Update: Chuck returns on Fridays this fall with 13 final episodes.
TVLINE | Why did you decide to make Chuck‘s upcoming fifth season its last?
It seemed to be the way to end it appropriately for the fans who love it, and not get into a situation where it might end or might not end and then it ends and we haven’t concluded the storyline. It gives [producers] a chance to plan for it. I think that’s the best way to do it.
TVLINE | You only ordered 13 episodes of Chuck. Any chance you’ll increase that number?
I don’t think so. Unless suddenly we have 10 million viewers watching it on Friday night, then it would.
Well guys, we did it. We got a season 5 of Chuck. The bad news (or good news depending on what you ascribe to) it will be Chuck’s final season.
I call good news, Chuck gets to go out its way, knowing the end in sight. They don’t have to worry on which storylines to conclude, which twists to pull (though they probably still will). And Chuck fans will have their closure. One last season to say goodbye. It’ll be an emotional goodbye, but one I can’t wait to see nonetheless. We’ve invested 4 years of our life on this great show and saying goodbye will be bittersweet but at least we get to do it in proper fashion.
So let us treasure every single moment from now until then. 14 episodes of Chuck memories. Let go of bitterness and hate, embrace the show that we all love (loved). 14 more episodes and it’s curtains. A bittersweet goodbye (are you crying yet? I’m getting close!) filled with memories.
I’m very thankful for NBC for giving us a new season, but more importantly not keeping us in limbo beyond that.
So Chuck fans:
Now for reads:
EW: “NBC’s Chuck has been renewed for a fifth season. Yay! But: This is will be the final season of Chuck.”
Ausiello: “Sources confirm to TVLine that Chuck has cheated death once again and will return for a fifth — and final — season this fall.
NBC declined to comment, but I hear the show will be back for a 13-episode farewell season.”
Mo Ryan: “Sometimes there are dispiriting days on the TV beat. This is not one of them.”
(for cast/crew reactions, check out the previous thread, I’ve updated it).