Archives January 2010

Episode 038 – Steve Austin Video Interview

Today is another milestone -- it's our first ever all-video podcast, with Gray, Mel, and Liz on webcams. Plus, we bring you a new contest to win a Chuck press kit, Gray's video interview with Steve Austin, who plays Hugo Panzer on Chuck 305, and lots more! We had a lot of fun with this one...  watch for some silliness at the end of the video after spoilers.  If you dislike spoilers, you can skip to the last chapter to see it. Up next: Kristin Kreuk! ----- Subscribe on YouTube for the full playlist of episodes, and follow Gray on Twitter for podcast updates!

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Episode 037 – Zachary Levi in NY

That's right - yet another interview with Zachary Levi! Toronto podcast listener Kayley was in New York just before the premiere, and had a great interview with Zac. We also have Mel & Liz's comments on the first four episodes of the new season, ratings updates, and a lot more! Gray was MIA this episode because he had a killer work week. He'll be back in full force next time! Up next: video interviews with Steve Austin and Kristin Kreuk. ----- Subscribe on YouTube for the full playlist of episodes, and follow Gray on Twitter for podcast updates!

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Chuck Season 3 starts tonight! And again tomorrow!

Chuck Season 3- No More Mr. Nice Spy!

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Chuck is back tonight!  Set your DVR, plan your viewing parties, call your family and friends, and don't miss out on on not one, not two, but three hours of Chuck action between today and tomorrow. Two back-to-back episodes play tonight, Sunday Jan. 10, at 9/8c on NBC.  Then, there is a third episode tomorrow night at 8/7c, which happens to be Chuck's season 3 time slot, exactly the same as it was in season 1 and 2 -- Monday nights at 8/7c. Please check your local listings to verify when and where it is playing in your area! Also, please call your friends and family, Facebook, Twitter, email, and do whatever else you can to spread the word. Chuck creators Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak, as well as star Zachary Levi and many critics who have seen the first few episodes have said that even someone who has never seen Chuck can hit the ground running with season 3, without needing to have watched season 1 and 2.  Having seen some of the episodes myself in L.A., I assure you that's true! Plus, Chuck's "Matrix-style" new abilities and "No More Mr. Nice Spy" attitude might just appeal to a broader range of people.  Never fear, Chuck's nerdiness and clumsiness are never going away, and the Buy More antics are as funny as ever. Let's make sure Chuck's season 3 ratings are much higher than last year! ----- Subscribe on YouTube for the full playlist of episodes, and follow Gray on Twitter for podcast updates!

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2-page feature on Gray, the podcast and Chuck in Toronto Star today!

Zachary Levi and Yvonne Strahovski

Zachary Levi and Yvonne Strahovski

"One Toronto podcaster didn't just talk about his favourite show. He may have saved it from the axe" -- Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010 edition of Toronto Star

Gray with Zachary Levi and Joshua Gomez

Gray with Zachary Levi and Joshua Gomez

I'm incredibly pleased to confirm that in today's Toronto Star, the front page and sixth page of the entertainment section are devoted to Gray, Chuck vs. the Podcast, and Chuck's return for season 3!

"On the outside, it looks to be about spy stuff but it always ends up being about the relationships, at work and at home." -- Gray Jones A web version with fewer photos is available online here, for fans who don't have access to the physical newspaper.  However, most bookstores in Canada sell the Toronto Star, so if you have access, I urge you to buy the paper and see the full article!

Gray on Chuck set in L.A.

Gray on Chuck set in L.A.

"Hosted along with Mel and Liz, the women behind the expansive and exhaustive Chucktv.net website..."

Mel and Liz, ChuckTV.net, and Wendy Farrington all got mentions in the article.  Plus, they interviewed Chris Fedak, both to comment on the podcast story and for a separate piece on Chuck season 3. Enjoy! ----- Subscribe on YouTube for the full playlist of episodes, and follow Gray on Twitter for podcast updates!

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IMPORTANT: Only “Limited Edition” DVD/Blu-Ray have 3D episode

S2 Limited Edition Blu Ray

Chuck Season 2 Limited Edition Blu Ray

Today's the release day for the Chuck season 2 DVD and Blu-Ray!  Many got theirs in the mail today, and many ran out to the stores to find either good news or bad news, as the discs sold out very quickly in many places. IMPORTANT NOTE: As many have been disappointed to discover (and I just found out today), only the discs marked "Limited Edition" have the 3D episode and 3D glasses (and a Chuck comic book as well). Here are some places you can get the Limited Edition: LIMITED EDITION DVD: Best Buy US -- Best Buy Canada -- Amazon.com LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY: Best Buy US -- Best Buy Canada CHUCKAZON NOTE: Unfortunately, Amazon.com is not letting affiliates order the Limited Edition, so Chuckazon does NOT carry any titles with the 3D episode.  Please accept my apology if you ordered from Chuckazon and did not get the 3D episode.  We did not see this coming. ----- Subscribe on YouTube for the full playlist of episodes, and follow Gray on Twitter for podcast updates!

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Episode 036 – Zachary Levi and Joshua Gomez Video Interview [UPDATED]

New Year's surprise! Instead of part 3 of our editor series, we decided to include the first of Gray's video interviews from his L.A. trip. Get ready for an exciting interview with Zachary Levi and Joshua Gomez. PLEASE NOTE: minor spoiler warning. UPDATES JAN. 5th: In the podcast, I mention that there will be a Toronto Star article on me Sunday Jan. 3rd.  It is now 100% confirmed that it has been moved to Sunday, Jan. 10th, to coincide with Chuck's season 3 premiere. ----- Subscribe on YouTube for the full playlist of episodes, and follow Gray on Twitter for podcast updates!

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Chuck vs. the Podcast – 2009 Year in Review

You may have seen Mel's excellent Year in Review at ChuckTV.net... I thought it would be good to highlight 2009 from the perspective of Chuck vs. the Podcast. Some highlights:
Chuck vs. the Podcast ends the year as the
- #1 TV-themed podcast in the world, now for 13 months straight!
- Don't forget that the votes reset on the 1st day of every month -- please vote for us at Podcast Alley and help spread the word about Chuck!
- We released an average of 2 podcasts per month (24 total), with a whopping 31 interviews. As of now, all of the regular cast, 3 directors, 4 writers/producers, 4 editors, and the composer have now appeared on the podcast (many more than once).
- On average, 15,000 people listen to our podcasts each month, hailing from at least 20 different countries.
- We hit a peak in the renewal campaign, with 70,000 listening to a single episode.
- This caused a need for more bandwidth -- we welcomed 2 sponsors to help cover the cost, and are grateful for many cash donations.
- An important note is that 25% of the podcast running is still out of my pocket -- if you enjoy the podcast I ask that you please consider a donation this year.
Chuck vs. the Podcast ends the year as: - the #1 TV-themed podcast in the world, now for 13 months straight! - #4 in the TV & Film category - #36 overall out of 73,000 podcasts worldwide (all categories) (Don't forget that the votes reset on the 1st day of every month -- please vote for us at Podcast Alley and help spread the word about Chuck!) - We released an average of 2 podcasts per month (24 total), with a whopping 31 interviews. As of now, all of the regular cast, 3 directors, 4 writers/producers, 4 editors, and the composer have now appeared on the podcast (many more than once). - On average, 15,000 people listen to our podcasts each month, hailing from at least 20 different countries. - We hit a peak in the renewal campaign, with 80,000 listening to a single episode. - This caused a need for more bandwidth -- we welcomed 2 sponsors to help cover the cost, and are grateful for many cash donations.  An important note is that 25% of the podcast running is still out of my pocket -- if you enjoy the podcast I ask that you please consider a donation this year. Other highlights were: - We were involved in a massive fan renewal campaign, which ended up seeing Chuck renewed. - Gray posted an iReport calling for Chuck's renewal at CNN.com - Because of this iReport, he was mentioned in a CNN article and was chosen to appear in a live interview with Chuck stars Zachary Levi and Joshua Gomez - Gray was invited to come visit the Chuck cast and crew, and spent 2 weeks in L.A. in September visiting with and interviewing the gang behind Chuck. The first of the video interviews taped in L.A. will be on the site later tonight! ----- Subscribe on YouTube for the full playlist of episodes, and follow Gray on Twitter for podcast updates!

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