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'Chuck' Preview Goodies

July 28, 2008 4:26 PM

“Chuck” kicked off its panel with a lengthy six-minute preview of its second season, which began with actor Adam Baldwin in character as NSA agent John Casey warning the audience that he better not see this video anywhere else or he’d hunt them down.

So much for that. The preview made its way onto YouTube over the weekend. Maybe that’s because the idea of Adam Baldwin coming over to one’s house is more of a welcome invitation than a threat at Comic-Con, where fans of Jayne, Baldwin’s character on “Firefly,” could be spotted wearing Jayne’s signature orange knitted hat all over the convention center.

“Adam Baldwin can do no wrong at Comic-Con,” moderator Kristin Dos Santos joked.

The preview, which included scenes from the season premiere “Chuck vs. The First Date” and “Chuck vs. The Seduction,” showcased all the elements that creators Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak teased about during the panel, including lots of action, romance and guest stars.

“It feels like it’s been several years since the show was on,” Mr. Schwartz said.

As a result, the first episode of the season will function like a pilot to attract newcomers and refresh the memories of returning viewers.

There will be more mythology this season, but the show won’t do away with stand-alone mission episodes. The show also will be “owning the love story” next season, ramping things up between Chuck and CIA agent Sarah, in addition to introducing Jill (Jordana Brewster), the college girlfriend who broke Chuck’s heart.

Viewers also can expect “to see Casey develop a feeling,” the introduction of Captain Awesome’s family, the return of Bryce and a big finale down the line.

“Something catastrophic happens at the end of episode one that drives the rest of the season…to an insane season finale,” Mr. Schwartz said.

—Vlada Gelman

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