After hanging precariously on the cancel bubble for years, NBC has done the unthinkable: They’ve picked up a full season order of “Chuck” only five weeks into the television season.
Why is this bad?
Two reasons, really: 1) The show, sadly, is on the decline. They’ve Moonlighting’d Chuck and Sarah, basically backing themselves into a corner. If they stay together, the show grows increasingly stale, and if they break up, then they will have Ross and Rachel’d Chuck and Sarah. It’s a no-win situation. Moreover, as much promise as the search for Chuck’s mom had at the end of last season, it’s not nearly as fun as the The Ring was. I find myself missing Brandon Routh more and more each week. And 2) “Chuck” always seemed to be at its best when it was under the constant threat of cancellation. With a full season order, I fear the creative team behind the show will rest on laurels until May sweeps, when Chuck and Sarah — undoubtedly — will get married.
It’s too bad; it was a zippy fun cute spy show for three seasons. It’s probably got a few good episodes left in it, but I’m afraid it’s exhausted most of its energy.
Meanwhile, NBC has also picked up a full season order of “The Chase,” because why not? It’s NBC. “Chase” airs at 10 p.m., so at the very least, it’ll never lose out to Fox in the ratings because Fox doesn’t air anything in that time slot. It’s the one hour on Monday nights when the network can brag that it finished third in the time slot, instead of fourth. Plus, it can’t be an expensive show to produce — how much does it cost to film a woman running?
In ratings news, a brand new episode of “Running Wilde” was down 14 percent from a rerun of “Raising Hope” last night, and yet “Running Wilde” is still on. I think Fox is officially overcompensating. Does anyone still watching “Running Wilde,” and if so, has it gotten better?
Finally, I leave you with this: Stephen Colbert’s appearance on “The View,” where he walks off the set in protest for the terrible way that Joy and Whoopi treated Bill O’Reilly.