It might be a bit ratings challenged, but the buzz and fandom surrounding “Chuck” is strong enough for NBC to give the show a fourth season.
Entertainment Weekly‘s Michael Ausiello is reporting that “Chuck” will get at least 13 episodes next season, expanding the life of a show that just two years ago, many had thought was on its way out.
No Subway sandwiches were needed this time, and it’s possible that depending on where “Chuck” ends up on NBC’s schedule, there could be room for additional episodes.
But that’s not the only big renewal news coming from network television. The Hollywood Reporter says ABC has decided to renew “V” for a second season, which could mean that “FlashForward” is definitely on its way out.
It’s not clear how many episodes have been ordered for “V,” but the move was somewhat surprising despite the rather large audience erosion for the show this season.
“Chuck’s” numbers are off 7 percent from last season, and 23 percent down from two years ago.
Yet, “Chuck” has the kind of buzz NBC is hoping to get back with its other programming, and fits well in the larger event projects like the new shows already picked up from the likes of Jerry Bruckheimer and J.J. Abrams.
“V” has been a different story. Considered to be on the chopping block for the last several weeks, the show averaged a 6.7/10 for ABC in its original Tuesday at 8 p.m. timeslot, but quickly fell to a 3.8/6 at 10 p.m. following “Lost,” losing huge chunks of that audience.
However, with “Lost” gone, and ABC mostly striking out on most of its other new dramas, bringing “V” back is a chance for some type of redemption for what ended up being a strange 2009-10 season.
Neither ABC nor NBC have officially confirmed these pickups, so they should be treated as any rumor would.
“Chuck” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, while “V” airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
UPDATE: Michael Ausiello also is reporting that ABC has canceled “FlashForward” after a single season. The series, based on the novel by Robert J. Sawyer and developed for television by David S. Goyer and Brannon Braga, had been on the bubble with many suspecting only it or “V” would survive.
Looks like “V” won.