NBC has granted perennial bubble-dweller Chuck a "fifth and final season" of at least 13 episodes, despite annual speculation that the ratings-challenged, enthused fan-base series would finally be cancelled.
Zachary Levi and Yvonne Strahovski star in Chuck.
The announcement that Chuck would cap its story after the next half-season was both a reprieve and a deferred cancellation, since it made certain that the season 5 finale would be the series finale as well. In the process, Chuck will also move from its traditional berth on Monday nights to Fridays, where it will be followed by new supernatural series Grimm, making room on Mondays for a weekly version of The Sing-Off, the a capella singing competition previously airing in Decembers.
The news caught web commentators somewhat by surprise: everyone knows how strong Chuck's fanbase is in terms of commitment, but the growing consensus was that the show's basic idea--computer nerd turns spy and gets the girl--had played out to its logical conclusion this year, with Chuck established as an A-list spy and proposing to Sara (Yvonne Strahovski), the agent who was once his handler and who's now his partner/girlfriend. Meanwhile Chuck was slipping in the ratings--the show averaged 5.6 million viewers and a 2.0 rating among adults 18-49 this season, which scrapes the bottom and then some for a network scripted drama.
The creative team certainly know where their bread is buttered. Tweeted creator Josh Schwartz: "The passion of the CHUCK fans has been heard again... We are all truly lucky to have the greatest fan base on tv. Thank you. ... I will have more details soon ... Very happy for the cast and crew."
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