NBC's Chuck has been renewed for a fifth season of 13-episodes, and some fans are already hoping for a sixth season of the show. Before anyone gets their hopes up... I would like to point out that the fifth season of Chuck will be the series final, NBC announced in a press release! Here's a snippet of that press release:
NBC has introduced its 2011-12 primetime schedule, showcasing six new dramas and six new comedies from a roster of renowned hit-makers that includes Steven Spielberg, Lorne Michaels, Brian Grazer, Tom Werner, John Grisham and Peter Berg, among many others.
The season's new dramas are "Smash," "Prime Suspect," "The Playboy Club," "Awake," "Grimm" and "The Firm"; and the new comedies are "Up All Night," "Whitney," "Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea," "Free Agents," "Best Friends Forever" and "Bent."
Returning shows include "Parenthood," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Harry’s Law," "Chuck" (for its fifth and final season of 13 episodes), "Community," "Parks and Recreation," "The Office," "30 Rock" and "Dateline NBC." Among next season’s returning alternative series are "The Voice," "The Sing-Off," "The Celebrity Apprentice" and "The Biggest Loser," each in two-hour formats.
There's bound to be a few fans who's not going to accept this news, but the series will end at the end of the fifth season, with a zero percent chance of a sixth season.
The WB needed to produce a fifth season of Chuck of at least 10 episodes, so that it could become a valuable syndicated show. Now that they have their value, they have no reason to continue the show. I know that it's sad to see this series end, but we should be content with the miracle 91 episode order. Had Chuck been on another network, we would have only gotten two seasons (35 episodes)!
January 27, 2012: Chuck is officially canceled. But the series might live on in another form! Zachary Levi (Chuck) has revealed that he's campaigning to keep this series alive in another form:
"I've pitched some ideas to the powers that be," Zach revealed to EOnline.com, "and I think it would be really fun to do...something. Even if it's a fun, like, hour and a half online-only movie, just for our fans to buy and to enjoy, and for all of us to get back together once a year and to continue these characters and this family."
I'm not holding my breath... but a few "Chuck" movies would be hella-awesome!
BTW, Amazon.com are accepting pre-orders for "Chuck: The Complete Fifth Season" on Blu-ray and DVD. You can lock in a discount by pre-ordering now!