Cult action comedy Chuck ended its five-season NBC run on Jan. 27, 2012. In the final moments, electronics store clerk-turned-superspy Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi) attempted to reignite the memory of amnesia-plagued Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) with a kiss, but viewers never saw the resolution. With similarly beloved series Veronica Mars being revived as a movie through a Kickstarter campaign, EW called up series co-creator Josh Schwartz to see if there would be any chance for Chuck fans to see a return to Buy More. READ FULL STORY
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It’s a teen dream match-up.
Fox has purchased a one-hour pilot for the teen drama Prodigy, a collaboration between Juno scribe Diablo Cody and O.C. creator Josh Schwartz. Fake Empire Productions, which Schwartz founded in 2010 with his Gossip Girl co-creator Stephanie Savage, is leading the development of the show.
Prodigy focuses on a 16-year-old home schooled genius who decides to take a shot at the high school experience before heading to college. It works and then backfires when she takes up with a wild crowd. Cody, who picked up an Oscar for her original screenplay Juno, will write the show.
The release did not specify a timeline for the pilot.
E! certainly knows its niche. At its upfront presentation today, the network that spawned a thousand Kardashian series will unveil a programming slate filled with shows united by three Gs: glitz, glamor, and gobs of cash.
Highlights include The Wanted Life, which documents the lives of One Direction rivals and Lindsay Lohan accessories The Wanted; Blinging Up Baby, a special designed to make normal people envy celebrity toddlers; a one-off peek behind the curtain of Hollywood’s “cults, cabals and underground clubs”; and 50 Hours with 50 Cent, which answers one of history’s age-old questions: “What is it like to be 50 Cent?”
E! will also announce a slew of projects still in development, including Flash — a Project Runway-esque reality competition for photographers — and scripted soaps from the likes of Gossip Girl‘s Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage and Smash‘s Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Comedy fans may be most interested in The Soup Investigates, a spin-off of E!’s acerbic clip show that will answer a series of burning pop-culture questions. (Example: “How DOES that rose get from the grower’s field to The Bachelor‘s hand just in time for the all important rose ceremony?”)
Find a full list of programming below.
Before the Chuck series finale aired in January, co-creator Josh Schwartz penned an ode to the power of sandwiches for EW, while looking back at the show’s wild, stop-and-start ride. For more stories behind this year’s top TV and movie moments, click here for EW.com’s Best of 2012: Behind the Scenes coverage.
By: Josh Schwartz
They say every end is a new beginning. In the spring of 2007, I was on set for the last day of shooting The O.C. when I got the call. I needed to immediately watch an audition for the lead of my new pilot Chuck. The actor who had just read? Zachary Levi.
And so began the most quixotic, satisfying, and, at times, surreal journey of my career. In the fall of 2007, I was lucky enough to have not only Chuck premiere but also another series I had co-created, Gossip Girl. What were the chances, given that there are seven days in a week, that both shows would air against each other? They did, and my parents upgraded to a dual DVR. READ FULL STORY
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