Merry Christmas from Gray!

Merry Christmas!

I just wanted to wish you all a very merry Christmas, Chrismukkah, Hanukkah, Ramadan, or whatever else you celebrate!

This is a time to celebrate with our families and friends, and be grateful for all that we have.  For my part, I want to express my thanks to a number of people:

  • Mel & Liz, without whom I could never have started this podcast, let alone see it build to what it has become.
  • The cast, crew, and creative team of Chuck, who have been incredibly gracious, and generous with their time and even their pocketbooks…  and certainly for making the best show on television!
  • Our guest hosts and other interviewees…  Ros, Lou, Mark Stephens, Robert Seidman, Emily.
  • All the fans who have helped the podcast with monthly votes, donations, and items purchased at Chuckazon and Cafepress.
  • For all who contributed questions by email, twitter, and on the web site, including those who sent cool photos, and entered our contests.
  • Our sponsors, Movie Morons Podcast and serienjunkies.de.
  • All who have spread the word by introducing new viewers to Chuck and new listeners to the podcast!
  • Specifically, thanks to all who helped us stay the #1 TV-themed podcast for the last 13 months straight!

Have a wonderful and safe holiday!

With kindest regards,
Gray.

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Chuck back with 3 episodes in 2 days, starting Jan. 10th!

Chuck is Back
Chuck is Back Jan. 10th!

We have a start date!  NBC confirms that Chuck will be returning with a major kick-off event.  First we will see two back-to-back new episodes on Sunday January 10th, and then a third new episode on Monday, January 11th at 8/7c (which will be its regular time slot, just before Heroes at 9/8c).

Of note is that the season 2 DVD will go on sale Jan. 5th, so you have a few days to peruse the special features or host a Chuck marathon before the Sunday premiere event.

Big thanks to Alan Sepinwall and Mo Ryan for breaking the news!

To see Zachary Levi talk about the premiere event, and a full clip from one of the new episodes, click here.

Up next tomorrow, watch for Podcast 032 featuring Mel’s long interview with Vic Sahay!

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Nominated for Podcast Awards! Daily voting Nov. 13-30 [UPDATED]

Thanks to all of your submissions, Chuck vs. the Podcast has been nominated for this year’s Podcast Awards, in the Entertainment category!



As the graphic says, daily voting has started, and it ends November 30th.  I stress “daily” — a single vote won’t do the trick, so if you could please make this a daily activity for this 18-day period, it would be greatly appreciated.

As mentioned before, a win in this contest will help both my Warner Bros pitch and my U.S. visa application.  It will also help raise awareness for Chuck, and to attract many new viewers to both Chuck and the podcast.

We also want to remind you to please get your November vote in at Podcast Alley.  Last month we hit an amazing high, thanks to you, but this month we are neck and neck with the Fringe podcast.

Nov. 13th, we will be releasing our interactive podcast with Julia Ling, and the following Friday, Nov. 20th, will feature Mel’s interview with Vik Sahay.  Expect lots of great interviews over the coming weeks!

Thanks!

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Interactive podcast recording tonight! (UPDATED)

Interactive podcast tonight!
Interactive podcast tonight!

We’ll be recording the next episode of Chuck vs. the Podcast tonight, October 20, and we’re opening the floor to Chuck fans for questions! You can ask Gray questions about his recent trip to Los Angeles or just general Chuck-related questions.

We can’t promise that all questions will be answered – confidentiality clauses and all that – but we’ll do our best.

Make sure you’re watching on Twitter, as we’ll be having some surprise guests!

UPDATE:  Writer Phil Klemmer will field questions at 9pm EST, and editor Matt Barber will field questions at 9:30pm EST.

How to submit your questions:

1.  EMAIL – email questions to mail@chuckpodcast.com BEFORE 9pm EST TONIGHT, so we can gather them.
2.  TWITTER – live questions open at 9pm EST.  Gray will announce a “Live Questions Open” on his twitter at that time, and do his best to Twitter which question is being answered.
3.  SKYPE / LANDLINE – If you’d like, we can call you on Skype or your land-line and you can ask your question in person!  Email us with your name and phone number or Skype address before 9pm EST (also let us know an idea of what you will be asking), and we’ll call you between 9pm and 10pm EST.

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Podcast Awards nominations open!

Ratings update…  we’re currently #6 overall (all categories) out of 69,000 podcasts worldwide, thanks to you!



Our next task is the Podcast Awards — nominations open today, and we could definitely use your nomination and your vote!  A win in this contest will help both my Warner Bros pitch and also my U.S. visa application.

To nominate us, please click here and carefully follow the instructions.  DO NOT nominate us for both Best Produced and People’s Choice, as that will disqualify your nomination.  Take your pick of the two — by the time everyone has nominated, I’m sure we’ll have nominations in both.  You can also nominate us for ONE sub-category — i.e. one of the top two, and one additional category.  You only get to submit the form once.  Lastly, please quote the name of the podcast as exactly “Chuck vs the Podcast” (i.e. no period after the “vs”).

Thanks!

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Any questions for the Chuck cast & crew?

I’ll be interviewing some of the Chuck cast & crew while I am in L.A. At this point, I don’t know who yet, but if you have any questions you would like to ask any of them, please share them in the comments of this post.

Please don’t forget to follow my blog, for frequent updates on my trip!

Thanks,
Gray.

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L.A. Delay (but lots in the pipe)

Hi all,

Preparations for my very packed 2-week L.A. trip have caused some delays getting new podcasts out the door.  Rest assured that there will be some amazing stuff coming, and the podcasts will be very frequent in the fall.

Already recorded interviews include:

  1. Director/Supervising Producer Robert Duncan McNeill
  2. Editor Jeff Granzow
  3. Editor Kevin Mock
  4. Editor Matt Barber
  5. Actor Vik Sahay

That’s even before I head to L.A., and one of my major goals with my L.A. trip is to book interviews with some of the more elusive Chuck crew.

So…  as soon as I get time to edit these interviews, you’ll have plenty to keep you occupied!

I hope to post at least one podcast before I leave next Tuesday, and at least one while in L.A.  Also, I plan to update my blog as often as I can with photos and highlights from my trip.

Are you in the L.A. area?  If you’re interested in a meet-up, or if you have any tips for me, please send me an email.

Thanks for listening, and for your patience!

– Gray.

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Welcome to our new site!

Welcome to our new site! There may be a few hiccups over the next few days, but the site is back to full functionality, with a new look and many new enhancements.

  • New sponsors – we are proud to welcome the Movie Morons Podcast and Serienjunkies.de as official sponsors of the podcast! Together they cover just under half of our running expenses, so we still need your support for the remainder.
  • WordPress driven – you can now search, or find posts by category, tag, or date. Plus, you’ll notice the site structure has been streamlined, and everything loads a lot faster.
  • Better media player – you can play video or audio right from the main page.
  • Comments have been restored! We welcome your feedback on new and old episodes.
  • Sidebar – Check out the many features in the sidebar, including quick links to the ChuckTV forum and gallery.
  • Shades of Gray – Gray’s blog has been updated as well.
  • The podcast RSS feed will be updated this week, so there may be a hiccup in your iTunes. It’s possible you will need to unsubscribe and resubscribe — watch here for updates or email mail@chuckpodcast.com if you run into problems.

    Please don’t forget to vote for us at Podcast Alley!

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