Monday, January 23, 2012

Zachary Levi - Chuck - What 2 Watch Jan 27 '12 - NBC 8/7C

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FILM.COM: WHAT 2 WATCH: Your Time’s Up, Chuck

by Charlie Toft
January 23, 2012

The silver lining to NBC’s struggles of recent seasons is that the network has seen fit to allow several excellent but low-rated series to stay on the air, for lack of anything better to try instead (look at it this way: there were shows NBC was considering a year ago at this time that were even worse than The Playboy Club). We got five full seasons of Friday Night Lights, and for much of that time it was probably the best show on any of the four major networks. Neither Community nor Parks and Recreation would have made it past one season anywhere else, and despite the Emmy love, the same might even go for 30 Rock.

And then there’s Chuck, which ends its five-season run this week (Friday, 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.) despite being one of the most endangered shows on the air for its entire lifespan. To be honest, I don’t think Chuck has ever regained the heights of its first two seasons, but it’s usually been a breezy hour at the very least. The final hours offer up a new opportunity for Sarah and Captain Awesome, while Chuck is forced to enlist a motley crew to ensure his future. Hopefully his retirement will be filled with lots of sandwiches and discount electronics...

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