<p>Zachary Levi and Yvonne Strahovski in their earliest days on &quot;Chuck.&quot;</p>

Zachary Levi and Yvonne Strahovski in their earliest days on "Chuck."

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'Chuck' vs. the Retrospective Interview, Part 1

Chris Fedak and Josh Schwartz talk about the show's origins and that truncated first season
"Chuck" ends its improbable 5-season run with back-to-back episodes this Friday at 8 & 9 p.m. on NBC. This will be, by my count, at least the sixth different time that creators Chris Fedak and Josh Schwartz have had to conclude the series, but where all the previous finales were followed by unexpected renewals or extensions, this one's the absolute, no doubt about it finish.
 
When I was in California earlier this month for press tour, I went over to the Warner Bros. lot to interview Fedak and Schwartz (and then just Fedak after a certain point, since Schwartz has responsibilities to a bunch of shows at the moment) and look back over the life of one of my favorite series. It's a very long interview — the transcript is about 16,000 words — so I'm breaking it up into five parts, roughly covering one season each day. (Though as you'll see, we bounce back and forth in time a lot.) Today, we're covering the show's origins through the abrupt end of the first season when the writers strike shut down production.
 
So buckle up, and let's head back to those very early days when Schwartz was still running "The O.C.," Yvonne Strahovski's last name was still spelled Strzechowski, and the fan community believed Adam Baldwin would always be the hero of Canton, the man they call Jayne. (Some still believe this, by the way, and that's okay.)
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<p>Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski)&nbsp;gets loose on &quot;Chuck.&quot;</p>

Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) gets loose on "Chuck."

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'Chuck' - 'Chuck vs. the Bullet Train': Eternal sunshine of the Sarah mind

Sarah suffers Intersect side effects, while Jeffster have to show their heroic sides

A review of tonight's "Chuck" — the last episode before next week's two-hour finale — coming up just as soon as I think better when I'm blowing up avocados...

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<p>Denise Richards and Tracy Morgan on &quot;30 Rock.&quot;</p>

Denise Richards and Tracy Morgan on "30 Rock."

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'30 Rock' - 'Idiots Are People Two!': Mercury rising

Kelsey Grammer, James Marsden and Denise Richards swing by, but Liz and Jack are the show

A quick review of last night's "30 Rock" coming up just as soon as Teri Polo and Ving Rhames call me at home...

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<p>The kids of &quot;Unsupervised.&quot;</p>

The kids of "Unsupervised."

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'Unsupervised' - 'Pilot: Risky business

What did everybody think of the new FX animated comedy?

I posted my review of FX's "Unsupervised" this morning. Now it's your turn. What did everybody think on this kinder, somewhat gentler spin on "Beavis & Butt-Head" from the "Always Sunny" guys? Did you like Gary and Joel? Did you find it funnier than I did? Do you prefer Kristen Bell's voiceover work here or on "Gossip Girl"? And given all the "Archer" love around here, are you going to stick around just because one airs after the other? 

Have at it.

<p>Archer gets to know guest star Burt Reynolds in the season premiere.</p>

Archer gets to know guest star Burt Reynolds in the season premiere.

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'Archer' - 'The Man from Jupiter': Burt Reynolds is the bomb

The '70s icon goes driving with Sterling in the third season premiere

Earlier today, I posted an interview with "Archer" co-star Judy Greer. The season premiere just finished, and I loved how it made use of Burt Reynolds. There are times when it can feel awkward when a show spends an episode sucking up to a very special guest star, but it worked here because so much of Archer's personality - and so much of the show's approach to action - feels inspired by all those movies Reynolds did in the '70s and early '80s when he was the biggest movie star in the world.

As always, my coverage of the series is going to be intermittent (I tend to watch it in chunks, often well after individual episodes have aired), but fire away with your thoughts on the premiere.

<p>Paul Rudd on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Paul Rudd on "Parks and Recreation."

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'Parks and Recreation' - 'Campaign Ad': Pros and cons

Paul Rudd becomes Leslie's political rival in a strong episode

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as the pretender to the crown of Alsace-Lorraine gives me a dog...

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<p>Troy (Donald Glover)&nbsp;and Abed (Danny Pudi)&nbsp;in their &quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;blanket fort.</p>

Troy (Donald Glover) and Abed (Danny Pudi) in their "Community" blanket fort.

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Why I miss 'Community': Because Troy and Abed built a blanket fort

Greendale is a place where dreams can weirdly come to life for a while

NBC's Thursday lineup is once again about to start without "Community," which means it's time once again for me to post a video illustrating exactly why I'm going to miss the show for as long as it takes NBC to put it back somewhere on the schedule.

One of the things I love about "Community" is that while Greendale Community College could very easily seem like a small, depressing place where our characters have landed because they didn't have better options, it's actually a wide-open canvas where anyone's dreams - or nightmares - can come true, even if only for a little while.

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<p>Wendell Pierce on &quot;Treme.&quot;</p>

Wendell Pierce on "Treme."

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HBO delays 'Treme' premiere until fall

New Orleans music drama's first two seasons aired in spring

Dave Walker at the New Orleans Times-Picayune is the man I trust on all things "Treme," and he has a significant piece of news today: HBO has delayed the "Treme" season 3 premiere date until sometime in the fall.

The first two "Treme" seasons aired in the spring, and the show was absent from HBO's list of spring premiere dates from press tour. Given that "True Blood" owns the summer for HBO, "Treme" was either going to have to air on a different night (which has not been a boon to other HBO shows like the canceled "Bored to Death") or be delayed.

Presumably, "Boardwalk Empire" season 3 will also be on in the fall, and HBO still has to schedule Aaron Sorkin's drama about cable TV news, so "Treme" could wind up airing on a different night, after all. We'll see. David Simon has told me and Dave that ideally the show would run four seasons, but that'll be up to HBO to decide. The ratings for the first two seasons weren't particularly strong, and at the moment it's a show that exists because HBO likes it and wants to be in business with Simon. Hopefully, whenever it airs in the fall, they'll still feel that way about it.

UPDATE: HBO has asked me to clarify that the premiere hasn't technically been delayed, since they never announced a premiere date of any kind for the season. Everyone just assumed it would air in the spring, since HBO usually - but not always - airs its various shows at the same time each year.

<p>Morgan (Joshua Gomez)&nbsp;in a scene from tomorrow night's &quot;Chuck.&quot;</p>

Morgan (Joshua Gomez) in a scene from tomorrow night's "Chuck."

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HitFix First Look: On 'Chuck,' Morgan helps Sarah catch a bullet train

Sneak preview of last episode before the series finale

"Chuck" has almost reached the finish line, folks. The two-hour series finale airs on Friday, January 27 at 8 p.m. on NBC, and tomorrow night gives us "Chuck vs. the Bullet Train," either the next-to-last or third-to-last episode of the series, depending on how you want to look at it. (The two hour finale is made up of two separate episodes.) 

I'm going to have a whole lot of "Chuck" coverage next week, including a five-part retrospective interview I did with Chris Fedak and Josh Schwartz while I was in California. But before we start looking back, here's a chance to look forward with a sneak preview clip - exclusive to HitFix for the next few hours - from early in tomorrow night's episode. If you don't want to know anything before it airs (not that the clip gives much away), don't click through.

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<p>Judy Greer doing voice work on &quot;Archer.&quot;</p>

Judy Greer doing voice work on "Archer."

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Interview: 'Archer' co-star Judy Greer

On getting an origin story for her character and the power of 'The Descendants'
In addition to the new FX animated comedy "Unsupervised" (which I reviewed earlier), tonight marks the return of "Archer," with the third season premiere (10 p.m.) guest-starring Archer's boyhood idol Burt Reynolds as himself in a wonderful, hilarious celebration of every cheesey movie Reynolds ever made and every car chase he ever got into. I've also seen the next two episodes, and they're also predictably strong. (Episode three, with Archer battling "radical Nova Scotian separatists" on a passenger train, is fantastic.)
 
"Archer" was one of many shows FX paneled at press tour on Sunday, and I was particularly interested in talking to Judy Greer, not only because Cheryl (recently revealed to be heiress to the Tunt fortune) may be my favorite character on the show, but because I've enjoyed her work for so long and am glad she's been getting so many kudos for her small but memorable supporting role in "The Descendants."
 
I asked her a couple of Cheryl-related questions in the panel, then interviewed her afterwards about "Archer," "The Descendants" (spoilers ho if you haven't seen the movie yet) and what's next for her in live-action TV comedy.
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