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I am – Hercules!! There were long-ago rumors “Chuck” might return as early as last month, but it appears now the nerd-spy series will be back in January, taking over the 8 p.m. Monday timeslot from “Heroes,” which just hit another new series low. “Heroes” will move to 9 p.m. Mondays, replacing the even-lower-rated “Trauma.” Confusingly, NBC today also ordered three more episodes of the expensive “Trauma” -- even though network sources confirmed on Oct. 29 that NBC would not be ordering new episodes of “Trauma” beyond its initial 13-episode order. Huh! Press release!
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – November 19, 2009 – NBC’s action-comedy series “Chuck” returns to the NBC lineup on Sunday, January 10 with all-new missions and two action-packed, back-to-back original episodes in its season premiere (9-11 p.m. ET) before the series -- starring Zachary Levi in the title role -- moves to its regular day and time (Mondays 8-9 p.m. ET) beginning January 11. In addition, "Chuck" returns with guest stars galore in its third season. These include: Angie Harmon (NBC’s “Law & Order”), who will play Sydney, an enemy operative; Brandon Routh (“Superman Returns”), who is set to play CIA Agent Daniel Shaw; Robert Patrick (“Terminator 2: Judgment Day”) will play Colonel Keller, a soldier and spy from Casey’s past; Kristin Kreuk (“Smallville”), who will portray Hannah -- a potential love interest for Chuck; Armand Assante (“Judge Dredd”) as dictator Premier Goya, who is the target of an assassin; Steve Austin (“WWE Smackdown!”) will portray Hugo Panzer, who becomes entangled in Chuck’s first solo mission; and Vinnie Jones (“Snatch”) will play Carl Stromberg, an arms dealer. In other programming news, a special two-hour episode of "Heroes" will be broadcast on Monday, January 4 (8-10 p.m. ET) and then the series moves to its new time slot of Mondays (9-10 p.m. ET) starting January 11. “Josh (Schwartz) and Chris (Fedak) and the writing team are doing a great job this season, and we think the loyal fan base for this show will be happy to see it back on the NBC schedule,” said Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC and Universal Media Studios. In “Chuck,” the world's nerdiest secret agent is back in the one-hour action-comedy series. Chuck Bartowski (Levi, "Less Than Perfect") continues as the Buy More electronics store computer geek, who unwittingly becomes the government’s most vital secret agent. Chuck is transformed into the Intersect 2.0 after another data download into his brain. This time, he not only knows government secrets, but he is also well equipped with deadly fight skills. Chuck has the potential to become a real agent, but he has one problem -- his emotions. Now he faces the battle of keeping his emotions in check in order to protect himself and the people around him. The ever stoic Colonel John Casey (Adam Baldwin, "My Bodyguard") returns with partner Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski, "Gone"), one of the CIA's top agents and Chuck's dream girl. As Chuck assumes his new role as the Intersect 2.0, Casey and Sarah need to protect him but also help him become the agent he is destined to be.
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  • Nov. 19, 2009, 7:11 p.m. CST


    by chromedome

    that is all....

  • Nov. 19, 2009, 7:40 p.m. CST

    So, Heroes is getting another season?

    by shutupfanboy

    I am a bit confused since Chuck was supposed to take over for Heroes for the rest of the year. Does this mean that Heroes is going to divide up the rest of the year or did they get more episodes? Its probably better for Heroes to go back to 9 p.m. anyway.

  • Nov. 19, 2009, 7:55 p.m. CST

    I'm liking 3 episodes in 2 days.

    by OhioBobcat

    It's like a 24 season premiere!

  • Nov. 19, 2009, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Trauma is a bore.

    by MacReady452

    tried to watch it online and got distracted by the paint drying on the wall behind the computer.

  • Nov. 19, 2009, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Chuck Me!

    by Kneprock

    Can't wait

  • Nov. 19, 2009, 8:08 p.m. CST


    by Ryanbraun14

    While its not quite the same as smallville's miraculous and (in my opinion) unprecedented turnaround from awful to 'look foward to it' TV, those last, about, six episodes, took Chuck to a whole other level... it has always been very entertaining for me, and i was perfectly happy with how they got that job done... i was never expecting such a good story arc for a show that had given nobody reason to think that it would EVER have a story arc, and they nailed it. The season finale should be a model of how to end a series--questions answered, brice's demise, and then thet twist: chuck can now kick ass better than anyone... that's not your typical 'cliffhanger.' Most cliffhangers are just frustrating but that's the power showrunners know they have on their viewers.

  • Nov. 19, 2009, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Some shows are two "conceptual" to go on for season after season

    by Linguo_IS_Dead

    and Heroes is one of them (Lost is another, but at least the enddate for the show has given it SOME focus).

  • Nov. 19, 2009, 8:13 p.m. CST

    oops, I meant "TOO"

    by Linguo_IS_Dead

    college grad, grad!

  • Nov. 19, 2009, 8:59 p.m. CST

    "Chuck" is back!!!!

    by Thanos0145

    The only good show on NBC. Viva Buymoria!!!!

  • Nov. 19, 2009, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Linguo - Wrong.

    by A G

    Have you even seen Lost? It works amazingly well season after season. High concept shows can go on far longer because any corner can be turned. So, yes. Wrong.

  • Nov. 19, 2009, 9:15 p.m. CST

    As a HEROES fan, all I have to say is...

    by StarWarsRedux

    ABOUT FUCKING TIME. <p>8pm against HOUSE was a bad move by NBC. Hopefully being put back in the old timeslot will give the show enough of a chance to regroup and rebuild their fanbase. The show's recaptured its old spirit. I sincerely hope it can recapture the attention of audiences.

  • Nov. 19, 2009, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Still conflicts on my DVR with House and HIMYM

    by palooka_boy

    Damn you, NBC!!!!

  • Nov. 19, 2009, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Heroes just needs to stop

    by Adelai Niska

    the mistake was keeping Sylar past the first season and having ongoing stories forever. If they approached each season as a single standalone story (like a comic book's 6-12 issue stories) they could have had a chance. Instead they made it a convoluted mess that will eventually fade away without a real resolution.

  • Nov. 19, 2009, 9:41 p.m. CST

    "a chance to regroup and rebuild their fanbase."

    by solanine

    They've had two years to do this, and have failed miserably. No dice. I was a big fan of this show from the get go, but I gave up after the second season. And if someone like me, who supported it even during the initial negative reaction to the second season, has completely given up on the show, there's no way they're rebuilding anything. The end, rest in peace.

  • Nov. 19, 2009, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Uh, keeping Sylar was the best thing they did.

    by Shermdawg

    He's one of the few characters worth giving a shit about.

  • Nov. 19, 2009, 10:06 p.m. CST

    Poor Brandon routh

    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

    Was a good superman somewhere deep down had a great superman in him but mr singer just had to give all the lines to spacey and the godawful Kate bosworth. I actually like the movie too, alot, just has some annoying flaws

  • Nov. 19, 2009, 10:15 p.m. CST


    by Ryanbraun14

    unforunately, syler is the character with the most depth... so they can't really write him off the show... but that depth should have been given to a 'hero' character--the show desperately needs one... season one was great because of the dark, evil, sinister, looming in the shadows sylar who viewers and characters feared... and that worked well... but it can't go on year after year... heroes used to be THE show i looked foward to every week... gave up during last season, downloaded the rest i didn't see and was still completely undewhelmed... HOW MANY FUCKING FATHERS/MOTHERS/SISTERS/UNCLES/BROTHERS/CHILDHOOD FRIENDS WILL BE DISCOVERED? Tim Kring has no idea what the fuck he's doing, and he proved it in season two and beyond... i remember reading him saying that he wanted to do season two with a whole new cast and their origin stories, but the network said now. (seriously) So, if it isn't obvious in the show (which is is) its obvious by that comment that Kring doesn't know or want to know how to handle a show with superpowers (not superHEROES because nobody becomes a fucking hero.)

  • Nov. 19, 2009, 10:22 p.m. CST


    by Thanos0145

  • Nov. 19, 2009, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Slow Burn on Heroes?

    by MacReady452

    Does anyone follow it? It just seems like such a snake oil grab at marketing that only weak minded teenagers would fall for. Plus it looks like the acting couldn't be worse.

  • Nov. 19, 2009, 10:37 p.m. CST

    So now it's assured, NBC totally messed up the DVD release

    by Dreamwriter

    The DVD's of season 2 aren't going to be out until January 5. That leaves only 5 days to watch season 2 to get caught up! I have friends who missed the second half of season 2, and they aren't going to watch season 3 at all unless they can finish 2 first, which it's rather hard to convince them that it's worth it to do so in those 5 days. Why the hell didn't NBC release the DVD set in the fall?!

  • Nov. 19, 2009, 10:45 p.m. CST

    Chuck is far superior to Heroes

    by Rob0729

    Unfortunately, Chuck will have trouble at 8PM. it is ironic though that they made a big deal last year that they weren't going to have Chuck lead in Heroes because they implied that Chuck was bringing down Heroes' ratings and they move Heroes to the Chuck slot and they get as bad or worse ratings. <br><br> Chuck is cheaper and can get the same type of ratings as Heores. They should try to build Chuck's fan base and give up on Heroes. Heroes has been better this year, but it isn't all that good.

  • Nov. 19, 2009, 10:52 p.m. CST

    BTW, if they are going to keep Heroes

    by Rob0729

    It is in desperate need of a reboot. Most of the characters are tired and stale. I agree that Sylar has overstayed his welcome. They need to develop new interesting villians, not an all powerful villian who has the power to destroy the world and is indestructable, but seems to never win any battles. Time to get rid of dead weight like Hiro (I think he may be brain damage since he is so dumb. He went from endearing to stupid by season 2), Tracy (Ali Larter is hot, but they haven't had a decent story for her since they killed off Niki), and Saresh (he hasn't really had a real plot line since season 2).

  • Nov. 19, 2009, 11:21 p.m. CST

    Singerman Peeps has only "some" flaws?

    by Tall_Boy66

    Yeah, uh, let's start with him creeping the fuck outside of Lois' house.

  • Nov. 19, 2009, 11:31 p.m. CST

    Chuck Yea!

    by Zedul

    Best show on TV... Can't wait to see all the badass new powers he get's this year. So, how long do the "flashes" last and what are the limitations. Obviously it's not going to be like the Matrix because he can only do what he is limited too with his physical body but I anticipate he will be unlimited in just about any skill... like, expert sniper, expert driver, expert surgeon? This will be fun.

  • Nov. 19, 2009, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Jesus Christ in a fucking handbasket

    by SithMenace

    What does it take for Heroes to get shitcanned?

  • Nov. 19, 2009, 11:59 p.m. CST


    by StarWarsRedux

    I defended the second season, too. But not because I was hoping for the show to get better-- I defended it because I thought it was pretty damn good. Were it not for the writer's strike interrupting their storyline, we would've had a cool overall narrative with the disease, Adam Munroe, and even the Mexican girl, I think. With the Third Season the writers made a big mistake taking all the S2 bellyaching seriously and ramping up the show to ridiculous levels-- the "Fugitives" storyline picked things up a bit after the utter nonsense of "Villains", but it the show still wasn't up to its original quality until now. <p>In other words, the shittiness of LAST season was what hurt the show, in the long run. Not the shittiness of Season 2 (which again, would've been awesome if it had taken full course). I think that the next "volume" could really cement things and return the show to the consistent week-by-week excellence we had with the first season. I just hope not as many fans have given up on the show...

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 12:17 a.m. CST

    Good to hear about Chuck

    by veritasses

    Love that show. But I think it needs a good lead-in for it to find it's audience. Everyone I know who's seen it loves it but most had to be told, even forced to watch their first time.<BR><BR> What Kring's done to Heroes might be one of the biggest tragedies in television history. It could've been a monster hit in the right hands... What a damn shame.

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Ok that was pretty stalker like

    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

    I still say it's a good movie though. Just has some flaws.

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 12:41 a.m. CST

    They are really splashing the $$$ on Chuck

    by estacado1

    And getting Kristin Kreuk in there is great. I've been craving for KK ever since she left Smallville. She may not be the best actor, but she sure is pretty. And Routh taking this job means he probably won't be playing Supes again. The weird thing is that KK is still in a show with a guy who has played Superman.

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Note to self: Set up Chuck on DVR. Heroes? Dead2Me.

    by ToMonicker

    I remember a show called Heroes, it was great fun. Lasted one season, oh back in AughtSeven? Well, it was nice, ended rather abruptly with New York blowing up, but I was satisfied. *tic*

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 2:48 a.m. CST

    What is the obsession with trying to save this show?

    by thewizardofoz

    Let it go. Just let-it-go. Who honestly watches it?

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 3:44 a.m. CST


    by lostbat

    We finally got rid of Kirsten Kreuk at Smallville: Everything improved after her departure and now she shows up in Chuck as a possible love interest. Please don't make her a regular PLEASE No No No No No No No No No

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 4:08 a.m. CST

    Does this mean Heroes is finally

    by Drsambeckett1984

    going to be put out of my misery??? <P> Smallville Season 10, here we come!!!!!!

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 5:43 a.m. CST

    If Heroes can't compete with House...

    by Kevin Holsinger

    ...does Chuck have a better shot?

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 6:15 a.m. CST

    Heroes is much improved

    by InfinityWave

    It might be dying in the ratings versus House, it might have cashed in all of its goodwill during seasons 2 and 3, but it finally feels like it's a character based show again.<br><br> Maybe that's a necessity of a smaller budget, or maybe Bryan Fuller had a more dramatic effect than his short return to the show would suggest? - but it's actually worth watching again. And it knows it too. The scene where Peter and Bennett asked themselves whether they wanted to embark on some rambling, doomed road trip to figure out what a mysterious compass is, while people inevitably try to trick and kill them, and INSTEAD decide to stick with their regular lives was a turning point. It's not a show where the story makes its little puppet characters do whatever that dictates anymore. They've reclaimed their own logical motivations (at least compared to how it was).

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Here's hoping Fox doesn't move HOUSE to 9 p.m. EST

    by SpyGuy

    About bloody time they moved HEROES. With this much-improved season, it deserves a better chance at staying alive.

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Heroes is so lame

    by Dr. Hfuhruhurr

    The creator of this show has such a hardon for Ali Larter that he kills of her terrible character and invents a third twin for her to play! Guess what? You have another twin! That is just awful. Heroes is Who-Cares TV.

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Can't wait for Chuck! Awesome show!

    by Dr. Hfuhruhurr

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 10:01 a.m. CST

    The one really good thing about this season of Heroes...

    by palooka_boy

    Is that they're not trying to prevent some horrifying alternate future. They've graduated to undoing the past. But seriously, this shows time-travel logic must be worse than Timerider.

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 10:01 a.m. CST

    And you know Heroes is on its last legs.

    by palooka_boy

    Because they already pulled the lesbian card. They've got nothing left!

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Didn't Subway save Chuck?

    by igregory

    Or at least have a hand in it? I think they started the Save Chuck campaign. I have no problem with the show, but you fanboys better be putting your money where your mouths are, if you think Chuck is gonna dent the House/HIMYM juggernaut. Heroes is almost back to form this year (I notice Mark Verheiden in the credits now, also), but it's still gonna catch hell up against Big Bang. I love Heroes, but will almost be glad when it's done, so I never have to watch NBC again.

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Heroes needs euthanised.

    by wowsah156

    Nothing good to say about the show since I STOPPED WATCHING when they wrote out the character Copycat and gave no explanation. Wankers.

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 11:21 a.m. CST

    igregory: Subway

    by theayatollah

    Subway is apparently going to sponsor this season, and may "show up" from time to time on the show. As long as they don't sing the $5 Footlong song, I'll be ok. Of course, it's completely acceptable for Yvonne Strahovski to sing it while wearing a revealing Subway uniform. Oh please let that happen.

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 11:25 a.m. CST

    HEROES problems started when...

    by Immortal_Fish

    ...they got away from the cliffhanger endings. I'd hedge a sizable bet that the quality of the show would tick upward if they brought them back.<P>I haven't seen any but one episode this season. An apologist at the office convinced me to take another look, knowing that the episode with Charlie was one of my favorites during season one.<P>Gang, you allege this season is a return to form? Do you remember what Sylar was like during season one? He was still a raging force of nature at the time. NO WAY he would have saved Charlie instead of munching her noggin. And just to hear Hiro tell his fortune? NO WAY.

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Heroes is the best! Hurray for Jan.4th!

    by eagledmasters

    This Season is incredible TV, especially the last 2 episodes.

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 2:40 p.m. CST

    24 will crush Heroes

    by filmfanatic1

    as soon as they move Heroes, Fox will start 24 against it and crush it.

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Heroes and Chuck - god, NBC.

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Trauma had great potential

    by cylon_conspiracy

    Too bad series don't get much of a chance to be successful these days. Everyone wants a huge hit, but they don't realize some hit shows took time to get their audiences. If you only show a handful of episodes, it's a bit ridiculous to assume that's enough time to build up a loyal following.

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Move Chuck

    by alexgk

    I won't even comment on Heroes, but Chuck is a great show with a great cast. It's funny and quirky, and how can you not love the concept? But Monday night is brutal with the CBS sitcoms top ratings, and House, and Monday night football, 24 was on, Prison Break..just crowded. Why not move Chuck to another night? Whats good on Tuesdays? Damn NBC

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 8:37 p.m. CST

    there is new British show called MISFITS that cost about

    by FamousEccles

    £5 an episode and it is everything HEROES isn't - i.e. good and a bit durty too :)

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 8:41 p.m. CST

    I assume the lesbian moment will belong to the cheerleader

    by FamousEccles

    better than incest I suppose!!

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 11:24 p.m. CST

    The Problem with Heroes

    by Rene_Belloq_12inch_Figure

    Is that they don't show off their powers enough, the first season was a fucking tease when hiro has his pony tail and peter all those powers and they're kicking ass. They need to destroy something ballsy like destroy the world ala watchmen.

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 11:25 p.m. CST

    I hate how Stargate

    by Rene_Belloq_12inch_Figure

    and shows on cable have better special effects and more action than heroes, geesh people. This is a Superhero show. Enough with the gay drama.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 3:55 a.m. CST

    Heroes is great but you have to follow Slow Burn

    by MacReady452

    kidding. its gay all around. maybe after the girl who can see sound is done we can get someone who can feel what shit tastes like.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 11:16 a.m. CST

    The heros formula

    by cripeman

    feels like its trying to constantly find a formula. <BR> there are too many characters <BR>

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 2:06 a.m. CST

    The blonde chick on "Chuck" is so hot

    by Osiris3657

    oh yes, yes indeed

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Mondays is the best night for Chuck...

    by Dr. Hfuhruhurr

    Cause when American Idol comes back on Tuesdays and Wednesdays you guys will be complaining about how Tuesday or Wednesday is a horrible night to put Chuck on.

  • Nov. 23, 2009, 11:13 a.m. CST

    I'll give Yvonne Strahovski a $5 footlong...

    by zer0cool2k2

    ...Wait, how much for a 6"...?