CHUCK vs. The Network Pick Up – It’s CHUCK Week on GMMR
April 6, 2009 by Kath Skerry
It’s Monday. The weekend is over. It’s back to the grind. You’ve got a full week ahead of you before the weekend arrives again. Things look gloomy, but then you remember…Chuck.
In only its second year, CHUCK has made its way on to the list of my favorite TV shows – ever. In my jam packed weekly TV lineup, CHUCK is one of the brightest spots. It’s one of only two shows on television that is 100% must see appointment TV for me. No going out on CHUCK nights. The DVR can’t be trusted.
It was Spring two years ago when I got an early screener of the premiere of CHUCK. By the end of the summer I think I had seen it 9 or 10 times. When my friends asked what was worth watching in the Fall of 2007, CHUCK was at the top of the list. I was a fan from the start. But somewhere along the way, and I’m not sure when this happened, I realized that CHUCK was one of those shows that made TV worth watching. I was hooked, and I mean hooked. Hooked as in when there was a rerun on Monday my day was just a little bit darker. Hooked as in found myself scouring the web reading anything and everything about the show. Hooked as I found myself keeping a DVR full of old episodes so I could watch them over and over again.
TV is subjective. You like what you like. But much like FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, I really feel like CHUCK is one of those shows that would appeal to everyone, given the chance. It’s truly unlike anything else on TV today. The mix of comedy, drama and romance offers something for everyone. The writing is sharp. The acting is woefully overlooked, but off the charts good. CHUCK has so much going for it…except the ratings.
With so much working for the show, what’s working against it? The time slot. The #1 reason people give me for not watching the show is the time slot. I mean there are an insane amount of incredible shows all airing at that same time (curse you networks!). But here’s the deal. I watch ALL the same shows you do. I watch ‘Big Bang’, ‘HIMYM’, ‘House’, ‘Greek’ and ‘Gossip Girl’. And all of those shows are appointment TV for me. Some of my very favorite shows on TV. I never miss an episode. But you know what? As much as I adore every single one of those shows, CHUCK is the one that I watch LIVE. It’s my favorite of the bunch, and if you know me then you get how big that is given my love for the competition.
That’s why I’m writing this today – the ratings. With only a few episodes left in the season, NBC has yet to pick up CHUCK for Season 3. It’s getting close to decision time and we the fans need to give NBC a little incentive. We need to let them know we care. Fan campaigns are great and I would never discourage anyone from doing what they can to let NBC how much they love CHUCK, but I honestly think nothing gets the attention of the network more than butts in seats…eyeballs on the screen.
I don’t know about you but I’m sick and tired of all my favorite shows getting canceled. We invest our time into these shows, storylines and characters only to have them taken away well before their time. So to that end, I’m declaring this week CHUCK Week on GiveMeMyRemote.com. Every day this week (and probably a few times a day), we’ll be posting news, reviews, videos and anything else we think might convince you to give CHUCK a shot. It’s going to be a CHUCK overload, and some might not be happy, but I’ve got this blog and I need to take it out for a spin. Let’s see if we can’t get a few more of you watching this fantastic show.
I’m not silly enough to think I can do it on my own. I’ve reached out to many of your favorite TV blogs and they too will be taking a special look at CHUCK this week. We all will be doing out part to get newbies watching Monday nights at 8/7c. I’ll be posting links to their posts all throughout the week. Just click on “CHUCK vs. The Network Pick Up…Inside the Intersect” box on GMMR for the latest posts.
But then there is YOU. And by YOU I’m talking to those of you who are already fans of Chuck AND those of you who have never watched the show. For those who already watch every week, we are going to need to YOU to help spread the gospel of CHUCK. We’re recruiting YOU to help.
- Use the comment section on the “Be a nerd…join the herd. Save CHUCK” page to tell people why you love the show and why they should be watching.
- Share the love. Click here for ways you can get the word out about CHUCK. We’ve given you a few things to work with, but feel free to send in your own banners, widgets, and any other ideas you have about how we can get more people watching the show.
For those of you who aren’t yet watching, all I ask is that you give it a fair chance. Watch CHUCK at 8pm tonight and see what you think for yourself. Like I said, TV is subjective and you like what you like. Maybe it won’t be the show for you, and that’s cool, but just give it a shot. And to make it easier, some of the other shows on at 8pm are reruns tonight. See how nicely that works out?
LIVE CHUCK Chat Tonight!!
If you want to watch with other CHUCK fans and newbies, then join me at 8pm EST tonight for a special LIVE CHUCK chat during the show. We’ll watch together. That way if you have any questions about what’s going on you’ll have a bunch of other TV fans who can help you out. And tonight’s episode “Chuck vs. The Dream Job” is pretty damn good, so it’s a great night to start watching.
And check back later today when our resident CHUCK expert, SB, give us a little CHUCK 101. A must read for all CHUCK newbies.
Thanks in advance for putting up with my self indulgence this week. I know it might be a bit much for some of you, but I couldn’t let another one of my favorite shows slip by without putting up a fight.