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Chuck updates: Glimmers of hope but nothing concrete just yet


This is either really good news for Chuck‘s renewal hopes or it makes no difference at all.

And that’s about as decisive as it gets for those awaiting NBC’s decision about its fall lineup and Chuck‘s possible place in it.

Variety reported last night that the network passed on the David E. Kelly drama Legally Mad, meaning it’ll have to pay a $2 million penalty to Warner Bros. Studios. Those following this closely know the speculation was that NBC was negotiating a waiver on that penalty in exchange for picking up Chuck, also a WB production.

Whether there is or ever was anything to that, I don’t know, but the mag says insiders call the two unrelated. I did like this line from the piece, though.

Chuck remains on the bubble, although most expect it to return to the Peacock next year.

Know what else was cool to see? That image above from the aptly named and sparsely detailed site DoesChuckhaveathirdseason.com. Until yesterday the answer was “Rumors Abound.” So is “To Be Continued?” an improvement? Well, it’s a change, so I take that as a good sign.

If the chances had worsened, I’d expect no change. Besides, we want the show to continue, so maybe it’s a subliminal message.

And Chuck fans continue to show their determination and their generosity by making donations to the American Heart Association in the name of Chuck Bartowski. The tally is pushing $10,000 in just five days. Word from one fan forum was that messages confirming donations at NBC’s Ben Silverman’s e-mail address were bouncing back, suggesting he may have inundated by them.

Click here to learn more and to make a donation.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, May 12th, 2009 at 11:51 am by Brian Howard. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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