NBC has finally started handing out back-nine orders, granting both Chuck and Life a full season. Lately, Chuck has been the highest rated of all of NBC’s new shows. Life, on the other hand, has been pulling in lukewarm numbers, but the critically acclaimed show is tops in its timeslot with the all-important 18-34 demographic.
“Both shows are hitting their stride creatively, have developed loyal audiences and offer unlimited potential to grow throughout the season,” said NBC Entertainment/Universal Media Studios co-chair Ben Silverman. The pick-ups came unusually late in the season this year because, Silverman claims, NBC was waiting to get a better idea of which shows might develop a loyal following, although it seems likely the long-anticipated WGA strike had a lot more to do with it.
No word yet on the fate of NBC’s other freshman shows, Journeyman and Bionic Woman, but given their poor performance, it doesn’t look good.
Journeyman creator Kevin Falls told website Premium Hollywood last week that it seems likely the show’s 12th episode will be its last. “Let’s not kid ourselves,” said Falls. “It’s a long shot that we would get a back nine, given the strike and our questionable numbers.” Falls added that Episode 12 is written in such a way that it could constitute an end to the series should it be canceled. “It wouldn’t answer every question, but it would give you a lot to chew on,” he said. “We would give you some answers, and we’d withhold others.”