Praise the Intersect and all that is Subway, we're getting some major reports that a Chuck pickup is likely for NBC. "Multiple sources confirm that NBC is expected to do the right thing and renew the action comedy for a fourth season," EW's Michael Ausiello reported today. And according to one of his insiders, Chuck has been a part of all of NBC's preliminary planning.
While NBC won't comment yet on its schedule, series co-creator Josh Schwartz said, "That's news to me. ... I would urge fans to take nothing for granted ... and watch tonight's all-new episode, guest-starring Doc Brown himself, Christopher Lloyd, and the return of Anna Wu (Julia Ling)."
What gives this report even more credence is an interview by The Hollywood Reporter with NBC Entertainment president Angela Bromstad regarding its schedule. While the network has already picked up several new shows, including J.J. Abrams' spy series Undercovers and the serialized conspiracy thriller The Event, Bromstad talked about NBC's possible Monday programming and stated, "We have Chuck."
While Bromstad wasn't ready to give our favorite spy series the green light just yet, she did say, "It's our highest-performing Monday night show. We look at it as a very strong player, and it's a show that matches up with our new shows. It's too early for me to say for certain, as it's a conversation we're going to have next week." Next week NBC will announce its fall schedule during its May 17 upfront presentation.
As for Heroes, she didn't sound quite as positive, but she did offer some hope. "With serialized shows like Parenthood and Heroes that don't perform well in repeats, we could be looking at shows sharing the same timeslots (split between fall and spring). I wouldn't count anything out. With shows like that we really have to sit down and figure out all the pieces of the schedule," said Bromstad. Parenthood has been renewed for a second season.
Will you watch Chuck live tonight?