The future of NBC's Chuck
Mon Mar 28 2011
NBC spy comedy Chuck is on hiatus for the next two weeks, but we got some clues about the future of the show when executive producer Chris Fedak and some of the show’s cast members were in town for the C2E2 comic convention last week.
The 2010-2011 television season has been an odd one in that most network shows have already gotten word about whether they’ll returning for another year, including surprise renewals of low-rated cult shows like Fox’s Fringe. Unfortunately, Chuck finds itself in the all-too-familiar position of resting on the cancellation bubble, with no word yet on whether it will stay or go.
Regardless of whether Chuck is saved from the axe once again, Fedak says the main goal is the same, “We're going to tell the most dynamic, craziest story we can possibly imagine. The kitchen sink will be thrown the frame at some point. Everything will be put on the table.” The footage of upcoming episodes shown at C2E2 (featuring the return of popular guest stars Timothy Dalton as Alexei Volkoff, Gary Cole as Sarah’s father and Ray Wise as Volkoff’s attorney) confirms this kitchen sink mentality. We also heard about the filming of a bachelor party and got a peek at preparations for a wedding ceremony (there was a telling lack of clarity on whether it was actually Chuck and Sarah’s happy day). With a series finale titled “Chuck vs. the Cliffhanger,” it seems like the show’s writing staff is daring the network not to bring them back for another year.
Despite joking at the public panel that the actors might need to start making calls to their agents for new work, Fedak and company seemed determined to think positively about the final episodes of the season. As to whether or not fans of the show will be left with any loose ends, should the axe fall, Fedak would have it no other way, “I don't think we'd ever write an ending because we love these characters and we just want to imagine that, no matter what, they're going off to have big adventures.”