Finally, some NBC renewal/pick up scoop! Variety is reporting that their sources say Chuck “is likely to return for at least 13 episodes.” Remember that Chuck has always started the season with a 13-episode order, then had it lengthened (except for season 1 when the writers’ strike prevented extra episodes). For the uninitiated, Variety is a well-respected industry magazine. Things could change between now and Sunday when NBC officially announces their schedule, but this is a hugely positive indication of Chuck‘s future.
UPDATED 5:45PM: Ausiello is now reporting that his sources confirm a fifth season as well. NBC has declined to comment as the deal has not yet been signed.
Updated 5:47PM: Deadline is also reporting the pickup.
Updated 5:50PM: Three reliable sources saying the same thing is enough to move this from “fingers crossed” to the “semi-official” category and give it the lead news spot. Expect something official from NBC soon.