NBC has reportedly renewed the action-comedy “Chuck” for a third season.
According to a wide variety of media reports. “Chuck” had been ordered for an additional 13 episodes, though sources close to the show tell HitFix only that the official deal is “close” as of early Sunday evening.
Whether NBC saved “Chuck” because of an Internet-driven campaign of candy-sending and Subway sandwich buying is unclear. It’s also entirely possible that the network looked at the devotion of “Chuck” fans, examined the show’s ratings in comparison to recently renewed bubble shows like “Southland” (well-under 5 million viewers and a 1.7 demo rating in its last airing) and “Parks and Recreation” and simply employed a little common sense.
Either way, despite its low ratings in a brutal Monday time slot, “Chuck” had been considered likely for renewal until NBC left the show off of its “Go” list as its recent infront presentation to advertisers. Since that point, “Chuck” has been in limbo, with negotiations ongoing between NBC and Warner Brothers TV.
There is a catch, though, to the “Chuck” renewal, according to Michael Ausiello. The renewal deal is reportedly at a reduced budget, with several supporting cast members appearing in fewer episodes and a reduction of staff writers.
Either way, whether the renewal is signed, sealed and delivered or merely “close,” it’s good news for “Chuck.”
Stay tuned to HitFix for additional scheduling information as the upfronts season begins on Monday.