|QUOTE (BouncyCastle @ Nov 26 2007, 02:41 PM)|
|That's not the same Baldwin that played the Conduit between Wolfram & Hart and The Senior Partners in Angel, was it?|
|NBC has ordered a full season of its freshman spy series Chuck, giving a green light to the final nine episodes of the first season, Variety reported. |
The order was among the first for the network, which is currently seeing the effects of the ongoing writers' strike.
Chuck, starring Zachary Levi as a big-box-store computer geek who's accidentally implanted with government secrets, has posted the best numbers among all of NBC's new shows. To date, Chuck has averaged a 3.4 rating/9 share among adults 18-49. The show also stars Adam Baldwin, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez and Sarah Lancaster.
There's no word yet on orders for NBC's other freshman SF series, Bionic Woman and Journeyman.
|Levi: Chuck Still Up In Air|
Zachary Levi, who stars in NBC's hit SF series Chuck, told Entertainment Weekly that the show's status remains up in the air because of the ongoing writers' strike, even though the network ordered a full season of episodes.
"We've only aired 11 episodes," Levi said, adding that the additional nine episodes on order won't be started until after the strike is resolved, likely sometime next year.
"It's nice to have a back nine, but you don't really know what that means at the end of the day," Levi added. "You don't know when you can go back to work. If they were to resolve the strike today, then they'd have to start writing, and the writing would take them through the rest of January, and we stop production in February."
Levi said that it wouldn't surprise him if the network said the nine episodes would form the beginning of the second season.
|NBC announced that it will broadcast what are likely the final two original first-season episodes of its hit SF series Chuck on Jan. 24 |
The series has not aired any new episodes for a while because of the ongoing writers' strike, and the show's original Monday timeslot is now occupied by American Gladiators. The two new episodes are the last that have been produced.
NBC ordered nine additional episodes to fill out the show's first season, but production of those must await resolution of the strike.
Chuck stars Zachary Levi as a computer geek who is catapulted into a new career as the government's most vital secret agent.
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"Chuck" Tv Series - 2008 Paley Festival Highlights
Just returned from the super-fun Chuck panel at Paley Fest ’08. Highlights below !
Participants : Zachary Levi (Chuck), Yvonne Strahovski (Sarah), Adam Baldwin (John), Joshua Gomez (Morgan), Scott Krinsky (Jeff), Mark Christopher Lawrence (Big Mike), Julia Ling (Anna), Ryan McPartlin (Captain Awesome), Vik Sahay (Lester), Josh Schwartz (cocreator), Chris Fedak (co-creator), McG (exec producer) and a ski-capped Damon Lindelof (moderator).
MIA : Sarah Lancaster, who was sick.
Applause meter : No contest — Baldwin won by a landslide. Levi came in second, followed by Gomez and Strahovski.
Pitch imperfect : Schwartz feared NBC would pass on Chuck because, in the middle of their pitch meeting, Fedak went to take a sip of water and missed his mouth. "Talking and drinking — it’s hard," he acknowledged.
Geeking out : McG on the difference between a geek and a nerd : "Joss Whedon is a geek, J.J. Abrams is a nerd."
Best-laid plans : The show’s original premise had Chuck torn between Sarah and a steady girlfriend. Ultimately, Schwartz felt it was "too much for Chuck to have two girlfriends."
Name game : The show was originally going to be called Scenario 5, a title Fedak concedes would have been a "terrible, bad genre name."
Lost scoop : Lindelof satisfied the crowd’s appetite for Lost scoop by revealing the real reason the four-toed statue has yet to be seen again. After the monument first appeared "we got a note back from the network that said, ’This is too weird,’" he explained. "I was like, ’Do you watch the show ? This is too weird ?’ Essentially, they said, ’Could it be a six-toed statue ?’ I was like, ’Someone explain to me why a six-toed statue is less weird than a four-toed statue ?’ And they’re still noodling on that."
San Diego or bust : Schwartz confirmed that the Chuck gang will be heading back to Comic-Con this summer, where they will unveil a new six-part comic book and offer a preview of Season 2.
Speaking of Season 2… : The writers’ room at Chuck officially opened for business today. Production resumes in May. "The idea is to own the fact that we’ve been off the air for several months, so there’s a reset that’s going to happen," said Schwartz of the second-season premiere, slated for September. "We’re going to bring in some fresh new characters, some new villains." Regarding the latter, Schwartz said his dream "get" is Van Damme.
Same-gender lovin’ : Asked what it is about male friendships (aka "bromances") that appeals to him (first Seth and Ryan, now Morgan and Chuck), Schwartz deadpanned, "There is no love more pure than the love between one man and another."
Kiss and tell : Levi publicly apologized to Strahovski for devouring a Philly cheesesteak mere moments before their first on-screen kiss.
Lipton scoop : Channeling his inner James Lipton, Lindelof asked Schwartz what he would like to hear God say when he arrives at the pearly gates. His response ? "Chuck has been picked up for a Season 3."
Most surreal Paley moment so far : An, um, enthusiastic fan ended the session by doing a Hulk Hogan imitation that was equal parts disturbing and frightening.
|NBC Re-ups Chuck|
NBC showed confidence in the sophomore series Chuck by picking up the back nine episodes of the season, giving it a full order in advance of the second-season premiere, Variety reported. The network was pleased with the first six episodes produced so far and wanted to keep the momentum going.
Executive producer Josh Schwartz called the pickup "unexpected."
"It's an incredible show of faith by NBC, and so amazingly nice to get based on the work alone," Schwartz told the trade paper.
Zachary Levi stars as the title character, an electronics store clerk who accidentally downloads government secrets into his brain and must now deal with assassins and terrorists. Adam Baldwin, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez, Sarah Lancaster and Ryan McPartlin also star.
"This show has really hit its stride and deserves a full-season commitment to carry out the producers' vision for this unique series," said Teri Weinberg, executive vice-president of NBC Entertainment.
Chuck launched last year but was cut short by the writers strike. Rather than bring it back in the spring, NBC opted to hold the show back and relaunch it this fall. It premieres on Monday, Sept. 29.
|QUOTE (prophecy girl @ Jun 13 2008, 02:34 AM)|
| "Chuck" Tv Series - Melinda Clarke will be a guest|
|QUOTE (BouncyCastle @ Aug 29 2008, 10:11 AM)|
| Adam Baldwin is a hottie though. Looked at him with new eyes when I saw the pecs on show in Firefly! :blush: :drool: |
|Love In Chuck's Future?|
Love is in the air on NBC's Chuck, but it probably won't transfer over to the bedroom in the SF show's upcoming second season.
Unlikely hero Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi)--he's the nerdy guy with a top-secret database downloaded into his brain--and super-sexy CIA agent Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski) did the will-they/won't-they dance pretty much all last season, the NBC show's freshman season.
But Levi told SCI FI Wire that the dance will continue in the upcoming sophomore year, despite the fact that fans want to see the characters together.
"The writers are very smart and know that people like the tension, but [also] that once you give into it--once you give the people what they say they want--then they become bored with it very quickly," Levi said in an interview. "It's the Ross-and-Rachel [of Friends] syndrome."
Still, count on sparks between the telegenic couple, Levi said. "There will definitely be chemistry, and there always will, because from day one--even though these two characters are very, very different, and even though Sarah was playing Chuck when she first met him--they do share an incredible connection and bond," he said. "And her being his bodyguard, or one of his two bodyguards, makes that even more interesting."
Levi added that--at least in the episodes he's filmed so far--the "undertone of love and attraction" remains between Chuck and Sarah. But it's not acted upon. And it won't be, thereby keeping that an option for later on in Chuck's run.
In the meantime, the characters are free to explore other romantic possibilities. "They have to quickly talk about it and say, 'I don't know if this is going to work right now, but who knows what the future holds,'" Levi said. "That leaves it open for Chuck to possibly have other love interests and for Sarah to have other love interests. That's where Jordana Brewster comes in. She plays my ex-girlfriend [Jill], who broke my heart in college. That allows for a little more room to play. If you walk into a relationship, then you're there and you have to see that through." Chuck returns for its second season on Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. ET/PT with the episode "Chuck vs. the First Date."
|QUOTE (Bill The Bloodless @ Sep 15 2008, 07:16 PM)|
|Arnold from Different Strokes? :shrug: That's a bit of odd casting. ;)|