Monday, April 13, 2009

Will NBC Cancel "Chuck"?

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One of the best shows on teevee -- IMHO -- is NBC's "Chuck (No relation to NBC's Chuck Todd)," an earnest superheroe-y show that pays homage to all the good-hearted young wage-slaves across America trying to do the right thing. One of the burdens of being a teevee *avid* is that the shows we love -- Dollhouse, 30 Rock -- are not fare for the masses produced in the network sausage factory and thus are perennially on the chopping block. We look for interesting narrative arc, pitch-perfect casting and laughs. TVBythenumbers runs through some scenarios and offers some tips on keeping the show on the air. But, to be honest, the numbers are not good. What are the chances for Chuck's survival? From TVBytheNumbers:

"I think, ultimately it will come down to a couple of things:

"1.) Will Warner Brothers license it at a price where NBC says, 'Oh hell yeah, we’d be crazy not to take that deal!' Ok, so that’s an exaggeration. More realistically it’s can Warner Brothers license it at a price that makes a lot of sense NBC while still making sense Warner Brothers.

"2.) The unknown factor is what NBC thinks of the other pilots it has ordered. For more info on that see Julia’s post with links to The Futon Critic on all the networks’ pilots. The good news (from a Chuck fan perspective) is because NBC cut five hours out of the schedule for Jay Leno they only ordered up about as many pilots as FOX. FOX doesn’t broadcast nationally from 10pm-11pm so it makes sense that it has a lot fewer pilots ordered than ABC and CBS. But with NBC having Leno on from 10pm-11pm it makes sense for NBC to have fewer pilots, too.

"Several people have asked me what I think will happen. The truth is, I really don’t have a good feel."

More here.

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