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NBC Picks Up 'Chuck' and 'Life;' Sets 'Gladiators' Premiere

November 26, 2007 3:37 PM

LifeNBC has picked up freshman dramas “Chuck” and “Life” for nine more episodes, the network announced.

"'Chuck' and 'Life' stand out in a crowded TV landscape because they are smart, well-produced series with incredibly talented casts,” said Ben Silverman, Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios. "Both shows are hitting their stride creatively, have developed loyal audiences and offer unlimited potential to grow throughout the season.”

The pickups are unexpected as the writers strike has made networks reluctant to order additional episodes since no scripts are being written. The “Life” pickup especially is a surprise, as the show has performed modestly in recent weeks, coming in last place on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. “Chuck,” which is still in production, has averaged a 3.4 rating among adults 18-49. “Life,” whose production has ceased, has averaged a 3.0.

Absent from the list of NBC fall series pickups so far: "Bionic Woman" and "Journeyman."

The network is expected to announce a midseason schedule this week, but one key detail has emerged. The network aired a promo during its “Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade" coverage that revealed a premiere date for its “American Gladiators” revamp: Sunday, Jan. 6.

The “Gladiators” usual time period will not be on Sundays, however. Sources say the show will almost certainly switch to a midweek night after its premiere.

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Comments (8)

Pat:

Thanks for this excellent news about Life! This program is brilliant in all areas and, as Mr. Silverman mentioned, Life has developed a huge and growing fanbase of intelligent viewers who are passionate in their love of this wonderful program.

sirona7:

Such good news. Thanks to NBC for making this bold decision and for giving fans of Life and Chuck a chance to see these rich stories unfold.

Bently:

I'm glad NBC extented the life of "Chuck" I really enjoy the show and hope it gains more audiences. Too many serious crime solving on network already. When I watch TV I want to be entertained, I want to laugh at silly stuff.
Don't get me wrong, CSI and Without a trace are still excellent shows but something less serious is also nice after a long day at the office.

Sunny:

I'm thrilled with NBC sticking with "Chuck"; the network is making a great decision. This show one of the best on television this season.

John:

Very happy to learn about Chuck's pickup. I think it's the best new show of the season. Perfect combo of action and comedy.

We can only hope that NBC will complete the trifecta and pick up Journeyman, too. I think it's the best of the three shows!

Frab:

Great news about Life. A wonderful brilliant show with an interesting twist. I have become a devoted fan. Thanks NBC.

Carolyn:

I am very happy to hear that Life will be here for another year. I think if enough people heard about it and watched, it could be here for the long haul. I certainly pass the word. Thanks for the news.

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