<drum roll please> Yes! As of May 22nd, NBC has renewed Chuck for a 3rd season. Today really is the day for “sort of”. It’s been renewed for 13 episodes starting after the 2010 olympics (probably making the start date March 1st). It will still air in the normal Monday 9pm (8CST) time slot. Apparently enough boxes of “Nerds” candy made their way into NBC studios.
NBC made it clear that the reason Chuck was renewed was the overwhelming response by the fans. There are several popular users on Twitter that have been promoting “Save Chuck!” and a website or two as well. There’s a podcast. There’s even a blog promoting donations to the American Heart Association in the name of Chuck Bartowski. The fan response for this show was pretty impressive.
Subway has apparently taken notice of this fan-love and has decided to step up as an even more prominent sponsor for Season 3. I recently read a blog that was complaining about a reference to “5 dollar footlong” in the middle of a Chuck episode. Really? That bothered you? I’ve never been to a “Buy More” store, but I have been to Best Buy. It wouldn’t bother me if they worked at a Best Buy. Turns out, Subway felt the same way. I’ll go ahead and propigate the rumor that Sara will be working at a Subway as her cover for season 3.
Typically when a show is renewed for 13 episodes the network will have the option of extending the show for another 9 episodes to complete the season. Since Chuck will be starting in the spring, that probably won’t be happening. Next year will be a short season for Chuck, but it’s an opportunity for the show to increase its ratings for a shot at a 4th season.