Cheers were heard ’round the nerd world as NBC’s Chuck once again managed to get renewed for its fifth and final season, in large part to the passion of the fans who love it so much. Up until a few days ago, it was thought that this might have been Chuck‘s final hurrah as the ratings have dipped uncomfortably low but the new President of NBC, Robert Greenblatt, seems to have a soft spot for the shows loyal fanbase:
It seemed to be the way to end it appropriately for the fans who love it, and not get into a situation where it might end or might not end and then it ends and we haven’t concluded the storyline. It gives [producers] a chance to plan for it. I think that’s the best way to do it.
It’s a rare thing for a network executive to think of the fans and really give a show the opportunity to close out a story properly and not leave it hanging (or torturing fans). Lots of reactions from the creators and some cast members including:
Co-creator, Chris Fedak:
We’re excited. We’re stoked to be able to tell more “Chuck” stories. It’s a unique and in some ways precious show. We’ve managed to survive 5 years. Josh (Schwartz) and I love telling these stories, along with the rest of the writing staff. For us, it’s the ability to tell 13 more stories and close out the story in a super fantastic way.
Co-creator, Josh Schwartz:
The passion of the CHUCK fans has been heard again… We are all truly lucky to have the greatest fan base on tv. Thank you. … I will have more details soon… Very happy for the cast and crew.”
Series star, Zachary Levi (Chuck Bartowski) via Twitter:
I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it til I die, you all are the greatest fans/friends on the planet. I’m humbled by your love and support.
Cast member, Yvonne Strahovski (Sarah Walker) via Twitter:
Chucksters you guys are amazing from ALL OVER THE WORLD !!!!! Goodnight from LA oxo
Cast member, Linda Hamilton (Mary Bartowski):
I’m looking forward to going back next year. I want even more! It’s hard once you’ve started to sit back and not do them.
As of right now, the show has a 13 episode order and is moving to Friday night at 8PM. It’s usually the death slot for a show but NBC’s been pretty up front about the fact that this will be the computer nerd cum spy’s final season, so it’s not that much of a worry (I’d leave that to new show Grimm airing afterwards at 9PM).
I’m just glad that a show that’s meant so much to so many folks will get a proper send-off. Viva la Nerdolution!