GIVEN the number of great shows that got shut down and the piles of crap that continue to get renewed again and again (I’m looking at you, Heroes) I had almost given up on American television moguls.
But sometimes the cosmic tumblers click into place and they make a perfect decision. So it is with Chuck.
Amazingly, given that it has been consistently smart, funny and warm since minute one, with a great cast and immaculate genre credentials, its future was considered under threat.
That was despite a second series which built on the strengths of the first, had Scott Bakula in as Chuck’s dad, and ended on this pitch perfect note – I’ve just watched it – as Chuck uploads the new intersect to save his friends, with surprising results.
How brilliant is that? I’ve still got a massive grin on my face for what is a great scene for our massively likeable hero and a wonderful Matrix reference from TV’s number one geek. Plus the show could really go anywhere from here.
So why throw it in? I had no idea back then and still don’t now.
Thankfully, despite the threats to its future, Chuck was saved due to a fan campaign and now is stronger than ever with the studio execs desperate to get it back on air as soon as possible and commissioning more episodes.
Ah, Sarah – it can never be, but anything that keeps the lovely Yvonne on TV can only be a good thing.
She is A Good Thing on a show full of Good Things and Chuck’s return is the Best Thing of all. Bring on the return of the nerd herd.