Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski and Adam Baldwin return with two hours of Sunday fun
I could just bottom line this for you: Plenty of shows will be premiering and returning in the first few months of 2010. I know this because I watched more than 30 hours of screeners last weekend, an amount that verges on a mathematical impossibility. Many of the screeners I watched are for shows I enjoy, shows I respect a great deal, shows I fully intend to recommend to you further at a later date. I don't think that any of those shows are more enjoyable than NBC's "Chuck," funnier than NBC's "Chuck," more exciting than NBC's "Chuck," more easily and instantly able to bring a smile to my face than NBC's "Chuck."
But you, regular readers, know that I just happen to really like "Chuck." If I were a person prone to using outdated slang that I really can't get away with saying -- and I often am -- I'd admit that "Chuck" is my jam. It's music played in a key that this particular writer is always happy to groove to. I've always been convinced that the vernacular of my Inner Child of the '80s is one in which Chris Fedak, Josh Schwartz and their wildly talented team of writers are fluent. I watch "Chuck" and feel like its cleverness and messages are pitched directly at me and since I know people who are *nothing* like me who feel *exactly* the same way, I know that "Chuck" must be doing something right and something universal, even if the show's ratings suggest that not every part of the universe has discovered it.
Like I said, that's the bottom line. After a long day of press tour, my ability to write as much as I'd like to about "Chuck," which premieres on Sunday (Jan. 10) at 9 p.m. and then moves to its regular slot the following night, is limited.
But I'll try to say a bit more after the break...