Mission Accomplished CHUCK Fans, your show has been saved. Or at least that is what EW’s Michael Ausiello, The Live Feed, Variety and TV MoJoe are all reporting until NBC makes it official at its UpFront event on May 19.
But before you head on out to your local Subway for a celebratory Five Dollar Footlong, we should probably warn you, there’s a catch. The 13-episode pickup was contingent on Warner Bros. (the studio that produces CHUCK) agreeing to make some sizable budget cuts. Cuts which may-or-may-not include at least one cast member getting the proverbial pink slip, two staff writers definitely being show the door, and less episodes for some of your favorite supporting players (Jeffster! Big Mike! Anna! Gulp!)
All of which naturally raise three big (or in keeping with the theme of this post, foot long) questions:
1) Is less CHUCK in every sense of the word — from number of episodes, budget, production value and characters — better than no CHUCK at all?
If the unthinkable should occur and down to saving Jeff or Lester, who would you choose? Have CHUCK fans just set up the show to become the next JERICHO? Or does the fandom really believe that they, alongside NBC can attract a new audience to a show that saw virtually zero uptick in viewers throughout the highly publicized “Save CHUCK” campaign that ran over the course of CHUCK’s final episodes.
3) And finally, will NBC — who has yet to meet a product placement it can’t make work — find a way to replace Sara’s cover job at “The Orange Orange” with a Subway Sandwich Shop?