Archives May 2010

Episode 059 – The Mamas & The Papas

Yowzer! If the end of Chuck season 2 was a game changer, the 3rd season finale replaces the game board! Chuck is rebooted, but his world is completely uprooted. We talk all about it! Do you eye Chuck's shoes enviously? Find out how you can win a pair of Chucks! And if you're in the UK, tune in to Chuck season 3 on May 31st on Virgin One! We also put out a call for support, as the new year of Chuck means a new year of server costs. Even tiny donations go a long way, and there are many other ways you can help. Find out more here. We round out the episode with a ratings update, other news, and even some spoilers for season 4! ----- Subscribe on YouTube for the full playlist of episodes, and follow Gray on Twitter for podcast updates!

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Episode 058 – Jeffster Special Part 2 – Behind the Scenes

[NOTE: PART 2 WAS AFFECTED BY THE SHUTDOWN OF BLIP.TV. WE ARE WORKING TO GET IT RESTORED VIA VIMEO. EXPECT IT AROUND SEPTEMBER 19, 2015] Here's part 2 of our 100 minute monolithic Jeffster Special! Part 1 featured fun video interviews with the men of Jeffster, Scott Krinsky (Jeff Barnes) and Vik Sahay (Lester Patel). Now, part 2 takes us behind the scenes... first, we talk with musician Eugene Edwards, who performs guitar and bass on Chuck and on Jeffster songs, and also sings guide vocals on the Jeffster temporary tracks. Then, Chuck composer Tim Jones takes us into the studio, and demonstrates many before and after versions of Jeffster songs, explaining his process, and gives many funny and interesting anecdotes. Of course, there's also a ton of Jeffster music, including some never heard before versions and mixes. Both part 1 and part 2 are available today! We also have a new contest, to give away a pair of Chucks! Please go to ChuckTV.net for details. ----- Subscribe on YouTube for the full playlist of episodes, and follow Gray on Twitter for podcast updates!

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Episode 057 – Jeffster Special Part 1 – The Actors

It's finally here -- our 100 minute monolithic Jeffster Special! We've even done a custom opening in honor of the phenomenon known as Jeffster. Part 1 features fun video interviews with the men of Jeffster, Scott Krinsky (Jeff Barnes) and Vik Sahay (Lester Patel). Hear from their perspective how Jeffster has impacted their characters, and what their process is like preparing and performing a Jeffster song. Then, part 2 will take us behind the scenes... first, we talk with musician Eugene Edwards, who performs guitar and bass on Chuck and on Jeffster songs, and also sings guide vocals on the Jeffster temporary tracks. Then, Chuck composer Tim Jones takes us into the studio, and demonstrates many before and after versions of Jeffster songs, explaining his process, and gives many funny and interesting anecdotes. Of course, there's also a ton of Jeffster music, including some never heard before versions and mixes. Both part 1 and part 2 are available today! [NOTE: PART 2 WAS AFFECTED BY THE SHUTDOWN OF BLIP.TV. WE ARE WORKING TO GET IT RESTORED VIA VIMEO. EXPECT IT AROUND SEPTEMBER 19, 2015] ----- Subscribe on YouTube for the full playlist of episodes, and follow Gray on Twitter for podcast updates!

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Episode 056 – Living Dead, Lies, and Lost Writers

This week we talk about the 3rd episode from writing team Rafe Judkins and Lauren LeFranc, Chuck vs. the Living Dead. Plus, we deal with the issue on everyone's minds -- we are incredibly encouraged at the 4th season renewal but reeling from the number of lost writers because of Chuck's late pickup by NBC. If you haven't yet read Gray's blog on the issue, do yourself a favor and read it. We also have news, emails, and the last spoilers of the season, as the 2-hour season finale airs this Monday. Check your local listings for air times! Also, watch for a special podcast right after the finale airs on the West coast... you won't want to miss it! ----- Subscribe on YouTube for the full playlist of episodes, and follow Gray on Twitter for podcast updates!

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[Gray’s blog] TV Writers vs. Early Pickups

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Along with the exciting news of Chuck's season 4 renewal came news of a different kind: Chuck's writers room, which had already lost senior writer and executive producer Scott Rosenbaum to be showrunner of the new remake of 'V,' has lost not one, not two, but three other writers. Thursday, it was announced that senior writer and executive producer Matt Miller has been hired as the showrunner of 'Human Target.' Friday, we learned that senior writer and executive producer Ali Adler had accepted a position on the new 'No Ordinary Family.' Late Friday, Gray broke the news that writer Phil Klemmer would be leaving Chuck to write for another new show. What does this mean? Gray has pulled from his experience in the business and relationships with these writers, and has written a very detailed and informative blog post about this issue.  We urge you to read the article, as well as the comment thread, and post any questions you have. Please click here or on the photo at right to access the article. ----- Subscribe on YouTube for the full playlist of episodes, and follow Gray on Twitter for podcast updates!

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Episode 055 – Renewal, Rafe Judkins and Lauren LeFranc

We've made history, Chuck fans... Chuck has been renewed for a 4th season! As far as we're aware, this is the first time a show saved by a fan campaign was ever renewed for an additional season. Every one of you was a part of it! To help us celebrate, we have an exclusive interview with the incredibly fun writing team of Rafe Judkins and Lauren LeFranc, who brought us the intense Chuck vs. the Tic Tac and gleeful Chuck vs. the Honeymooners, as well as this Monday's upcoming episode, Chuck vs. the Living Dead. Find out more details about the renewal as they happen at ChuckTV.net. ----- Subscribe on YouTube for the full playlist of episodes, and follow Gray on Twitter for podcast updates!

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Chuck renewed for season 4!

You've heard it everywhere else; you might as well hear it here... Chuck has been renewed for a 4th season! While NBC has yet to make an official announcement, sources inside and out are confirming a 13 episode order. Here are just a few of the sources (no particular order): And it's not just a good news day for Chuck...  Chuck showrunner Josh Schwartz said it best on Twitter: "Congrats to @skeeterosenbaum on the news of V season 2 and Chuck EP Matt Miller on Human Target season 2. Will miss you guys!" Former Chuck writer/EP Scott Rosenbaum had moved over to be the showrunner for 'V' a few months ago, and news just broke today that V has also been renewed for a 13 episode new season. Scott's old roommate and fellow Chuck writer/EP Matt Miller has also made the jump to showrunner -- it was announced yesterday that he will be running Human Target, which has just been renewed for a second season. All of these shows are produced by Warner Brothers...  I guess they're doing something right? ----- Subscribe on YouTube for the full playlist of episodes, and follow Gray on Twitter for podcast updates!

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Episode 054 – Chuck Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Could it be true? The buzz is very positive that NBC could renew Chuck this Sunday, despite two weeks in a row of low ratings. Cross all your fingers and toes! And how cool was it to see Doc Brown on Chuck? And the return of Anna Wu? We discuss Chuck vs. the Tooth, an exploration of psychiatry and Zamfibia, written by Zev Borow and Max Denby and directed by Daisy von Scherler Mayer. We also have news, an international edition of listener emails, and what could be some of the last spoilers of the season! ----- Subscribe on YouTube for the full playlist of episodes, and follow Gray on Twitter for podcast updates!

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Episode 053 – Rally, Ratings, and Role Models

We have the full report and videos from the Chuck fan rallies on Monday, May 3rd. Hear about the new Church of Chuck, watch the littlest Nerd Herder eat his name tag, and see fans have a blast spreading the news about Chuck! Distressed about Chuck's low ratings on Monday? We break down a surprisingly long list of reasons why you shouldn't be worried, though we do urge you to watch Chuck live every Monday. Later, we discuss the latest episode of Chuck, Chuck vs. the Role models, which was written by Phil Klemmer, and stars Fred Willard and Swoosie Kurtz. We round out the episode with news, spoilers, and of course a little silly dancing! ----- Subscribe on YouTube for the full playlist of episodes, and follow Gray on Twitter for podcast updates!

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Episode 052 – Costume Designer Robin Lewis-West

You've been asking for more behind-the-scenes departments, and we aim to please! This week we bring you Mel & Liz's interview with Robin Lewis-West, who is the costume designer for Chuck. She's got some great stories, going back to her work in features such as the cult classic Re-Animator, and what it was like to make the transition into movies of the week and then TV shows such as Gilmore Girls, The O.C., and Chuck. Don't forget that Monday May 3rd is flash mob & Twitter mob day! Go to chucktv.net for the latest details on how to participate. ----- Subscribe on YouTube for the full playlist of episodes, and follow Gray on Twitter for podcast updates!

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Episode 051 – It’s Our Turn to Flash!

We're stepping up our game this week with a news-worthy event: Monday's flash mobs are going to be a sight to see! Hear all about it - what to do if you are in one of the four cities, and what you can do if you aren't. Join the flash mob or the Twitter mob on Monday, May 3rd -- go to chucktv.net for the latest details on how to participate. We also have our most gleeful time yet discussing the most gleefully fun episode of Chuck yet, Chuck vs. the Honeymooners, written by Rafe Judkins, Lauren LeFranc, and Ali Adler, and directed by Robert Duncan McNeill. We round it out with a veritable cornucopia of listener emails, news, and of course juicy spoilers! ----- Subscribe on YouTube for the full playlist of episodes, and follow Gray on Twitter for podcast updates!

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