NBC Orders Full Season of Chuck and Life

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.

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“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.

NBC Renews Chuck and Life for Full Season



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  • http://www.myspace.com/hulksmashnow B.L. Wooldridge

    Both great shows, but I hope that “Journeyman” will be added to that list, as well!

  • http://www.myspace.com/hulksmashnow B.L. Wooldridge

    Both great shows, but I hope that “Journeyman” will be added to that list, as well!

  • http://www.myspace.com/hulksmashnow B.L. Wooldridge

    Both great shows, but I hope that “Journeyman” will be added to that list, as well!

  • pepper williams

    Chuck is a very good surprise for me. I never caught it when it aired on television. With the writer’s strike going on, I decided to catch an episode or two online. WOW!! Now, that I’ve watched every online episode, I am totally HOOK!!! I love all the characters on the show and please bring back Harry Tang…OMG, is he funny! I’ve always liked Adam Baldwin. I’m glad that he’s in the cast. Zachary levi is great as Chuck, the two lead girls are awesome (and beautiful) and Morgan and Big Mike are also hilarious, and Anna is cute and the other cast members are good choices. Man, I’m addicted to this series. Please bring on more episodes. We need the writers. They put all the words together for the actors to perform………and, I need another fix! Hurry! BTY Did I say that…………….I LOVE THIS SHOW?

  • pepper williams

    Chuck is a very good surprise for me. I never caught it when it aired on television. With the writer’s strike going on, I decided to catch an episode or two online. WOW!! Now, that I’ve watched every online episode, I am totally HOOK!!! I love all the characters on the show and please bring back Harry Tang…OMG, is he funny! I’ve always liked Adam Baldwin. I’m glad that he’s in the cast. Zachary levi is great as Chuck, the two lead girls are awesome (and beautiful) and Morgan and Big Mike are also hilarious, and Anna is cute and the other cast members are good choices. Man, I’m addicted to this series. Please bring on more episodes. We need the writers. They put all the words together for the actors to perform………and, I need another fix! Hurry! BTY Did I say that…………….I LOVE THIS SHOW?

  • pepper williams

    Chuck is a very good surprise for me. I never caught it when it aired on television. With the writer’s strike going on, I decided to catch an episode or two online. WOW!! Now, that I’ve watched every online episode, I am totally HOOK!!! I love all the characters on the show and please bring back Harry Tang…OMG, is he funny! I’ve always liked Adam Baldwin. I’m glad that he’s in the cast. Zachary levi is great as Chuck, the two lead girls are awesome (and beautiful) and Morgan and Big Mike are also hilarious, and Anna is cute and the other cast members are good choices. Man, I’m addicted to this series. Please bring on more episodes. We need the writers. They put all the words together for the actors to perform………and, I need another fix! Hurry! BTY Did I say that…………….I LOVE THIS SHOW?

  • Heather Steenson

    Damian Lewis is gorgeous. What other show has a male redhead as its lead role?? None!! His hair is like fire in the outside scenes, and a deep auburn in the inside scenes. (Yes I’m talking about a male actor’s hair) Lewis’ facial expressions rock the character and the show! “LIFE” IS HANDS DOWN THE BEST NEW SHOW ON TV… I should know I watch 18 tv shows religiously and loyally. Can you say tv junkie? I am now so addicted to “Life.”

  • Heather Steenson

    Damian Lewis is gorgeous. What other show has a male redhead as its lead role?? None!! His hair is like fire in the outside scenes, and a deep auburn in the inside scenes. (Yes I’m talking about a male actor’s hair) Lewis’ facial expressions rock the character and the show! “LIFE” IS HANDS DOWN THE BEST NEW SHOW ON TV… I should know I watch 18 tv shows religiously and loyally. Can you say tv junkie? I am now so addicted to “Life.”