It's official: NBC renews 'Chuck' (but there's a catch)

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NBC has finalized a deal to bring Chuck back for a third season, multiple sources confirm.

That’s the good news. Here’s the bad news: The 13-episode pickup came after Warner Bros. agreed to make significant budget concessions, including scaling back the number of episodes several members of the show’s stellar supporting cast will appear in and, per one insider, possibly eliminating one actor altogether (R.I.P. Anna Wu?). The show is also expected to cut two of its staff writers.

But back to the good news: Chuck lives on! Celebrate in the comments section!

For up-to-the-minute renewal-cancellation-pickup scuttlebutt throughout the weekend and into upfront week, stay close to both my blog (the one you’re reading now!) and Twitter feed. And to track the status of your favorite bubble show, there’s my Fall TV Cheat Sheet. Finally, for the official schedule announcements (beginning with Fox tomorrow) proceed to the Hollywood Insider blog.

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  • Meg

    Thank GOODNESS! With the cliffhanger they left us with I wouldn’t be able to carry on not knowing what happens to Chuck v2.0!

  • Mojo

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS, hopefully these budget cuts won’t effect the awesomeness of the show, and it sucks that they have to eliminate the awesome supporting cast, but at least its back!

  • heather

    I cringe at the thought of losing any of the amazing characters/actors! But I am on top of the world knowing that Chuck is back!!!!!!

  • Courtz

    I’m just stoked that CHUCK is back! But let’s keep pushing for more! Let NBC know that we love them and this is awesome, but more CHUCK would be even better. :D

  • rachel

    whew, after your “bummer” teaser, I expected much worse! I’m sure it will still be awesome, I can’t wait to see more kung-fu chuck!

  • Sam

    Hooray so glad Chuck is coming back, bummed that it’s only thirteen epis though, hoping that might increase with good ratings still better then no Chuck, yey made my day!

  • kj

    Thanks for being AWESOME, NBC! Also thanks for being awesome, Ausiello, & staying on top of this nail biting, cold sweating connundrum. This is proof that we Chuck fans have to support to everloving Chuck out of the show so that they DON’T have to can anybody & they can take the stellar supporting cast more up front again. We can make this work, people!

  • lori

    Congratulations, Chuck! NBC made a great move to renew this amazing show.

  • Aiden

    FINALLY! Good and bad news together, but I’ll take it. I’m sure that brilliant show can make it work somehow. My sadness over the budget cuts is kind of overshadowed right now by relief, anyway.
    So much fantastic bubble/regular shows that got renewed. So much to look forward to next fall! (Better Off Ted, Dollhouse, Scrubs, Castle, BONES etc)

  • The_1337

    I’d be fine with Anna going, but if it’s Jeffster, Chuck won’t be the same.

  • Jenny

    Woohoo!

  • CandyMaize

    Yay for the renewal (figured if got one, it’d be for 13 eps). Can’t say I’m surprised by budget cuts .. and that it is ultimately showing up in the supporting cast. Still sad though, especially if one person IS cut out completely. Hopefully their excellent work on Chuck will help them land work elsewhere (and same for rest of the actors on Chuck too).
    Also bummer about having to cut staff writers and I certainly hope that they get work elsewhere – and soon!

  • adg1034

    If the rumors of Medium moving to CBS and airing after Ghost Whisperer are true, you can bet no other show that night will get anything above a 2.0 in the demo. But at least half-seasons of Chuck and Dollhouse are better than nothing, right?
    :(

  • Brynna

    ZOMG Thank you! Although I’m bummed by the half season, I’m uber excited to see Chuck back in action! Is there a possibility of a back 9 pick up if it does well??????

  • thorswitch

    I’m going to look at it this way – 13 episodes means (a) it’s still in production and (b) still on the air. If they can keep quality up, even with less $$ or using less cast per ep, AND if we can get friends to watch, they may decide it’s worth making even more eps and putting more $$ into those additional eps. As long as it’s in production, there’s hope, eh?
    I’m just stunned – after seasons of losing at least one or two of my fave new shows every year, this year I had three shows I wanted renewed (Chuck, Dollhouse & Fringe) and I’m actually getting more of all three. Call me one happy girl, eh?!!

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