Archives September 2010

Episode 068 – On Location

While we were sitting back with our cheese balls and grape soda watching the Chuck season premiere, Mel was in L.A. getting ready for an exciting day on location with Chuck! She'll be rolling out many interviews over the coming weeks, and we've got the first one today, with Zachary Levi! She also has many cool stories about spending a day on a Chuck shoot. We announce all the winners of our "Promote Chuck Season 4, Win Swag" contest. Plus, hear about the Live Chuck Chat on Monday nights, our comments about the Chuck season 4 premiere, spoilers, and much more! Follow us on Twitter for the latest updates - @chucktvdotnet and @GrayJones. ----- Subscribe on YouTube for the full playlist of episodes, and follow Gray on Twitter for podcast updates!

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Episode 067 – The Fans Ask Chris Fedak

You may never have been to Hollywood. You may never have been to Comic-Con. But that doesn't mean you can't ask a question of the co-creator of your favorite TV show! Over 140 questions were submitted for our interview with Chuck co-creator Chris Fedak, so for the first time ever, we decided to break our usual interview format, and let you do the asking! Over 30 fan questions were asked in the 45 minute interview, and Chris delivered the goods! Speaking of goods, do you want to win some prizes? We have 10 ways to enter, and 10 prizes to win in our "Promote Chuck Season 4, Win Swag" super-contest! Find out the details on the podcast and at ChuckTV.net. We round out the podcast with some cool news, including Gray's new TV Writer Twitter Database, and his upcoming Chuckfan Twitter group... and of course we have spoilers! Chuck is just days away, on Monday night, September 20th. Get your subway sandwiches, cheese balls and grape soda! Invite all your friends! Chuck season 4 will be epic. Follow us on Twitter for the latest updates - @chucktvdotnet and @GrayJones. ----- Subscribe on YouTube for the full playlist of episodes, and follow Gray on Twitter for podcast updates!

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Ask your questions to Chris Fedak!

Gray Jones (me) with Chuck co-creator Chris Fedak

Gray Jones (me) with Chuck co-creator Chris Fedak

I had a wonderful lunch with Chuck co-creator Chris Fedak on the second day of my L.A. trip last fall... he was very generous with his time, and told me all about how he got started, and how he came up with the idea for Chuck. We've had him on the podcast a few times, as part of the Wonder-Con panel and press room in early 2010, and the panel and press room from Comic-Con in July, 2010. However, we've never had him do a one-on-one phone interview... until now! And this time, we're taking your questions! What would you like to ask the co-creator of Chuck? The floor is open... until Sunday, September 12th, at 11:59pm EST. Send your questions to mail@chuckpodcast.com, or follow Gray on Twitter and ask in a tweet! I can't guarantee every question will be asked, but I'll do my best. I will assume it's OK to use your first name when I ask your question, unless you say otherwise. Also, please feel free to let me know the city and state where you live, if you want me to mention it when I ask your question. [UPDATED] Why not ask him yourself? Grab a webcam or a microphone, and record your brief question! Send it to mail@chuckpodcast.com, and you just might appear in the interview! Be sure to mention your first name and the city you're in. Thanks, Gray. ----- Subscribe on YouTube for the full playlist of episodes, and follow Gray on Twitter for podcast updates!

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Rafe Judkins Q&A

Not be outdone by his co-writer Lauren LeFranc's recent Q&A, Rafe Judkins emailed my a few days ago to say he would take questions too. The twitterverse jumped on the chance, and gave a pile of great questions. Here are his answers!
[MINOR SPOILER WARNING]
Chuck writer Rafe Judkins

Chuck writer Rafe Judkins - Click to enlarge

1. Amy Berg: Tell Rafe I say hello. He was my PA on The 4400. Love that guy. Rafe: Amy!!!  I love you too. 2. @MattG1978: What role, if any, does feedback from the cast members play when writers--particularly new ones--create new material? Rafe: Especially because Lauren and I were new writers on the show last season, we definitely tried to listen to what the actors had to say about who their characters are and what kind of decisions they would make.  Zach, Yvonne, Sarah, Ryan, you know, they've been here since Day 1, so they know these characters better than anyone.  For instance, Yvonne had mentioned to us that she was hoping to try a little more comedy once Sarah and Chuck were together, that that might loosen up her character a little, so we tried to put some of that into Chuck vs. the Honeymooners based on that conversation.
Bailey for Greta

Art by @sakebombnation - Click to enlarge


 
  Rafe: Is this picture a question?  It's amazing! 3. @LittleChuckFan: Which #Chuck character are u the most like? Please don't say Jeff : ) Rafe: Hm... never thought of this before.  My kung fu skills are considerable, though, so I'd probably have to say Sarah. 4. @LittleChuckFan: Which character is your favorite? Rafe: Sarah.  Don't read into that 🙂 5. @LittleChuckFan: If I personally promise to be their Twitter bodyguards, would he and Lauren consider joining Twitter? Pretty plz Rafe: If only we could figure out how it works!  All the @'s and #'s leave me bewildered.  You should bug Lauren about it though.
 
 
 
 
  6. @remilma: Is there any chance Gary Cole will reprise the role of Sarah's father ? Rafe: We talk all the time about bringing him back for another Sarah-backstory episode, so there's definitely a chance. 7. @SooperpowerTV: Does he have any pull to get Jennifer Garner cast? Rafe: Does SuperPowerTV know my deepest secrets??  Jennifer Garner is my celebrity crush.  If I could cast her in an episode it would make my life.  I will use any power I wield to make that happen.  Sadly, I wield almost zero power. 8. @anniepatterson: When is he joining the fandom on Twitter? Rafe: Is this considered joining?  maybe? 😀 9. Lou (OldDarth): Who is his fav character to write? Rafe: I love to write Sarah/Morgan scenes for some reason.  I like seeing two characters who never get scenes together.  There's one of these coming in Episode 307 🙂 10. Lou (OldDarth): Guest star he is most excited to write for? Rafe: Lind-Ham!  How can someone not be excited about that? 11. Lou (OldDarth): Dalton - a Bryce or a Daniel? Rafe: Bryce.  Only due to extremely dreamy eyes. 12. Lou (OldDarth): What’s your favorite genre to read? Rafe: I like epic fantasy stuff, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, etc.  But I'll read most anything.  Right now I'm reading Guns, Germs, and Steel;  His Majesty's Dragon; Under the Banner of Heaven; and the Lonely Planet Guide to China. 13. Lou (OldDarth): Any plans, desires to write a book? Direct? Act? Rafe: I'd love to write a book, no real interest in directing or acting though. 14. Lou (OldDarth): Please get someone to take up Ali's spot as fan liason. (hint) Rafe: No one can ever fill Adler's shoes! 15. Lou (OldDarth): If more eps are ordered will there be separate 13/N arcs again? Rafe: Most likely, we found that that worked really well last season just from a storytelling perspective, so I think regardless of when/if we get a pick-up, we'll try to tell this season's story in a similar fashion.  Gives some heat to the middle episodes that can sometimes be doldrums on a series 🙂 16. Lou (OldDarth): Approx how many episodes will MamaB and Dalton be in? Rafe: As many as we can possibly get them in!  (Yes, cop out answer, but you don't want everything spoiled, do you? :)) 17. @queuebert: if he can write any scene for Sarah, regardless of context, what would it be? Rafe: I have always said that my only desire in life is to see Sarah emerge naked from a muddy lake in Laos with a knife between her teeth.  And then kick ridiculous amounts of ass.  And as of now, it seems like that scene may actually become a reality! 18. @nicolab123: thanks for this, Gray! (and thanks to Rafe too, of course) how about any writer/director/title info for episodes he can give? Rafe: I think everything I'm allowed to give has been posted already to the Internet! 🙂 Rafe: Thanks so much for questions guys, sorry again for the delayed response!  Let me know if you have any more, I'm more than happy to talk Chuck 🙂 ----- Subscribe on YouTube for the full playlist of episodes, and follow Gray on Twitter for podcast updates!

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Episode 066 – AOL TV Critic Mo Ryan

To celebrate fan favorite TV critic Mo Ryan's move to AOL TV today, we decided to invite her back on the podcast to talk about Chuck season 3 and what we hope will happen in season 4. It's no holds barred -- we talk about the good, the bad, the ugly, and the redemption, sharing our ideas about what didn't work and why, what worked best, and what we can't wait to see when Chuck returns September 20th. You'll also hear about Yvonne's two wins at the Television Without Pity Tubey Awards, what Zac's up to, some exciting developments at Gray's new TV Writer Podcast, and some very exciting spoilers. Get your subway sandwiches, cheese balls and grape soda! Invite all your friends! Chuck season 4 will be epic! Like Mo? You can follow her on Twitter, at twitter.com/moryan ----- Subscribe on YouTube for the full playlist of episodes, and follow Gray on Twitter for podcast updates!

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