On Sunday, your very own TV Addict had the pleasure of attending the CHUCK panel at New York Comic Con 2009. Featuring co-creators Josh Schwartz, Chris Fedak and the absolutely stunning Yvonne Strahovski (Sarah Walker) the panel was in a word: Awesome! With serious kudos going out to panel moderator Alan Sepinwall, who offered up his own intelligent questions, kept the panel moving and remembered that first and foremost and for better or for worse, NY Comic Con is about giving the fans their opportunity to interact with their favorites (TVGuide’s Damian Holbrook, who sucked the energy out of yesterday’s FRINGE panel, please take note)
11:30AM: After viewing a spoiler-heavy trailer designed specifically for New York Comic Con that showed Big Mike hooking up with Morgan’s mom, Tricia Helfer seducing Captain Awesome (in what looks to be a stripper cop uniform, naturally), Casey punching out Emmitt and the not-so-super-secret casting of Scott Bakula as Chuck’s Dad and Chevy Chase as some sort of technology visionary (think: Steve Jobs) co-creator Josh Schwartz joked that they may have given away too much.
11:31AM: CHUCK co-creator Chris Fedak on the casting of Chevy Chase, “Fletch and Spies Like Us are very much within the DNA of our show. Zach [Levi] really reminds us of Fletch and Chevy, so when the opportunity came to get a guy who’s Chuck’s spiritual godfather it was an opportunity that was too good to pass up.” Added Josh Schwartz, “We love the 80’s!”
11:33AM: Yvonne Strahovski on her favorite types of scenes, “I love doing the fight scenes but equally loved going back and playing young Sarah — being nerdy, not having to worry about being pretty.” Or as Josh Schwartz sees it, “You know, how Chris and I go through everyday of our lives!”
11:36AM: Attention fans of Fulcrum, in an upcoming episode in which Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy) plays as Fedak puts it, “a super badass,” fans will get to see what it’s like inside Fulcrum Headquarters.
11:38AM: Josh reveals that Chuck will have his first kill and his very own cool spy move before the season ends.
11:39AM: Awkward Fan Question #1: The webmaster of strahotski.com asks if he can give Yvonne a bear he
made bought on cafepress. Paging restraining order… line one!
11:41PM: “We got more promotion during the Super Bowl than TRANSFORMERS, STAR TREK and TERMINATOR combined,” said Josh Schwartz when asked about the chances for a third season of CHUCK, “the 3D episode did really well and NBC has been as positive as they can be without saying we’re officially coming back.”
11:42PM: Josh Schwartz versus Obama: Monday’s episode of CHUCK will be preempted to allow President Obama to address the nation. Begging the question, since when did ‘change we can believe in’ include the new President having absolutely no regard for the momentum CHUCK built up after last week’s highly rated 3D episode?
11:45PM: The biggest mystery of CHUCK thus far is finally put to rest with Chris Fedak promising that the issue of whether or not Chuck gets paid for working for the CIA will be addressed in an upcoming episode.
11:47PM: Really Awkward Fan Question #2: After Schwartz and Fedak professed their love for Scott Bakula and QUANTUM LEAP earlier in the panel, a fan personally invites the creative twosome to an upcoming QUANTUM LEAP Convention. Note to fan: Don’t hold your breath!
11:48PM: A BUFFY fan proclaims that Sarah could totally take Buffy. Any Buffy fan want to offer up a rebuttal?
11:52PM: When asked for an Adam Baldwin anecdote Josh reveals that, “there are a lot of touches that are his own. The Ronald Reagan picture, that was all Baldwin.”
11:53PM: Really Really Awkward Fan Question #3: Yvonne Strahovski is asked to be the grand martial in New York’s upcoming Poland Day Parade in New York. Seriously.
11:55PM: After Chris Fedak uses the phrase, “caps the guy” when discussing Sarah’s killing of the Fulcrum agent in CHUCK’s Christmas episode, Josh Schwartz reveals that Fedak loves writing Casey and writes Casey, “with an angry face.”
11:57AM: Adorable Kid Question of the day, “In the Christmas episode, when Casey’s toe got shot off, did he get a robotic toe?” Answer Josh Schwartz, “He does now, as of today.” Adds Fedak, “It’s actually a toe and a missile.” Cuing a final response on behalf of the kid, “Does that mean he’s like Darth Vader?”
12:04PM: And the award for fan suggestion of the day goes to the fan who wants to see Casey and Chuck as roommates, equating the odd couple to comedy gold. “We’ve talked about it,” explains Josh Schwartz, “If Awesome and Ellie get married, maybe they move out and we’ve also played with the idea of Chuck and Sarah living together.”
12:05PM: Reason #45 to love Chris Fedak: “I live my life trying to cast Whedon and STAR TREK actors.”
12:05PM: On the possibility of Harry Tang returning to the Buy More, Josh Schwartz joked that, “We’ve been eagerly awaiting DEXTER to kill him off and that hasn’t happened yet!”
12:10PM: “Yeah, that’s what America wants to see.” joked Josh Schwartz when asked by a fan whether the economic crisis will affect the Buy More, “You’re actually going to see the Beverly Hills Buy More which to Emmitt is so so sweet.”
12:10PM: On whether or not Schwartz and Fedak resent not being given the hallowed post-Super Bowl slot. “Yeah we definitely did everything we could and threw our hat in the ring early.” Admits Schwartz, “But we felt like we got the next best thing and as the Super Bowl came to a close I thought that I wouldn’t have wanted the pressure.” Adds Fedak, “We were impressed and happy with the amount of support from NBC.”
12:11PM: For the answer to the obligatory Chuck/Sarah will-they-or-won’t-they question, see Dan Feinberg’s excellent interview with Josh Schwartz over at hitfix.com where Schwartz pretty much repeats his answer verbatim.
12:14PM: Are you ready to rock? Because “Jefster,” Jeff and Lester’s band is coming to a Buy More near you!
12:15PM: After Yvonne half-jokingly says that the
creepiest craziest fan encounter she’s ever had is the guy who runs strahotski.com and made her a bear, Schwartz says, “Way to play to your fans Yvonne.”
Be sure to check back with theTVaddict.com tomorrow for our exclusive interview with Creators Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak.