Writers strike be damn. That’s not going to stop NBC from ordering up the full first seasons of their first-year shows Chuck and Life, both of which have premiered to good numbers and developed a loyal fan base over their first-half airings. Networks typically order the first half of a show’s season, runs them and see who they are received, before ordering the full year. While the ordering of a full season isn’t a guarantee that a show will return for another season, it does seem to indicate that the network has some faith in the show.
“Both shows are hitting their stride creatively, have developed loyal audiences and offer unlimited potential to grow throughout the season,” Silverman said.
In particular, “Chuck” has held its own against tough competish (the top-rated “Dancing With the Stars”) and, in recent weeks, has posted the best numbers among all of NBC’s new shows. Season to date, “Chuck” has averaged a 3.4 rating/9 share among adults 18-49.
“Chuck” renewal is especially sweet for exec producer Josh Schwartz, who’s now two-for-two with new skeins (his CW drama “Gossip Girl” earned the first full-season order earlier this fall).
Life is one of my favorite new shows of the year. Star Damian Lewis is just killer in the lead role. I’ve seen Chuck on and off, mostly because it comes on before Heroes, and I usually end up seeing the tail end of every episode. It looks decent enough, but I’ve yet to commit to it.
While Chuck and Life have been given a new least on life by NBC, things aren’t looking quite so good with the network’s other two freshman shows, Bionic Woman and Journeyman.