Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Chuck You Tuesday - Episode 63 (Adults Only)


We discuss Chuck Vs. the A-Team and other stuff. This episode is BARELY edited so you get a pretty raw podcast this week. I am lazy.

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100 comments:

  1. Music used, in order of appearance:

    Life of Agony - Love to Let You Down
    Public Enemy & Anthrax - Bring the Noise
    South Park The Movie - Blame Canada
    Jermaine Stewart - We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off (Cherry Wine)

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  2. You didn't say much about the 1.6 ratings from last night, were u personally expecting worse? and if it holds a 1.6 next week, you think it can reach it's 1.7, 1.8 demo ratings again in the last 4 episodes of the season?

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  3. I was expecting worse. I don't know what will happen next week. I imagine it will get back up to 1.7 before the season ends. It might even reach 1.9 before the season is over.

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  4. interesting.... any comments about the release of the episode 424 title (Chuck vs the Cliffhanger) that has some of the chuck fandom going crazy

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  5. I doubt it ends on a big cliffhanger. Sounds like a play on words.

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  6. well, every season except for season 1 there has been a pretty big cliffhanger at the end of the season, S.2 - Kung Fu, and S.3 - Orions Layer/Chucks MOM, and that was also before they knew if they were getting cancelled or renewed, didn't Fedak say he was going to leave the doors open in case they do get a season 5? so you just think there will be a smaller cliffhanger then those, or those were considered small to you?

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  7. Season 2 had a big cliffhanger. Season 3? Eh. Not so much.

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  8. Let me add, the season 3 ending was cool... nice build up, but nothing that made me go nuts like season 2. I mostly just looked at it as the nod to the next season. Plus, we knew the show had been picked up at that point so... it felt very different. Season 4 ending on a cliffhanger on the level of season 2? Unlikely, unless the writers are insane.

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  9. I guess, I thought it was still a big one. Btw to answer one of your question in the podcast, "did we cover everything?" i am pretty sure you guys missed the best line of the episode by John Casey: "at least you didn't wet yourself this time"...haha, but other then that u guys pretty much covered everything...loved the episode, and great podcast, as usual!. Cheers.

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  10. moar sex necessary.

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  11. I've seen a lot of people on twitter and on fan boards say that if NBC cancels Chuck that the CW or USA will pick it up . Can you explain to people why that is NOT likely to happen ?

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  12. 1. The current budget, while small for a network show, is still bigger than many cable shows. So, they would likely need to move the show to an area of the country (or Canada) where they get big tax breaks or free on-location shooting (like BURN NOTICE and WHITE COLLAR, respectively). That would be a good risk to take for a CBS show that was cancelled at a 2.5, but a NBC show cancelled at a 1.7? It is not like the 1.7 audience is just going to move with the show. Anyone who believes that is delusional. And now you have to spend money to market a show you know has a small viewer base... that is in its 5th season... and trending downward.

    2. People mistakenly think that since WB owns CHUCK that it means an automatic lock for it going to the CW. Except WB owns it with CBS, so they would have to agree. Plus, Josh Schwartz's best executive friend in the whole world, Dawn Ostroff, is likely stepping down after this season.

    3. There is no reason to believe that WB necessarily feels they need more than 78 episodes of the show to sell it to syndication. Or that WB feels they can sell it to syndication if they produce 13 or 22 more episodes with anyone. So why continue to lose money if you don't have to? Because WB loves CHUCK so much? It is still a business.

    4. Even if USA or CW wanted to pick it up for a season, new contracts would have to be written up and who is to say the actors, some of who are already way underpaid, would want to keep doing this?

    I could go on... but I am bored. There are tons of reasons. Very few for why it could happen. And most of them are fan-logic... based on people trying to fit their wishes into a scenario. The networks aren't as invested in seeing CHUCK survive as the fans are.

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  13. One thought I had about the title "Chuck vs. the Cliffhanger" is that maybe the cliffhanger is at the end of episode 23 and it is resolved in episode 24.

    Magnus, I agree with you about the S3 "cliffhanger". If cliffhangers had a scale of "cliffhangery-ness", S2 was a 10 and S3 was probably a 5 for me.

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  14. dkd, I believe that is in fact correct. It is versus the previous episode's cliffhanger.

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  15. Really good podcast. It was very funny and you guys hit on all the points I enjoyed most about this episode, even some of the more nuanced ones (sarah's expression while holding the board games before formally introducing themselves to the GRETAs).

    - I don't claim to know much about the ratings, still learning, but I was expecting a bigger drop. I dont know that its a reason to be optimistic, but i was pleasantly surprised. That said, I do know a fair amount about the NFL and that labor situation. The chances of the NFL's labor situation getting resolved before Mid-May is unlikely. Last time the NFL was brought up in relation to CHUCK I believe (dont want to put words in your mouth) Magnus said if that wasnt solved by mid-may he was confident CHUCK would get picked up. The two sides are not even scheduled to meet again until April 6th. Factor in the draft at the end of April and no true urgency until around September (when both players and owners would technically start losing money) and the likelihood of it getting resolved in the next 6-8 weeks seems rather small. Possible, but unlikely. So, as a CHUCK fan who only has minimal understanding on ratings (and even less control-not a neilsen home) I'm putting my CHUCK renewal eggs in the NFL basket.

    - I know its been mentioned a lot, and I'm sure many of you have already seen this but re: Ali Adler writing the wedding episode. Someone on twitter wrote to Ali saying "I cant imagine a CHUCK wedding episode w/out you writing it" and Ali responded saying "Me neither." Whether it happens or not who knows, but Im glad that most everyone is one the same page that it would be a great idea.

    - Lastly, I'm expecting Chuck will kill again and this time it will be to protect Ellie. The line from Bentley about how the new GRETAs "weren't afraid to pull the trigger" seemed pretty foretelling. Also it appeared as though Chuck had a real gun in this episode, not a tranq. I doubt he'll shoot Bentely herself, but I would also expect her to be present during that scene. I dont know, just a thought.

    Thanks podcast as always.

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  16. Craig, it will also depend on the pilots. If NBC feels they have a strong group of pilots and picks up a bunch of shows and there is no place for CHUCK, then that will be it. So, until we hear how confident NBC is about those pilots, we won't know anything for sure.

    But, if NBC doesn't pick up an unusual amount of shows, and the NFL thing looks bad in May, then my source says CHUCK gets picked up. He is pretty confident about that... at least right now.

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  17. Appreciate the added insight. thanks Magnus.

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  18. Very interesting comments Magnus. That is how I read it as well. It seems to me its more about Chuck VS The Pilots than Chuck VS say Harry's Law or any other show at this point for pickup. If they suck our chances go up as they don't really have anything else for 8pm. Harry's Law is a lock so is Parenthood the only shows left on the bubble to me are Chuck and LOLA which is a complete unknown with all of its problems.

    I do find this title a brilliant move on their part. It's gutsy and it has charged up the fanbase a bit when things have been looking a little bleak. To me they either know something already which is a possibility because there really are not too many chances for the ratings to change much with the 3 week break coming after next week or it was just them being clever and I love that.

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  19. uplink, I keep forgetting to address the LOLA thing. That is a show my source tells me will probably get picked up even if the ratings tank because of some super secret hush hush deal with Dick Wolf.

    As for the Cliffhanger title... I am betting it is referencing what happens in 23 more than 24. They certainly don't know anything (renewal wise). If they did, I would too. I am that confident of my source. :)

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  20. I Magnus,
    Your insider said that if there's still a NFL lockout in may (not likely) and NBC doesn't pick an unusual amount of shows Chuck gets picked up.
    Does it mean that if there's no NFL lockout in may it will depend only on the pilots quality ?

    Thanks

    French Chuck fan

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  21. French, logically, I guess. But I don't know.

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  22. correct me if I am wrong but I though either Josh Schwartz or Chris Fedak said at a comic con that when the show ended they were going to leave it on a cliffhanger and not end it like all the other shows do.

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  23. Interesting about Dick Wolf. That doesn't surprise me in the least as the continuing of the saturday repeats has surprised me a bit. I am interested to see how they address Alana De La Garza coming back and her relationship with Linus Roache. IMO they should have just kept the original or taken a year off.

    Glad to hear of your confidence in your source and glad to hear that they have expressed a path to renewal that is realistically possible. IMO next week's episode and possibly 4.20 on April 18th will be the most crucial numbers wise. I think the decision will be made before the start of May. Next week is critical I think. If it stays stable or goes back up to 1.7 then I'm a lot more confident but if it goes to Event type numbers its done.

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  24. Even if your source told you that the show was going to get picked up for a fifth season , would you really tell anyone though ( at this moment )? I mean the ratings are bad enough we don't want anymore people to feel safe about the show and stop watching . Something as big as that would be I'd think you'd keep that pretty close to the chest for a while instead of leaking it , no ?

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  25. Well, unless I was told not to... sometimes there are things I want to say that I am told not to mention. So, I guess my answer should have been that it depends. :)

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  26. Magnus, are you going to the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo this weekend?

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  27. J says ...

    Kristen over at E! Put out a spoiler a couple days ago about Sarah having a bachelorette party . Can you tell us which episode that will happen in ?

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  28. Will the Casey/Kathleen storyline be resolved in a satisfying manner? Is the Colonel going to be reunited with his teammates before the season finale?


    Lina

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  29. I will take questions next week while we are on our next break.

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  30. Well, we all know that in their relationship they kinda changed the roles, so it makes sense for sarah to have the bachelorette party... but is chuck gonna have one?

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  31. The curse of Summer Glau might be coming back for one of the final episodes or next season of chuck as talk about below.

    "It could be a while. Not that Fedak doesn’t want to see her return, but it’s a creative pickle. “I would love to bring Summer Glau back,” Fedak says. “She, of course, left on bad terms at the end of her episode. She had kind of run afoul of Col. John Casey, but, listen, if we have the opportunity, I would love to bring summer Glau back. She’s just wonderful.”

    Source: ew.com

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  32. Oh no.... Summer Glau!!!!

    The grim reaper of television shows.

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  33. Summer Glau would make a great enemy intersect

    not great actress - Check
    emotionless - Check

    On another note , if there is a 5th season they need to cast another female spy . Having Carina occur on a semi-regular basis would be awesome . Probably would be hard consideringvthe budget , but it would liven the show up a bit and have some extra hotness which is never bad .

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  34. Actors aren't all that expensive, really. So, I don't see why they couldn't make her a more regular character. Though, I would prefer Cole be the reoccurring character to return.

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  35. Magnus said...
    "Steve, nope."

    oh :( ....well i will be trying to take alot of pictures of the cast when i go, so if you want, you could use them to put on your blog if you want. Unless you have someone else you know going...Up to you.

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  36. Hell, if you take pictures and want me to post them, I will do it. I don't normally cover such things on this blog but for you... I will make an exception. :)

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  37. lol...i figured since you posted Chuckfest pictures, that you would be willing to post C2E2 pictures as well... but up to you, if i get some good ones, i will contact you.

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  38. I was one of the organizers for Chuckfest... so, technically, those were pictures from my event. :)

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  39. I like the idea of bringing in another spy on a regular basis and I liked Cole. He turned out to be a stand up guy and was a great spy. Certainly much better than the one we were told was great but turned out to be the worst. Cole would be happy for them being married and would be a great partner to work with. I also wouldn't mind seeing Zondra back either next season.

    I'm beginning to think the wedding is in 4.23 from what we are hearing and that the Cliffhanger is as you suggest, at the end of it. 4.24 being the aftermath and how Chuck and Sarah deal with it. We all know that the wedding won't go smoothly so why not have what could be the final big story of the season/series possibly be done over 2 episodes.

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  40. uplink, I would say you are about 30% right.

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  41. ok, makes sense. Sounds like you can single handedly save Chuck!! Please do!! by any means necessary! ;)

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  42. Speaking of which... holy hell, I got sick while I was editing the Chuckfest2 video and forgot to finish it!

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  43. well 30% isn't bad with almost 2 months to go. Now I just got to figure out which 30%

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  44. there you go... see I am not useless after all! =)

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  45. J says...

    I think having Cole back would be awesome . Though having said that the show is kind of becoming a sausage fest lately lol . Carina or Zondra would be great for recurring characters . There feisty and would bring some much needed sex appeal to a show that is some what lacking in that department lately . Just think of all the trouble Carina could cause on missions .

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  46. I like Carina but I would like some new hottie to come in and shake things up.

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  47. shake things up how, C/S relationship, Team B, Morgan/Alex relationshiop...

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  48. Magnus, you should follow Zondra on Twitter. She is freaking hilarious. You would love it.

    @MercedesMasohn Damn!

    I really liked how she flipped personalities in that episode. I think she could be a new hottie coming back on occasion.

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  49. ah okay, so sorta like Sarah when she belly danced?

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  50. uplink, is she following me? ;)

    Anonymous, if that even is your name, something like that.

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  51. I read today that Lauren Cohan was cast in a pilot for something next season . What if Vivian some how got killed in the season fnale in a way where it looks like Chuck and company were responsible for it ( but not really ) . Than Volkoff finds out after he escapes at the end of 4.24 and goes cray-cray . dun-dun-dun

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  52. Well gonna take a "shot" at a spec.

    I think the wedding may be spread over 2 episodes. We know it won't go smoothly and all the stories will come together there probably so why not take time have some really dramatic cliffhanger at the end of 4.23. Dare I say it the bullet holes in the wedding dress were prophetic and Sarah gets shot or at least shot at in the dress and they end it there till 4.24.

    A little dark for this season I know but I keep getting the feeling that a woman gets shot or possibly killed this season, not Sarah killed certainly, but I just think they may want to show the danger of the business for both genders which also could make Vivian a victim.

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  53. I think it will take place over two eps because I think the first wedding will get trashed by the bad guys. I think Chuck and Sarah will discover beforehand whatever it is the Volkoff duo or other baddies are planning to do to crash their wedding and they are going to leave the wedding they planned as a set-up. I think it will be similar to the the technique they used with the proposal where there was a "fancy eloquent" version of the proposal that didn't really go as planned in Balcony, but then we got the sweet, stripped down version in the end of Push Mix.

    -OPD

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  54. I just thought of this for those of you that watch the show castle then you will know what I am talking about. I was think for Chuck that they could do one of those cliffhangers like they have in the pass two seasons of castle. I think if Chuck had 1 or 2 of those a season then maybe chuck would be doing better in the ratings.

    What do you think Magnus?

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  55. NBC just renewed Community and Parks and Recreation. Community's last original A18-49 rating was a 1.8. P&R's was a 2.4.

    If Chuck could somehow pull even with Community in regards to rating, it might look better for Chuck.

    Watch for what Community gets tonight.

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  56. No surprise there. Parks is doing well and COMMUNITY is the new lowly rated prestige show for NBC to have.

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  57. Out of the three renewals ( office , P&R and community ) , I was kind of shocked that they renewed Community this early . I fully expected it to get renewed , just not so soon . NBC has only renewed unscripted and 4 comedies so far . No Dramas yet . SVU is really the nay lock for next season drama wise and that all depends on contracts that have yet to be signed . Parenthood is probably going to renewed along with LOLA just because you NBC doesn't want to piss off Dick Wolf . Harry's Law will probably survive . So that leaves only Chuck " on the bubble " . Everything else will no doubtedly be canceled ( Outlaw , Chase , Undercovers , The Event , The Cape ) .

    Some of NBC's upcoming pilots sound pretty good . Although I could have said the same thing last year . With probably only 1 survivor from this season out of all it's new shows ( Harry's Law ) . Unless they plan on picking a slew of dramas as insurance if some of the new ones bombed . Wouldn't picking up Chuck as some sort of emergency filler be smart move just in case . If they find a few hits during the fall/winter next season they could air Chuck in the summertime next year ? Fans would be happy and the network would save a lot of negative publicity and at the same time allow them to find some New hits on their schedule .

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  58. "So that leaves only Chuck 'on the bubble'"

    Essentially. NBC could pick it up at this point just because WB is willing to give it to them for cheap and they could plug it in anywhere. But we shall see. If there has been any big development in the past few days, I haven't been notified.

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  59. Community didn't surprise me, the timing did. I'm pleased because when that show is great it is amazing(paintball episode)but it has been a bit inconsistent this season. Sometimes it tries to be too cute and hip. But I do like it and watch it. Though tonight stunk, not enough Annie.

    I agree with Anon. The only show left on the bubble as I see it is Chuck. Harry's Law, Parenthood and probably LOLA all come back. The three week break for Chuck still intrigues me. If they planned on not renewing Chuck why not burn them all off before sweeps? Or see how it does those weeks before deciding. But now there are very few episodes left to make any difference before the decision is made. Which I believe will be late April at the latest.
    I am curious to see what they announce for the schedule. Will they rerun say Gobbler and Push Mix to get us back to the Volkoff arc with 4.20, or will they put something else in on the 4th and 11th?

    But I will say that such an early commitment to Community makes me slightly more encouraged about Chuck's chances.

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  60. COMMUNITY has been inconsistent this season? By what standard? Outside of one episode, I can't think of any inconsistency worth mentioning. Oh, do you mean it is frakin' brilliant one week and only genius another? Fine, then I agree. It has been inconsistent.

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  61. Well a couple of episodes left me kind of flat that's what I meant by inconsistent. But it is like Chuck in that a weak Community episode is still much better than most other shows. I loved the Christmas episode and the one with the blanket tent but a few were kind of meh. Tonight's was one of those.

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  62. We can't be friends any more.

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  63. Well all great things must end I guess. Its been ahh, oh wait. What has it been?

    BTW, you gonna do an ask DR segment during the 3 week break? Got some questions.

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  64. I am either going to do another Dear DR or do a podcast thingy every week where I answer questions. I might just go the Dear DR route since that is easier to do than the poopcast.

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  65. J says ...

    Upon rewatching the episode again ( still awesome ) it gave me a pretty cool idea . When the GRETAS got de-intersected , it reminded me of Superman 2 ( I think thats the one ) where at the end Superman steps inside that chamber and is supposed to lose his powers . But he switches it so that inside he's safe from the transformation and instead the 3 baddies outside the chamber lost their powers instead of superman .

    Since Bentley is hell bent on making more intersects , it would be cool if something like that could happen on chuck down the line . Where the bad intersects that she creates have Chuck and then Bentley tries to de-intersect Chuck only to have him switch it around and de-intersect the bad GRETAS instead and take down Bentley for good in the process .

    lol

    Awesome news about Community and Parks & Rec !!

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  66. After talking to a knowledgable--but not "insider"--friend, I'm not so sure LOLA is a lock for renewal, despite NBC's longstanding relationship with Dick Wolf. But, lets see what ratings it gets upon return.

    Harry's Law probably will get renewed. It's viewers aren't all in the prescious 18-49 group, but there are lots of them.

    I'm not surprised they are running Chuck into May. Wedding episodes are promotable items and they usually bring in a bump of curious lapsed viewers who should watch out of curiosity, if nothing else. And who knows what product placement awaits us in the final episodes of this season.

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  67. dkd, I didn't say LOLA was a lock.

    CHUCK taking another big break should be interesting. And while NBC will promote the wedding in May, a decision will likely have been made about its renewal/cancellation by then.

    I hesitate to report more news on that front right now since I don't want to give anyone false hope.

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  68. French here,

    Magnus, don't hesitate if you've got intel.
    It's nice to have hope, even if it doesn't turn out the way we expect it to be at the end.
    I think we all know that the battle is far from won.

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  69. "I hesitate to report more news on that front right now since I don't want to give anyone false hope."

    Subtle, very subtle Magnus. ;)

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  70. Sorry, I phrased it that way. You did not say it that way.

    I know you know this, but some people think we may not know until the 16th, which is the day of NBC's upfront event.

    But, it's very, very rare that decisions are made at the very last hour.*

    The schedules leak out beforehand, probably on Friday because the NBC meeting in on Monday morning. I speculate May 12th as the absolute deadline date for knowing one way or other. But, I think in Chuck's case it could be sooner.

    * Fox's decision to pick up Firefly vs. renewing Dark Angel is one rare example of something that went almost up to the upfront meeting.

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  71. Couldn't you be said to be engendering false hope among your visitors simply by alluding to the fact that hope (false or otherwise) could be gleaned based upon the information you currently have, but are choosing not to, report?

    Or should I just restart my meds?

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  72. Last night's results for NBC's comedies aren't so great: Community 1.7, Parks & Rec. 1.8, 30 Rock 1.7, Outsourced 1.4. All were possibly impacted by the NCAA's running on multiple channels given they all skew male in appeal.

    If Chuck could somehow pull a 1.7 again on Monday, it would be good, but NBC isn't promoting Monday's episode as they did last week's.

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  73. NBC COMMUNITY 1.7 6 4.214

    Very interesting. Community does have the buzz of the critics but these numbers are the same as Chuck's basically. Slightly better demo and fewer overall viewers yet it got an early renewal.

    I believe we will know Chuck's fate by the time Wedding Planner airs if not sooner. IMO it is the only real bubble show left on NBC. Harry's Law and Parenthood are safe and unless LOLA really tanks on mondays to a 1.1 or 1.2 it will be back because of their relationship with Dick Wolf.

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  74. I really shouldn't have said anything about false hope. All I meant was that I keep hearing from one side very positive things. But the other side is still pretty iffy. So, that is what I meant by false hope. See, any other site would be all "OMG! MY SOURCES SAY CHUCK WILL GET A FIFTH SEASON!" But I am not one of those sites... especially since the source I trust the most doesn't say that.

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  75. dkd, I am surprised NBC is not promoting it as much since someone told me they would be. Oh well, I should just listen to the source I trust the most. :)

    That isn't a knock on any other sources... just that some people are more in the know than others.

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  76. Magnus could they have been alluding to the final 5 being more heavily promoted? I do see that happening as no matter what the renewal decision the Chuck/Sarah wedding, Dalton and Hamilton are very promotable. Also other drama's like Harry's Law, Parenthood etc will all have already had their finales air so promo time will be opened up.

    I take what you said to mean that your WB source is more positive than your NBC source. If that is the case then I'd lean more towards the NBC one as well. Its their final decision and not WB's afterall.

    But I do think last night's results are very interesting as far as Chuck's prospects go. I do NOT attribute it to the NCAA games because their ratings sucked as basically a 1.6-1.7 average. It is more likely DST and the natural drop. Community had almost an identical rating as Chuck and yet it got an early renewal. Now monday's rating will matter significantly but I think it always was going to be important.

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  77. What would make NBC promote an episode over another. Do they want a 1.4 on Monday? So Chuck is off for three weeks. How can they get ratings info when the last data point isChuck vs the opening night of DWTS with zero promotion. Scratching my head regards to NBC.

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  78. Nope. They were clearly talking about last week and this week. I don't think they have any idea what the plan is for May.

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  79. If the WB is more willing to produce a 5th season than NBC is to airing one , couldn't Warner Bros find another dance partner to air chuck ?

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  80. I seem to answer this question over and over and over.

    WB could do whatever WB wants to do. But fans have this perception that WB will just run out and get another network or cable channel to pick it up (or the CW) and it just isn't as easy as that. If it was, it would happen a lot more than it does.

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  81. Look on tvbythenumbers website and they explain the near same situation with v. That should answer all your questions regarding getting another network to air chuck.

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  82. Magnus said "If it was, it would happen a lot more than it does."

    I think this is the thing that a lot of fans do not seem to understand. To us the fans, CHUCK is special, but in the grand scheme of TV, it is not. There simply is not enough of a history of shows getting canceled by one network and picked up and continued with another. Yes, it has happened in rare and specific situations, but they are just that rare and specific. I love CHUCK, its one of my favorite shows of all time and I very much hope for a season 5, but the reality is there is just very little president for shows getting picked up on other networks after being canceled. I don't fault people for wishing or dreaming, but if you want something that is actually possible to latch your hopes to, have it be a season 5 on NBC and not on CW.

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  83. Great news about Muuurder. Its a Kristin Newman episode and directed by Allan Kroeker who has done some of the best episodes on the show.

    Wookie, Marlin, Seduction,Lethal Weapon, Nacho Sampler, and First Fight. Very impressive resume.

    This looks like a really good one coming.

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  84. J asks ...

    Are you as excited for this weeks episode as you were for last weeks ? Which part of the episode do you think will be better , the muuurder " mystery " or the Buy More battle with Large Mart ? I think for the first time in a long time that I'm looking forward to the Buy More plot more than I am to the main one :)

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  85. Magnus,
    you need to include the following to post a comment "AND NO MORE STUPID COMMENTS ABOUT SEASON 3 OR WHY DOESN'T WB FIND ANOTHER NETWORK TO AIR CHUCK!!!"

    TS

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  86. rac2873 "What would make NBC promote an episode over another."

    The answer to that is in what they did promote this week where a Chuck spot ran last week. Based on what I saw in Community, P&R, and 30 Rock, they were splitting the promotion between the Trump show and promoting the shows running later on Thursday night. Last week, they didn't promote the Thursday night shows because they were all reruns. So, they slotted in Chuck promos.

    Chuck got a lot of promotion last week because almost the entire NBC schedule was repeats until Sunday night and Monday night. It's always about priorities. Chuck was a higher priority last week because they had little else to promote ahead of it. Using that theory, I suspect you'll see some promos tonight in whatever is running on NBC. I noticed they are also starting to promote the return of LOLA a little bit, though.

    Uplink said: "I do NOT attribute it to the NCAA games because their ratings sucked as basically a 1.6-1.7 average."

    You can't just look at the CBS rating. Games were also running on three other networks. That's a change compared to last year. Only CBS had it. You have to add them all together to calculate the total NCAA number.

    Also, whatever the Adult 18-49 rating is, the Male 18-49 rating is probably much higher.

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  87. Hey, I'm flying to Chicago tonight to attend C2E2.

    Anyone want to dare me to ask Fedak what HE thinks is the reason Men 18-34 aren't watching as much anymore?

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  88. im getting confused with airdates. So after this episode(4.19) there is a three week hiatus than is chuck on every week till the finale?
    Kelly

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  89. Maybe NBC shouldn't bother with airing Chuck next Monday since DWTS and House are both airing in the same time slot. Maybe they should air an Event and Harry's Law marathon next Monday since they now only care about those shows on Mondays now.

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  90. melwicker, why don't they just cancel CHUCK while they are at it and burn all the remaining episodes?

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  91. Magnus, I don't think NBC would cancel Chuck before next Monday and burn the remaining episodes, but I'm not sure what they WILL do.

    I wasn't suggesting canceling Chuck, it's just that NBC doesn't have much luck in getting good ratings since both DWTS and House air in the same time slot, and both competitors are ratings juggernauts. If they move Chuck to another time slot on another day, Chuck might fare better in the ratings.
    With two ratings juggernauts competing against NBC, NBC doesn't seem to care for promoting a show that is stuck in the 7/8 pm time slot. So they promote the shows that are on after Chuck far better than they promote Chuck.
    Yet still all three of NBC's Monday night shows suffer.

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  92. They might as well cancel it Magnus. They dont seem to promote it. Let be honest here.

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  93. So they should cancel it because they don't promote it? Shouldn't they renew it because they don't promote it?

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  94. I think they should renew Chuck.

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  95. I am surprised at you, melwicker. I was sure you were going to push for them to cancel it. ;)

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  96. Magnus, I don't WANT NBC to cancel Chuck. I just think that NBC doesn't like to promote Chuck anymore.

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