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NBC Cancels TRAUMA
& Orders More CHUCK!!

Published at: Oct. 29, 2009, 5:07 a.m. CST


I am – Hercules!! NBC announced late Wednesday that it’s canceling its pricey but low-rated paramedic drama “Trauma,” and upping its current episode order for “Chuck.” “Chuck’s” third-season order has grown from 13 installments to 19. “Trauma” will cease production after its 13th episode. While it consistently pulls better ratings than "The Jay Leno Show," it costs considerably more to produce. Find all of Variety’s story on the matter here.
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  • Oct. 29, 2009, 4:45 a.m. CST

    well now I might watch something on NBC

    by j2talk

    'sides the occasional bit of Leno that is

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 4:45 a.m. CST

    Interesting. My roommate just started DVRing

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    Trauma. He wants to a producer and heard Bruckheimer was the head. Guess there's no real reason for him to watch now, ey?

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 4:59 a.m. CST

    Hells yeah for more Chuck BUT...

    by Feendish

    as it stood it was looking like this was going to be the last season so the writers could tie up the story. This extension may give them a false sense of security and if NBC pull the plug completely without the story being done I will go on one hell of a rampage >:<

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 5:10 a.m. CST

    TRAUMA was like a updated version of CHIPS

    by Ozy

    Also seemed to have the same writers. Shooting around San Francisco must have been a huge part of the budget.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 5:17 a.m. CST

    yey for Chuck

    by TinSpider

    One of the most enjoyable shows and has the lovely Yvonne in it. sigh.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 5:21 a.m. CST

    Yeah, I wish SF would

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    encourage more shooting in the city. It's such a compelling back-drop, but it's so costly to film there (from what I understand).

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 5:30 a.m. CST

    While they're at it...

    by lock67ca

    How 'bout cancelling Leno's ass. Seriously, how much worse do his ratings need to get before they pull the bloody plug on this failed "experiment"?

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 6:13 a.m. CST

    Community, Parks, & Mercy

    by Bass Ackwards

    All given full season pick ups as well, if it hadn't already been mentioned.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 6:31 a.m. CST

    Awesome news for Chuck!

    by V'Shael

    Can't wait

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 6:34 a.m. CST

    More Chuck is good.

    by The McPoyle Clan

    Now they need to nail down when it starts.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 6:38 a.m. CST

    Bullshit!!!

    by Dude_Abides

    I am sorry guys but this is fucking bullshit... Trauma is one of my favorite new shows. It blows the pants off of fucking 3rd Watch and ER, I can't believe they are going to cancel this shit and keep that fat fuck Leno on even though he sucks worse than Lohan on a weekend bender.... Oh and fuck Chuck to!!!! I only said that cuz Chuck and Fuck rhymes... I am sure he's an ok guy...

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 6:44 a.m. CST

    Trauma marketing

    by Alientoast

    I think NBC wasn't sure how to market it: The initial ads made it seem like a wacky EMT romp, then the later ones tried to make it seem like a more serious drama. I guess in the end people gave a shit about neither!

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 6:56 a.m. CST

    Ozy are you retarded?

    by RokurGepta

    Chips was about cops, Trauma is about Paramedics/EMTs.... If it is similar to any classic 70's show, I'd say maybe EMERGENCY!

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 7:30 a.m. CST

    I'll admit

    by Phrog

    I only caught Trauma every now and then, but what I saw I really liked. It was no Southland mind you, Leno must have some photos of NBC execs doing some really twisted shit, there is no other possible reason why his trainwreck remains untouched...other than it's super-way cheaper to make. Who here would like to see the casts of every show that fell to make room for this ex-comic to each come up, one by one and get one swing at him.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 7:55 a.m. CST

    Christ!

    by Phrog

    I stumbled on his show this week and he had that 7 foot douche Dr Phil who when asked about marijuana reform had the balls to compare oxycotin addiction to the fictional addiction to weed!! Leno let it pass without even a comment. I'm old enough to remember when Leno would guest on Carson, hell I'm old enough to remember when he appeared on Alice as a biker. I remember when he was funny......now? Dude, I highly doubt you read these kind of things, maybe you pay some intern to do it, if so please pass this on to him. "Jay? Hi there, please stop this. You must have made enough cabbage so that you and yours do not have to worry about anything for the rest of their lives, so why continue with this? It's time to nut up, this tv thing is over, maybe try a standup tour if you want to feel busy.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Chuck

    by Grando

    JUmped the shark big time at the end of the last season by giving him Kung Fu.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Whoohoo

    by robsully

    Yay for more Chuck. Keep those episodes coming.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Trauma was like big-budget camp

    by Magic Rat

    I just coudln't take it seriously from the promos. Especially that helicopter pilot who acted like a douche all the time. Am I supposed to root for douches now?

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Chuck Love.

    by jimbojones123

    I do not know what has to be done to make sure this show sticks, but it the time spit doe not work, move it to Tuesday. There is nothing on Tuesdays anyways.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 9:16 a.m. CST

    People actually like Trauma?

    by obidawsn

    How can anyone watch Trauma and take it seriously. Granted, I've never watched an entire episode, but mostly because I can't get past the first few minutes. I always end up catching the first few minutes after Heroes (yes I still watch it...there are some better things this season, and my wife likes Deanne Bray, so she wants to watch it) and we watch the opening sequence just to laugh at how bad it is. There's no excitement, poor acting, and the helicopter guy who's trying to be Erik Estrada is just annoying.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Can Heroes be moved back to 9pm now?

    by StarWarsRedux

    "Chuck" was a good lead-in. Perhaps NBC can go about the business of righting the wrongs put in place by Leno's primetime ignorathon.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 10:40 a.m. CST

    NBC is becoming the Wal-Mart of network TV...

    by maxwell's hammer

    Shitty quality, but at a great price!!<BR> <BR> I'm going to Target instead.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 10:49 a.m. CST

    I watched Trauma and enjoyed it!

    by Jabroni

    It was doing a nice job filling the void Rescue Me leaves after the Summer. I enjoyed the different ways the people got hurt. It was not the worst show on TV, I found it enjoyable. I'll take a decent scripted show over all this "reality" crap that is everywhere. Hopefully we'll get to see all 13 episodes. Fuck Jay Leno.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 11:04 a.m. CST

    I liked the rescue parts of Trauma.

    by kabong

    To keep the series going, they would have to cut out all the rescue parts, the expensive exterior scenes, and focus on hospital staff gossiping about each other. <P> So cancel it, then.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Isn't that Cliff Curtis...?

    by MR. MURDOCH

    Yep, look it up -- the "helicopter douche-y guy" as you guys so refer to him, is played by Cliff Curtis, the great New Zealand actor, who's been great since ONCE WERE WARRIORS and WHALE RIDER, among many other pics. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0193295/ Seems like he's got a role in THE LAST AIRBENDER as well...along with Aasif Mandvi ("PARKER, YOU'RE ALWAYS LATE!" from SPIDER-MAN 2, and also of THE DAILY SHOW), whom I originally thought was playing this "helicopter guy", not having seen the show... Anyway, too bad for TRAUMA (I just couldn't take it seriously just from that awful "EPIC" promo that I was forced to watch IN THEATERS). Good for the CHUCKins, I guess...although, does this mean that we have to deal with yet more of the bland, boring, Brandon ROUTH on our screens this year...?

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 11:31 a.m. CST

    by Omar B

    Nice, more Chuck is a good thing.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Grando

    by Rob0729

    Jumped the shark in the last minute of the last episode aired?!? Seriously, the one minute of Chuck that we all saw since they introduced Kung Fu has been a shell of its former self. The worst one minute of television ever. <br><br> Exactly how can a show jump the shark based on episodes no one have yet to see yet?!? We have no idea how the new intersect with the upgrades is going to affect the show. It could cause it to jump the shark or infuse new fresh energy to the show. Word is that the new episodes are strong and that is why NBC has upped the order and pushed the launch of the new season back from March to January.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 12:35 p.m. CST

    I can't believe they're sticking with Chuck

    by ides

    It's a terrifically fun show, and those just don't make it.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 1:19 p.m. CST

    YvONNNNNNNNE!!

    by chromedome

    that is all

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Trauma=Every ER cliche ever

    by MetalMickey

    NBC is fuckin' clueless

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Jumped the shark

    by shodan6672

    has jumped the shark. Enough already.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 1:39 p.m. CST

    I liked Trauma

    by cylon_conspiracy

    <p>I know I shouldn't have invested in a new network show, but I did, and this is the predictable result.</p>

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Are there any other shows that film on the streets of San franci

    by cylon_conspiracy

    That's part of the reason I liked the show so much, all the location shots in the city. Are there any other current series that film there or was that it?

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 2:04 p.m. CST

    We got a bleeder!!

    by Cash907

    Awww... so does this mean we'll never find out if the blonde paramedic who should be a doctor but has "issues" finally gives in and fucks her cliche` partner, then spends the rest of the season regretting it and pining over the other partner she was fucking who died in the helicopter crash in the pilot episode? Oh, how will I live without resolution?

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 2:05 p.m. CST

    It was a traima watching that show

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Why does every cop or lawyer show have to be a big tragedy? At least Denny Crane was funny.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 2:32 p.m. CST

    good more Chuck

    by Xiphos_2

    Its a light weight true but entirely entetaining and they usually have greatlooking broads on the show.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 2:58 p.m. CST

    More Chuck is a Good Thing

    by AngrySnowMonkey

    Funny Show, likeable characters...doesn't realy fit in on NBC.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Makes You Realize....

    by Karuma

    How good ER was. I know, it had some problems,like characters that had business being doctors, but it was 10 times better than this and "Mercy" too. (Could any nurse get away with what she does and says? In a word, no. It's not edgy, it's not dark and mysterious, it's just stupid.) "Three Rivers" I like and I think it is the only one that has a chance of surviving, so, with my luck it will be canceled next.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 3:43 p.m. CST

    They Can Also Cancel...

    by Karuma

    ....Shark Tank, 90210, Vampire Diaries, Accidentally on Purpose, and Melrose Place. The trouble with the suits at the networks is that they always think they have the "Next Big Thing" and if they can just get rid of a show that's not doing so well right now, the new show will be a smash. Guess what? Hardly ever happens. A "Lost" doesn't come around every year. They would make more money letting a show find it's way for a while, except in the case of "A Beautiful Life". Good choice to get rid of it.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 3:55 p.m. CST

    LIFE was better than both Trauma or jay fucking Leno

    by bauerpowerhour24

    Life was the best show NBC had since Quantum Leap

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 4 p.m. CST

    Well Chuck me!

    by Adelai Niska

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 4:21 p.m. CST

    LIFE

    by Miles_Teg

    I agree bauer.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Jump the Shark...

    by Tar Heel

    has Nuked the Fridge. Or is it the other way around.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 4:40 p.m. CST

    ughh

    by slkboxrman

    im gonna have a party when that festering shit CHUCK is cancelled...seriously.....bring back LIFE and JOURNEYMAN....ill have a party if those are brought back 2....lol

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Tar Heel

    by shodan6672

    Not sure. They are most irritating as fuck.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Chuck and Castle

    by estacado1

    have the same feel to them. Weekly light fun.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Never watched it, but good for Chuck

    by growltiger

    It sure is a critical darling. If it is quality then I am all for that.<p> It would be great if it got the 8PM/Monday slot and Heroes got bumped up an hour to 9PM. That way I could not have to decide between watching (vs time shift viewing) Monday Night Football, House and Heroes.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 7:38 p.m. CST

    JOURNEYMAN!

    by runrun

    That's all.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 7:38 p.m. CST

    LIFE!

    by runrun

    That too.

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Yeah, more Chuck!

    by Jamie McBain

    I am really, really happy!

  • Oct. 29, 2009, 11:49 p.m. CST

    They really need to get Chuck's Season 2 DVD's out there

    by Dreamwriter

    Bad enough already that they waited until way into this season to release them, but now the set will probably come out after season 3 has started! I have friends who need catching up before they can watch season 3!

  • Oct. 30, 2009, 11:37 a.m. CST

    It was odd that Life never caught on.

    by ides

    It seemed the right mix of formulaic and quirky, kind of like House. Maybe it was the dull title (though I got used to it). Maybe it was a little too quirky for a mass audience. Maybe because it didn't have a recognizable star, which is sad, because Damian Lewis was terrific.

  • Oct. 30, 2009, 12:55 p.m. CST

    More CHUCK = awesomeness

    by Razorback

    TRAUMA was terrible. Now CHUCK can move into the 8PM slot in January and HEROES will go back to 9PM.

  • Oct. 30, 2009, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Cliff Curtis can't catch a break.

    by AnnoyYou

    As with Robert Carlyle on the execrable Stargate: Universe, Curtis was the only thing worth watching on Trauma (well, him and the great San Francisco locations). The series and its cast were terrible, as was the writing, which was completely cliched and predictable. Put Curtis into something worthy of his talent! Ditto Carlyle (who I still think would have made a spectacular 11th Doctor) and Jason Dohring, who seems to have fallen off the face of the earth.

  • Oct. 30, 2009, 11:41 p.m. CST

    liked Trauma cuz of Cliff Curtis and Aimee Garcia

    by Meadowe

    I liked the fact that they had the ladies man be a minority, and I thought Aimee Garcia was pretty coo', I've been looking for teardrop aviator shades like she wears, how they're dark on top and then more flesh colored on the bottom. Sad to see them and everyone else out of work, but on the + side I'm sure it'll be on dvd in a few.

  • Oct. 31, 2009, 6:04 a.m. CST

    leno

    by Dradis Contact

    So does this mean NBC's belief in the power of a cheaply made show is vindicated?

  • Oct. 31, 2009, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Chuck will return 1st or 2nd week of January

    by Razorback

    Probably the 4th or 11th. DVD is currently scheduled to be released January 5th.

  • Nov. 1, 2009, 1:55 a.m. CST

    Called It on TRAUMA

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    I called TRAUMA being cancelled REALLY fast. I predicted fewer episodes than 13, but the high cost and the catastrophically bad ratings and the head-rolling due to executive pet project after pet project signal pure death and doom for any show with ANY kind of budget. V will be next to die. And after that, I predict a whole slew of big projects and big series shows just evaporating next year. This is the year, guys. This is the stick-your-head-down between-your-legs kiss-it-goodbye year for draam, comedy, action, and MOST especially this is the year when GENRE is headed for the end days, and the year the networks BEGIN the decline into pure empty reality and even emptier predicted-by-me "observation television" which is basically like putting a camera in a single place and letting anything (or nothing) happen. It will cost nothing, generate HUGE rating as background and play like local access. IT'S HERE!

  • Nov. 1, 2009, 11:13 a.m. CST

    NBC will replace Trauma with reruns of last year's

    by jim

    Rosie O'Donnell variety show<br>(you gotta know someone at NBC is seriously considering it)