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Chuck!
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Apr 23rd 2009 edited

Warning: this thread has absolutely nothing to do with The Office, but everything to do with a show I dearly hope to see again next year.

UPDATE: The website is up. Check it out at http://www.pleasesavechuck.com. Please spread the word to anyone who might be interested.

I love Chuck, and I know several other folks here do as well. There's a lot of support for the show floating around the web, and my plan is to create a site which organizes that information. With only 12 days before NBC announces its fall schedule at the upfronts (and even fewer I imagine before decisions are made), we don't have much time, but I'll be damned if I don't at least give it a try. The blogosphere has made a particularly strong push for the show in the past week or so, and I'm excited to join the effort. Keep an eye on this post for updates, which I hope to deliver in the next 24 hours. In the meantime, please feel free to discuss the show in this thread.

Those of you who haven't had the pleasure of viewing Chuck, I implore you to check it out. Those of you who have and didn't care for it, this is an environment of welcoming... and you can just get the hell out.

Apr 23rd 2009

James, I love so much about the things you choose to be. I hope that's not awkward for you to hear.

Chuck!

Apr 23rd 2009

I loce Chuck...Chuck, Chuck, Chuck!

CZJ, are you still collecting the Chuck stuff for your blog? If you are, I'll send you my reply this afternoon.

Apr 23rd 2009

James, thank you very much for this.

If I had a water tower, I would paint "SAVE CHUCK" on it. At the very least, I'll be watching the finale live with my $5 footlong from Subway, and badgering all family and friends to do the same. This includes all of you. If ever there was a day when you were going to watch Chuck, for the love of all that's good and right in the world, PLEASE make it Monday!!!!

Apr 23rd 2009

It's times like these that I wish I had a Nielson box...

I'll definitely be buying a $5 footlong on Monday...and I don't even like Subway. I'll be giving it to the hobo that I drive by everyday...but hey, if it supports this show, then I'll do it.

Hopefully this show doesn't get cancelled.

Apr 23rd 2009 edited

I also support this thread, if only because the title reads "Sticky Chuck!," and that is funny to me.

Apr 23rd 2009

Yay Chuck! Strahotski! Whooo! That's all I have.

Apr 23rd 2009

Actually I have a good feeling about renewal. It's not based on anything too concrete, just a good feeling.

Apr 23rd 2009

James, I love so much about the things you choose to be. I hope that's not awkward for you to hear.

Absolutely not, CGB. Well, maybe a little.

I should also mention that this isn't one of those fake promises I've been know to make (new television community? I don't what you're talking about), but a genuine swear-on-my-life promise that I intend to keep.

Apr 23rd 2009

A Sepinwall twitter:

Just watched INCREDIBLE "Chuck" season finale. Will refrain from burning down living room until after NBC schedule is announced. #CHUCK

Apr 23rd 2009

That's at least cool.

The way I see it, NBC has a recent record of giving shows a shot that have a strong, loyal following but struggle in the ratings, i.e. The Office, 30 Rock, FNL. Plus, they have to realize they didn't give Chuck much of a shot to attract an audience in that time slot.

Furthermore, Strahotski!

Apr 23rd 2009

CZJ, are you still collecting the Chuck stuff for your blog? If you are, I'll send you my reply this afternoon.

Yes, please!

Apr 23rd 2009

The way I see it, NBC has a recent record of giving shows a shot that have a strong, loyal following but struggle in the ratings, i.e. The Office, 30 Rock, FNL.

Agreed, that's the main reason for my optimism.

Apr 23rd 2009

Incidentally, the site will be at http://www.pleasesavechuck.com. It's pretty uninteresting right now, but I hope to have that remedied soon.

Now that I've purchased the domain name, I have no choice but to do something with it. Rest assured the midnight oil will be burned (burnt?) tonight.

Apr 23rd 2009

My only complaint is the angle on that photo.

Apr 23rd 2009

My only complaint is the angle on that photo.

Understandable. :) Fortunately, it's just a placeholder and will almost certainly be changed.

Another thing you folks can do is help me round up positive press about the show. I've been compiling my own list of links, but I'm sure there's plenty I'm missing. E-mail them to me at james@pleasesavechuck.com, or better yet, post them here in this thread so that others can enjoy them.

Apr 23rd 2009

Here's all my Chuck recaps and blogs (along with some random unrelated posts the search caught).

GiveMeMyRemote is all Save Chuck, all the time these days.

Alan Sepinwall is very pro-Chuck.

So is Maureen Ryan.

Apr 23rd 2009

Thought I'd pop in here to lend support and say I like Chuck!!!

Apr 24th 2009

I will support this effort, on the promise that James pulls some strings and gets the Office cast to come to Canada. No, not just Stanley and Phyllis and Pudge either. The whole cast. You have one day.

Apr 24th 2009

Just wanted to give everyone a quick heads up: Please Save Chuck is up and ready to go. Please spread the word.

And now, I really must go to bed.

Apr 24th 2009

I will support this effort, on the promise that James pulls some strings and gets the Office cast to come to Canada. No, not just Stanley and Phyllis and Pudge either. The whole cast. You have one day.

I promise to try if I'm awake before the day is over.

Apr 24th 2009

A reasonable response to a reasonable request.

Apr 24th 2009

Just wanted to say, great site James. Clean and impactful, as usual. And I especially agree with this...

Seriously, though, how can a show with (Strahovski) not be obliterating the competition? Her physical beauty is remarkable, but it's her talent as a dramatic actress that really seals the deal. I'm only slightly exaggerating when I say that every guy with a television set should be falling over themselves for her.

Apr 24th 2009

I support this idea, because I enjoy the show and stuff, but I do remember when a bunch of us worked so hard to save Veronica Mars for a third season . . . and the third season sucked.

Apr 24th 2009

I sometimes wonder if Arrested Development would be remembered as fondly or would have continued at its level of awesomeness if Fox hadn't canceled it when it did. And while I'm glad they didn't, I think The Office would have reached the TV equivalent of sainthood status if NBC had yanked it after "Casino Night." There's something about a limited run, whether it is limited by cancellation or intent, i.e. the British Office.

TV's such a weird way to tell stories anyway. You wouldn't write a book and keep adding chapters based on the success of earlier chapters. And you wouldn't make a movie five hours long because the first two hours sold so many tickets. (Though I guess you do write successive books in a series or film sequels ad nauseum.) TV shows sometimes feel like a book that never ends until it peters out.

Apr 24th 2009

Don't say peter.

Apr 24th 2009

Really? That's all you got from that? </Liz Lemon>

Apr 24th 2009

There's something about a limited run,

Yeah, but I think we're all pretty happy that The Office kept going.

I think we like the limited run idea because we don't get to see what happens next. All we're left with is how good it could have been based on how good it was. But that whole though process is based on the premise that the show will continue to be as good as it was, (or, more accurately, as good as we remember it being) and that rarely happens. This has all been said before elsewhere, I'm sure.

Apr 24th 2009

I saw an article recently that said American TV was going to start doing more shorter series with definite ends, like that Harper Island mystery show on CBS. I think this is a good idea, a story almost always works better with a defined completion.

Apr 24th 2009

I did my part to spread the word.

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