Two of NBC's once-promising series limped to the finish line last night, and while one is guaranteed another chance to fight, the other is at the mercy of network executives. Neither Chuck nor Heroes impressed in their season finales last night, concluding disappointing seasons ratings-wise.
Well I'll be! Chuck Bartowski has pulled some amazing stunts over his two seasons as primetime's most adorable spy, but this takes the cake. NBC has ordered a third season of the action-comedy Chuck despite unimpressive ratings over the past year.
Remember last year when NBC touted Monday nights as "Bionic Mondays"? The network had a can't-miss evening of entertainment--at least according to the advertising--anchored by new series Chuck, the sophomore season of the smash hit Heroes, and the super revved-up Bionic Woman remake. It was the night that would help bring NBC back up from the bottom of the pile, regain some swagger, and usher in a new era.
Well, maybe not so much.
NBC's crumbling empire could actually mean good things for one of its fan favorites. With Southland on the outs, NBC is looking to fill its schedule with something, and that something could very well be Chuck.
Executives at NBC must have had some very pleasant Thanksgivings, because they certainly are in the giving mood the week after the holiday. The Peacock's suits announced yesterday that they have picked up a pair of its new shows for full seasons, the first such pickups for the network this season.
Nine more episodes of newcomers Chuck and Life have been ordered by NBC, which brings the first-season tallies to 22 total episodes. Of course, this is all contingent on a successful resolution to the ongoing Writers Guild of America strike. Chuck is still in production with an unknown number of episodes already written, and Life is currently shut down, according to Variety.
It appears as if the strike may have been a good thing for both shows. With the next round of pilots crippled by the writers strike, networks ...Read more
The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz and director McG (We Are Marshall) bring us Chuck, a series laced with humor about young twenty-something spies. Zachary Levi (Less Than Perfect) plays Chuck Bartowski, a nerdy computer tech who has a database of government secrets downloaded into his brain. Chuck soon finds himself recruited by John Casey (Adam Baldwin), a veteran NSA Agent who now works with the CIA, for espionage work with his new partner (and first date in 10 years) Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) - leading Chuck to live a split life of computer geek and secret CIA missions.moreless