I’m having an odd reaction to Chuck vs The Honeymooners. I don’t feel like writing about it. I just want to marinate in the wonderfulness of the episode getting back to what I see as the roots of the show, a fun, mostly lighthearted romp with some cool fight scenes and a bit of heartwarming romance and friendship tossed in the mix. OK, so maybe a lot more romance than we’re used to, but it worked for me. I think it worked for a lot of us. So I’m in the odd position of having nothing to say, no desire to break down every scene or parse Yvonne’s subtle changes of expression or Casey’s grunts, or dwell on the limited miscommunication angst. I just want the next episode, and another season. The ratings showed a slight uptic, we added another 200,000 viewers, and the buzz is that Chuck is looking better for a fourth season. I want that fourth season. Let’s discuss after the jump.
Not what your normal fan would do. Buying subs by the bag, blogging, flashmobs, hunting down and physically forcing Neilsen families to watch… OK, maybe not the last one, but you get my point. Chuck fans are a committed bunch. Some say we should be committed, that’s another argument. We’ve won just about every online poll and competition because we mobilize well, through this and many other fansites. It all makes us hopeful that we can influence the decision makers at NBC and WB, but unfortunately, some of this is out of our hands. Some of this is left to the professionals. Namely how much does it cost to make the show, and who can you get to pay for it?
TPTB have shown some creative thinking on this front IMHO. The Subway deal, product placement, pushing DC comics (a WB property) and cutting deals with Honda for Olympics commercials staring Chuckcast members (and probably also offsetting some of those cast members lost income from being cut back on episodes), the more revenue Chuck can raise outside NBC fees, the better chance we have for a new season and a better budget. Can we get back to s2 territory? I don’t know, but trying doesn’t hurt.
So here’s my challenge to the most committed, clever, intelligent, and creative fans on the net. Joe has a fantasy that Schwartz and Fedak read this blog. Let’s indulge that fantasy and assume they do. What’s your idea on how to fund Chuck and bring it back for another well funded 22 episode season? License a Chuck videogame? Spinoff shows for Jeffster or Casey and Morgan as buddy detectives that can be filmed at the same time and given to NBC as a free 1/2 hour comedies? Let’s throw some ideas around just for fun. Who knows, somebody might just come up with the idea that saves Chuck. It’s happened before.
As always lets keep it clean and civil, and let’s try not to dwell on what’s past and can’t be fixed now. Thanks and have fun.