My thoughts on the renewal of NBC’s “Chuck” for a 5th and final season

“It is not the critic who counts; nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly…who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best knows in the end, the triumph of high achievement; and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
–Theodore Roosevelt

“There are those who said this day would never come. What have they to say now?”
–The Prophet of Truth (Michael Wincott), Halo 2

I can not possibly overstate how happy and grateful I am that Chuck has been renewed for a fifth season. While I’m slightly bummed out that Chuck Season 5 will only have 13 episodes, and as such will not hit the coveted 100 episode milestone, this should give Chuck enough episodes to be sold into syndication and allow our favorite show to be discovered and rediscovered by new fans for many years to come. And while it is true that we are also faced with the bittersweet news that Season 5 will be Chuck‘s final season, we should all be very grateful that the showrunners and writers have the opportunity to make a tight, well-crafted story with a defined ending without having to face the uncertainty of whether another season will happen afterwards. Furthermore, I’m sure a lot of Chuck fans feel as satisfied and proud as I do that we have fought successfully for this show to stay on the air as long as it has.

There are a lot of people who I believe we must all thank regarding Chuck‘s renewal:

First and foremost, we must thank Mr. Bob Greenblatt and all the executives at NBC for seeing fit to reward the outstanding work of Chuck‘s cast, crew and creative team and the devotion of the show’s fans by granting us a fifth season and allowing the show to end on a high note. Mr. Greenblatt, we will always be grateful to you for this.

Second, we must thank Subway, Toyota, Pepsi, Super Shuttle and all the other companies who have supported Chuck with product placement and commercials over the years. Many thanks to all of you!

Third, we must thank RBhockey16, KrisWatchesOn, and all the folks at We Give A Chuck for their outstanding efforts to produce videos to rally the troops and the organization of the fantastic advertiser postcard campaign and the massively successful “Not A Nielsen Family” Twitter campaign. Awesome job, folks!

Fourth, we must thank the amazing folks who run podcasts and fan sites that have kept us all well-informed and up to date on new developments with Chuck, both on and off camera: Magnus from “Chuck You Tuesday,” Jan, Karen, Joe and Lou from “Chuck Nerdposium Netcast,” The Sarah Walker FanGirls, and of course, Gray, Mel and Liz from ChuckTV.net and Chuck vs. the Podcast. Keep up the outstanding work, everybody!

And last, but certainly not in any way least, we MUST thank Josh Schwartz, Chris Fedak, Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Adam Baldwin, Josh Gomez, Sarah Lancaster, Ryan McPartlin, Scott Krinsky, Vik Sahay, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Bonita Friedericy and all the rest of the cast, crew and writers of Chuck for bringing us this outstanding show these past few years. Ladies and gentlemen, I know I speak for Chuck fans everywhere when I say that we will always be grateful to and appreciative of you for bringing us a source of entertainment each week that not only has tons of comedy, action and romance, but with its themes of family, friendship and loyalty represents a unique example of positivity in the face of so much on television that is negative. May God Bless each and every one of you, and Congratulations! 😀

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One Response to My thoughts on the renewal of NBC’s “Chuck” for a 5th and final season

  1. Peter L says:

    Very well said my fellow friend of all things CHUCK.

    Like millions of other fans of the best show on TV for the past four seasons, I was ecstatic to hear the news NBC picked up the show for a fifth season. At the same time wasn’t as thrilled to hear it’s going to be the final and possibly a shortened season. I agree that a definite endgame is the right choice so the writers can create a truly awesome and epic series finale but I also feel this show still has a lot more left in the tank and the ratings game, which is the big motivator behind NBC renewing the show is being sabotaged by placing Chuck in a terrible timeslot going up against Dancing With The Stars, House and Did you Know My Mother. I honestly believe if the show was moved to another day and timeslot we could get the ratings back up there when the show was doing great. I know it will be a tough fight to get them to even consider a Season 6 but Chuck fans have never backed down from a challenge before and I suspect even though many are happy we are getting a 5th Season, many will not want to see it end this soon. I’m not saying the show has the longevity to last more than a couple of years but while the shows writers mix it up and make things fresh, this show is not ready to go off into the night. Personally, I would like to see Chuck and Sarah start their own family. They have already proven to be one of the best couples on TV in recent years, they will also make awesome parents if the network will allow it. Besides having Chuck as a daddy could introduce a whole new comedic use of his Intersect 2.0 skills. I already have an episode title picked out for Season 5 or 6 Chuck vs The Diaper 🙂

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