Chuck lives! NBC orders 13 new episodes for fall

NBC has renewed Chuck for a 13-episode third season, striking a deal with Warner Brothers Television to bring back the cult show with a smaller production budget, Variety reported.

The renewal haggling between NBC and Warner over the past few weeks has centered entirely on cost-cutting issues, insiders told the trade paper.

Chuck, which stars Zachary Levi as a regular-Joe computer geek who winds up with CIA secrets implanted in his head, averaged a 2.8 rating/7 share in the adults 18-49 demographic and 7.3 million viewers during its sophomore season in the Monday 8 p.m. timeslot.

Fans mounted elaborate "Save Chuck" campaigns during the past two months, including a tie-in with the Subway sandwich chain.

Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak co-created Chuck and executive-produce it along with McG and Scott Rosenbaum.

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