Unofficial Reports say that Chuck will be Renewed for 5th Season

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  1. Kamakzie

    Kamakzie Are you serious bro?

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    I'd be okay with a 5th season if they go in saying its the final season. Kind of like Smallville.. I'm ready for that ending as well...
     
  2. JYoung

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    I had heard that they had plenty of pilots peculating for this
    Maybe the network really didn't like too many of them.

    Well, they already blew up their schedule for the Jay Leno Show and now are frantically trying to put the pieces back together.
    :)

    That could very well be and they figure that Chuck is produced cheap enough where they can go for it but based strictly on numbers, I think you'd agree that Chuck should be canceled.
     
  3. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    I definitely agree that based on the numbers, it should be gone. I was fully expecting to watch the series finale next Monday and be done with it.

    NBC is in a strange position. Most of its shows have crappy ratings, so if you only renew the stuff that has respectable broadcast network ratings, you'll only be renewing 3-4 shows, total, and the network will fall off the map because it will have too much new stuff to promote. But if you renew everything that has average ratings relative to other NBC shows, you're going to be renewing stuff that has very poor ratings overall, and that's not a recipe for turning the network around either.

    Basically, I think NBC has to take a long view of this and realize they can't get it all back at once. They just have to try and find a couple of hits each year and be content with that rather than trying to plug every hole at once.
     
  4. MikeMar

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    Like you, but I hit the half way point this season and haven't watched any after yet. I'll watch them all in a stretch soon though.

    But Chuck has been one of those shows for me that I watch 6 months after it airs for some reason.
     
  5. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    There are many shows that are great to save up and watch in marathon form, but I can't imagine doing that with Chuck. For some reason, at the end of each episode, I'm ready to be done with it for another week. Maybe it's because nothing on this show ever seems serious or weighty. It's all just fun and fluff. So it's great for a short time each week, but at the end of the episode, I'm not dying to find out what happens next, because I already know that it really doesn't matter what happens next. It's always the same.
     
  6. mmilton80

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    Chuck has become my "I'll watch while doing work" show. Granted, I occasionally have to rewind - but the spark is gone.
     
  7. JYoung

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    Wait, you're saying that NBC executives are looking to the long term?
    That's unpossible!
    :)

    Since the Comcast merger is approved and there are executive shakeups, I've been expecting a general housecleaning of the schedule and I expected Chuck to be a part of it.
    Guess not.
     
  8. daveak

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  9. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    That article says "fifth and final season." I sure hope it's a definitive 13 episodes and done rather than 13 with an option for the back 9, because then we could be faced with the same issue we've had the last two seasons, where the writers plan out the plot for the 13 episodes and set up episode 13 to be a potential series finale, only to get more episodes on the back end and have to try and revive the story that they've essentially wrapped up.
     
  10. dcheesi

    dcheesi ...I'm not.

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    Funny, I actually felt that way last season, but less so now. Maybe it's just that I've finally accepted that it's a comedy show, and as such it doesn't need to be perfectly realistic or even internally consistent. Or, in the immortal words of the MST3K team, "It's just a show; I should really just re-LAX!" :)
     
  11. Shakhari

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    Moving to Friday should finally drive a stake through its heart ...
     
  12. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    The stake has already been driven. NBC has stated that these 13 episode will be the last. We can pretty much count on a series finale in December or January, depending on how the episodes are scheduled. Ratings don't matter anymore.
     
  13. mrdazzo7

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    I'm happy with this decision. I agree with the sentiment that the show is just never gonna be what it was early on (which isn't a reflection on the show itself--MOST shows aren't what they were in the beginning). I watched the first three seasons over the course of two months last summer and thought they were perfect, but that's with out hiatuses, breaks, etc... Even the bad arcs seemed to be done with quickly.

    But I could tell with this seasons that a lot of it now is simply trying to force the premise to work, which isn't a good thing. It's a cool premise but realistically there's just no way they can sustain it--the charm and hilarity of a dorky underacheiver being forced into the spy world is gone, replaced with Chuck and Sarah's "relationship issue of the week" and Casey snarling and the Buy More crew's usual hijynx, etc. Plus even Chuck trying to figure out how to live two different lives is gone for the most part.

    I'm OK with it ending but I wouldn't be happy with it ending with this upcoming finale, since it clearly leaves things open ended. After investing so much time, and given what the show was before, I definitely want to see a real close--especially one where it's known by all parties going into it. Like others have said, as long as it's not "plan for 13 eps but leave stuff open in case we come back", I"ll be happy.
     
  14. FilmCritic3000

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    I find the new NBC President, Robert Greenblatt, (formerly of Showtime) a breath of fresh air as a network executive. I've never heard a television executive speak in such a down-to-earth manner.

    http://www.deadline.com/2011/05/ana...-greenblatt-on-renewing-chuck-canceling-lola/

     
  15. Steveknj

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    :up:

    Let's hope that this "fan friendly" approach will become the norm rather than the exception. Sadly, the bean counters will probably have their say in the end always.
     
  16. FilmCritic3000

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    Let's hope not re: the bean counters but let's hope more executives like Robert Greenblatt, i.e. that are cut from the same cloth, rise to the top. That level of casualness is unheard of normally in the industry, and I hope we see more of that in the future. And hopefully Greenblatt can right the ship and steer NBC out of fourth place.
     

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