Chuck (TV series)
|Opening theme||"Short Skirt/Long Jacket" by Cake (instrumental version)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||91 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||40-46 minutes|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original release||September 24, 2007– January 27, 2012|
Chuck is an American action-comedy/spy-drama television series created by Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak. The series is about an "average computer-whiz-next-door" named Chuck Bartowski, played by Zachary Levi, who receives an encoded e-mail from an old college friend now working for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The message embeds the only remaining copy of a software program containing the United States' greatest spy secrets into Chuck's brain, leading the CIA and the NSA to assign him handlers and use him on top-secret missions.
Produced by College Hill Pictures, Fake Empire Productions, Wonderland Sound and Vision, and Warner Bros. Television, the series premiered on September 24, 2007, on NBC, airing on Monday nights at 8:00 p.m./7:00 p.m. Central.
As the second season finished, flagging ratings put Chuck in danger of cancellation, but fans mounted a successful campaign to encourage NBC to renew the show. The campaign was unique in that fans specifically targeted a sponsor of the show, the Subway restaurant chain, leading to the chain striking a major sponsorship deal with NBC to help cover costs of the third season. The series' renewal was uncertain in each subsequent season. The fifth season was the last, beginning on October 28, 2011, and moving to Friday nights at 8 p.m./7 Central. The series concluded on January 27, 2012, with a two-hour finale.
- 1 Plot
- 2 Cast and characters
- 3 Production
- 4 Reception
- 5 Broadcast and distribution
- 6 Other media
- 7 Possible film
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi) is in his mid-twenties, working at a dead-end job as a computer service expert at Buy More, a Burbank, California consumer-electronics chain store with his best friend, Morgan Grimes (Joshua Gomez). Chuck is intelligent but lacks ambition. Also, he had been expelled from Stanford University on false charges that he cheated in one of his classes, which likely damaged his motivation and morale. His sister, Ellie (Sarah Lancaster), and her boyfriend, Devon "Captain Awesome" Woodcomb (Ryan McPartlin), are doctors who constantly encourage Chuck to make progress in his professional and romantic life.
Bryce Larkin (Matthew Bomer), Chuck's former Stanford University roommate and now a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agent, steals the Intersect, the entire merged database of the CIA and National Security Agency (NSA), and destroys the computer storing it. The sole surviving copy becomes subliminally embedded in Chuck's brain via encoded images when he opens an email from Bryce. The NSA's Major John Casey (Adam Baldwin) and CIA Agent Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski) are dispatched to investigate.
Chuck is recruited to use the knowledge he now possesses to help thwart assassins and international terrorists, upending his previously mundane life. The Intersect causes Chuck to receive involuntary "flashes" of information from the database, activated by triggers such as faces, voices, objects, and keywords. In order to protect his family and friends, Chuck must keep his second occupation a secret. Casey and Walker are assigned to watch over Chuck. They are forced to establish an uneasy alliance and cover-identities. Walker poses as Chuck's girlfriend and takes a job at a fast food restaurant near the Buy More. Casey reluctantly becomes part of the Buy More sales team.
The main antagonists driving the plot are a series of rogue spy cabals, first internal to the United States intelligence community and then global in scope. A core part of the threat is the danger of the Intersect being either captured, making Chuck as much a liability as an asset to the government, or replicated, making Chuck obsolete or outmatched by less scrupulous spies.
Chuck, Sarah, and Casey all face professional conflicts as they grow to respect each other. A genuine romantic interest develops between Chuck and Sarah. Chuck's desire to maintain his close relationships and eventually return to a normal life is challenged by the dangers and growing responsibilities of his secret life, so that he gradually becomes a more competent, confident, and willing spy.
In the course of events, Chuck unravels mysteries from his life before the series, often dealing with the Intersect, such as why his parents left, why Bryce got him kicked out of Stanford, and why he's unusually suited for the Intersect. Meanwhile, Casey and Sarah confront unresolved issues from their lives before the series, including their families, Sarah's history with Bryce, and the spies they previously worked with. And as Chuck grows more comfortable with his own role, those closest to him are gradually drawn into his spy life.
Cast and characters
|Charles Irving "Chuck" Bartowski||Zachary Levi||Main|
|Agent Sarah Walker||Yvonne Strahovski||Main|
|Colonel John Casey||Adam Baldwin||Main|
|Morgan Grimes||Joshua Gomez||Main|
|Dr. Eleanor "Ellie" Bartowski||Sarah Lancaster||Main|
|Dr. Devon "Captain Awesome" Woodcomb||Ryan McPartlin||Recurring||Main|
|Michael "Big Mike" Tucker||Mark Christopher Lawrence||Recurring||Main|
|Lester Patel||Vik Sahay||Recurring||Main|
|Jeffrey "Jeff" Barnes||Scott Krinsky||Recurring||Main|
|Brigadier General Diane Beckman||Bonita Friedericy||Recurring||Main||Recurring|
|Anna Wu||Julia Ling||Recurring||Main||Guest|
- Tony Todd as CIA Director Langston Graham (seasons 1, 2 and 5)
- Matthew Bomer as Bryce Larkin (seasons 1 and 2)
- C.S. Lee as Harry Tang (season 1)
- Rachel Bilson as Lou Palone (season 1)
- Mini Anden as Carina Miller (season 1, 3 and 4)
- Tony Hale as Emmett Milbarge (season 2 and 3)[Note 1]
- John Larroquette as Roan Montgomery (seasons 2 and 4)
- Nicole Richie as Heather Chandler (seasons 2 and 4)
- Jordana Brewster as Jill Roberts (season 2)
- Chevy Chase as Ted Roark (season 2)
- Scott Bakula as Stephen Bartowski (seasons 2 and 3)[Note 1]
- Brandon Routh as Daniel Shaw (seasons 3 and 5)
- Kristin Kreuk as Hannah (season 3)
- Steve Austin as Hugo Panzer (seasons 3 and 4)
- Mekenna Melvin as Alex McHugh (seasons 3, 4 and 5)[Note 2]
- Linda Hamilton as Mary Elizabeth Bartowski (seasons 4 and 5)
- Timothy Dalton as Alexei Volkoff (season 4)
- Mercedes Masohn as Zondra Rizzo (season 4)
- Lauren Cohan as Vivian McArthur (season 4)
- Robin Givens as Jane Bentley (season 4)
- Richard Burgi as Clyde Decker (seasons 4 and 5)[Note 3]
- Carrie-Anne Moss as Gertrude Verbanski (season 5)
- Angus Macfadyen as Nicholas Quinn (season 5)
- The character departed after the second season, then returned for one or more guest appearances in the third season.
- The character made a few guest appearances in the third season, and became a recurring cast member in the fourth.
- The character made a guest appearance in the fourth season, and returned for a recurring role in the fifth.
Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak wrote the script for the first episode, which was initially given a put pilot commitment by NBC before a pilot order was green lit by the network in January 2007. Schwartz and Fedak both attended the University of Southern California. Fedak pitched the idea to Schwartz, who agreed to develop the project with him. Joseph McGinty Nichol, Schwartz's fellow executive producer on The O.C., directed the first hour of the series and consequently became an executive producer via his production company, Wonderland Sound and Vision. Fedak, Peter Johnson, Scott Rosenbaum, Matthew Miller, and Allison Adler also serve as co-executive producers. NBC gave the series an early pick-up and a thirteen-episode order on May 10, 2007. On November 26, 2007, TV Guide reported that NBC had picked up the series for a full, 22 episode season.
Zachary Levi and Adam Baldwin were the first two to be cast in February 2007 in the roles of Chuck Bartowski and veteran NSA agent Major John Casey, respectively. Fedak always had Baldwin in mind for the role of John Casey and the producers found that the actor was a "perfect fit" for the character during the first casting session. Relative newcomer Yvonne Strahovski was chosen for the female lead role of what was then CIA officer Sarah Kent in the same month. Casting continued throughout March with Sarah Lancaster, Joshua Gomez, and Natalie Martinez landing the parts of Dr. Ellie Bartowski (Chuck's older sister), Morgan Pace (Chuck's best friend), and Kayla Hart (Chuck's neighbor and love interest), respectively. The Kayla Hart character was dropped before filming because creators Chris Fedak and Josh Schwartz found it unlikely and too complicated to the storyline that two women would be pining over Chuck. Morgan's surname was later changed to "Grimes" and Sarah's surname was changed to "Walker".
Although Chuck's apartment is set in Echo Park, the pilot was shot in El Cabrillo in Hollywood. After the series was picked up, the apartment and the building's courtyard were re-created on a Warner Bros. soundstage. Aerial views throughout the show combine shots of Echo Park and El Cabrillo.
In Season 3, Chuck is shown a photo of a villa that he'll live in while he's on assignment in Italy. The photo is actually of Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL. Originally built as a hotel, railroad magnate Henry Flagler had brought in artisans from all over Europe. So the look of 'old country' is quite authentic - just on a different continent.
Despite heavy promotion from NBC and positive critical reviews, Chuck suffered in domestic ratings due to stiff competition from established hits from ABC (Dancing with the Stars), Fox (House), and CBS (How I Met Your Mother, Rules of Engagement) in the Monday 8:00–9:00 pm ET timeslot. Its ratings were also affected by the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike in the first season and President Barack Obama's prime time news conference that led to the show being preempted for a week in the second season, shortly after NBC had done heavy promotion for the show around the Super Bowl. In May 2010, it was reported that Chuck ranked in the top 20 TV shows in the SocialSenseTV ratings report of social media interactions, measuring posts and reads on forums, blogs, and other social media over a three-month period.
|Season||Timeslot (EDT)||Season premiere||Season finale||TV season||Rank||U.S. viewers
|1||Monday 8:00 p.m.||September 24, 2007||January 24, 2008||2007–2008||#65||8.68|
|2||Monday 8:00 p.m.||September 29, 2008||April 27, 2009||2008–2009||#71||7.36|
|3||Monday 8:00 p.m.||January 10, 2010||May 24, 2010||2009–2010||#82||5.99|
|4||Monday 8:00 p.m.||September 20, 2010||May 16, 2011||2010–2011||#101||5.58|
|5||Friday 8:00 p.m.||October 28, 2011||January 27, 2012||2011–2012||#138||4.25|
Chuck has received positive reviews. Rolling Stone magazine included the show on its fall 2007 "We Like to Watch" list, saying the show "wipes the floor with the other fall debuts". Chuck landed on USA Today's list of the "10 Picks for 2007" and they called Levi's performance "incredibly winning", giving the comedy three-out-of-four stars. Chuck drew numerous comparisons to another critically acclaimed comedy that debuted in Fall 2007—Reaper—which also starred a twenty-something underachiever who works in a large retail, "big-box" store (Work Bench) and is drawn into heroism against his will.
As 2008 drew to a close, the show received further positive reception. In December Time magazine named the show one of the top 10 TV series of the year. It also made the year-end top 10 list of the Chicago Tribune, Television Without Pity's list of TV Shows We Wish More People Watched, The Star-Ledger's Top TV shows of 2008 (#4), The Miami Herald's TV's Top 5 list, The New York Observer's Top 10 TV Shows of the Year (#6), and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette mentions Chuck as one of the few bright spots in television in 2008.
The Chicago Tribune's Maureen Ryan wrote that "the show pays attention to the mechanics of storytelling and doesn't just try to coast on the comedy." She continued, "[Given] the level of attention paid to all those other things—emotion, suspense, plotting, character—Chuck ends up being one of the TV scene's greatest pleasures at the moment." Television Without Pity's Angel Cohn finds Chuck to be a well-written show, saying "it features some of the smartest and most quick-witted dialogue on TV". She praises the ensemble cast and notes "while the first season was good, this show has really hit its stride in its second season." James Poniewozik of Time magazine says the show is a "delight" and that with the second season the "new episodes quickly jump back in, with higher stakes and sharper jokes." The Star-Ledger's Alan Sepinwall calls Chuck "the most purely entertaining show currently on television, whether you're talking network or cable." He states that "what makes Chuck so special ... is that there's a fundamental warmth and humanity underneath the jokes", with "a cast of appealing characters played by very good actors."
Going into 2010, Aaron Barnhart of the Kansas City Star described the show's premise as "fresh, appealing and limited", expressing concern that "a lot of TV shows overstay their welcome" and fearing that in its third season the show is "about to run out of new, workable ideas". USA Today called the show NBC's "best scripted hour".
Awards and honors
Season 1 of Chuck enjoyed much formal recognition. The program was mentioned multiple times in IGN's 2007 year-in-review awards. Along with winning the honor of Best New TV Series, Sarah Walker won the award for best TV character, and Chuck and Sarah as a couple won the "Couple That We Rooted for the Most" award. Chuck was also nominated for "Best New TV Comedy Series" at the 2008 People's Choice Awards, which aired on January 8, 2008, but lost to Samantha Who? The series stunt coordinator Merritt Yohnka won the 2007–2008 Primetime Emmy for "Outstanding Stunt Coordination". Chuck was also nominated for "Outstanding Main Title Design" in 2007, but did not win. Merritt Yohnka also won the 2008–2009 Primetime Emmy for "Outstanding Stunt Coordination", back-to-back wins for the same award.
|ALMA Award||2008||Outstanding Male Performance in a Comedy Television Series||Joshua Gomez||Nominated|
|2009||Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|American Cinema Editors||2008||Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial Television||Norman Buckley||Won|
|Casting Society of America||2011||Outstanding Achievement in Casting – Television Pilot – Comedy||Patrick Rush||Nominated|
|Image Awards||2011||Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series for "The Couch Lock"||Michael Shultz||Nominated|
|Emmy Awards||2008||Outstanding Stunt Coordination||Merritt Yohnka||Won|
|Outstanding Main Title Design||Karin Fong
|2009||Outstanding Stunt Coordination||Merritt Yohnka||Won|
|2010||Outstanding Stunt Coordination||Merritt Yohnka||Nominated|
|SFX Awards||2011||Best Actress||Yvonne Strahovski||Nominated|
|People's Choice Awards||2008||Favorite New TV Comedy||—||Nominated|
|Satellite Awards||2007||Best Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical||Zachary Levi||Nominated|
|Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical||—||Nominated|
|TV Guide Awards||2011||Favorite Actress||Yvonne Strahovski||Won|
|Favorite Couple Who Have||Zachary Levi & Yvonne Strahovski||Won|
|Favorite Villain||Timothy Dalton||Won|
|Saturn Award||2008||Best Actor on Television||Zachary Levi||Nominated|
|Best Network Television Series||—||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||2008||Choice TV Breakout Star Male||Zachary Levi||Nominated|
|2010||Actor – Action||Zachary Levi||Won|
|2010||Actress – Action||Yvonne Strahovski||Won|
|2010||Choice TV Show: Action||—||Nominated|
|2011||Actor – Action||Zachary Levi||Nominated|
|2011||Actress – Action||Yvonne Strahovski||Nominated|
|2011||Choice TV Show: Action||—||Nominated|
|2012||Actor – Action||Zachary Levi||Nominated|
|2012||Actress – Action||Yvonne Strahovski||Nominated|
|2012||Choice TV Show: Action||—||Nominated|
|Young Artist Awards||2009||Best Performance in a TV Series – Guest Starring Young Actress||Stefanie Scott||Nominated|
|IGN||2010||Best of 2010 – Best Villain||Brandon Routh||Won|
Campaign for series renewal, 2009
Despite being one of the first series to be renewed by NBC for the 2008–2009 television season, Chuck was classified as a show "on the bubble" between renewal and cancellation in April 2009 after NBC decided to delay its decision on its renewal for a third season until early May. The show's second season did not improve on or maintain the audience numbers received in the first season and has consistently obtained low ratings, making it one of the least-watched shows in its Monday 8:00 pm ET timeslot. Concerned that the show would not be renewed for a third season, fans launched a "Save Chuck" campaign that gained momentum with the use of social-networking websites like Twitter and Facebook.
Fansite ChuckTV.net launched the first organized fan effort, the Watch/Buy/Share campaign (an idea thought up by "Chuck, vs the podcast" founder Gray Jones), on March 18, 2009; a letter writing campaign was later added to the effort. The week of April 6, 2009, television blogger Kath Skerry changed the name of her website GiveMeMyRemote.com to GiveMeMyChuck.com and used Twitter to notify her readers to support the show, prompting television columnists Alan Sepinwall of The Star-Ledger, Maureen Ryan of Chicago Tribune and Josef Adalian of TelevisionWeek to write Chuck-related news on their websites and Twitter feeds. Sepinwall also wrote an open letter to NBC on reasons for renewal, while Ryan encouraged fan support by listing the various ways in which they could contribute to the campaign to save Chuck. One fan, Wendy Farrington, was inspired by a product placement in second season episodes to organize a campaign to purchase "Footlong" submarine sandwiches from Subway on the air date of the second season finale. This movement gained support from various cast and crew members, with actor Zachary Levi seen leading hundreds of fans to a Subway restaurant in Birmingham, England. Members of the show's cast and crew participated in a special "rally cry" episode of Chuck vs the Podcast on April 24, 2009, just before the season finale, to encourage fans to keep the campaign going and thank them for their support. On the campaign, co-creator Josh Schwartz remarked that it "has been one of the most amazing experiences of [his] life to witness—and certainly the most creatively gratifying". Other fan efforts include the "Have a Heart, Renew Chuck" campaign, involving Chuck fans donating money to the American Heart Association on behalf of NBC. By the NBC Upfront on May 19, 2009 over $17,000 was raised.
The campaign also prompted press and media coverage, with The Hollywood Reporter calling Chuck the "most discussed bubble show online". Linda Holmes, writing for NPR, noted the support the campaign has received from both fans and critics, and comments: "It's very common for chasms to open between critics and viewers... But here, critics find themselves passionately advocating for something that's extraordinarily enjoyable to watch." James Poniewozik of Time magazine wrote about the efficacy of save-this-show columns and fan protests, saying, "The sad fact of advertising-supported television is that, unlike cable, it still rewards breadth, not depth, of viewership. Four million people who watch a show really hard are still just four million people to an ad buyer. Unless they spend money." He stated that the "Finale & Footlong" campaign was a far more effective way to demonstrate support since Subway is one of the show's major sponsors. However, Josh Bernoff of Advertising Age remarks, "Thousands of visible, loyal viewers does not equal millions of actual viewers. Objects in the groundswell may be smaller than they appear. People who congregate online are not a representative sample."
In support of the show, Nestlé sent more than 1,000 packs of its Wonka Nerds candies to NBC after Josh Schwartz made such a suggestion to fans in an April 20, 2009 interview with The New York Times. Additionally, Chuck won the annual "Save Our Shows" poll by USA Today in which 43,000 people voted, topping the poll with 54% of respondents favoring renewal, beating other bubble shows such as Cold Case (45%) and Without a Trace (41%). The petition campaigns were also mentioned on the May 12, 2009 episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
NBC's decision to renew the show for a thirteen-episode third season was announced on May 17, 2009. Both NBC's Ben Silverman and co-creator Chris Fedak have confirmed that the option remains for a pickup of nine more episodes. Although Silverman has claimed that NBC is not looking to lower costs, Schwartz has stated that series production studio Warner Bros. Television had asked the producers to make budget cuts to meet a decrease in the license fee by NBC. Silverman, Fedak and Schwartz have all stated that the show's quality will not be impacted.
Series renewal, 2010
Questions about the series' continued viability began before the third season aired. Just hours before the third season premiere, when asked whether NBC suddenly moving Jay Leno out of primetime lowered the bar for Chuck, NBC chairman Jeff Gaspin replied, "I wouldn't say the bar's lower, but we obviously have less choice at the moment, so he's got a better shot."
When asked about the series' chances of being renewed for a fourth season and whether fans would have to step in again, Angela Bromstad replied, "Well, it's got to maintain, and it depends on development," but said that the show is a "pleasant surprise, and they're doing great work."
The ratings for Chuck slipped, falling to a series-low 1.9 demo for two weeks running as of the 11th episode of the season, "Chuck Versus the Final Exam." The "TV By The Numbers" website reported on March 23, 2010 that this was "below the ratings level that would indicate likely renewal now" despite the overall ratings difficulties that NBC was facing. However, on March 30, 2010, the season's 12th episode, "Chuck Versus the American Hero" saw an increase to a 2.1 share and a 0.2 million viewer rise.
On May 13, 2010, it was announced that Chuck had been renewed by NBC for a fourth season. The season received a 13-episode order with an option of an additional nine episodes. The fourth season premiered during NBC's fall 2010 schedule. It retained its current timeslot. The premiere episode of the fourth season was titled "Chuck Versus the Anniversary", and aired on September 20. Season four guest starred Linda Hamilton, Dolph Lundgren, Harry Dean Stanton, Olivia Munn, Steve Austin, Dave Batista, Summer Glau, Timothy Dalton and Eric Roberts. It was announced on October 19, 2010 that NBC had ordered an additional 11 episodes of Chuck, bringing the episode total for Season 4 to 24.
Speculating on the possibility of a fifth season, Yvonne Strahovski (Sarah Walker) commented that she felt "...[the chances] are pretty good, I will be surprised if we don't get a season five." Her co-star Adam Baldwin (John Casey) concurred.
Series renewal, 2011
It was announced on May 13, 2011 that Chuck would be renewed for a fifth, and final, season consisting of thirteen episodes, set to premiere on October 21, 2011. The show was moved from Monday and aired on Friday nights, in what some consider to be a Friday night death slot. The premiere was later pushed a week later to October 28.
Broadcast and distribution
The first showing of the pilot occurred on July 27, 2007 at Comic-Con International in San Diego. The series was originally slated to air on Tuesday nights at 9/8c as announced at the 2007 upfronts but this was later changed to Monday nights at 8/7c as announced during the 2007 Television Critics Association summer press tour. The season premiere aired on September 24, 2007 on NBC. The pilot was leaked onto torrent websites on July 22, 2007. All thirteen episodes produced before the 2007 Writers Guild of America strike have aired. The last two episodes of the original thirteen aired on January 24, 2008, with episode 12 airing at 8/7c and episode 13 at 10/9c, three days after they aired in Canada.
Season Two premiered on September 29, 2008. While the series originally had a 13 episode order, NBC ordered another nine, ensuring the series would get the full 22-episode treatment. The theme song is "Short Skirt/Long Jacket" by Cake.
On February 2, 2009, Chuck broadcast a full-length 3D television episode. The episode was broadcast using the ColorCode 3-D stereoscopy system, and could be viewed by wearing a pair of glasses distributed as part of a national promotion for the movie "Monsters Vs. Aliens", which was sponsored by Intel.
In an aggressive marketing campaign by NBC, the pilot episode was released across a broad range of media from satellite broadcasting to popular social networking websites such as Facebook, shown on United Airlines flights, freely distributed on video on demand on about 30 cable and satellite systems including Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Dish Network, on Yahoo, and from Amazon Unbox. Also, prior to the airing of Chuck in the United Kingdom, the pilot episode was released as a free temporary download on iTunes.
A full week before the second season's U.S. premiere, iTunes offered a free download of the first episode as a 'pre-air premiere.' This promotion was also available on the Xbox Live Marketplace. Chuck can also be seen on Virgin Media's On Demand service in association with Warner TV.
|Complete Season||Ep #||Release dates|
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|1st||13||September 16, 2008 (DVD)
November 11, 2008 (Blu-ray Disc)
|August 18, 2008||November 12, 2008|
|2nd||22||January 5, 2010||October 5, 2009||April 7, 2010|
|3rd||19||September 7, 2010||October 25, 2010||March 2, 2011|
|4th||24||October 11, 2011||October 3, 2011||February 1, 2012|
|5th||13||May 8, 2012||October 15, 2012||August 1, 2012|
The DVD and Blu-ray Disc box sets of The Complete First Season contain the same special features: deleted scenes ("Declassified Scenes"); "Chuck's World—an inside look at character development and casting sessions"; "Chuck on Chuck"—commentaries by Zachary Levi, Joshua Gomez, Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak; bloopers ("Chuck vs. the Chuckles"); and "Chuck's Online World—a gallery of web originated mini-featurettes".
On October 28, 2009, Warner Home Video announced that the second season of Chuck will be released on January 5, 2010. Like its predecessor, Chuck: The Complete Second Season was made available in both DVD and Blu-ray Disc formats. Time magazine put the DVD on its short list for January 2010, saying "Nerd wish fulfillment doesn't get funnier than this."
"The Complete Third Season" was released on September 7, 2010 on both DVD and Blu-ray Disc in Region 1 and October 25, 2010.
On June 1, 2011, Warner Home Video announced that the fourth season of Chuck is to be released on both DVD and Blu-ray Disc September 6, 2011, but was then changed to October 11, 2011.
In February 2012 Warner Brothers announced a complete Seasons 1-5 box set available on both Blu-ray and DVD. This is set to be released on May 8 in conjunction with the Season 5 box set. This box set will contain 19 discs (Blu-ray) or 23 discs (DVD) and includes all special features available in current releases.
In the UK, only DVD box sets are released and not Blu-ray. Chuck Season 5 was released on September 24, 2012 on iTunes in the UK with the release of the DVD box set being released less than a month later on October 15, 2012.
In Australia, the complete Seasons 1-5 DVD box set became available on August 1, 2012 in conjunction with the release of the Season 5 DVD set.
In May 2007, NBC announced that their official website would launch "MyNBC" allowing users to be more interactive with selected shows. MyNBC will allow fans to delve inside Chuck's "brain" which will host hot spots of top-secret government information that the title character possesses. It will also have bonus video features. In addition, NBC further announced in July 2007 that tie-in micro websites where fans who log onto Buy-More.net would be directed to NerdHerdHelp.com giving them access to exclusive content of the show and a blog written by the title character's best friend and sidekick, Morgan, would be launched in September 2007. NBC is reportedly expected to spend about $8 million in total promoting the show.
Wildstorm, a DC Comics imprint, produced a six-issue mini-series written by Peter Johnson and Zev Borow (series co-executive producer and writer, respectively), with art by Jeremy Haun and Phil Noto. It started in June 2008. A trade paperback collection was published in July 2009. It also includes a public service announcement on brushing one's teeth from Captain Awesome and two gag adventures with Morgan based on film noir and The Odyssey. (WildStorm also releases Brian K. Vaughan's Ex Machina, a series which sees its main character fused with a technological structure, issue No. 39 of which is used within Chuck to conceal the Intersect Operating manual from General Beckman, Casey and Sarah for Chuck's studies from Season 2, episode No. 17 onwards.)
In March 2013, Levi told Entertainment Weekly that Warner Brothers' use of Kickstarter to fund previously shut-down TV series could possibly open the door for a Chuck film. However, he cited conflicts with Chuck broadcasts in other countries, such as Japan, as the main reason that a film would not be started anytime soon.
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