Full Season Orders for CHUCK and LIFE

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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.”

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4 thoughts on “Full Season Orders for CHUCK and LIFE

  1. Journeyman is an awesome show–please encourage everyone to watch it and give it a chance. The only show better in recent years was Studio 60 and it bit the dust. I love it and hope it makes it.

  2. Oh! This is very encouraging news–I’d started to feel comfortable about Chuck in recent days, but Life is a very pleasant surprise!

  3. Yeah, Life! The boyfriend and I were just confabbing about it last night, and how much suckage there would be if it didn’t get picked up and we never found out how the overall mystery of who framed Charlie was never solved!

  4. Poor Kevin McKidd. Loved him in _Bedrooms And Hallways_ and _Rome_, and this just doesn’t seem to be the Project That Will Make Him Everyone’s Favorite British Heartthrob (Suck On it, John Barrowman).

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