Oh, Don’t Groan!
If you follow the NBC boards for Chuck you’ve probably seen the news of the interview with Josh Schwartz in USA Weekend.
What I find interesting is his take on the ratings – He notes that they are better than last year (good), NBC will have more hours to fill (good), he takes nothing for granted (good) and he still has an ulcer (uh… BTDT! Wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy!).
As for our mysterious, love-him-or-hate-him Daniel Shaw:
Shaw is going to reveal himself to be interwoven into the story in ways we’ve never really attempted before, so it’s a much more ambitious character for us.
The interview is rather up to date, having taken place after the airing of Nacho Sampler. Chuck’s emotional state, and the darker tone of the show is something USA’s interviewer, Brian Truitt, was smart enough to ask about.
We’re seeing Chuck delving more into the spy game and even getting a smidge cold-blooded. Was that always where you wanted to go with the character, dipping into that a little?
We always wanted the character to evolve. We didn’t want him to just be the guy who sits in the car three years later. It’s always been in our minds that he was definitely going to shift and evolve and grow and grow up. Certainly giving him the Intersect download at the end of last season, which gave him all these new powers, we knew that was going to push his character out of the car and into the action. We wanted to measure the emotional consequences.
The emotional consequences to Chuck or to the viewers? He doesn’t say.