Archives January 2012

103 – Goodbye, Chuck!

January 27th was a day of tremendous excitement, which we now mark with sadness as the date we said "goodbye" to Chuck. The 2-part finale, comprising 'Chuck vs. Sarah' (written by Rafe Judkins and Lauren LeFranc, and directed by Jay Chandrasekhar), and 'Chuck vs. the Goodbye' (written by Chris Fedak and directed by Robert Duncan McNeill), was a true love letter to the fans. Filled with suspense, emotion, twists and turns, incredible acting, and a cornucopia of callbacks, this series finale was one the cast and crew can be proud of. It leaves us filled with hope as the characters we love ride off into the sunset. This marathon podcast features photos and videos from viewing parties in several cities, as well as a unique privilege… thanks to Chuck composer Tim Jones, you will hear his music cues underneath our discussion of the finale! He will also be interviewed in our next podcast, which should be released in the next week. Speaking of Tim Jones, we discuss how you can help a Chuck soundtrack become a reality. We also discuss the topic of a Chuck movie at length, including what you can do now to help. The best plan is to put dollars into Warner Brothers' pockets -- visit Chuckazon to pre-order Chuck season 5, and order any other seasons you are missing! There have been numerous blogs and news sites featuring coverage of the finale. In particular, CNN interviewed Gray for their Geek-Out blogs, and Gray also posted his thoughts about how Chuck changed his life, in his own goodbye to Chuck at chuckpodcast.com. Check them out! Follow us on Twitter for the latest updates - @chucktvdotnet, @prlsoflizdom, and @GrayJones. ----- Subscribe on YouTube for the full playlist of episodes, and follow Gray on Twitter for podcast updates!

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#GoodbyeChuck: The Little Engine That Did

Me with Zachary Levi & Joshua Gomez

Me with Zachary Levi & Joshua Gomez, on Zac's 29th birthday in 2009

Today is the series finale of Chuck on NBC, closing a 5 season run as "the little engine that did." I can't overstate what this experience has brought me -- looking at photos of myself 5 years ago, it is clear that I am a completely different person now!
One of my original Chuck nights, in January, 2008

One of my original Chuck nights, in January, 2008

I've made incredible friends, have grown in my confidence and public presence, lost 40 pounds, been featured in the Toronto Star & on CNN, had the world's leading TV-themed podcast for 3 years straight, got to visit the Chuck cast & crew for 2 weeks, restored my vision for myself of working in Hollywood, rekindled my desire to write, made a partnership with Script Magazine to launch the successful TV Writer Podcast, helped found the weekly TV Writer Chat, connected with 80,000 podcast viewers and over 2,000 on Twitter, and was even the subject of someone's PhD thesis!  
Shooting the new podcast opening

Shooting the falling scene for Chuck vs. the Podcast opening

All this was from a show that everyone thought was sure to be canceled after the second season... Quite poetically, as indicated in a great blog by Ryan Schwartz, Chuck is a show about having enough faith in yourself to reach your full potential. That theme has clearly not been lost on me!
My Twitter background, with WB lot in background -- symbolic

My Twitter background, with WB lot in background -- symbolic of my Hollywood dream

I've put around 1400 volunteer hours into this endeavor... when I look at what has been accomplished, it has clearly been more than worth it. That said, I'm not the only one who has sacrificed. My family has had to put up with countless late nights editing, missing dinners and bedtimes because of interviews, gutting our living room for green screen shoots, the stress of me sometimes unsuccessfully balancing my long work hours with the demands of the podcast, and much more. It has also impacted my friends and extended family. I say both "sorry" and a huge "thank you" for putting up with me and believing in me through all of this!
Me on the Chuck set, in September, 2009

Me on the Chuck set, in September, 2009

And many other thanks are in order. To Melissa Lowery and Liz Henderson, who have recorded 103 podcast episodes with me, have become great friends, and have done an incredible job promoting Chuck and the podcast through their websites. To the loyal fans of both my podcasts, who have supported with generous donations, encouraging emails and tweets, merchandise sales, and spreading the word through social media. To the podcast sponsors, who have helped cover the financial needs as well as donating equipment to help the podcasts maintain high production values. To the Chuck cast & crew, who opened their lives to me, paid for many lunches & dinners while I was in L.A., have sent holiday cards and gifts, continue to keep in touch outside of Chuck, and even invited me into their homes.
At the home of Chuck composer Tim Jones

At the home of Chuck composer Tim Jones

And for Chris Fedak and Josh Schwartz, who fought to get (and keep) a show on the air about an ordinary guy who would rise to do extraordinary things.
Me with Chuck co-creator Chris Fedak, outside WB studio

Me with Chuck co-creator Chris Fedak, outside WB studio

  Goodbye, Chuck. You will be missed. ----- Subscribe on YouTube for the full playlist of episodes, and follow Gray on Twitter for podcast updates!

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102 – The Final Countdown

Chuck vs. the Bullet Train was an absolute roller coaster. It kept us at the edge of our seats, right to the bitter end… literally! What will happen to Sarah? Will the sinister Quinn succeed at stealing Chuck's life away? We only have two back-to-back episodes to find out, and then Chuck is gone for good. And that brings up something important to consider… As fans of the show, Chuck and its cast and crew (both on and off screen) have become like close friends. It may seem odd to describe it this way, but you may indeed be experiencing extreme emotions of real grief. We devote some time in the podcast to talking about what this grief might look like, and how we can help each other get through it. This will be an exciting week… watch ChuckTV.net for some amazing give-aways, including actual wardrobe pieces from the show. Also, ChuckTV.net, CNN.com, NBC.com and many other websites will be having special features this week. Here are just a few: CNN: Vik SahayAdam BaldwinYvonne StrahovskiJoshua GomezZachary Levi As you plan your viewing parties (and stock up on the Kleenex), make sure you also plan to take some photos and send them in. Let's honor Chuck and have a grand old time, complete with Subway sandwiches, cheese balls, grape soda, Buy More gear, and any other creative ideas you can think of! If you're in Toronto, SEND AN EMAIL if you want to join Gray's viewing party. Visit Chuckazon to pre-order Chuck season 5, and support us on our home stretch! Make sure to watch Chuck this Friday at 8/7c on NBC, for the 2-part series finale. Follow us on Twitter for the latest updates - @chucktvdotnet, @prlsoflizdom, and @GrayJones. ----- Subscribe on YouTube for the full playlist of episodes, and follow Gray on Twitter for podcast updates!

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101 – Funny, Funny, Funny, SHOCK!

Chuck vs. Bo was a hilarious instalment in the Chuck saga, with Bo Derek playing herself as a spy, a return to the frosted tips, and Groundhog Day-style capers by Jeff & Lester. However, the end of the episode spun us in an unexpected new direction: to escape a tough situation and to save her beau, Sarah has now uploaded an intersect. Oh, no! It's coming close to series finale time… As you plan your viewing parties (and stock up on the Kleenex), make sure you also plan to take some photos and send them in. Let's honor Chuck and have a grand old time, complete with Subway sandwiches, cheese balls, grape soda, Buy More gear, and any other creative ideas you can think of! Visit Chuckazon to pre-order Chuck season 5, and support us on our home stretch! Make sure to watch Chuck on Fridays at 8/7c on NBC, right up to the 2-part series finale on January 27th. Follow us on Twitter for the latest updates - @chucktvdotnet, @prlsoflizdom, and @GrayJones. ----- Subscribe on YouTube for the full playlist of episodes, and follow Gray on Twitter for podcast updates!

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100 – Chuck vs. the Greenblatt

On Friday at the Television Critics Association presentation, NBC President Robert Greenblatt rocked the world of Chuck fans -- in a bad way. We heard you! And we devote the first 10 minutes of the podcast to talking all about it. We also discuss Chuck vs. the Kept Man, including a good look at HD screencaps from Jeff's research board. You might have missed some interesting details… take a look back with us! It's coming close to series finale time… As you plan your viewing parties (and stock up on the Kleenex), make sure you also plan to take some photos and send them in. Let's honor Chuck and have a grand old time, complete with Subway sandwiches, cheese balls, grape soda, Buy More gear, and any other creative ideas you can think of! PLEASE NOTE: Because of a malicious attack on the podcast site server, iTunes and mp3 versions of the podcasts may be temporarily affected. The best place to view (and always the highest resolution) is on the YouTube Playlist. No, we don't think the malicious attack was by Robert Greenblatt. Well, not this one, anyway. Visit Chuckazon to pre-order Chuck season 5, and support us on our home stretch! Make sure to watch Chuck on Fridays at 8/7c on NBC, right up to the 2-part series finale on January 27th. Follow us on Twitter for the latest updates - @chucktvdotnet, @prlsoflizdom, and @GrayJones. ----- Subscribe on YouTube for the full playlist of episodes, and follow Gray on Twitter for podcast updates!

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099 – One-Two Punch!

While we were all on holidays, Chuck sure wasn't! Between Chuck vs. the Santa Suit, written by writing assistant Amanda Kate Shuman, and Chuck vs. the Baby, directed by first-time TV director Matt Barber (and written by fan favorite writers Rafe Judkins and Lauren LeFranc), Chuck delivered a one-two punch of back to back amazing episodes! In our 100th podcast (because of a half-episode early on), we celebrate 4 years as a podcast and 37 consecutive months as the #1 TV-themed podcast in Podcast Alley's "TV & Film" category. What better way to celebrate, than with some of our liveliest discussion ever, singing the praises of these two episodes. Visit Chuckazon to pre-order Chuck season 5, and support us on our home stretch! Make sure to watch Chuck on Fridays at 8/7c on NBC, right up to the 2-part series finale on January 27th. Follow us on Twitter for the latest updates - @chucktvdotnet, @prlsoflizdom, and @GrayJones. ----- Subscribe on YouTube for the full playlist of episodes, and follow Gray on Twitter for podcast updates!

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