette to write the Chuck articles? I'd rather read opinions from someone who likes the show, or who can at least be subjective.
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NBC is struggling with all their shows. It would not be a good PR move to cancel a cult fave with ratings that are about equal to everything else on the Net. Also, it's doing well internationally. And Zac Levi is voicing one of the lead animated characters in the next big Disney film, Tangled, which comes out next month with a nice press tour where he can talk about the show. Just sayin'.
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i still cant understand how chuck is not so popular in the States!
its fun, action, romance sometimes drama and a bit of mystery....
So its like all in one!OK not the best but it must be in the place it deserves!
Well its really popular in europe i know that
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yep, cancel Chase and Undercovers, in that order! and put Chuck to rest, he is not the same Chuck anymore. give him the 22 episodes this season but end it there please. with a cool ending.
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No way!! And this is coming from a solid Chuck fan up until the end of the last season.This season to me has Chuck doing stuff completely out of character.All the geekiness and naiveness and clumsiness and innocense we've come to love about Chuck is gone and now he is a full time spy with the girl and the guns and everything going straight for him.He doesn't even play videogames with his friend anymore!Bring us back the good old Chuck or let him live happily ever after and end it this season before he takes over the General's position!
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@decker74: I make the Firefly reference because it is a show that had absolutely pitiful ratings and deservedly so. In 13 episodes, two or three of them were actually DECENT and the rest were garbage. Yet it's lauded as one of the best shows ever, the entire cast has been lionized as award-worthy actors (and they're not) and a fanatical fan base got the show a feature film (which was decent). And now studios are letting horrible shows follow the precedent that Firefly set, which is this: Who cares if the ratings are in the crapper and we're not hitting our demographic? As long as we have a dedicated fan base of a couple thousand people, we can keep wasting money to produce crap entertainment. That is why I made the correlation between Chuck and Firefly. They're both trash shows that have lived beyond their means.
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My personal opinion, yes. I like Chuck. Other may not, but we're not the tv execs now are we?
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YES! And it did got additional eleven episodes so yey for all the chuck fans including me! :)
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Simple NO!
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I loved this show. Now I can't stand it!
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i think last night's episode answered this question
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Of course it should! Chuck is funny and exciting all rolled up into one! I love that show!!!
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YES YES YES
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Go Team Bartowski!!!! ^__^
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Go Chuck, I have to say that this is one of the best shows on tv right now, so I keep fingers
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With the shows that NBC have on now, you have to keep any viewer You can! NBC programing S.U.C.K.S............................................
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I actually thought this last week, when i noticed how much NBCs other new monday shows had fallen in ratings, with Chuck actually now being their second best monday show. So I'm happy that they actually might get a full season. And as i see it, Chuck got a better chance for another season than Chase, and the Event might fall even more before next year. So would say its looking good, due to NBCs new shows failing.
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1) Ratings are not the end all of a show's success. How many people are watching a show like this online, DVR, DVD, etc?
2) Chuck is so original and different that it deserves some slack just for that.
3) No, the writers are not constantly at the top of their game, but that's the biz. They can't all be Castle writers.
4) The show is genuinely funny, witty and entertaining. It really is one of the best things on right now.

My recommendations:
1) Bring in a new writer, somebody with some clout and script doctor and/or comic book skills. Someone who can not only create buzz, but can help the staff to do better. Joss Whedon, Gail Simone, somebody like that. NOT Jeph Loeb.
2) Do a full season 4, as planned, but hopefully with the aforementioned writing help.
3) Do season 5, the whole of which is a run up to an end with a BANG. Even I admit that the show's formula can't last another four years. So do it right and leave us with the fond memory of just how kick ass this show really was.
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I still enjoy it, but the problem is the 2nd grade writing in a lot of scenes nowadays. For the first two seasons of the show I was ok with it, but I thought it would eventually grow and evolve. However the show seems to be stuck in a rut with the same situations occurring over and over and with dialogue that a 10 year old could write. It's starting to annoy me when cliche scenes come on, not because of them being cliche, but because of the way they're handled. We don't need Chuck to spell out for us, everything that is happening. For example the last scene of this weeks episode when Sarah comes outside to talk with him. The audience already knows Chuck is thinking about his mother, we already know he's having doubts about whether he should continue to search for her if she's the enemy, and to top it off it was a typical "I give up, but really only for one episode because otherwise there wouldn't be any plot to our show" scenario. As I said I'm still loving the show (especially loved this weeks), but the writers really need to learn to be more subtle with the dialogue. Their audience is a lot smarter than they give us credit for.
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I don't understand how a series this bad is still on the air... great series get cancelled, and bad series like this one get renewed and expanded... I hope it gets cancelled next season.
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Yeeeeeeeeeeesssssssssssssss! This is one of my favourite shows and I was so happy to read this on EW. Love Chuck and the whole cast!
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Woohoo!!! I'm so glad to hear this! I was watching the 2nd and 3rd episodes of Chuck last night and I was laughing and relaxing and just enjoying watching and I thought to myself that this is what TV is supposed to be all about. Entertainment. And Chuck is certainly that! I love Chuck and I will continue to be a rabid Chuck fan!
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i hope they keep this show for ages!!! i think its doing well consdiering the shows its up against on other networks in the same timeslot
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keep it going.... the show is doing good.... may not be at par with others when it comes to ratings (which i think is irrelevant) but it is consistent and we love it.... more CHUCK...
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extend it and ill have a new season please!
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I hope it keeps going, but perhaps a pick up of 22 episodes may mean no season 5? It would be cruel not to get a proper ending for us 'rabid' fans.
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yes keep it going
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Keep chuck on the air! Been watching it since the first episode and I still enjoy it very much xP
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I just discovered Chuck about a month ago and the whole family has caught up to it's 4th season. The show is funny and addicting, I couldn't imagine life without Chuck in it. I hope to see many more season's.
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First off, let's get one thing straight. RATINGS ARE POINTLESS. Until every household in the US has 2 or more ratings things, then it is not 100% accurate. It's time people stop relying on something as stupid as Nielsen ratings. Second, if NBC renews all these stupid law and cop shows, Chuck, along with a bunch of other shows, DEFINITELY deserve a full season pickup and renewal for next season
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Agree with lish1 - it's THE only show I watch that I laugh out loud at (while clapping!!). Chuck is hilarious comedy with high tech spy action and surprising twists, not to mention charged with emotionally touching moments of satisfaction.

What's not to love about Chuck? Please. It's a keeper no-brainer.
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As a chuck fan im happy that it will continue, 5.3 is not a bad audience i have seen other shows last longer with less.
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Chuck is one of the best shows on TV, one of the few shows that makes me laugh out loud , cheer hooray! and I love the intrigue , every season is some new intrigue, I love chuck as nerdy/super spy and it has a hint of old school "Get Smart"
I also love all the buy more characters, Captain Awesome and Ellie as well as the main characters Chuck Sarah and Casey
Hope this show goes on for many years!
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I love Chuck!!! Still can't believe the show actually made it to season 4, with the sword of Damocles (i.e. cancellation) hanging over its head every year.
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outsourced got a season pick up we should be talking about that. its obvious chuck deserves it.
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@Left4Ed -- Assuming you're a big Fringe fan from your icon... you do realize Fringe is in danger of cancellation too, right? It has comparable ratings to Chuck except Fringe usually fares just slightly better in the 18-49 category. The only reason it's still on the air this year is because of the fans -- the "psychos" as you refer to them -- that are so into the story and characters they rarely miss an episode, pretty much the same exact reason Chuck is still on the air.
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From a business standpoint it is very lucky but that said as a Chuck fan I couldn't be happier!
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no, it doesn't, shouldn't even be mentioned in the same breath as "Firefly", which was awesome
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I was surprised by the fast upgrade too after following the ratings this season. Personally it's one of my favorite shows on the air right now and I'd like to see it go on forever. But maybe this is just NBC being graceful and giving them a full season before being shut down, which I'd be ok with too, because it gives them a bonus 9 to prepare for an epic finale, which after seing all the series finales, I know they can do.
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I think if it helps get better episodes the right now then hell yes!
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I totally don't get the Firefly reference Ed, Firefly was was canceled after 13 or so episodes, and it was never renewed. Chuck's a really good show, but I don't know if the writers know what to do with it anymore as in the past three seasons, the show has been all over the map. I have to say, the CIA taking over the Buy More was really weak. Still, I hope they turn it around and keep it going, because I still look forward to watching it still.
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