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NBC Close to Renewing 'Chuck' for Season 5

by Jean Bentley, posted May 12th 2011 5:10AM
ChuckWas it the Subway sandwiches that did it in the end? Somewhat surprisingly, it seems as though reports of 'Chuck's demise may have been premature.

According to TVLine, NBC is currently finalizing a deal to bring the fan favorite back for at least 13 more episodes this fall.

Although there's been no word yet from NBC, the network is expected to announce the new series order Sunday.

After four years of so-so ratings it was widely expected that 'Chuck' would be cancelled, and fans have been bracing themselves for the worst.

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Subway Exec Struggles to Make Sandwiches, Locks Himself in a Freezer on 'Undercover Boss' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 22nd 2010 7:01AM
'Undercover Boss': 'Subway' Boss Struggles to Make Sandwiches, Locks Himself in the FreezerThe motto for the Subway chain of restaurants is "Eat Fresh." But no one's going to eat fresh -- or quickly -- if the chef gets locked inside the walk-in freezer. Which is what happens on 'Undercover Boss' (Sun., 9PM ET on CBS), when boss Don Fertman goes incognito.

Don is the Director of Development for Subway, and though he's worked there for 29 years, he doesn't how how to make a sub-style sandwich -- which is what the company is based on, after all. Now, Fertman poses as "John Wilson." But as he goes undercover through the South, Don talks too much and jokes around, frustrating the employees who try to train him.

First, Jessi Polk says he's "really slow," and relegates Don to taking out the trash. In Alabama, the manager calls Fertman a "Chatty Cathy," as he takes an agonizingly long time to build a single sandwich. A Subway in Orlando is Don's third chance -- will the third time be the charm?

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Last Night's 'Chuck' Was The Lowest Rated Ever (Subway, Get Ready)

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 16th 2010 2:31PM

How can a show that is as freakin' entertaining and fun as 'Chuck' get low ratings like this? Sure, the switch to Daylight Savings Time means that shows see a bit of a ratings slide, but I'm not convinced that's the only reason that 'Chuck' got its lowest ratings ever for last night's episode.

I don't know what we can do to save the show, but creator Josh Schwartz says that "it's time to get organized." Subway subs again? I think Chuck and Morgan have been eating their food on the show again lately so maybe they knew something we didn't.

The funny thing is, with the recent plot developments on the show (Morgan finding out about the spy stuff, the revelations about Casey's real identity, the fact that Chuck is becoming more independent), this might be a logical season to end the show. But I want the show to continue. It's massive fun, and those very same points are also reasons for the show to continue for another season.

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TNT is turning New York City into Los Angeles

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 2nd 2009 7:03PM
Dark Blue ad

The picture above isn't from a Los Angeles street, it's from a New York City street. TNT is creating some ambitious marketing for their new cop drama Dark Blue. They're turning part of NYC's subway into "underground L.A." Included in the ad campaign will be posters, signs on staircases, even entire subway cars wrapped in pics that show the L.A. skyline. The show starts on July 15.

[via TV Tattle]

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Now that Chuck is saved, how about you watch it?

by Kona Gallagher, posted May 29th 2009 12:28PM
chuck me mondays chucktv.netDefying all odds and the writers' strike curse, Chuck has managed to snag a third season on NBC. So what now? Obviously, new episodes won't start airing until after the Winter Olympics, so fans and those associated with the show and NBC have a few months before they need to begin obsessively tracking the ratings. But that doesn't mean that fans are taking the summer off.

Chucktv.net
, a Chuck fansite, is hosting "Chuck Me Mondays," starting June 1st. They're inviting both current fans and those who are just wanting to know what all the Chuck fuss is about to watch the spy comedy as a group Monday nights at 9 PM. While you watch, you can comment on the episode right on their site, or on Twitter, with the objective being to make Chuck a trending topic on the micro-blogging site every Monday. They're starting with the pilot and working all the way up to the season 2 finale-- it's a crash-course in all things Chuck.

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It's official: Chuck is saved!

by Kona Gallagher, posted May 17th 2009 9:28PM
ChuckWell it looks like buying all of those $5 footlongs really paid off: Chuck has officially been renewed for a third season. The spy comedy hasn't always gotten the greatest ratings, in no small part because its highly-competitive Monday night timeslot, but fans all over the internet have been pushing hard for its renewal.

There has been a huge outpouring of support on Twitter, where #savechuck has often been a trending topic. Even the show's star, Zachary Levi, has done his part to get Chuck back for another season. In addition to taking to his official blog to plead his case, he even showed up at a Subway (one of Chuck's biggest sponsors) to make sandwiches for fans.

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D'Angelo takes on Subway

by Bob Sassone, posted May 16th 2009 10:23AM
The only part of the "Save Chuck" thing that I haven't been on board with is the fact that Subway is a part of it. Don't like Subway, with their microwaved meat and paltry toppings and lame service. I've always liked D'Angelo though, and in these ads they say why they're better (though they never utter Subway's name - trust me, they're talking about Subway).

[via AdFreak]

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TV News Daily: ABC in Talks to Renew 'Scrubs'

by Thomas DiChiara, posted Apr 28th 2009 12:00PM
ScrubsJ.D. and Turk's "guy love" may live on for at least one more year.

ABC is in talks to renew 'Scrubs' for a ninth season, and some or all of the original cast may be back -- yes, that includes Zach Braff.

In other news, 'Chuck' fans are encouraged to eat $5 Subway footlongs in order to save the show from cancellation, Lisa Rinna decides that she actually doesn't want a role on the new 'Melrose Place,' and 'Harper's Island' gets relocated to the graveyard known as Saturday night.

See more of today's TV headlines, casting scoops and premiere dates after the jump.


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Zachary Levi takes 600 friends to Subway

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 27th 2009 4:47PM
Back when I worked in restaurants, I think my co-workers and I would have been freaked out if 600 people showed up to eat ALL AT ONCE. I hope the people in the video below had some warning. It's Chuck himself, Zachary Levi, taking 600 fans to Subway in a campaign to help save the show (the season finale airs tonight). Not the best video in the world, but you get the idea when you watch it. Save Chuck! (thanks to reader Argus for the video!)

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Buy a sub sandwich, save Chuck?

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 24th 2009 2:05PM
ChuckWhen Jericho was canceled, fans sent nuts to CBS and that made the network rethink their decision and we got another (short) season. Now there's a food-related effort to save NBC's Chuck.

Fans are organizing an effort to get people to go to Subway shops this Monday to support Chuck's season finale, which happens later that night. If that doesn't make sense to you, it's because Subway and their "$5 foot long" promotion were featured on the show a couple of weeks ago. Please do not start sending subs or sandwiches to NBC headquarters. That's not what this is about.

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The Mole: Episode 8

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 22nd 2008 1:01AM

The Mole(S05E08) I was always terrible at math in school, which probably explains why I'm typing this right now. So this episode of The Mole, at least the first half, is rather tense for me. I like to follow along with the questions and the clues and try to figure out stuff myself in this game (as much as you can in an edited format), and all of the questions involving math problems in the first challenge confuse me. Still, I knew the answer to that one question was 455, and I couldn't understand why Clay was insisting it was a number it couldn't possibly be. Could he be screwing up the numbers on purpose because he's (insert dramatic music)...the Mole?

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Jared Fogle, porn provider

by Adam Finley, posted May 11th 2007 2:02PM

jared fogleYou know, we can snicker all we want at the allegations that Subway spokesman Jared Fogle spent his days at Indiana University running a successful porn rental business out of his apartment, but give the man credit for knowing his customer base and how to run a successful business. If there's one thing college males want as much as beer and weed, it's porn. Also, keep in mind this is pre-internet, so folks had to get their porno from somewhere. And let's not pretend, fellas, that none of us have ever seen a pornographic movie. I myself have a collection of over one hundred tapes. They're not video tapes, they're audio cassettes, and I listen to them while I'm jogging. I like to imagine it's how porno would have been done back in the RKO radio days.

So there you have it: before he became that fat guy who got kinda less fat by walking and eating Subway sandwiches, he had a lucrative career as a porn distributor. He's got business savvy, you gotta give him that.

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Ugly Betty: Derailed

by Julia Ward, posted Feb 16th 2007 1:37AM
Derailed Ugly Betty(S01E16) To quote Lucy Liu as O-Ren Ishii in Kill Bill and as The Chin on Ugly Betty, "You didn't think it was going to be that easy, did you?" Tonight's theme - "it's complicated." I ended my review last week by saying this, but I think it bears repeating. Watching good TV can be an emotionally masochistic endeavor. One of the first lessons you learn in "how to be a TV writer" class is to put the screws to your characters. This lesson is often phrased as, "Give the audience what they want, and then take it away." This week's episode was all about giving us what we wanted and taking it away. Betty opens up to Henry about her feelings for him. Done. Christina catches a break. Done. Alexis gets to feel a little human connection post-op. Done. Justin gets to see Hairspray. Done. Hope you enjoyed it because now those cruel, cruel writers are going to make us regret that we ever wanted those things to happen in the first place.

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Late summer reading: Jared the Subway guy has a book

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 18th 2006 2:03PM

jared fogleJared Fogle, the man who lost over 200 pounds dining on Subway sandwiches, has just released his first book. The book is a detailed account of every sexual encounter he's ever had, complete with full-color photographs.

I'm sorry, that's actually the book that I'm writing, though really it's more of a pamphlet. Fogle has written a book called Jared the Subway Guy: Winning Through Losing: 13 Lessons for Turning Your Life Around. The book jacket reads that the book is written "with Anthony Bruno," so we can assume Bruno wrote the book, though I'm sure Fogle, like, said stuff to him. That's kind of like being a writer. Anyway, it's not a diet book, since we already know the secret of his success, but it is a motivational book to encourage people to succeed just as he did. If you want a book that teaches you how to have a lucrative sponsorship deal fall into your lap because you devised some completely inane method of weight loss involving a popular restaurant chain, then you should buy several copies right away.

[via Best Week Ever]

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Things I Hate About TV: Seeing Jared Fogle on the post-game show

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 15th 2006 7:41PM
Jared Fogle of SubwayYou all know Jared Fogle. He's the guy who lost thirty kajillion pounds by eating nothing but Subway sandwiches (veggie and turkey, of course... what, you think he lost weight on foot-long chicken parm subs?) and has basically been the chain's spokesman ever since. He's been an inspiration to a lot of people who are overweight. But, honestly, there are some places that I really don't want to see old Jared's smiling face.

One of them is on the post-game show after a thrilling NFL playoff game. Right after the Steelers stunned the Colts in a wild game, the CBS studio guys discussed the game and interviewed Steelers players. So far, so good. But then Greg Gumbel throws it over to Jared, dressed in a Colts jersey and surrounded by those flavorless Subway sandwiches. "I know you guys are going to Denver next week, and I wanted to send you off with some good food," is the gist of what Jared unconvincingly said to the studio crew as he waved his hand over the subs. Greeeaaat. Look, CBS, I know it's called the Subway Post-Game Show. But having Jared in the studio was completely tasteless and silly, especially after such an exciting playoff game. I mean, what's next? Is Boomer Esiason going to munch on Domino's Chicken Kickers during next week's pre-game show?

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