Episode 022.5 – Chuck Renewed

It’s official! Chuck is back! Well, it will be in March 2010, after lots of advertising during the Olympics.

What does that mean for Chuck fans? Mel and Liz explain in a mini-episode.

We’ll be back soon with a full episode, featuring a great interview Mel had with Bonita Friedericy!

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Episode 022 – Countdown to Renewal

The wait is almost over — NBC will finally let us know Chuck’s fate on May 19th. We’ve got renewal campaign updates, a blog update from Zachary Levi’s USO tour, listener comments and discussion from the last few episodes of season 2, and more!

There is a countdown timer to NBC’s decision on the main page of Chuckpodcast.com, and you can find links to Gray’s CNN interview with Zachary Levi and Joshua Gomez on his personal website, gray-jones.com.

4… 3… 2… 1…

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Episode 021 – Yvonne Strahovski Interview

On the eve of NBC’s official announcement, we have an interview with Yvonne Strahovski, who was out of reach in Australia and would have loved to have been part of the rally podcast last week. We also have lots of important news, listener emails, and a recap of how the fan campaigns have been going.

We had way too much to talk about, so we decided to postpone discussion and listener comments about the last four Chuck episodes until next week.

Keep up the good work promoting Chuck! Be sure to keep an eye on ChuckTV.net for the latest news on renewal. Also, watch CNN this week and you might just see Gray on TV!

PLEASE NOTE:  there has been some discussion about why Gray ended the interview when he did.  There is a portion of the recorded interview you do not hear on the podcast, when Yvonne made it clear how long she would go, and that the interview would end when Gray’s visitors arrived. Though it sounds like it was cut short, the interview is actually over three times longer than what she originally committed.

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Episode 020 – It’s Rally Time

Hold on to your hats — this week’s podcast features interviews with 16 of the cast and creative team behind Chuck. From London, New York, Toronto, and Los Angeles, they were all eager to reach out and share their gratitude for the fan campaigns, excitement about the finale, and passion for the show.

Hear how they are getting involved too… behind the scenes stories… clues about the finale and their plans for Chuck’s future… and most of all, how you can help NBC make the right decision, and renew Chuck for a third season.

This Monday night is our last chance to boost the ratings before NBC makes their decision, so do whatever you can to get people to watch! And no matter where you are in the world this Monday, go to your nearest Subway and buy a $5 Footlong, fill out a comment card telling them you’re supporting Chuck, and enjoy the sub while you watch the game changing finale!

Visit ChuckTV.net for more details on the campaigns.

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Episode 019 – Tricia Helfer Interview

It’s time to pull out all the stops, and make sure all our family, friends, and co-workers are watching the next two episodes of Chuck. Spread the word in every way possible — Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, YouTube, email, the telephone… any way you can. Watch, Buy, Share, Write, and Win! Let’s get those ratings way up, so Chuck can be renewed for a third season!

This marathon podcast features a brief interview Liz had with Tricia Helfer, and a ton of listener comments. We also have updates on our fan campaign, Gray’s projects, and some cool spoiler discussion. As if all that isn’t enough, we’re excited to welcome our first guest host, Lou, or OldDarth as he is known on the ChuckTV.net forums.

To get up to date news about the fan campaign, make sure to visit ChuckTV.net as often as you can!

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Episode 018 – Chuck vs. MI6

The MI6 arc generated a ton of listener comments… Mel and Liz share their own thoughts, as well as those of our listeners.

They also talk about the “Watch, Buy, Share” fan campaign, and some juicy spoilers too!

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Episode 017 – Director / Editor Norman Buckley

You’ll love Gray’s interview with Norman Buckley… he edited and directed The O.C., won an Eddy award for editing the Chuck pilot episode, and now he directs for not only Chuck but Gossip Girl, Privileged, 90210, and more. Where (and why?) did his cat and his trip to France appear in Chuck? And what key storylines were cut from the pilot episode, that might have made it a different show?

Also, he tells about the new Rockville, CA web series, which he is directing for Chuck and Gossip Girl creator Josh Schwartz. Watch for it on theWB.com starting March 17th.

Mel & Liz also have some news briefs, and will be back with a full episode next week, including commentary on the MI-6 arc. Keep an eye on your iTunes!

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Episode 016 – Suburbs and Friends

It’s another girls’ night, as Gray is still swamped with his TV show. Never fear, Mel & Liz are in great form, with some deep thoughts and insights about Chuck vs. the Suburbs and Chuck vs. the Best Friend. Of course they also have news, feedback, and some tasty spoilers!

Up next week: Gray will be back, for an interview with experienced Director/Editor Norman Buckley. Watch for it!

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Episode 015 – Writers 2 – Ali Adler

We’re finally back, with part 2 of our writers series, featuring Ali Adler!  It’s girls’ night, as Gray is working 90 hour work weeks right now finishing his own TV show.  But look on the bright side, you get to hear 100% female perspective from Mel, Liz, and Ali!

Many apologies from Gray on the lateness of this episode — he had to deal with a sudden family emergency on top of his already swamped schedule.  We’ll be back firing on all cylinders very soon!

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Episode 014 – Writers 1 – Phil Klemmer

Part 1 of our writers series features Phil Klemmer, who also wrote for Veronica Mars.

The 3D return of Chuck is on Monday… do you have your SoBe 3D glasses? If you’re in Canada, Chuck will not be in 3D – unless you are in Toronto and want to come to Gray’s Chuck night!

We also have a 3D contest with a very cool prize donated by Chuck composer Tim Jones, news, a pile of spoilers, and more!

Next up: part 2 of our writers series, featuring Ali Adler. Watch for it next week!

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Episode 013 – Mark Christopher Lawrence Interview

We are now the world’s #1 TV podcast, for 2 months running! 2009 is going to be a packed year for us, and episode 13 is no exception. Mark Christopher Lawrence, who plays Big Mike on Chuck, gave us an in-depth look at his life, work, and many projects he undertakes to support the industry and various charities.

We also have a contest with a very cool prize donated by Chuck composer Tim Jones, news, new ways to contact us, and more!

Next up: 3-part writer series. Look for part 1 next week!

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Episode 012 – Scott Krinsky Interview

Our last 2008 podcast is the longest yet – over 69 minutes – including an interview with funnyman Scott Krinsky. He’s got a great story to tell, and we also have Chuck holiday gift ideas, discussion on the “Jill” trilogy, listener emails, spoilers, and lots more!

Late breaking news – our first podcast of 2009 will feature an interview with Mark Christopher Lawrence, who plays “Big Mike” on the show!

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Episode 011 – Julia Ling Interview

We’re thrilled that Julia Ling, who plays Anna Wu on Chuck, took the time for an in-depth interview with Mel.

She reveals what it was like growing up as an over-achiever, how and why she broke into Hollywood, what it’s like to work on Chuck, and much more!

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Episode 010 – Agent Charles Carmichael

We have a lot of content today, covering episodes 203 and 204 of Chuck.

We’ve also got lots of listener emails, some exciting casting news, and of course lots of spoilers!

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Episode 009 – Season Two Is Here

Chuck won an Emmy! Big congratulations go to talented stunt coordinator Merritt Yohnka.

We have lots of news, listener emails and spoilers in our first season 2 podcast.

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Episode 008 – Comic-Con San Diego

Wow, this is our most packed show yet, featuring a great report from Mel and Liz about their trip to Comic-Con San Diego and the Warner Brothers lot, plus our very first contest.

Be warned, the whole show is full of spoilers!

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