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A Chuck a week: The Fans Versus the Interminable Hiatus

May
27

So the We Heart Chuck campaign is up to $17,670.94, TVbytheNumbers is promising to keep up the Chuck talk and the gang at the ChuckTV.net (link updated) forums are organizing a coordinated weekly viewing campaign that would last until the show returns.

Well I think that’s just a great idea. The summer viewing looks thin — Entourage, I guess, and Weeds — so I’m getting on board.

Every Monday, starting on June 1, I plan to post a retro recap of a past episode of Chuck. Right now I plan to make this a summer project, partly because I don’t know when we’ll see Season 2 on DVD and partly because I don’t expect things to be so slow come fall that I’ll have the time for a fun project like this.

But if I do, there are just enough weeks, with only a few to spare, to plow through all 35 episodes of seasons 1 and 2 before the show returns in March.

And if NBC’s fall schedule tanks, like I think it might, and they have to reshuffle and bring Chuck back earlier, all the better.

NBC entertainment chief Ben Silverman tells TVGuide.com the network plans to do its part to keep the show’s profile up during the hiatus.

Chuck deserves a whole season, not just 13 episodes. Any chance of more? Darryl
MATT: Actually, yes. NBC entertainment president Ben Silverman says that while the current plan is to deliver 13 midseason episodes, depending on the ratings, “we may extend it out and continue it through the summer,” where he thinks it could pair nicely with Friday Night Lights. “We’re looking to … keep [Chuck] incredibly viral and buzz-worthy until it returns, and then hopefully have it on our air for many years to come.” That’d be Awesome. And even more so? I chatted up Scott Bakula at TNT’s upfronts luncheon, and he’s game for more Chuck, if need be.

Personally, I started rewatching Season 1 at wb.com about three weeks ago, finishing up last night, and it’s as awesome as I remember. But then I rewatched a bit of “Chuck Versus The Colonel” yesterdday and was reminded how much better the show got in the second season.

So I think this is going to be a fun little project. It’ll be one more place where Chuck lives on the Interwebs during what is an excruciatingly long and unnecessary hiatus.

Photo: Yvonne Strahovski – NBC Universal

This entry was posted on Wednesday, May 27th, 2009 at 10:00 am by Brian Howard. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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