Friday, December 25, 2009

CHUCK Seasons 1 & 2 REWATCH in 2-weeks!

Some have requested a schedule for a rewatch of Season's 1 & 2 of CHUCK.  I am not going to run an organized rewatch since we just finished a June 1st to December 21st rewatch effort.  However, I am providing those who wish to have one a reasonable schedule for rewatching all of CHUCK before Season 3 starts on January 10th.

You can purchase both seasons of CHUCK via AMAZON here (some of the best prices around):

ATTENTION: You can get 2 episodes of CHUCK FREE from AMAZON until January 3rd, 2010 by going to their site and using a promotional code.  Since the rewatch schedule for Season 2 starts one day before the DVD is released, I recommend using the code to get episodes 1 and 2 for free.

  • Download 2 eps of Chuck free from Amazon w/ $4 VOD credit. Enter promo code ‘AVODGIFT.’
  • Credit ends Jan. 3rd
  • Go to Season 1 and/or Season 2 
  • Click on “Redeem a gift card…” and enter code.

Season 1 Rewatch Schedule

Dec. 28: Ep. 1-2
Dec. 29: Ep. 3-4
Dec. 30: Ep. 5-6
Dec. 31: Ep. 7-8
Jan. 1: Ep. 9-10
Jan. 2: Ep. 11-12
Jan. 3: Ep. 13

Season 2 Rewatch Schedule

Jan. 4: Ep. 1-2
Jan. 5: Ep. 3-5
Jan. 6: Ep. 6-8
Jan. 7: Ep. 9-11
Jan. 8: Ep. 12-14
Jan. 9: Ep. 15-18
Jan. 10: Ep. 19-22

CHUCK is back! Tell everyone you know!

JANUARY 10th at 9PM on NBC, Episode 1: Chuck Versus The Pink Slip
JANUARY 10th at 10PM on NBC, Episode 2: Chuck Versus The Three Words
JANUARY 11th at 8PM on NBC, Episode 3 Chuck Versus The Angel De La Muerte

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Chuck You Tuesday - Episode 15 (ADULTS ONLY)

We Talk FOX moving HOUSE up; and the CYT team grills me for 40 minutes about SEASON 3 of CHUCK!

ADULT LANGUAGE WARNING! DO NOT let your kids hear this.  Very, very, very mature language in some areas.  Some adults shouldn't listen either.

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Monday, December 21, 2009

CHUCK Season 3: An Analysis of Why it is the Best Season Yet

I have already written my spoiler free preview but wanted to dig into what makes this season work so well.  I will discuss some spoilers in this blog but will avoid any big ones (mostly just hint at things to come).


Chuck Bartowski: I was pleasantly surprised to see what they did with Chuck this season.  He is no longer looking to become "normal."  If anything, he wants to be the farthest thing from normal.  This new character trait does shift the overall atmosphere of the show from wide-eyed victim of circumstance to a gung-ho wannabe agent with a major ethical dilemma.  The great thing about this is that it doesn't stop the show, or the character, from remaining grounded in quirky sweetness.  However, it has taken what may have started to become predictable and made it unpredictable.  This is very quickly accentuated in Chuck's first scene back in the Buy More in episode 1.  Oh and just when you thought Zac was the best, most underrated actor on television, he reveals that he was holding back, showing even MORE range this season.

Agent Sarah Walker: Here is a woman who has had her view of the world rocked backward and forward and when we see her in season 3, she only has one thing that has made any sense to her: the spy world.  And yet she has changed and is having a difficult time pretending otherwise.  Yvonne is given more dialogue and beautiful moments of emotional expression in the first three episodes than in the two previous seasons combined.  Also, the writers have positioned Sarah as the victim right at the beginning of the season.  This makes her "cold agent mode" all the more believable.  It also means that she finds herself grieving lost opportunities... mostly alone.

Col. John Casey: While his character has the least dramatic change, there is a kindness to him that we only saw briefly in previous seasons.  He has taken on the role of big protective but jerky brother to Chuck and even takes on other responsibilities he could have easily avoided.  He seems to do this out of the goodness of his heart.  It shows a very subtle but important shift in his character.  Season 3 may just be Casey's big opportunity to shine.

Morgan Grimes: His story has always paralleled Chuck's in some way and this season he feels the most changed.  To say more would be to spoil it.  But having Chuck and Morgan back and living together opens up a lot of possibilities for fun interaction between them, something that was missed in season 2.

Captain Awesome: He takes over the wide eyed wannabe-but-not-really spy that Chuck was in season 1.  What I like most about this is that it forces Chuck into a weird role where he merges three personalities to become some Chuck/Sarah/Casey hybrid when around Devon.  I hope they play that dynamic more in season 3 because it is a great deal of fun seeing Chuck be the big brother to Devon, who had held that role in previous seasons.

Agent Daniel Shaw: Out of all the spies that have come and gone from this show, Shaw is my favorite.  He has all the qualities of all the male spies we have seen but there is something else that the character is hiding.  This secret is what defines his actions.  It is also what makes him cold and clinical while also making him more susceptible to understanding of the things Beckman rarely seemed to appreciate: the bond between Chuck and Sarah.  He also quickly recognizes how detrimental Team Bartowski has been to Chuck's development.  This will likely make some dislike him but it is what will make others love him.  He is a no-nonsense kind of guy who is pretty funny in a geeky way (when Sarah tells him that Chuck will not be able to flash because of performance anxiety, Shaw tells her it is a common problem for men).


Season 3 is easily the best in allowing our characters to actually explore their relationships through real discussions as opposed to always interrupting them or forcing unnatural conversation delays.  If I were to sum up each of the seasons in a couple of words based on their dramatic focus it would be: Season 1 - Sweet Interruption; Season 2 - Fauxmance Angst; Season 3 - Let's Talk About It.  Granted, there are still some of the predictable delaying elements that are evident in all of television.  But then that is more of a product of telling a story over many episodes.

One particularly interesting bit of character exploration occurs when Carina returns.  In Season 1, it was clear that Sarah and Carina had an adversarial relationship but that they were also friends.  In Season 3, we see that they are closer than we had previously been allowed to believe.  And without getting into major spoiler territory, Carina does something for Sarah that exhibits a love for her that goes beyond whatever personal ideology Carina may have.  It makes this seemingly selfish character seem more real and sisterly toward Sarah and is just one small example of how different this season is from those before it.


The focus on this show has always been family and it remains in this season.  However, the stakes are higher than ever as most of the characters grow into more matured or damaged versions of themselves.  The relationship growth developed in Season 2 is still evident, if in subtle ways, allowing for a new dynamic: of those not part of that world to observe and pine for it at a distance.


There is still the familiar slapstick comedy but a favorite part of this season is how they have handled the comedic moments.  They seem more structured.  In five episodes, the Buy More scenes don't seem to intrude on the spy/relationship story.  The show creators have taken some of the complaints to heart and paced those shifts perfectly.


This is almost an afterthought in the analysis since everything else is so good.  But the action in this season is... awesome!  Chuck gets so much more to do and you soon realize that all those worries about a more capable Chuck being less interesting to watch, were unfounded.  If anything, it may make many wish it had always been this way.  This show has --and I mean this with no disrespect intended for the previous seasons, since I adore them-- finally reached epic action status.  It is Chucktastic!


The worst part of seeing five episodes now is that I have to wait 2 months to see the next episode (I know, woe is me).  This season is a delicious, yummy yum yum treat!  I do think there will be some people who will need a couple of viewings of the episodes before they settle into their familiarity.  Make no mistake, this season FEELS DIFFERENT from previous seasons.  In some ways, it is jarring.  Each episode is so full of detailed material that I had to check the time on the episodes because it felt like each was 2-hours as opposed to 42-minutes.  Thankfully, it is all an improvement over previous seasons (as if the show needed it).  So, tell your co-workers, friends, and family to watch this show.  You CAN join it in Season 3 without ever having seen an episode.  Though, I do recommend at least watching the last couple of Season 2 and the Season 1 pilot episode.

CHUCK is back! Tell everyone you know!

JANUARY 10th at 9PM on NBC, Episode 1: Chuck Versus The Pink Slip
JANUARY 10th at 10PM on NBC, Episode 2: Chuck Versus The Three Words
JANUARY 11th at 8PM on NBC, Episode 3 Chuck Versus The Angel De La Muerte

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Chuck Season 3 Preview of the first FIVE episodes

So, I got the awesome CHUCK press packet from WB and was as excited as I have ever been opening up anything... ever.


When I opened the DVD package and saw it was the first FIVE episodes, I nearly freaked!  FIVE?!  I thought it would be one, maybe two... but FIVE?  I love you WB.

I won't get into any major spoilers but here is a quick breakdown:

Though I tweeted earlier that this was a great job by Chris Fedak & Ali Adler, Ali corrected me.  It is written by Fedak and Miller.  And it should have been a bit obvious as this episode feels a lot like "Colonel" in many ways.  It is full of action; very funny at times; deeply emotional and dramatic; and has probably the best Chuck & Sarah dialogue in the series up to that point.

Now here is an Ali Adler & Scott Rosenbaum episode and it is as awesome as any either has written.  The theme in this episode is "the cardinal rule."  Carina returns and just as the last time we saw her, she is a whirlwind for our heroes.  Yet again --and it begins to feel like the writers decided to not hold much back at all with digging into these characters far more than ever before-- we get some really powerful stuff between Chuck & Sarah.  I should also say that while this still feels like the CHUCK we know and love, there is something different about it.  More maturity while not losing any of the humor.  There is a real sense of things having a greater weight to them than ever before.  It is also the most emotional episode of the series (even more so than Break-Up, Best Friend, and Lethal Weapon from season 2)... at least up to this point.

WARNING!  There is a scene early on in this episode so funny, I nearly shattered windows with my howling laughter.  You have been notified.

At this point, season 3 is on an incredible roll as it dives into a very entertaining episode.  One of the really fun things about this season is that unlike previous seasons, where certain characters seemed reluctant to talk to each other about their feelings, this season has them exploring various new dynamics of emotion.  It continues in episode 3 and introduces a whole new element to the spy game.  Also, two of our main characters find themselves in brand new roles.  This is the third episode in a row in which the Chuck and Sarah relationship is nudged in a direction.  Yet unlike some parts of season 2 where it felt tiring, it is all done from a fresh perspective. Some of this episode had moments that felt way too conveniently placed in the paths of characters but it is still a lot of fun and ends shockingly (since this will be the first Monday episode back, people will have a lot to talk about for that week come January)..

Now, this one has a really good villain.  I loved this episode from the first scene to the last.  I would call this a big change episode.  There is also a theme in this episode but if I say what it is, then it will spoil the surprise.

There is a scene where one character tries to explain something to another that literally brought me to tears... from laughing.  It is so insane that it probably could happen.  Bravo to all the actors involved for even getting through it.  I am not sure how they kept a straight face long enough to get the shots.

I can't really say much without spoiling the story here but a new character arrives and the title of this episode could just as easily refer to him as to our favorite brother in-law.

This is a big episode for Chuck.  I can't really say more.  But it is great.  This one reminds me of a great HEROES season 1 episode.  Maybe Spiderman 1?  I can't think of anything to say that wouldn't give away important plot elements so I will just end there.

So... how would I rate the first 5 episodes of season 3?  After one viewing of each:

Ep. 1: Great
Ep. 2: EPIC!
Ep. 3: Good.
Ep. 5: Superb!

How about if I compare it to the first five of seasons 1 and 2?  Much better than the first five of season 1.  Better than the first five of season 2.

So far, season 3 is the best of the series. :)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Chuck You Tuesday - Episode 14 (with Little Chuck Fan)

Twitter's @LittleChuckFan Makes Her Debut

In this episode, we introduce the officially unofficial, unofficially official CHUCK mascot, Bailey, aka LittleChuckFan on Twitter.

We discuss her love for CHUCK; Ali Adler and Yvonne Strahovski; the show; Adam Baldwin's Twitter adventures; CHUCKfest; and non-spoiler related season 3 stuff.

Oh and we sing.  Not... very... well... mind you.  Thankfully, for all of you, I cut 6 minutes of singing out of the podcast.  Speaking of 6 minutes, I think there is about that much of outtakes at the end, so enjoy that... or try.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Chuck Me Mondays for December 14th, 2009

Only two episodes left to watch from season 2 and four weeks until season 3 of CHUCK! THIS WEEK, we watch my FAVORITE episode of the entire series, Chuck Versus The Colonel.

Our hashtag is the same it has been: #ChuckOnNBC


This episode will not be available for free via Hulu or on Monday, so acquire it through other means.

CHUCK is back! Tell everyone you know!

JANUARY 10th at 9PM on NBC, Episode 1: Chuck Versus The Pink Slip
JANUARY 10th at 10PM on NBC, Episode 2: Chuck Versus The Three Words
JANUARY 11th at 8PM on NBC, Episode 3 Chuck Versus The Angel of Death

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Friday, December 4, 2009

Chuck Me Mondays for December 7th, 2009

With only three episodes left to watch from season 2 and five weeks until season 3 of CHUCK, we watch one of my favorite episodes.  I think that the ending to Chuck Versus The First Kill is masterfully written, acted, shot, edited, and scored.  I still get goosebumps while watching it.

Our hashtag is the same it has been: #ChuckOnNBC


This episode will not be available for free via Hulu or on Monday, so acquire it through other means.

CHUCK is back! Tell everyone you know!

JANUARY 10th at 9PM on NBC, Episode 1: Chuck Versus The Pink Slip
JANUARY 10th at 10PM on NBC, Episode 2: Chuck Versus The Three Words
JANUARY 11th at 8PM on NBC, Episode 3 Chuck Versus The Angel of Death

Friday, November 27, 2009

Chuck Me Mondays for November 30th, 2009

This week we are watching the episode some of us thought should have been submitted for EMMY consideration.  Brilliant acting, writing, directing... oh just about everything in this one.  Oh and just THREE episodes left in Season 2 to watch after this one... and 6 weeks until Season 3.  So, we will have some kind of seasonal marathon during a two week gap.

Our hashtag is the same it has been: #ChuckOnNBC


This episode will not be available for free via Hulu or on Monday, so acquire it through other means.

CHUCK is back! Tell everyone you know!

JANUARY 10th at 9PM on NBC, Episode 1: Chuck Versus The Pink Slip
JANUARY 10th at 10PM on NBC, Episode 2: Chuck Versus The Three Words
JANUARY 11th at 8PM on NBC, Episode 3 Chuck Versus The Angel of Death

Monday, November 23, 2009

Chuck You Tuesday - Episode 13 (Rated PG)

CHUCK HAS A RELEASE DATE and we talk about it all.

We talk about the announcement of the show coming back, the Season 3 preview and TV promos, Ali Adler, Twitter's @LittleChuckFan, and how I plan on destroying any potential relationship with Yvonne Strahovski's publicist.

There is no cursing in this episode so the kids can listen (unless you object to the word "suck").

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Chuck Me Mondays for November 23, 2009 AKA CHUCK IS BACK!

CHUCK is back!  It has officially been announced! 

JANUARY 10th at 9PM on NBC, Episode 1: Chuck Versus The Pink Slip!
JANUARY 10th at 10PM on NBC, Episode 2: Chuck Versus The Three Words!
JANUARY 11th at 8PM on NBC, Episode 3 Chuck Versus The Angel of Death!

But this week we are watching a fun little episode from season 2 (only 4 episodes to go?!).

Our hashtag is the same it has been:




Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Chuck You Tuesday - The Fancast - Episode 12 (ADULTS ONLY WARNING)

After many weeks of no new podcast, an hour long expletive laced episode is finally up!

In this one we discuss everything that has happened since episode 11.  That includes the potential of CHUCK coming back early; the potential impact on the story with six more episodes ordered; Yvonne Strahovski's THE CANYON; the reaction (or overreaction) by some at other recent news; and spoilers from light to major.

This episode has its spoilers separated from the initial discussion, so those who do not wish to be spoiled will be warned.  The first spoiler discussion is light and involved actors announced to be on the show.  The second spoiler discussion involves plot.  If you decide to skip either, this podcast will be short.

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Chuck Me Mondays for November 16th, 2009

Hashtag for this Monday is the same as last few weeks:


We are just watching ONE episodes this week:


The episode will not be available for free online on the 16th. 

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Chuck Me Mondays for November 9, 2009

Hashtag for this Monday is the same as last week:


We are watching TWO episodes this week, since they go hand in hand.




After this, we will only be watching one episode per week or we will run out of episodes with 7 weeks to go until new CHUCK.  This means we will not be utilizing free episode viewing on HULU or  But most of us likely have these episodes through other means already.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Chuck Me Mondays for November 2nd, 2009

We had another great week when #ChuckBartowski trended to 3rd place!  Great work by the usual suspects!

So, this week, we have to change the hashtag again.  It will be:


And why not celebrate the announcement of SIX MORE episodes being added to season 3 by watching 3 episodes (yeah, so the math doesn't work)?!


(will not be available for free on this day)



Sunday, October 25, 2009

Chuck Me Mondays for October 26th

Still recovering so keeping it brief again:

Hashtag is: #ChuckBartowski




Sunday, October 18, 2009

Chuck Me Mondays for October 19th

Been down and out due to a medical situation so I will make this brief:

New hashtag is:


Episode is:


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

#WeHeartChuck #1 Trending Topic On Twitter!

We finally did it!  NBC's Chuck finally made it to #1 and it all started with a handful of dedicated nutjob fans going for broke early in the morning.  And hours later, it was still in the top 3.  What a great day.

Special thanks go to Ihsan who really kicked this baby in the butt and made it happen.  It is true what I have said many times, all it takes is a few dedicated fans to rule the Internet. :)

Evidence of our success below:


Now, perhaps we can stop talking about our hashtags being blocked or deleted and realize that it takes EFFORT to trend. :)

UPDATE: #WeHeartChuck retook 1st place and Chuck took 6th around 11:20AM:

Monday, October 12, 2009

Dear DR - The Solution to the World's Problems is Fan Fics?

Since my last "Dear DR" I have had some interesting responses.  Some of them have been glowing (I am already dating four potential supermodels because of it --3 short brunettes and a hot blond with abandonment issues, just like my man Chuck), but some have been rather harsh.  In this latest posting, I will detail the path of most resistance from the crazy shipper universe:

Crazy Shippers, Fakers and Fan Fic writers.

Question: Hey, DR!  I think you are way too hard on what you call "crazy shippers" and I also think you give the writers on Chuck way too much credit.  I actually think most of the fan fictions about Chuck and Sarah are far better than anything in season 2.  As Shakespeare said: "And oftentimes excusing of a fault doth make the fault the worse by the excuse." -- Anonymoose

Answer: Are you delusional?  Or just completely incapable of comprehending art?  I would sooner snuggle up with a crazy shipper and nuzzle its neck, even spoon the evil creature before I would as much as hold hands with 95% of Chuck and Sarah fan fic writers!  You know how many Chuck and Sarah fan fic writers have a chance to become professional writers, working in Hollywood?  MAYBE two.  And one of them is not you.

Seriously, it needs to be said: the measure of a good writer is not in the ability to quote Shakespeare, or to Google Billy and his musings, but in actually being able to construct BELIEVABLE characters and situations within the confines of the medium in which you are creating.  If not that, then you should at least be able to understand the established characters while creating within their world.  Why is it that most fan fic writers think Chuck is some romantic dynamo and Sarah has a 12-year old teenage girl bubbling up inside of her with dreams of romantic interludes with Chuck's doppelganger, Fabio?

Question: I have read several people say things like "Sarah wanted to be with Cole (in Beefcake/Lethal Weapon) and would have fallen in love with him if not for..."  What is wrong with these people?  Seriously?!  Are they idiots?  Do they not understand the show?  How could anyone think that Sarah was falling for Cole?  She was clearly in love with Chuck and when Cole kissed her, she did not immediately jump into bed with him.  She was just vulnerable in a moment when Chuck had seemingly abandoned her again. -- Moeped

Answer: Moeped, no amount of pointing out the obvious to these people will change their mind.  The sad fact of life is that many people are just not that bright and they surround themselves with people just as dumb or dumber than themselves.  Then, these nutbags get together and convince each other their moronic definition of that plot is accurate... even though it is so completely off mark.  You can point out every tiny instance within the plot that reveals the intent (and success of that intent) by the writers, but these people will REFUSE to see it.  They have already spent many months, even years, discussing just how it is the way they demand it is, and no amount of facts or solid analysis of those events that reveals the plain and simple truth of the plot will penetrate their mental midgetry.

Question (continued): By the way, I actually HATE the will-they-won't-they element of the show, but I hate the stupidity of many of those who agree with me more.  I do think the show would work well with Chuck and Sarah together and I hope the writers realize that they have maybe one more split-them-up left in the can before we simply stop caring. --Moeped

Answer: I am right there with you.  I am not a fan of keeping them apart just to put them together in 6 episodes and then split them apart.  It is a tired bit and I don't agree with what some on the show have said that it is what keeps fans around.  However, most of the people who feel as I do, who post on the Internet, feel the need to use hyperbole and complete and utter idiocy to promote that belief.  So, I am slowly being motivated to agree with the writers if for no other reason than to see the people who make being a fan of this show an effort, MISERABLE.

Question: I am so tired of these crazy shippers whining about JJ and his spy show being this and that and how THE OFFICE was able to put their leads together and make it work.  It took the office like 6 years for the couple to marry....what the hell is wrong with you people?!  I picture these crazy shippers all with baby bodies lying in a play pen together with binkys in their mouths and adult heads. -- JsisK

Answer: I actually laughed out-loud and then rolled on the floor laughing while also performing a quasi-break-dancing move.  Bravo.  That image will be with me forever now as I read the ramblings of adult-children who have story analytical skills that could be bested by an untrained monkey missing one side of its brain.  No offense to crippled monkeys.  I hold you all in the highest regard.  Or at least in a higher regard than any crazy shipper.

Question: I like to pretend I am an anti-shipper and then, when it suits my interest for attention, I switch ideologies.  So, why do you call me a troll and ban my comments? -Jem4MoPillsJ

Answer: I let you post your question.  You should feel honored.  Now, get back on the meds before they lock you up again, troll.


Chuck is coming back early?!  Could it be?!  We should know next week... I hope.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Chuck Me Mondays - October 12th. Let's Watch Three

I tried to edit something on my page and it blew up the poll, so... a few hours early but it was clearly going to be this result...

The fans vote winner is a threepeat of Chuck and Jill this Monday, October 12th!

Hashtag this week is the same as last week: #WeHeartChuck

You can find direct links to the episodes on below (to make it easy for everyone).  You can also watch the episodes via Hulu.  If you do not want to watch the episode from this site, just click on the video once it starts playing and it will take you to the NBC site directly.

Below are the episodes with the times we are watching:

CHUCK VERSUS THE EX - 8PM ET / 7PM CT / 6PM MT / 5PM PT (an hour earlier than usual)



Thursday, October 1, 2009

Zac's Birthday Madness and Chuck Me Mondays

First of all, it was a fun and successful birthday bash for Zachary Levi all around.  First of all, We Heart Chuck has now raised nearly $21,000 in the name of Chuck Bartowski, helped by the recent birthday donations for Zac's birthday.  We also trended #HappyBDZacLevi (sure, a day late) in honor of our guy.  So, congratulations to everyone involved!

We Heart Chuck has a lot planned down the line so check the site out often to see what you can do to help.

ALSO, Zac posted a thank you and more names of those who contributed.

As for Chuck Me Mondays, this coming Monday we will watch:

9PM ET / 8PM CT / 7PM MT / 6PM PT

Chuck Versus Tom Sawyer

Our new hashtag for now and likely until the show returns is:


We are returning to the use of a hashtag due to popular demand.  We are using this one to help promote the charity effort.  So, push it to the world on any day and any night or morning... trend it whenever it pleases you or you have 20 friends on at 3AM. ;)

Finally, Chuck You Tuesday episode 11 is out!  This is the first episode analysis of season 2 (episodes 1 - 4).  You can click on the links in the sidebar or you can click on the banner for it above... or just CLICK ME!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Chuck Me Mondays Strategy for September 28th

First and most important... the 29th is Zachary Levi's birthday!  So, I hope you have already gone to and given and sent him your extra special birthday message.

Second, our term/tag will change next week.  I hope we can make this baby trend so get every single person on the planet involved.  Starting Monday and continuing until whenever, we will be using:


We are also watching TWO AMAZING episodes (yeah, we have to because of how NBC has done this):

9PM ET / 8PM CT / 7PM MT / 6PM PT:

Episode 203: Chuck Versus the Break-Up

10PM ET / 9PM CT / 8PM MT / 7PM PT:

Episode 204: Chuck Versus The Cougars

Even if you can't watch the episodes with us, please tweet the hashtag.  We want our guy Zac to have the best birthday ever. :)

Monday, September 21, 2009

NBC Must Love Chuck Me Mondays!

Well, we finally got the right episodes online!  Thank you, NBC!

So, tonight we use the same term as last week in our tweets: We Heart Chuck

9PM ET we watch Chuck Versus The Seduction. (click on link to go to the episode)

Most importantly, Zachary Levi's birthday is next Tuesday!  Get your donations in to soon!  Do it right now so he gets your birthday wishes by the 29th.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Dear DR - September 17th, 2009

Since the last "Dear DR" was so popular, I am of course prepared for another!  So, here we go:

DR, if you know something about season 3 that would calm the shippers down, then why not share it? -- Your Mother

First, it is really weird when you call me DR.  Second, what makes you think I know something about season 3?  Third, even if I did know something about season 3, the stuff I might possibly know is not going to calm down the shippers at all.  If anything, it is going to drive them insane!  I mean, they are imagining Chuck and Sarah having love interests that likely don't go anywhere but still keep Chuck and Sarah apart.  They have NO CLUE just how inaccurate that belief... never mind.  I should stop now.

Not to mention that Sarah ends up not tru... agh! Sheesh.

Ok!  Ok!  Stop right there!  Wait!  WHAT?!  You are saying Chuck and Sarah end up with other people and not only that but Sarah ends up not trusting Chuck!  THIS IS THE WORST SEASON EVER! -- Crazy Shipper About To Lose His... Ship

Woah!  Woah!  I never said any of those things!!!

I implied them. 

I quit the show!  I frakin' quit the show!  That is frakin' it!  I can't believe we SAVED the show and our reward is the worst Chuck and Sarah news ever!  This sucks! -- New Supernatural Shipper

That is probably the best idea you ever had.


Dean and Sam ARE brothers and it is just wrong to ship them!

Please, DR!  Please tell me that something good happens between Chuck and Sarah!  Why would  the writers do this after all we have complained to them about?  Is this like an eff-yew to us for annoying them? -- Gilligan

Well, after Bryce is finally killed for real.... oh wait, that was the original plot.  Never mind.

I will just say this: if you stick it out and enjoy the show and get your friends into it and STOP BADMOUTHING THE SHOW, I promise you that season 4 will be like royalty and birds.

Royalty and birds?!  Why are you playing mind games, dammit?! -- Crazy Shipper #467

Maybe I just don't know anything and am messing with you.  Or, I am just not willing to publicly leak the whole season to the world.  I don't think the people on the show would appreciate that.

I knew you didn't know anything! -- Alex aka Mamma's Boy

We shall see in 6 months. ;)

Or, if reaches $25,000 by Zac's birthday (the 29th of this month), I promise to tell you all a lot more. :)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Chuck Me Mondays Strategy for September 21st = No Change!

Everyone did a great job last night using We Heart Chuck as the new term.  We tweeted the term over 1,400 times even though some did not even have the episode (come on, NBC & WB).  We did not have much of a chance to trend last night as Parick Swayze's passing dominated the trending list (RIP & Red Dawn ruled!). 

It will be interesting to see what happens from here on in as shows come back next week and will likely dominate the trending list.  If, for whatever reason, we cannot continue to trend the topic (well, we certainly can if everyone joins in), then I have a backup plan ready to be sprung. ;)

As the title of this posting says, there will be no changes next week.  We will continue to use We Heart Chuck in our tweets.  However, the following week I am hoping we can get as many people as possible to join in to wish Zachary Levi a happy birthday.  His birthday is on the 29th so we may have to return to the scene of the crime the following day to try and get our favorite guy a nice birthday gift.

Speaking of birthday gifts, is rolling along strong in its reboot efforts to raise money for the American Heart Association in the name of Chuck Bartowski, closing in on $20,000 in total.  The current campaign will take your donation and allow you to send a birthday card to Zac!  You can give as little as $5 (the cost of the card) but more is always good as well.  His publicist has indicated that Zac will read every card he is sent, so get involved now so he gets your card on time.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Chuck Me Mondays Sept. 14th until March 1st STRATEGY

First! NO HASHTAG for September 14th. Instead, we will type out  We Heart Chuck as three separate words, in honor of the American Heart Association fund raising effort by the campaign of the same name.  That is right, absolutely NO HASHTAG for this week.  It is time we test to see if we can trend common words as opposed to hashtags.  Might as well start now.  So, your tweets could look like:

Chuck and Sarah are so cute together in this episode! We Heart Chuck

Second, we may be changing terms every week.  So, check back here every Tuesday or Wednesday for the new strategy.

Third, now for the strategy:

Based on the poll, the majority want to continue into Season 2 of CHUCK in order.  So, we will do that.  However, since there are some people who can't find it in their wallet to spend $2 to $3 a week on CHUCK (I spend more than that a day on tea), I am going to offer up alternate strategies for them.


We watch Season 2 in order from First Date to Ring.  You can purchase the episodes via iTunes, Amazon, Playstation Network, and XBOX Live or find some other method I don't want to know about (well, not publicly at least).

AMAZON - $1.99 per SD episode; $35.02 for the whole season (savings of $8.76)

AMAZON - $2.99 per HD episode; $52.62 for the whole season (savings of $13.16)

iTunes - $1.99 per SD episode; $39.99 for the whole season (savings of $3.79)

iTunes - $2.99 per HD episode; $59.99 for the whole season (savings of $5.79)

Playstation Network - $1.99 per SD episode; no full season price offered; no HD offered (no link either)

XBox Live - 160 points = $2.00 per SD episode; no full season price offered; no HD offered

Watch any random episode from the second half of Season 2 on, selected from Third Dimension to Ring.  Fans will watch at the same time as the main strategy group and tweet as normal.  You will likely annoy the rest of us with your tweets about Best Friend and Colonel every week, but whatever.  If you can't afford the episodes, or find some other way of acquiring them (I told you!  I DON'T WANT TO KNOW!), then this is at least a way that you can join us and help the trending. :)

Alternate Strategy #2
Watch Season 1 over again.  I don't care in what order.  Just tweet like a maniac.

There you go.  I do not recommend buying the entire season yet, unless you really want to own it now.  NBC and WB might have the correct order of episodes coming for online viewing (looks like NBC's license for the second half runs out on the 20th of this month).

Friday, September 4, 2009

Chuck Me Mondays - Sept. 7th, 2009 - Watch, Give & Buy Chuck for Labor Day


Monday, September 7th, is a holiday in the US: Labor Day.  While many people will be away, those of us not going anywhere too far away from our computers, will be watching CHUCK episodes together for a few hours and trying to trend #FREECHUCK yet again on Twitter.

The episodes, as voted by the fans, and the times we will watch are (yes, we will watch 13 and 14 in the correct order, as originally intended):

5PM ET - Episode 13: Chuck Vs. The Best Friend
6PM ET - Episode 14: Chuck Vs. The Suburbs
7PM ET - Episode 16: Chuck Vs. The Lethal Weapon
8PM ET - Episode 21: Chuck Vs. The Colonel
9PM ET - Episode 22: Chuck Vs. The Ring

The times have been set so that everyone around the world can participate at some point.

We will be using the NBC Viewing Party whenever possible.  Anyone who hosts a viewing party can bring 10 people into a room.  It is highly recommended that anyone who hosts have a good computer and a good Internet connection.  The older the computer and the slower the connection, the more problems for everyone who joins.

I created a little video for people who want to use the Viewing Party but were not sure how to do it.  Hopefully this helps:

If you cannot join a viewing party, you can also watch the episodes on by using the links I have provided above for each individual episode.

While the Viewing Party feature has its own chat room, it would help our effort the most if you used a third party Twitter application like twhirl or the more popular TweetDeck both of which are far more useful than the normal web browser version of Twitter.

FYI, you get 150 API requests per hour on Twitter, per account.  That means anything you do on Twitter counts against that.  Once you reach that limit, you will be blocked from tweeting for that hour.  Here are the limits as per Twitter Support:

  • 1,000 total updates per day, on any and all devices (web, mobile web, phone, API, etc. )
  • 250 total direct messages per day, on any and all devices
  • 150 API requests per hour

So, while trying to trend, limit how often your refresh or receive updates, if you want more of your tweets to count in the trend.



We Heart Chuck needs your donations they are doing it via birthday cards to Zachary Levi.  Please give at least $5 (to cover the cost of the American Heart Association sending the card to Zach).  Zach will read all your cards and has already commented on the campaign.  So, whether or not you are able to watch and tweet with us on Monday, you can still do some good in the name of CHUCK.

Please go to the site, follow the directions on how to contribute, and give.  The AHA and Zachary Levi will surely appreciate it.



Subway is the reason we got a third season of CHUCK and they deserve our patronage.  So, please go out on this day and purchase at least one $5 footlong and enjoy a great sandwich while watching CHUCK.  Or, as with We Heart Chuck, even if you can't watch with us, you can still stop by a Subway.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Chuck Me Mondays Success & We Heart Chuck

Last night was a great deal of fun and success for Chuck Me Mondays.  We watched three episodes and trended the hashtag #FreeChuck several times during the process.  In all, we had nearly 4,000 tweets during those three hours and had writer Ali Adler tweeting along with us and engaging the fans in her special way (thank you, Ali!).

Our plans for next week, as NBC and WB still work to figure out this season 2 online issue, is to take one more week of Chuck Me Mondays fun.  Since September 7th is a holiday in the US, we will use that day to spend more time with CHUCK for those who want to join in together.  It will be a marathon of five episodes that may include episodes from season 1 and season 2.  A poll is going up where fans should vote on their five favorite second half of season 2 episodes.  These episodes are available on right now for free viewing.

Now, as for WE HEART CHUCK, this incredible charity drive that raised over $17,000 in 17-days in May, for the American Heart Association, is being kicked off yet again.  The creators of the campaign have some great ideas and are looking to get as many people involved as possible, this time for the long run.  Show everyone how much you value the show and those involved while saving lives.  I did an interview with some of the members of the effort and it is posted in the right side panel or you can follow this link to Chuck You Tuesday - The Podcast

Please contribute!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Chuck Me Mondays FINAL Strategy for August 31st

#FREECHUCK is the new hashtag for this coming Monday. Please let everyone you know who participates in Chuck Me Mondays know about it.

We are watching THREE Season 1 episodes on Monday as we wait for NBC to correct the Season 2 episode issue. We are attempting to trend for 3+ hours and this is also a good test for future efforts.

Based on your votes, the episodes we will be watching are:



Viewing starts at the NORMAL time of 9PM ET and ends at 11:43PM ET (we will start each episode at the top of each hour so everyone has a chance to tweet, eat, and whatever else comes to mind).

This will give a majority of people in the other time zones the ability to participate, though it does ask those on the east coast of the US and Canada to stay up later. Hopefully, what we lose in east coasters will be made up for by the amount of people we retain in the other time zones.


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Chuck Me Mondays Strategy for August 31st

Based on the current poll count on August 26 at 7:33PM ET, next Monday, August 31st, it looks like we will be watching:


We will start at 9PM ET (so, the normal time) and take 15 minute breaks between episodes to tweet, eat, and whatever else comes to mind. [this is up for debate in the comments section]

We will finish at roughly 11:43PM ET.

We will be changing hashtags (we are still testing to see if Twitter is blocking us once we succeed in trending).

Next week's hashtag will be #FreeChuck.

If we succeed in trending that, we will consider changing hashtags each week. They will need to be simple and we will give everyone more than a day or two to learn of the change.

By the way, great job last night. We had over 2,000 #chuckmeout tweets in 43 minutes.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Chuck Me Mondays Strategy for August 31st and September 7th

Based on the comments here and others I have received, it would seem that the most popular idea for August 31st sounds something like Wendy Farrington's comment in the last blog post:

August 31st - We watch 3 episodes that fans vote on from [Season 1] (ed. note: see poll on the right side) ... This will help us trend longer on a standard Monday evening and give [NBC and WB] extra time to try to work out the early [Season 2] episode issue.

The choice we need to make for August 31st is what time we should start the viewings:

1) 6PM ET
2) 7PM ET
3) 8PM ET
4) 9PM ET

The earlier we start, the easier it will be for the east coast and Europeans to join in, but the later we start, the easier it is for the rest of the US and Canada to join in. Starting at the normal time and watching two more episodes would allow us to trend longer but would mean those who watched all three, on the east coast, would be up until 11:45 PM (since each episode is around 43 minutes long without commercials, and figuring for 15 minute breaks in between).

As for September 7th, I like the idea of organizing another Subway specific day. Make Labor Day a Subway Monday in honor of Chuck (Chuck Me Subway?). Toss in a catchy name for it and we can make it happen. Ideas? Remember to sign your comments if you are posting anonymously so we can credit you for any ideas we use.

As Bethany Actually and Agent Taylor said, we would use that day to push people to @chuckmeout on Twitter, as well as @subwayfreshbuzz.

But the other issue is what we will watch and when we will watch it. The choices are:

A) an all day viewing of Season 1 starting at some undetermined time

B) a 5-episode viewing of Season 1 starting at some undetermined time

C) take the next 3 most favorite episodes in the poll on the right and watch them as we do/did August 31st

D) Put together viewing parties using NBC's Viewing Party feature and watch select season 2 episodes (this is limited to US dwellers and anyone who is crafty)


So, other than voting in the poll on the right, please put in your comments what time you want the August 31st event to start (the 3-episode viewing) and what option you want for September 7th.

You can also toss in an idea for what we want to call our Subway effort.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

New Idea For You To Consider - CMM In Two Weeks

[Note, this blog is being updated on the fly and edits are included in these brackets]

So, someone at NBC or WB or in some dark corner of some room, acquired the rights to the last 11 episodes of season 2 as opposed to the first 11. This is of course a problem since we have been watching season 1 in order during the CMM event.

NBC has stated that it is currently working to correct the problem. However, this likely requires negotiation, renegotiation, and the sign-off from every single person involved in the show who stood to receive residuals once the promotional period (given to the network where they collect revenue without paying residuals) ended. Therefor, it might be some weeks before that happens (if it happens).

On a positive note, we have always had a 3-week buffer between number of episodes to watch and number of weeks until the show returns. That means we can take some time off or not jump into season 2 of CHUCK right away. And that means we have a decision to make, and since I like for the fans to be involved in these decisions and not just a handful of us pushing the fandom buttons, I have a few ideas to toss out to you all and you can vote for or against them (or inject your own).

Disclosure time: These ideas come from discussions Wendy Farrington and I have had over a few weeks. Therefor, any other suggestion that might work better may still be out there, so share and if people like it, I will add it and credit you (please leave your name if you are posting anonymously).

1) Take at least one week off, on August 31st [September 7th is also an option now], [redacted]. This gives us a quick breather between seasons and affords NBC/WB an extra week [or two] to get the right episodes up on the site.

2) Same as point 1, but we rewatch all of season 1 on August 31st [and/or September 7th], starting at 9AM EST and ending whenever we finish. This will give everyone around the world the chance to jump in at some point and give us the chance to trend for longer than an hour (depending, of course, on participation).

3) Same as point 2 except we choose a select number of episodes (perhaps the top 3 or 5) and watch them at specific times during the day. This would give us a chance to trend longer provided that we have many involved.

4) On August 31st [and potentially September 7th], we put together NBC Viewing Parties and watch episodes from the second half of season 2 in groups of ten with different people volunteering to host (you need to have a pretty solid computer system to host a room without having pausing issues).

5) Your recommended option. :)

Sarah's death interrupted by a wedding.

Please comment (anonymous posting is enabled, but please sign with a name) and share with your friends so we can get as many comments as possible. We have about a 5-days before we have to have all options on the table.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Chuck Me Mondays succeeds again!

Well, last night was a lot of fun. We watched an episode of CHUCK and trended #chuckmeout on Twitter for over an hour. I am very happy to see that we had so many more tweets and participants than over the last month. Prior to last night, we were averaging around 1,500 tweets. But last night, we had over 2,500 tweets during the episode viewin and, more importantly, even more tweets following the episode (I stopped counting after 3,000).

While there is still not enough evidence to prove whether or not the #chuckmemondays tag was banned (since we trended to 10th after 37 minutes and 2,000 tweets, which was more than we were doing for at least 4 of the 5 weeks where we failed to trend), logic dictates that more people tweeting the correct tag helps. What helped us trend for over an hour was all the people still tweeting following the episode. We even dropped off the trending list a couple of times, only to return again (actually trending 8th to 9th to 10th and back). An analytical mind would deduce that this means we trended because of 1) more people participating and 2) more tweets containing the hashtag during that time-frame.

Therefor, for us to continue to succeed, we need more people and to tweet our hashtags or terms for longer than just the length of the episode. We need to maybe start a few minutes early and end some time later. This will help us in the long run and promote the show.

Speaking of which, last night a handful of us went to the search list of #chuckmeout and looked for anyone asking what the term was related to, and we sent them tweets telling them about the show. This is how we can affect people around the world and get them to check out the show. Please help that effort during future CMM/CMO events.

Anyway, great job everyone. Let's keep it going.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

#chuckmeout and the NBC forum issues

First of all, we are using #chuckmeout tomorrow as our hashtag and NOT using #chuckmemondays (please, don't use it).

Second, you can find out what this whole NBC forum issue stuff is about by listening here or reading about it here (worth reading that great blog even if you listen to the podcast).

Spread the word.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Chuck Me Mondays - August 17 - Finalized Twitter Strategy

Based on your comments alone, the strategy for this Monday has been set. The people have spoken. :)

This Monday we will stop using #chuckmemondays in our tweets and instead begin using #chuckmeout.

At least for this week, we are not using any other hashtag in our tweets. Most importantly, DO NOT use #chuckmemondays in your tweets, at least until we can test whether or not that hashtag has been banned. Using it could result in your entire message being banned and not being counted in the trend.

So, your tweets on Monday during Chuck Me Mondays should look something like this:

Can Ellie get any prettier?! #chuckmeout

Please, spread the word about this blog and the use of the hashtag. Try to avoid even using #chuckmemondays at all in case it is a banned hashtag.

FYI: It is recommended that you create a brand new Twitter account for this week's Chuck Me Mondays in case your old has been banned from trending due to use of #chuckmemondays. You should certainly create a new account for tweeting during these events if you were ever put into "Twitter jail."

EDIT: If your Twitter account is set to "Private" then your tweets do not count in the trend. Your account must be public.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Chuck Me Mondays - New Strategy - Final Selection

The CHUCK fans have spoken and we have a basic idea of where we want to go in the future with this event on Twitter. The fans have selected some form of Chuck Me Out as the new trending topic. So, here are the options (please comment on the one you like the most):

1. Chuck Me Out by itself with no hashtags anywhere in the tweet.

No hashtags means Twitter cannot ban the common words. Also, since Chuck has trended on its own for various reasons, we could see that word trend on its own as a worst case scenario. People would click on the trending word and discover we were talking about the TV show.

One extra character used than if it was a hashtag. Fans used to typing in hashtags might forget and limit trending potential. Not instantly recognizable as related to the show.

Sarah is so pretty in this scene! Chuck Me Out

2. #chuckmeout by itself and no other hashtags.

People already used to typing in hashtags should be comfortable with this new tag. It also makes searching for specific tweets easier and relates to the website and Twitter account of the same name. It also promotes NBC's campaign to get people to engage in the show on their site and watch the episodes on their site. It also uses less characters so you can tweet more letters.

Easier for Twitter to ban (if they are doing it) and prevent us from trending.

Captain Awesome has his shirt off again! #chuckmeout

3. #chuckmeout and Chuck Me Out together.

Potential of trending either the hashtag or the non-hashtag term, or both. The word Chuck could trend on its own due to other people using it for non show related purposes. Includes the name of the Twitter account, the web site, and NBC's campaign name.

If the hashtag gets banned, it could mean every tweet using it gets banned, which would include the phrase Chuck Me Out (though, not permanently). This method also uses up more characters and so your messages have less content.

Morgan should really be with Anna. #chuckmeout chuck me out

Please post your opinions below (anonymous posting is enabled, but that also means each message is moderated for content first). Choose an option and comment on your reasoning. Thank you.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

So what about August 17th and Chuck Me Mondays?

Last night it seemed most people got the message that we had changed our method of tweeting and that is a positive sign. It means we CAN change strategies as long as everyone is given the time to receive the word.

So, next week we want to change things up. A few ideas have been tossed around:

1. ChuckTV had suggested tweeting the episode name being watched in each tweet. I like this idea but I am not sure if it is the best idea since it will change each week. On the other hand, it is easy for everyone to figure out what we are tweeting each week as long as they know the names of the episodes.

2. Another idea is to just tweet the word Chuck or the phrase Chuck Me Mondays without any hashtag. I like this idea since it contains a common name that Twitter is not likely to ban. If we go with the former, then it is easy since it is the name of the show and very easy to type. If the latter, it includes the name of the campaign and also includes the name of the show.

3. An idea that materialized last night is to abandon any reference to Chuck Me Mondays and instead aim to promote NBC's fan friendly site We could tweet #chuckmeout or chuckmeout or chuck me out. This is beneficial to us all since their success will help the show and fan sites that is linking to and/or helping to promote.

Please comment here about these ideas and let us know which one you like, what part you like, or toss in another idea. We should try to have the strategy hammered out by the weekend. Thanks.