What’s up with ‘Chuck’?
NBC released its programming slate for the 2009-2010 television season, but there was no mention of the four most talked about bubble shows, ‘Chuck,’ ‘Medium,’ ‘My Name Is Earl,’ and ‘Law & Order.’ Despite recently rumored of pickups for these series, network insiders are now saying a final decision will likely not come until May 19.
Meanwhile, NBC announced four news dramas, ‘Trauma,’ ‘Parenthood,’ ‘Mercy’ and ‘Day One,’ and two new comedies, ‘Community’ and ’100 Questions.’
The fate of ‘Chuck’ in particular is turning into a nail-biter for the show’s stars as well as fans. Series lead Zachary Levi told E! Online at a recent event, “I just got an email from [Chuck executive producer] Josh Schwartz, and he said stay positive, [but] we’re not going to find out on Monday. It could be another week or two.”
In an interview with TVGuide.com last week, Schwartz predicted a tough decision ahead for NBC, which he said “has always really loved [Chuck].” Addressing the ongoing fan campaign to save the action-comedy, he said, “It’s not lost on [NBC], the fan reaction, the critical support, and this grassroots movement that’s taken hold. All of that is very significant in indicating momentum for the show, growth for the show, and a really loyal and fervent fan base for the show.
In the meantime, NBC, the fourth-place network, hopes to drum up excitement for its new shows.
“We are thrilled to be announcing such an awesome slate of new series that build on our existing quality brand and deliver emotional, human stories,” said Ben Silverman, Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios via a statement. “NBC will strive to make viewers feel and our shows represent the full range of human emotion from laughter to tears. We can’t wait to share these concepts with our audience and our advertising partners.”
Previously announced series pickups include ‘The Office,’ ‘30 Rock,’ ‘The Biggest Loser,’ ‘The Celebrity Apprentice,’ ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,’ ‘Friday Night Lights,’ and new alternative series ‘The Marriage Ref,’ ‘Breakthrough With Tony Robbins’ and ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’
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