Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Funny video by Julia Ling [FIXED LINK]

FIXED LINK! Enjoy this hilarious St. Patrick’s Day video directed by Chuck actor Julia Ling:

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Kristin Newman Interview (via tvwriterpodcast.com)

In preparation for season 5, Gray’s highlighting Chuck writers on his “TV Writer Podcast.”

You’ll love his interview with comedy writer Kristin Newman, who was responsible for fan favorite episode “Chuck vs. Phase Three,” among many others!


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Fried Gear – Donations Needed [UPDATED]



Unfortunately, an expensive audio interface device I use for my podcasting went literally up in smoke last night.  It comes at an awkward time, because I am between day job gigs and cash flow is tight.

Can you please spare a donation, to help replace it?  Consider the value you’ve received from our 85 high quality podcasts with 115+ interviews.  Even DVD box sets have only a fraction of the behind the scenes content we have offered.

Every little bit helps…  No amount is too small (nor too big).

[UPDATE 3:15pm EST]
I’m absolutely blown away by the responses! The cost of the audio device is now covered, and some extra can go toward replacing a fried laptop I use heavily for podcasting, and also an upcoming yearly server bill. If you haven’t had a chance to donate, these other needs are still pending. That said… countless thanks to all!

Many thanks,
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Daily voting open for Podcast Awards!



We’re thrilled that out of over 2,900 podcasts submitted, your support resulted in our podcast being nominated in both the Best Video Podcast and Best Produced categories!

Please help us spread the word about Chuck to the 1,000,000 people watching the Podcast Awards, by voting daily for Chuck vs. the Podcast! Votes reset at midnight EST every day until December 15th. Just click the graphic above to access the voting page!

PLEASE NOTE: After checking the boxes next to Chuck vs. the Podcast, you must scroll to the bottom of the voting page and follow the instructions to ensure your vote is counted.

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Chuckazon – now in Canada!

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NEW! Chuckazon Canada
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NEW! Browse entire Amazon.ca site!

New! If you’re in Canada, you can now shop Chuckazon Canada or the full Amazon.ca store, and get local shipping rates while you support the podcast.

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A call for support

Support podcast with Amazon purchases
All three seasons for only $26.99! Check out the new TV on DVD section at Chuckazon.

As you may have seen on Twitter, I had some technical meltdowns in recent weeks, which had a final impact of several thousand dollars.  As the podcast accounts for a good percentage of what I use my home system for, I thought it would be a good time to remind you that we do need your support to help keep the podcast running.  We are VERY thankful for our sponsors, but they represent only about half of what we need to maintain the podcast.

Consider what you pay for DVD rentals and purchases, or a feature at the cinema, for an hour or two of content. Our podcasts have provided countless hours of behind the scenes, “special feature” style content… over 75 interviews with the cast & crew of Chuck so far. What is this resource worth to you?

 
1. DONATIONS

The most effective way to support the podcast will always be straight donations.  No amount is too small… nor too large!


 
2. SPONSORS

We are always looking for more sponsors. If you have a product or service, you’d be surprised how cost-effective it can be to advertise it on the podcast and on the website.

 
3. AMAZON.COM / CHUCKAZON

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Browse entire Amazon.com site!

 

 

 

 
Did you know that anything in Amazon.com’s massive site can support us, not just at Chackazon, as long as you use THIS LINK to start? You can even support us with mp3 downloads and video-on-demand.

The cost is the same to you, but a percentage comes back to support the podcast.  With free shipping over $25, ordering online can save you gas & valuable time!

Amazon.com is amazing for cost-effective Christmas gifts. Why not browse through our new “TV on DVD” section at Chuckazon? There are some amazing deals in the 60’s and earlier TV, Great 70’s & 80’s TV, Great 90’s TV, and 2000+ TV sections!

 
4. CAFEPRESS MERCHANDISE

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Podcast merchandise

 

 

 

 

 

You can show your support and advertise the podcast to your friends with the cool and unique podcast-themed merchandise at Cafepress.com. These also make great gifts for Chuck fans!

 
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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,
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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.

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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 🙂

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Lauren LeFranc Q&A

When Chuck writer Lauren LeFranc broke the news to me about all of the changes in the Chuck writers room, she was gracious enough to let me open the floor to fans for questions on Twitter. She was surprised by how many came in under 30 minutes, but answered them all…  Here are the results of the Q&A!

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1. Could you ask Lauren what epis she’s writing & titles? (asked by 2 people)
  • Rafe and I are writing episode 2: Chuck Versus The Suitcase.  We are also writing episode 7, but don’t have a title for that one yet.
2. What new writers have been hired? (asked by 3 people)
3. When are they gonna get on twitter? (asked by 3 people)
  • I think I’m twitter inept, but Rafe should be harassed to get on it =)
4. Title of 4.03?
  • 403’s title is: Chuck Versus The Cubic Z
5. Something she’d change from S3 if there was a rewind button
  • Well we all know how everyone feels about Shaw, but everything that was done in Season 3 was important for all the characters’ growth.  And who knows if Chuck and Sarah would be together if Shaw hadn’t been around… Okay, they probably would be, but still!
6. Will Lauren be writing any Sarah backstory this season?
  • There should be some Sarah backstory coming up, but not sure if Rafe and I will get to write it.  Though every writer, no matter who’s writing which episode, is involved in breaking the story.
7. Will she and Rafe be writing solo as well as together?
  • Rafe and I are a writing team so we are sort of a package deal, as we’re hired together.  So you’ll probably never see a script with only one of our names on it =)
8. Did casting of Linda Hamilton change how MamaB role was originally conceived?
  • Linda Hamilton was perfectly cast for the role of Mama B.  Enough said? 😉
9. Is Greta an acronym?
  • That’s a Fedak question =)
10. How will the new writers approach the task of writing material for returning characters created by past writers?
  • Our new writers should probably answer this one, but when Rafe and I came on last season we studied the characters and the material.  And they’re doing the same.  Plus, they’re all fans of Chuck so it makes it a lot easier.
11. Will you pick a city in Canada for one of the Chuck EP’s this season?
  • I hope our team heads to Canada this season. It’ll just depend on how cold it is there.  Any city suggestions?
12. How is Rafe?
  • Rafe is good.  Apart from me, I think he’s the best writing partner one can have 😉
13. Did everyone have fun brainstorming this season’s storyline?
  • We’re all having a ton of fun this season. You guys will really love the new writers!
14. Will the Orion Cave be referred to as the OC on #Chuck? 😉
  • Hadn’t thought of that before.  It should be!
15. Can we get another Christmas Episode
  • We’d all love to do another Christmas episode this season, but it’ll have to depend on our schedule.
16. Pass along thanks to her.
  • Thank you guys!  Get ready, Season 4 is gonna be awesome!

And that’s all she wrote!  Thanks again to Lauren for answering all of our questions, and for doing such a wonderful job writing Chuck! Please feel free to comment below.

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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.

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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?

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Joshua Gomez in NYC March 29th!

Joshua Gomez in NYC March 29th!
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This just in:

Joshua Gomez, who plays Morgan Grimes on Chuck, will be signing autographs at a “Meet & Greet” at the NBC Experience Store in New York, this Monday, March 29th, at 10am.

If you’re in New York, let’s show Joshua some Chuck love!

Wish I could be there…

Here’s a link to the poster if you’d like it: LINK

Also, if you get photos of the event, please send them to us so we can include them in the podcast!

Cheers,
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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!

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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.

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

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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 USBest Buy CanadaAmazon.com

LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY:

Best Buy USBest 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.

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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!

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