Is NBC prepared to face an onslaught of angry CHUCK?
Because that is exactly what they network will be facing should NBC choose not to renew this criminally under-watched series for a third season. Especially after CHUCK co-creator Josh Schwartz revealed to theTVaddict.com during a press conference prior to yesterday’s New York Comic Con panel that the third season finale will not wrap up the adventures of Chuck Bartkowski in a nice bow, but rather serve as a mind-blowing “Game Changer” that will launch the show in an entirely different direction.
Desperate for more intel?
Has the season finale been written?
Josh Schwartz (JS): It’s being written.
Chris Fedak (CF): I’m supposed to be writing.
Josh Schwartz (JS): As we speak actually.
Since you won’t discover whether CHUCK gets picked up for a third season until after you finish writing and shooting the finale, will you be writing it as a cliffhanger, or a series finale?
JS: We are not writing it as if it is a series finale at all. It’s actually what they call a “Game Changer.” It’s pretty mind blowing, really fun and something we’ve been talking about for two years now. It will launch the show in a really exciting, very different kind of direction.
CF: We designed the season to head towards the finale so we’re really excited about it.
Can fans expect any big name guest stars?
JS: Chevy Chase and Scott Bakula will appear up through the finale… you’ll see the “Awesomes” again…
CF: …and “The One”
CF: Jordana Brewster, The cat’s already out of the bag on that one.
JS: And you’ll get to meet Jeff’s sister.
Will the Buy More be facing its own economic crisis?
JS: Fun, economic downturn. I think the “Underpants Etc” is struggling in the Buy More Complex. Large Mart will have some layoffs.
CF: In the next couple of episodes some issues do come up. There will definitely be struggles and lots of drama.
JS: In the store. Emmitt will try to figure out how to replace the Buy More customers with robots.
CF: It gets very Shakespearean.
Now that you’ve conquered CHUCK in 3D, what’s next?
JS: We need to take it to the next level, Smellovision! Vibrating seats! We can top ourselves.
How much attention do you pay to the online fan community?
JS: Too much.
CF: Yeah, we can get a little obsessive. I’m a masochist.
JS: We read everything, it’s who the show is for. You can get a lot of constructive ciriticsim, you can go to far, allow every note to aggravate you. That’s what Sepinwall does, he’s always on our ass (Note: Star-Ledger critic Alan Sepinwall moderated the panel)
CF: I’ve destroyed a couple of computers.
And since I’m somewhat of an OC addict, I have to ask. WHen are OC alum Adam Brody and/or Peter Gallagher dropping by?
JS: It’s always a possibility, we had Rachel [Bilson] and Melinda [Clarke] on. So we’d love to try and figure it out.