NBC's Giving Us More "Chuck"
Although there’s been no official confirmation, everyone is reporting that NBC has renewed “Chuck,” probably for 13 episodes. This was hoped for by many, and optimistically expected by a few (myself included) given NBC’s need for a bunch of extra programming in the wake of the failed experiment of Jay Leno at 10 p.m.
Similarly, everyone is saying that ABC has renewed “V” (also likely for 13 episodes) which was also expected, since it basically had to renew either “V” or “Flash Forward,” and “Flash Forward” is, you know, a steaming pile. In fact, word also has it that “Flash Forward” is officially dead (as, sadly, is “Better off Ted”).
One year shy of topping “Gunsmoke” as the longest running drama, there was rampant speculation yesterday that the mothership “Law & Order” would not be picked up by NBC for next year (although the higher rated and generally better “SVU” will almost certainly be back for what will possibly be its final season). But late last night, the rumors added that there were some last-minute negotiations going on to try to save the show. Word may leak for sure in the next day or so, just as happened with “Chuck,” but we’ll find out one way or the other with certainty on Sunday night, when NBC dumps a press release of its new lineup in advance of Monday’s upfront presentation.
Fox, meanwhile, has renewed “Lie to Me” (eh) and “Human Target” (groovy). It’s also ordered up a bunch of new shows.
In fact, there are lots of stories about various pilots that have been ordered (ABC picked up six new shows), and ones that may get picked up (NBC is likely to take on two new legal dramas, for instance, including one from David E. Kelley). But rather than throwing all of these at you now, I think it’ll be more interesting to talk about them all within the context of the full network schedules next week. Suffice it to say, Olivia Munn, Elisha Cuthbert, Michael Chiklis, Michael Imperioli, Will Arnett, and Matthew Perry are among the various people who will be gracing our TVs with new shows come this fall. Perry, Chiklis, and Imperioli are welcome leads. The jury remains out on Arnett. Cuthbert’s show better involve her being chased by a cougar (and I do not mean Courteney Cox), and Olivia Munn is an actress now? Alrighty then.
(I didn’t bother to source any of these because they were reported basically the same time at a whole bunch of places, although I believe douche-nozzle extraordinaire Michael Ausiello first reported the “Chuck” renewal.)