2013: The Chuck Year In Review

As 2013 draws to a close, let’s look back at the year that was for our Chuck friends.

Chris Fedak

Chris had an exciting year: in September he and his wife welcomed their second daughter, Hildy, who joins big sister Clara (yes, the Awesome baby is named after her). Then in October news came that NBC purchased a drama project from Chris to develop for 2014. November brought news that Syfy had optioned a second project, a horror series called The Woods, also in development for 2014.

Zachary Levi

2013 brought a major milestone for Zac: appearing in his first Broadway production. First Date, a new romantic comedy musical, featured Zac in the lead role opposite Krysta Rodriguez. Although the show’s run ends on January 5, the official cast soundtrack is currently available for purchase.

Zac hosted a series of behind-the-scenes videos for the making of the new Tomb Raider video game, and when the game was released in March, fans found a fun surprise: you can play as Zac, complete with NERD t-shirt!

In April, Zac co-starred opposite Alexis Bledel in the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie Remember Sunday, which aired on CBS and later on The Hallmark Channel. He also addressed why it’s too soon for a Chuck movie and how the Veronica Mars Kickstarter campaign could impact a possible production. (We talked about it, too.)

July brought Zac back to San Diego for Nerd HQ at Comic Con, the event’s fourth year. Although he had to give up hosting duties partway through the weekend to save his voice for Broadway, it as another resounding success for The Nerd Machine which raised $215,000 for Operation Smile. September brought the premiere of Tiny Commando, a web series starring Zac as, well, a tiny commando. In November, Zac attended the Thor 2: The Dark World red carpet premiere, a movie in which he co-stars as Fandral.

Follow Zac on Twitter @ZacharyLevi.

Yvonne Strahovski

I, Frankenstein still hasn’t been released, but for good reason: the movie co-starring Yvonne is being converted to 3-D for an early 2014 release.

Yvonne’s Broadway debut, in the revival of Golden Boy, earned her a Theatre Award, and her performance in Dexter season 7 garnered a Saturn Award nomination.

In April, following much speculation, Showtime announced that Yvonne would reprise her role as Hannah McKay in Dexter‘s final season. She attended a gala celebrating Dexter in June, posing alongside the other women from the show on the red carpet. She took a little time out for fun with her former co-star, Sarah Lancaster, at the beach, posting photos of their afternoon on Twitter.

Yvonne was at Comic Con in July, in support of both I, Frankenstein and Dexter, where she also talked about her time on Chuck and the possibility of a movie.

She stayed in the public eye with an interview and photoshoot in Esquire in June, a beauty feature in The New York Times, and a gorgeous photoshoot Joseph Chen.

Follow Yvonne on Twitter @Y_Strahovski.

Adam Baldwin

Adam kept a fairly low profile in 2013. He had some voiceover projects released – Injustice: Gods Among Us, Beware the Batman, and Batman: Arkham Origins – but the majority of the year was spent filming the new TNT action-adventure series The Last Ship, coming in 2014.

Follow Adam on Twitter @AdamBaldwin.

Joshua Gomez

Josh also kept a fairly low profile in 2013. He guest starred as a man who believes he’s a time traveler in an October episode of Castle.

He also hot tubbed with Ryan McPartlin and traded Buy More stories with Jesse Heiman at the XBox One launch party.

Follow Josh on Twitter @JoshuaEGomez.

Sarah Lancaster

This year Sarah graced our screens in two made-for-TV movies in November: Lifetime’s …, and The Hallmark Channel’s Fir Crazy. In June we found out that she’d been cast opposite Robert Downey, Jr. in The Judge, coming in 2014.

During the summer, fans were delighted when photos of Sarah and Yvonne hanging out at the beach appeared on Twitter, and in October, she visited her TV bro backstage on Broadway. Sarah also participated in the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s, in honor of her late grandmother, and Chucksters poured out their support to reach her fundraising goal.

Follow Sarah on Twitter @SarahMLancaster.

Ryan McPartlin

Ryan started the year with a guest spot on I Hate My Teenage Daughter, the short-lived FOX sitcom, and caused a commotion on the CW’s Hart of Dixie in the fall. Ryan was back on set filming another appearance in December when Yvonne stopped by to visit.

The indie movie The Right Kind of Wrong, co-starring Ryan Kwanten and Sara Canning, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and is slated for a February release in the US. He also co-starred in a pilot for a possible comedy on TBS, Do It Yourself, which may see release in 2014.

Follow Ryan on Twitter @RyanMcPartlin.

Mekenna Melvin

In May, Mekenna guest starred in the season finale of Castle, and in November she had a guest role on Grey’s Anatomy. She also filmed two movies – The Bad Guys and Mr. Intangibles – due for release in 2014.

Mekenna had the lead role in Lifetime Movie Network’s original movie The Nightmare Nanny in July, starring as a young woman with a tragic past. In October, Mekenna appeared in the premiere episode of The Cartridge Family, a new web series.

Follow Mekenna on Twitter @MekennaMelvin.

Vik Sahay

Vik started out the year with a guest spot on Bones in January, followed by a guest role on CBS’ massively popular NCIS in February. His indie film, My Awkward Sexual Adventure, began making the festival rounds in the spring, and in June Vik was nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award for his performance.

August brought “almost exclusive” word that Vik would guest star in The Mentalist (airing in the autumn) and recur in the new NBC series Sean Saves the World. In November, Vik went to Los Angeles to film the romantic comedy Sharon 1.2.3., due out in 2014.

Follow Vik on Twitter @Vik__Sahay 

Mark Christopher Lawrence

Mark’s year was full of comedy shows, but it was his dramatic acting chops that garnered him notice from the San Diego Theater Critics Circle who named him Actor of the Year in February.

Follow Mark on Twitter @MarkChrLawrence.

Jesse Heiman

The Buy More’s Fernando gets his own paragraph this year thanks to his provocative Super Bowl commercial in which he smooched on model Bar Rafaeli. He also has a documentary in the works about his path to becoming The World’s Greatest Extra.

Follow Jesse on Twitter @JesseHeiman.

Creative Team

Other members of Chuck‘s creative team saw several projects put in motion this year: Scott Rosenbaum’s Gang Related will air on FOX in 2014; Phil Klemmer’s The Tomorrow People is performing well for the CW; and Matt Miller’s The 100 premieres on the CW in Spring 2014.

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  1. Hello Mel its been a long time since ive been on here I would just like to wish you A Happy New Year and all the best for 2014 take care

    Alison ( Ali )
    London …. 🙂 🙂

  2. I Wish You A Happy New Year My it Be A Great One 🙂

  3. I don’t think that @AdamSBaldwin is the Twitter account of the actor from “Chuck.” (https://twitter.com/AdamBaldwin).