New, From Many Chuck Alums

This trailer is borderline NSFW, and I certainly would say that there’s nothing here for kids.

I’m not 100% sure there’s much here for adults either, but it seems to be a trailer for an up-coming movie entitled Buds, The Movie featuring Josh Gomez, his RL brother Rick and several Chuck alumni, most notably, Mercedes Masohn and Mekenna Melvin.

Of course, anything with Mekenna in it gets my attention. 😉

And is that Yuri The Gobbler I see?

So with that disclaimer, I link for your amusement.

– joe


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102 Responses to New, From Many Chuck Alums

  1. Verkan_Vall says:

    So, call me a dirty old man, but in my opinion the only “sizzle” in this trailer was provided by the divine Miss Ms. The other Gomez looks familiar, but I can’t place him.

    • joe says:

      Yes, there really wasn’t much “sizzle.” But I’m sure that most of my bosses throughout history would prefer it not be viewable on “their” monitors.

      It was just a precautionary notice, VV.

      • Verkan_Vall says:

        Actually, you gave all the necessary warnings, Joe. It was whoever posted that video to Youtube that used the term “sizzle reel”. I understand that term to mean a teaser that is supposed to give viewers a indication of subject matter and spark some energy to attract a potential audience. Unfortunately, the subject matter is a bit confusing and somewhat repellant.

        The only energy is sparked by the appearances of Ms. Masohn and Melvin, who seem to brighten up everything I see them in. Here’s hoping we see more of them.

        And good luck to the Gomez brothers, I think they’re going to need it.

  2. Saw that yesterday. That’s Morgan, Alex, Zondra, and Yuri. I really hope YS’s new movies are more successful than ZL’s and AB’s (hilarious, but over-the-top cheesy) webisodes and this group of 4 Chuck alums’ (what looks to be disturbing) movie.

    • joe says:

      I like the idea of webisodes, Jeff, and I really wish people with the inclinations would pursue the idea in a professional way.

      Zac put out something about two years ago that was actually quite good. I recall him on a motorcycle giving chase. Nicely done. That’s the kind of stuff that could get some attention on-line.

      But the economics of it is another story, I guess.

      • atcDave says:

        I’m sure not seeing anything there of actual interest to me. I’m actually a little disappointed in the garbage they’re moving on to.

        But it is interesting from a business/entertainment perspective. I would be happy to see more independent work get done like this. I just hope it isn’t all of such dreadful quality and poor taste.

      • Ernie Davis says:

        Hate to tell you Dave, but Josh Gomez actually has two of these small projects out. Both are likely to be seen as poor taste by a lot of people as the other is about a struggling porn producer. It popped up on YouTube when I watched this one.

      • I do want to see how the trailer park heroes one comes out, but I think ZL and AB could do better. It’d be a lot more fun if YS and JG were the other two fighers, and it was a spoof promotional thing for Chuck season 6. The rest of the Chuck cast could’ve played zombies that get killed.

      • atcDave says:

        I already knew that Ernie. That’s exactly what I find very disappointing.

    • jam says:

      “Saw that yesterday. That’s Morgan, Alex, Zondra, and Yuri. I really hope YS’s new movies are more successful than ZL’s and AB’s (hilarious, but over-the-top cheesy) webisodes ”

      But how can you even compare success between joke-y webisodes vs movies intended for theatrical release? The webisodes have been rather well received from what I can tell, and I of course hope success for YS’s movies as well.

  3. jam says:

    ZL’s Nerd HQ will be at the Comic-Con (or I guess it’s not the same building exactly) again this year, and they have plenty of interesting guests/panels: Joss Whedon, Damon Lindelof, Seth Green. Stan Lee, Guillermo del Toro, Nathan Fillion… I’m not exactly sure which Chuck cast members will be present, but I’d expect at least YS and AB will show up. All the panels will be live streamed.

  4. garnet says:

    Don’t forget ZL’s cameos in Freddy Wong’s Video Game High School. Overall not a bad web series.

    • Ernie Davis says:

      Zach and Adam and Nathan and Alan etc I can understand. Was kind of surprised Tricia Helfer was such a nerd.

  5. jam says:

    There’s also this:

    No idea what it’s about, but I’m not going to get my hopes up and think it’s something truly interesting. :p

  6. jam says:

    Chuck panel is live now.

    I see Zac, Yvonne, Adam, Josh Gomez, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Vik Sahay and Mekenna Melvin.

    One link to streams can be found here:

    • I watched the last 35 minutes. It’s fun. There were a couple of guest call-ins. I hope the whole thing is uploaded so I can see the first 20 minutes I missed.

      It was interesting hearing them talk about how they liked ZL and Robbie Duncan McNeill as directors because they knew they show. There was a lot of implication that some of the “guest directors” were asking them to act OOC and they had to push back because they knew the characters better. Vik Sahay said he never read a scripted line, which directors had a hard time dealing with. I think if emphasizes how it’s not just about the writers. It a collaboration with the writers, directors, and actors (and everyone else).

      • atcDave says:

        I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a lot more improvisation with the Buy Morons. It does seem like having guest directors is risky way of doing things. Is that one of those contractual requirement thingies?

    • The full videos are supposed to be online later. The first panel had Mark Christopher Lawrence, Vik Sahay, Mekenna Melvin, Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Adam Baldwin, and Josh Gomez. Sarah Lancaster and Ryan McPartlin called in.

      Yvonne is not in the second one. And several of the panelists seem a bit buzzed.

    • joe says:

      I’m still watching it, over an hour after you posted, Thank you so much, Jam.

  7. There’s supposed to be a live chat with Yvonne in about 10 minutes at EW:,,20399642,00.html

  8. Gord says:

    So disappointed I missed the Chuck panel. Hopefully, it will make its way to You Tube.

    As for the Josh Gomez project – doesn’t exactly look like my kind of movie. I might have enjoyed it as a young adult, but my tastes have matured somewhat. Must say though that it was good to see some of the Chuck alumni again.

  9. Sam Carter says:

    Is this true? Did Yvonne said that Dexter is better than Chuck?? If true, how sad.

    • atcDave says:

      She’s just having fun with new fans and cast. I wouldn’t read anything into it.

      • Sam Carter says:

        You sure…? Sounds like really bad judgement from her part. Too bad for the chuck fans. And I don’t know her personally so only she really knows why she did it.

      • jam says:

        Seems to me like you’re just trying to raise controversy where there is none.

      • Phony controversy. Here’s a full log:

        6:46 p.m. Applause for the first mention of “Chuck.” Were there challenges for Yvonne going to a show with a different tone. “Just in general, the energy on the sets are very different,” Yvonne says, referencing the loud characters on the set of “Chuck.” She’s only been on the “Dexter” set for a couple days. Yikes. Yvonne says that the “Dexter” set is better. She says that she feels like she has to say that because she’s on the “Dexter” panel, but… yikes. She’s only started filming, but they’ve told Yvonne what happens to her character.

      • olddarth says:

        Baby steps first. Then, we’ll see from there. 😀

    • olddarth says:

      I agree with Dave – much ado about nothing.

      BTW, my clock is already ticking that there will be more speculative gossip from the Dexter set as time passes. Sadly, it’s just human nature.

    • uplink2 says:

      Wow, talk about trying to make something out of nothing. Can you imagine if she said the opposite? Said the Chuck set was better than the Dexter set at a Dexter panel? Now that would be some controversy but that comment was perfectly appropriate considering where she was and that she knew she had to say that.

      Damn, Friday the 13th part 12, inventing a story.

      • atcDave says:

        You know I’ve actually worked with people who continually insist everything about their previous job was better. It gets really old really fast. Even if it’s true, keep a lid on it!

    • dkd says:

      I was at the Nerd party until last call. There were two levels. Yvonne, Zac, McKenna, Vik, and other celebs were on the second level that had a balcony and we could see them all evening. Zac even came down and danced with the people below at one point.

      Yvonne danced and sang and goofed around. I have a video of her singing to Firework out to the crowd below. There was no doubt she has fun with her fellow Chuck cast and they with her.

      This was 7-8 hours AFTER the Dexter panel. I can’t believe people took what she said at the panel seriously.

      • dkd says:

        Addendum: Clearly, Yvonne is NOT enjoying herself with the Chuck cast in this video:

      • Ernie Davis says:

        Good lord, you’ve made me wish I was Lester!

      • Ernie, as Joe said earlier, it is important to separate actors from characters. Yvonne and Vik were having fun. Sarah would only have fun doing the same thing if she pushed Lester over the balcony at the end.

      • atcDave says:

        It is a shame the Chuck cast never had fun together…

      • Ernie Davis says:

        Jeff, I thought they were doing a scene from the extended cut of Hard Salami.

      • How could they? From what everyone has said about YS’s gas issues, one spark and the whole place would go up.

      • Ernie, just for you, here’s the Hard Salami scene in GIFs:

        And the inappropriately edited, a little creepy, NSFW version:

      • Mel says:

        I loved watching the Chuck cast party.

        Apparently Zac is good at throwing parties, he’s been getting a lot of praise for NerdHQ from both the fans and the industry people. I really enjoyed watching the panels last weekend, my favorite being the Doctor Who panel. Even if you’re not watching the show, watch the panel and you probably want to see the show afterwards. Oh and Nathan Fillion, he was brilliant in all three panels he appeared at.

      • dkd says:

        The party went on for hours–from 9PM to sometime after 1AM. Every time I said I was about to leave, something else would happen and it kept going on. It was also so easy to get into. Zac had an “invitation only” party the next night for his industry friends.

        Since I try to go to SDCC every year, I just hope it doesn’t become a victim of its own success and it will be harder to get into next year. It wasn’t advertised that the cast would be there. That was a surprise. But, with all these videos surfacing, more people may go next year.

      • atcDave says:

        Interesting DKD. It’s not hard to imagine it could become a big deal; just like the whole event has become a huge big deal!

      • jam says:

        SDCC is already very big and bloated, that was probably one of the biggest reasons why Zac wanted to do the Nerd HQ thing. Many of the panelists appreciated the smaller, more intimate venue there, compared to the large halls of the main event.

        Since every panel sold out, it’s probably very tempting to go bigger next year (especially since all the tix sales go to charity), but I hope Nerd HQ doesn’t grow too big for its own good.

      • joe says:

        Isn’t ANYONE sarcasm-impaired here?? Bueller? Anyone? /scarc

      • dkd says:

        I liked the venue. It was a good size. They could fit more people as visitors for food, drink and video games during the day. I was selfishly referring the the Nerd party when I was wishing it would not get bigger. I like it being easy to get into and just the right amount of people inside.

  10. Sam Carter says:

    “Seems to me like you’re just trying to raise controversy where there is none.”

    Not really, and I see you guys taking it very well. Cool I guess.

    • jam says:

      She said “I’m in the Dexter panel, so I think I have to say that.”
      Obviously she’s joking, I see no reason to be upset.

      In other news, YS and ZL are both partying at the Nerd HQ.

      I hope Zac can keep it up the whole weekend, he already seemed slightly buzzed during the day. 🙂

  11. Sam Carter says:

    So she was only kidding. Glad about that.

  12. Sam Carter says:

    Hmm, was reading the comments of the hitfix link and according to Dan said this in response: “She was KINDA kidding. But not enough kidding. And yeah, that’s where the “Yikeses” came from. It’s possible I included one “Yikes” too many.”

    Well I don’t know what to think anymore, I just know that if she meant it somehow, well it’s just Not cool.

    • Image sitting in a room with a boss you hate for a job that pays ok being asked if you like you like your new job better than your old job, which was fantastic but they closed your regional office and laid you off.

      I hate the question. There is the awkward answer, the job safety answer, and the truth. The only time to get the truth is several years from now. It’s like when they ask actors who the best kisser is of all of the people they’ve shared screen time. I’ve seen the question asked in front of one of the costars.

      As much of a waste of time as the EW interview was, the interviewer at least asked the question the correct way. He asked something like, “How is the set of Dexter different than Chuck.” Yvonne answered that she’s only been there a few days so it’s hard to say, but Chuck was a lot more casual, with people signing and joking around (and as she and ZL said in other interviews–farting). Dexter is a lot more serious. Then Michael Hall and Yvonne agreed that the type of show often informs how people act around set.

    • atcDave says:

      Sam you’re just looking for offense where none was intended. Even if she did mean it, so what? I have a lot of friends who enjoyed Chuck, but I was the only one of them who considered Chuck the greatest thing ever. And it really doesn’t diminish any of those friendships or what I think of those people.
      I just don’t see how this matters. She was apparently at the Nerd HQ party last night hanging out with her old cast and friends, from the pictures I saw it didn’t look anyone was mad at her about anything. She has indicated many times she had a great time doing Chuck, and has expressed a willingness to do a reunion project if one ever happens. But for now, it’s in her best interest to engage with other work and fans with the same enthusiasm she always brought to Chuck. Praising whatever she’s currently doing as “the best ever” actually strikes me as a reasonable reaction.

      Now as a Chuck fan I’m not so thrilled at seeing everyone move on. It sort of drives home the fact that it’s over, and that makes me sad all over again. But as the saying goes, change is life’s one constant. And I’d much rather see everyone moving on than just wallowing in the past.

      • Carlos says:

        I read somewhere where you described yourself as a conservative born again Christian type of person. Yvonne Strahovski in real life is the exact oppposite of someone like you. In fact you are the sort of guy she would make fun of. Yet you blindly defend everything she does as if your life depends on it. Chuck made her in America and if she was in any way serious with those comments it is shows her to be a shallow and opportunistic person.

      • atcDave says:

        I would defend any cast member in this situation, it is not personal either way. And if you’ve read recent discussions here Carlos you would know I do not really “support” her current career choices; I will not watch Dexter. I’m also not terribly worried about Yvonne’s or anyone else’s personal life. I think it’s a safe bet I would have a hard time being good friends with many actors who’s work I enjoy; but I don’t look to take offense unless someone decides to be rude about it. And I am aware of no such thing from any of the Chuck cast.

      • aerox says:

        Carlos, I gotta be blunt for a second. Who cares what she said? Seriously. You’re not going to tell your employer that you had more fun at your other job. If you do that, you’re seriously mentally handicapped. Her answer was a no-brainer, simple PR answer. Of course she’s not going to come out and say: “Oh, I had more fun on this-or-this set, because…” that’s just stupid.

        Furthermore, what was that first paragraph about? What does it matter whether Dave is someone who Yvonne would or would not make fun of? How does that have any influence on what he says? If those are his values, then those are his values. Simple as. Also, who cares if Chuck made her in America? Do we always have to be lyrical about our first job that made us?

        Either you’re a troll and an extremely poor one at that, or you’re serious and obviously the most single-minded person on this website. Actually, that’s not true, you share that position with the person who threw a fit about people talking about Yvonne on this website, and then doing the exact same thing about Zachary.

        This post was edited for language after I considered just deleting the whole thing. This stuff needs to stop, both the provocation and the response, or we will, as we’ve already discussed BTS, start deleting and/or moderating posts.

        ~ Ernie

      • joe says:

        Carlos, I’m known as someone who tries to see the best in people, and my motto here has been to read comments “generously.”

        I’ve never seen a post that made it more difficult than yours above. There’s an attack and an insult both to a person we both don’t know, Yvonne Strahovski, and to a person I do know, Dave. That puts me at least one up on you.

        If you’d like to be the first person officially banned from here, please do it again.

    • Ernie Davis says:

      Sometimes the eagerness of this fandom to be personally insulted amazes me, then we get something like this and it goes to a whole new level.

      Yvonne also called Dexter the “adult” set, which I totally understand based on what we’ve heard of the BTS hijinks on Chuck.

      Dexter may be a lot better work environment for all we know, the entire Chuck cast has talked often about how hard it was to work on Chuck’s shooting schedule, Yvonne included, but it doesn’t take anything from her obvious love for the show, the character, the cast and crew and the fans.

      As much as we love her work on Chuck her chances for that work and her talent being recognized with an Emmy or a nomination were, sorry to say, about zero. On Dexter, working alongside perennial nominee Michael Hall those chances and opportunities are probably a lot more likely.

      Maybe it’s true, and she does like working on the Dexter set better so far, maybe she was trying to give the polite answer (pretty likely given she basically admitted she felt like she had to).

      In either case I say so what.

      • aerox says:

        Exactly. What does it matter whose set she enjoyed working more on? Does it influence the episodes in any way? Does it influence ANYTHING? The answer is no, it doesn’t. She still went to the Chuck panel, she went to all the autograph signings and everything. Words cannot describe the weirdness of getting upset over whose set she enjoyed working more on. Ugh.

    • joe says:

      This is apropos.

      Yvonne just put up this tweet. I think her honest feelings are apparent.

      • Carlos says:

        @ Aerox. Rave on dude. Your comments are totally irrelevant to me lol.
        @atcDave I apologise. My comments about your personal life was inappropriate.

      • atcDave says:

        No problem Carlos, we all get worked up here from time to time.

  13. Official Nerd HQ panel 1 videos: (45 minutes) (8 minutes)

    The entire thing is great. The *sexy times* dance is around 8:30.

  14. jam says:

    Guillermo del Toro / Rise of the Guardians panel is about to start. After it’s over there’s a 30 min break followed by Nathan Fillion.

    • jam says:

      Both panels were a lot of fun and well worth watching afterwards if you missed them live. Adam Baldwin was a surprise guest-star on Nathan Fillion’s panel.

      After the panel there was a girl who donated $1000 to get a kiss from Zac… and then Nathan and Adam did the same. Hilarious stuff.

      Coming next is a “mystery panel”.

      • jam says:

        Funny stuff. I’ve always liked ZL, but seeing him act as a host of Nerd HQ this weekend has made me appreciate him even more. He knows his stuff and can actually give some valid input when talking with the guests.

  15. I just saw this: (from

    And now I want to see Sarah kill Harry Tang for jeopardizing national security and being mean to her future husband. Wait. Wrong show.

  16. jam says:

    The Nerd Machine raised $140,000 for charity.

    I fully agree with this bit from the article:
    “Let’s hope this event remains a staple of Comic-Con, because it captures the original spirit of the show – long before Hollywood took over and ticket prices skyrocketed and lines stretched throughout the convention center.”

    • Verkan_Vall says:

      That’s impressive. Kudos to ZL, his partner and everyone else involved in last weekend’s Nerd HQ operation.

  17. Ernie Davis says:

    Well, not that I expected anything different, but Chuck sails off into the sunset with no Emmy nominations. However, Michael C. Hall, perennial nominee and Yvonne’s new co-star is once again up for Lead Actor in a Drama. Yvonne should at least get seen by the people who continually vote for Michael C. Hall, so there’s always hope for next year. It’d be nice to see some recognition for the Chuck cast, even if it isn’t for Chuck.

    • atcDave says:

      That lack of recognition though is exactly why I have such contempt for the whole awards process. The people voting simply live on a different planet than I do; it’s rare enough that I’ve even watched anything that’s nominated, never mind liked…

    • joe says:

      I just saw this tweeted by Leonard Nimoy, of all people (which, incidentally, proves that there’s no age limit on geekdom).

      IMHO, to not be nominated for an Emmy is not an indication of a lack of quality. In my more cynical moments, I often think that the opposite is true.

      • atcDave says:

        I firmly believe the opposite Joe. Emmy process is dominated by the unimaginative melodrama. Its the annual listing of shows I’m not interested in.

      • joe says:

        Hum… I come to your conclusion, Dave. But I have an alternate explanation.

        It’s a bit of a personal story, so please bear with me. I knew an unusually large number of thespians back in the day; My alma mater had a very good and even prestigious drama department back then. One of my personal friends was a then young lady by the name of Susanna Dalton, who was in a short lived TV series called Delta House, where she appeared along side the son of Zero Mostel and a then unknown Michelle Pfeiffer. Many of the people in that department were used on Broadway by David Rabe, who at one time was Joe Papp’s protege. [Enuf name-dropping, Buckley!]

        Anyway, Susie (yeah, we were on a first-name basis) got me involved with them for a couple of semesters. And I can tell you this, you’ve never met a more unusual bunch (even in the Astronomy Department, I know first hand). They do love to party, they are extremely outgoing and attention seeking and they love to be in the spotlight, even if only to walk in it.

        In short, as a group, they fit the Hollywood stereotype very well. Partying with them taught my a lot.

        So my take is that the Emmies, the Oscars, MTV awards, Day Time Drama awards and all the rest are just the actors, directors and writers congratulating themselves, because that’s just who they are. It’s their personality and it’s what they do. It also has very little (if anything) to do with the fans and what they might think of the shows.

      • atcDave says:

        Joe I’ve been in those same groups, and I’m sure that’s exactly right. But I’d add the tendency among actors to sometimes celebrate things precisely because they are unpopular. They often look down on shows, characters and performances that are popular with audiences for that reason alone. Now I’m not going to claim that popularity is the best measure of quality; but it is absolutely a terrible reason for excluding something. And I’ve seen it happen. Granted, on the much smaller scale of speech and drama competitions; but it is not uncommon for a good audience reaction to doom a piece in the judges eyes. At least in the more “serious” categories. Comedies don’t have it nearly so bad; but then comedies aren’t taken so seriously from the very start.


    I’m a little disappointed he won’t be shooting anyone. It also doesn’t seem like a good role for Jayne and Casey-like quips. But it’s a good gig for him.

    • Ernie Davis says:

      This looks a lot more like the roles he used to get before Firefly and Chuck. Heavy of the week and/or cop. He actually was a regular as a cop on two series, The Inside and Daybreak, each of which was just a single season. It’s good to see the cast in demand in any case. Now if we can just get Bonita a regular gig…

  19. No need for a Chuck movie anymore. Sarah remembers everything: The Chuck part of the interview starts a 1:15.

    • atcDave says:

      The memory moment was very funny. Also, I liked her putting the odds at a reunion movie at 50/50. Granted, she was just throwing a number out there for the interview, it shouldn’t be taken seriously in any statistical sense, but she did state (as we’ve said here a few times) that they are all friends, they do hang out, and she would love to do a movie if the studio ever signs off on one. THAT strikes me as very encouraging.

      • Sarah remembered everything, except her accent.

        I put the odds less than 50%. The actors have been saying it’s in the hands of the rights holders (WB, maybe NBC if they hold US distribution rights). That is true, but when TV shows have had movies in the past, I’ve heard about screenplays floating around before the movie is green-lighted. If a screenplay existed, I’d expect that tidbit to be leaked to rally support. Until I hear LeJunkins, Fedak, or some other writing team of former Chuck writers has a screenplay, I put the odds a lot lower. The one thing that doesn’t seem to be a problem is getting the cast back together.

      • joe says:

        Heh! Jeff, I saw an interview with Hugh Laurie in the not too distant past, where the host (Leno? I think!) said something about his British accent. He is British, of course, and his normal speech is nothing like Gregory House’s.

        But Hugh demurred, saying that he only does “American” when he’s on the dime. Well, someday I may pay Yvonne to do “American” for me (Texas twang, especially!). But I love the sound of her Aussie accent enough to say that it’ll be a loooonnnngggg time before I really feel that need. ;P

      • Joe, I remember Laurie as the Brit that told Rachel to shut up on the plane to break up Ross’s wedding and as one of the 101 Dalmatians henchmen, both before House. The funny thing was I didn’t notice Yvonne’s accent, I’ve heard it enough, until she pretended to be Sarah. Then I thought, ‘Wait a second… That wasn’t Sarah.’

      • joe says:

        Yeah – I remember that scene from Friends too. Classic.

        My reaction to Yvonne’s normal speaking voice will always been the same as Chuck & Morgan’s reaction to Irene Demova… “Yeah…..”

      • Ernie Davis says:

        I still think of him as Bertie Wooster…

  20. jam says:

    Blonde Zac Levi is not easily recognizable. Also, Idris Elba (Heimdall).

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