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NBC Bumps ‘Chuck’ To March 2010

But it could become a summer series for the network


Not that this should come as a surprise to anyone, but NBC is holding off on showing new episodes of “Chuck” until March at the earliest.

At Wednesday’s presentation to the media, NBC Entertainment President Angela Bromstad said.

“Three or four scripts [are] in, [and] the show is on a great track creatively,” Bromstad told reporters, according to The TV Addict. “But right now, it’s not scheduled to come on until March.”

So far, just a half season of the show starring Zachary Levi and Yvonne Strahovski has been ordered, and getting such a late start into the 2009-10 season usually means there won’t be much more.

But not so fast, Bromstad said. Because of what she called the success of “Merlin” and “The Listener,” NBC is looking to have more new scripted fair for audiences during the months when people would rather be outside than stuck in front of the boob tube. With that, there is always a possibility that “Chuck” could get a back-nine pickup and actually air through the summer, and work its way to earning a fourth season.

Speaking of “Merlin,” Bromstad said picking up the BBC import was a good move by the network, even if ratings were not exactly where anyone expected them to be.

“Merlin,” she said, was “on brand,” without describing what exactly that meant, and described the show’s success as “OK.”

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