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.

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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.

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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!

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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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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

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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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Episode 065 – August Update

It’s only 5 weeks ’til Chuck’s season 4 premiere, and lots is going on! Production is in full gear, and we’ve got a ton of news and spoilers.

We talk about the changes in the Chuck writers room, Gray’s new TV Writer Podcast and partnership with Script Magazine, Zac & Yvonne’s Teen Choice Awards win, Zac’s other projects, and more!

We round it out with a Canadian edition of our listener emails, and lots of spoilers!

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Episode 064 – Comic-Con San Diego 2010, Part 2

Our Comic-Con 2010 coverage continues… we are proud to present the full Chuck panel, complete with Vik Sahay as Lady Gaga, downloadable to your iPod!

If you missed part 1, please go back and watch it first — part 1 has way too many fun goodies to list here!

Please note: spoiler warning for both parts of our Comic-Con coverage.

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Episode 063 – Comic-Con San Diego 2010, Part 1

Part 1 of our Comic-Con 2010 coverage features: Mel, Liz, and Genevieve hosting on scene, news, the NBC Wired party, Chuck panel stories, press room interviews, fan interviews, the Barenaked Ladies, and even a red carpet interview with the Old Spice Guy himself, Isaiah Mustafa!

And if that’s not enough… Joshua Gomez is now on Twitter! Follow him at twitter.com/JoshuaEGomez!

Part 2, released later today, will include the full Chuck panel, downloadable to your iPod!

Please note: spoiler warning for both parts of our Comic-Con coverage.

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Episode 062 – Countdown to Comic-Con 2010!

Comic-Con 2010 is just around the corner, and we’re ready! Mel & Liz will be in the press room to host our 3rd annual Comic-Con Chuck report, and also a meet-up for Chuck fans.

In our news roundup, hear about a cornucopia of award-related news, a super connection for Zac, international air dates, and more. We round it out with some enlightening listener questions and some encouraging spoilers.

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Episode 061 – Where’s Gray?

Where’s Gray? Has he been captured by the Ring? Mel & Liz tell all…

Chuck may not be on screen, but there’s lots going on — from cast appearances, to conventions, to… yes, even a season 4 spoiler!

Gray’s on hosting hiatus for the month of July, but we’ll still be releasing several podcasts, so check back often!

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Episode 060 – Yvonne Strahovski on Twitter!

Yes, it’s true… Yvonne Strahovski is now on Twitter! Follow her at Y_Strahovski, and find out here about her most tweeted topic — her work with the Ken-Mar Rescue Center for dogs.

We also bring you news of a new Julia Ling fan site, the results of ChuckTV.net’s latest fan survey, listener emails, and more!

Chuck’s writers are already busy at work on season 4… This summer, let’s be busy introducing our friends and family to Chuck!

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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!

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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.

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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]

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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!

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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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