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A Mother of an Exclusive: My Chat With 'Chuck's' TV Mom, Linda Hamilton

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 20th 2010 9:45AM
"She is not your ordinary homemaker."

That's Linda Hamilton talking for the first time about her role as Mary Elizabeth Bartowski, matriarch of the spy clan that produced Chuck Bartowski. Viewers will first meet her in 'Chuck's' enjoyable season premiere (8PM ET Monday, NBC), which also features guest stars Dolph Lundgren, Harry Dean Stanton and Olivia Munn.

In an exclusive interview, Hamilton talked for the first time about her return to prime time (if you can believe it, coming back to TV made the 'Terminator' and 'Beauty and the Beast' star nervous), and she also discussed what Mama Bartowski's return will mean for her kids, Chuck and Ellie.

Two decades ago, Mary left her kids with no explanation. But don't expect Mama to bake some cookies by way of an apology.

"It ain't all apologies and sentiment, that's for sure," Hamilton said. "She has her own agenda and it just kind of goes crazy from there."

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'Chuck' - 'Chuck Versus the Role Models' Recap

by Brad Trechak, posted May 4th 2010 10:21AM

Chuck(S03E15) The first major thought that occurred to me after watching tonight's episode was that if Fred Willard and Swoosie Kurtz got a spin-off series about their characters, the Turners, I would watch it. The conversation between them was hilarious. For all we know, this could very well have been a back door pilot for them. They're the 'Gary Seven' of 'Chuck.'

Obviously, agents are tempted to cross the line time to time (that's what happened with Shaw not too long ago). It's interesting how age leads to more self-justification in the matter. Doesn't the CIA or NSA have a decent pension plan?

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'Chuck' - 'Chuck Versus the Honeymooners' Recap

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 26th 2010 9:30PM
(S03E14) Let's review the steps that brought us to this moment: 'Chuck' originally only had a 13 episode order for this season so the last episode wrapped things up pretty well and left the story on a happy note. Then, NBC ordered additional episodes (see details in our Chris Fedak interview), so in effect we're seeing "Season 3.2". Also, there's a good chance that 'Chuck' will be renewed next year.

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'Chuck' - 'Chuck Versus The Other Guy' Recap

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 5th 2010 11:50PM
Chuck(S03E13) This would have been an excellent season finale. In fact, had NBC stuck by their original episode order quantity for 'Chuck,' this would be the season finale. But they didn't so it isn't. We did see the storylines for this season thus far wrap up nicely with the added bonus of seeing the next logical step of the one that has been around since the first season.

The episode was particularly enjoyable. There was comedy, drama, romance and a little bit of action (although more action happened off-screen, but there was enough emotional action to more than make up for it).

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'Chuck' - 'Chuck Versus the Final Exam' Recap

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 23rd 2010 3:09AM
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(S03E11) In tonight's episode, Clark Kent was taking orders from Superman. Chuck did look a little like Clark Kent in that outfit, didn't he?

Hasn't General Beckman and the government given Chuck enough tests? He probably already has more field time than most of their other agents. It seems pretty obvious that Chuck doesn't actually want to be a spy, particularly when being a spy requires the ability to kill a person in cold blood. He just wants to be with Sarah. He'd be a better tech guy, the "Q" to Sarah's Bond.

More discussion after the jump.

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'Chuck' - 'Chuck Versus the Tic Tac' Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 16th 2010 12:35AM
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(S03E10) The mission tonight was all about decisions. Decisions, decisions. Turned out there were choices made in the past, present and future that had a major effect on Chuck, Sarah and Casey, especially the latter. For more on that, and Robert Patrick's bad breath, read on after the jump.

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Could the Gang be Breaking Up on 'Chuck'? (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 15th 2010 10:52PM
Chuck, Adam BaldwinWell, this is just sad. It's hard to imagine Col. Casey as a civilian, but that's how it's looking on 'Chuck' (Mon., 8PM ET on NBC).

You knew Gen. Beckman wasn't fooling around when she called him Mr. Casey and asked Chuck to escort him off government property. Not that Beckman would ever fool around. She never even cracks a smile.

And could Sarah really be relocating to Washington, D.C.? Slow down! Everything's changing too fast for us!

Watch the video after the jump.

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Chuck Tells Morgan He's a Spy on 'Chuck' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 9th 2010 4:36AM
Chuck tells Morgan he's a spy on 'Chuck' "Chuck, you are officially re-hired as my best friend!" That was the reaction from Morgan when Chuck revealed that he's a spy on 'Chuck' (Mon., 8PM ET on NBC).

We loved Morgan's geeky delight upon learning that his best friend is "a member of a joint NSA/CIA black ops team that is stationed here in Burbank." We expected nothing less than glee from Morgan, and he so delivered.

Where will it go from here? We can't wait to find out.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Chuck and Hannah Kiss on 'Chuck' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 9th 2010 3:43AM
Chuck: Chuck vs. the MaskThings heated up in a major way between Chuck and Hannah on last night's 'Chuck' (Mon., 8PM on NBC). She put the moves on him, which resulted in a big smooch between the two.

But then she saw Sarah on the security camera, meeting up with Daniel Shaw (Brandon Routh). Inside Joke Alert: "Who, him?" says Chuck. "Nah. Yeah, if you're into that strong, kind of 'Superman' type of guy."

Watch the video after the jump.

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Review: 'Chuck' - 'Chuck Versus the Mask'

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 9th 2010 1:25AM
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(S03E07) This was the last 'Chuck' until after the Winter Olympics, so it was important that we made some progress with the intersect -- natch -- and also the Hannah and Sarah situations. Ever since she flew into Chuck Bartowski's life, Hannah has seemed too good to be true. Is she really? And what of Chuck and Sarah's on/off relationship? Fortunately, we got a good take on it all, as well as some edge-of-the-seat thrills. More after the jump.

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Christopher Lloyd Will Be a Doc on 'Chuck'

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 8th 2010 4:24PM
christopher_lloyd_deloreanThe February 8th episode of 'Chuck' will be the last until after the Olympics, so here's a bit a news that should keep all 'Chuck' devotees panting for the return. Christopher Lloyd will be guesting on 'Chuck' in the spring. He's playing a psychiatrist/therapist/shrink who Chuck consults with when the rigors of morphing into a spy starts to get to Agent Bartowski.

This will hopefully be a case of the right actor in the right role and the writers rise to the occasion to create something memorable. There's every reason to hope for big things because executive producer Josh Schwartz has admittedly being a geek when it comes to anything related to 'Back to the Future.' Having Doctor Emmett "Doc" Brown in the house should be an inspiration, don't you think?

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Ellie Gets Suspicious on 'Chuck' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 2nd 2010 12:46AM
Chuck, Zachary LeviUh oh. We know that Captain Awesome knows Chuck's secret because, well, thanks to a case of mistaken identity, Awesome was all gung ho on the spy business just a few weeks ago. But now Ellie is starting to suspect that something's going down, and Morgan is totally on board with that.

But when Awesome is aghast that Chuck would just lie to Ellie's face, we have to agree with Chuck. "There are some things she's better off not knowing." Watch 'Chuck' Mon., 8PM ET on NBC.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Get ready for a brand new Chuck Bartowski

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 7th 2009 3:15PM
Fans of Chuck know that something happened to him in the season finale that is going to take the show into a whole new area: Chuck Bartowski now has the skills of a spy and not just the info stuck in his head. In this cool preview of the new season (which Vik Sahay talked about a bit in last week's podcast), we get a quick recap of what happened last season and a taste of what's to come when the show comes back on January 10.

[Watch clips and episodes of Chuck and other shows at SlashControl.]

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Chuck: Chuck Versus the First Kill

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 14th 2009 9:46AM
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Trust. Five little letters that represent so, so much. For Chuck, trust has been key to his agreeing to be the American government's good little intersect. He's gone along with all the dangerous assignments, put his life on the line, lied to his friends and family, and every step of the way, he's trusted that Casey and Sarah and the General are working for the country's best interest, and by extension, his best interest.

After convincing the General that the only way to keep Fulcrum from getting their own intersect, the one not in Chuck's head, was to steal back Orion before he succeeds in building another unit. The fact that Orion was also Steve Bartowski -- Chuck's primary objective, i.e. "get back dad" -- was evident. However, for appearances, he let the team believe that he believed saving the interset was the most important thing.


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On the 3rd day of Festivus, TV gave to me... - VIDEOS

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 21st 2008 12:26PM
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...three Zachs for viewing.


Perhaps it's just coincidence, but right now our TV world has a trio of superb young actors in very different programs and they're all named Zach. Coincidence or the fact that the year they were born, Zachary was a really popular name for baby boys? Whatever, the bottom line is that Zach Braff, Zachary Levi, and Zachary Quinto are terrific and Scrubs, Chuck and Heroes, respectively, wouldn't be the same without them.

What's really interesting about these three Zachs, beside the fact that they all share the same first name, is that they could probably all play each other's roles -- even though it's hard to imagine Braff or Levi as evil, they're good enough to do it. And Zachary Quinto has done the nerdy, computer guy when he was on 24.

It's interesting, but if you squint a little and tilt your head, they all could look like they're brothers. However, while the Three Zs may pass as the Three Amigos if you put them in sombreros, they are definitely making the TV world a much happier landscape.

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