We’ve been hearing rumors for weeks. Speculating for even longer than that. And now someone is actually going on the record (sort of) with Ausiello at EW about the possibility of Chuck coming back to our screens as early as the end of this month:
Itâ€™s good news (for me), bad news (for NBC): Since its numbers are down and its new and returning shows are mainly DOA (Southland was axed before new episodes even aired!), Chuckâ€™s third season might get to premiere sooner than the March date thatâ€™s been bandied about thus far.â€œHow much soonerâ€ you ask?
As early as late October, my moles tell me. And while it remains unclear whether the little show that could (and has and shall again) would return to its Monday timeslot or find itself a new perch, NBC insiders whoâ€™ve seen the first four episodes are calling this season the best yet.
But wait, thereâ€™s more. If Chuck does come back sooner rather than later, the chances of NBC ordering additional episodes beyond the 13 it initially commissioned increases dramatically. And they increase further if it performs solidlyâ€¦ which for NBC, at this point, means my cat, Mr. Scooch, sits down to watch with me. (Seriously, anything above a 2 rating in the 18-49 demo should do the trick.)
Thoughts? I’ll admit, I’m stoked about the chance for Chuck to save NBC return early, especially since it does mean the chances of getting the full-season pickup increase exponentially, but at the same time I don’t know that NBC has time to launch the marketing campaign necessary to bring it back successfully 5 months ahead of time. Then again, this may mean we get a Chuck media blitz, and that can’t be a bad thing. (Dear NBC PR peeps: we are open to exploitation on Chuck‘s behalf.) Overall, thrilled! w00t!
Also: “NBC insiders whoâ€™ve seen the first four episodes are calling this season the best yet.” YES!