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chuck new seasonWe have some CHUCKing awesome news today, our favorite geek turned spy series has not only gotten its 4th season extended from 13 episodes to a full season order, but instead of the suspected 9 episodes, the series got picked up for an additional 11 episodes! That makes the 4th season of Chuck 24 episodes total!

The show, which has been on a creative high for the past two seasons, added Linda Hamilton of Terminator fame as Chuck’s long lost mother.  Chuck and the gang have been using all of their resources to locate her, thinking that she has been a prisoner of the season’s new big bad. As we found out yesterday, she may not be a prisoner after all, but might just be the big bad they are looking for.

If you haven’t seen yesterday’s episode yet, stop what you are doing and check it out. (spoiler alert) It ended with a cliffhanger of Chuck getting a call from his mother.  Next week’s episode is Halloween themed and features horror icon and the original Freddy Krueger, Robert Englund as Dr. Stanley Wheelwright, an evil scientist that wants to release a nightmare-inducing toxin on the public.   If you have been busy and missed the past few episodes of the series, you can head over to the show’s 141tv profile to check out the last 4 episodes.

TV News

What’s happening in the world of television? Keep reading…

  • USA network has renewed White Collar, Royal Pains, and Psych for new seasons. Which USA shows have episodes that you can watch online?
  • The OC star Rachel Bilson is re-teaming up with OC creator Josh Schwartz (also the man behind Chuck and Gossip Girl) for a new pilot for NBC. The pilot is for an hour long supernatural comedy, Ghost Angeles, which is rumored to center around a girl who can speak to the dead. I love Bilson and I’d be happy to see her back as a regular on TV. Maybe they can even find a way to get Adam Brody to guest star.
  • Out with the old and in with the… weird. American Idol has announced its two new judges that will join Randy Jackson in the show’s 10th season, they are none other than Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. Does anyone else think that this combo is completely bizarre? Watch the train wreck unfold in January.
  • The Fox con man drama Lone Star is the first canceled show of the new season.  While it was a critic’s darling, the show barely showed up in the ratings department in its two airings. I guess this will free up stars James Wolk, Adrianne Palicki, and Jon Voight to move onto other shows. Did anyone actually take the time to watch the show? Did it deserve such a quick demise?
  • Boardwalk Empire made its premiere last week, and I have to admit, I dug it. It had a small drop off in ratings in its second airing, but HBO is confident enough in the series to give it a second season.
  • I’m not sure how I missed it, but there was a five episode Chuck related webseries, Buy Hard: The Story of Jeff and Lester. The series focuses Jeff and Lester after last season’s finale, as they adjust to living life on the lam after they are suspected of burning down the Buy More.

chuck new season

Chuck returned last night with two hours and CHUCKing awesome ratings! The back to back episodes were Chuck‘s best rated episodes since its 3D episode and some of the best ratings for any of NBC’s scripted dramas this season. We get another new hour of Chuck tonight in its normal timeslot of 8pm, right before Heroes. To say I’m excited about this news would be an understatement. If you somehow missed Chuck‘s return last night, you can check it on Hulu here.

NBC Chuck Comic Book

Are you as impatient as I am waiting for the new season of Chuck to begin? Thankfully we don’t have to wait until March for new episodes, but January still feels like it is really far away. Thankfully there is a ton of Chuck content online for die-hard fans like myself.

NBC.com has released excerpts from the sixth issue of the Chuck online in both animated and interactive formats. In the new issue, Chuck’s life is in a literal free-fall after he is thrown out of a plane without a chute. How will everyone’s face geek turned super spy survive? Well, read to see. In addition, the issue features a back up story that shows how a ten year old Devon become Captain Awesome. An awesome prequel? You bet. The comic is published by Wildstorm.

Also online are a ton of goodies, including Morganuptials, a funny look at Morgan and Anna’s living agreement, Chuck’s Brain, puzzles and games, and we can’t forget the official site for Jeffster (which needs no description)! You can check out all of NBC’s Chuck exclusives here.

Chuck Me Out Logo

One of the many San Diego Comic-Con annoucements this past weekend including the all new Chuck community hub, Chuck Me Out! (incase you missed Comic-Con, you can watch the Chuck panel here)  Chuck Me Out! is a new site from NBC and the creators of Chuck that features all new videos, news, photos, and posters about the series along with message boards, videos, and exclusives for fans.

Included in the mix is a thermometer that is tracking views of Chuck episodes on NBC.com with a goal of 1 million streams.  Check out the link above and catch up on episodes of Chuck and lets help reach that goal in a record time!  I’m not sure why this isn’t up with the Hulu video of the Chuck Comic-Con panel, but Jeffster opened the panel! Click here to rock along with them!

Chuck on NBC

The 2009 San Diego Comic-Con is going to have a lot of panels, showcases, signings and events, but I wanted to take a moment to look at what is ahead at the con for one of My Hollywood Dream’s favorite shows, Chuck!

On Friday, July 24th, Zachary Levi will be apart of the TV Guide Sci-Fi Hot List and will be part of a Q&A with Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons of The Big Bang Theory, Scott Peters and Scott Wolf from the new reboot of V, Rebecca Romijn of fall’s Eastwick, and Kevin Williamson the writer of Scream who is behind the new vampire series based on the book series with the same name, The Vampire Diaries.  This panel begins at 6:15pm in Ballroom 20.

Saturday the real fun begins! At 10am in Ballroom 20 (why so early?) is the Chuck panel.  It will begin with a five-minute retrospective highlight reel, then moderator Alan Sepinwall will present Josh Schwartz, Chris Fedak, Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez, Ryan McPartlin, Mark Christopher Lawrence,Vik Sahay, Scott Krinsky, Sarah Lancaster and Adam Baldwin. They’ll hold a Q&A and preview the new season.  While they will not have footage to show from the new season, they will definitly be giving away some much desired info on the direction of the new season (Super-Chuck?) and you never know when they might give away prizes like t-shirts or DVDs.

Following the panel, all of the cast members from the panel will be heading to the WB booth to sign autographs and chat with fans.  Don’t forget your camera, because this is your chance to snap a pic with your favorite cast member.

Also, keep an eve on the WB’s booth over the course of the whole convention, because you never known when they might be giving away Chuck related goodies. In the past I’ve taken home free Chuck comics and a really cool bag. If you are heading to San Diego, have fun at the con!