Chuck’s Creative Team

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  1. Ernie Davis says:

    Rafe Judkins and Lauren LeFranc, the writing team behind Chuck episodes such as Chuck Versus The Honeymooners and Chuck Versus the Tic Tac have a new job, writing for Joss Whedon’s new T.V. show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

  2. dkd says:

    New superhero drama from Chris Fedak, ‘Chuck’ co-creator, lands at NBC, produced by Legendary TV
    By Daniel S Levine, 10/23/2013

    Legendary Entertainment’s new television department has landed its first sale, with a unique new superhero drama from Chris Fedak, the co-creator of NBC’s cult series Chuck. The new project will reunite him with NBC.

    The project, which still doesn’t have a title, also reunites Fedak with Bruce Rosenblum, who runs Legendary TV. Rosenblum previously ran Warner Bros. TV, which produced Chuck, notes Deadline. He also worked with Legendary TV EVP Scripted Development Peter Johnson on Chuck since Johnson lead McG’s Wonderland Sound & Vision.

    According to TheWrap, the series centers on four ‘broken’ people who seem to have nothing in common at first. But then an anonymous donor appears to give them the new organs they need to live. It turns out that the donor is the same person: a superhero with powers.

    Legendary TV opened for business in May and is a new division of the same company that produced Man of Steel and The Dark Knight Rises.

    Fedak co-created Chuck with Jason Schwartz. The series, which ran from 2007 to 2012, starred Zachary Levi and Yvonne Strahovski.

    Read more at http://thecelebritycafe.com/feature/2013/10/new-superhero-drama-chris-fedak-chuck-co-creator-lands-nbc-produced-legendary-tv#RTZBgtbg1p5fKdVM.99

    • Jason says:

      I’m excited for him. I’m so curious how he will approach this project, it sounds awesome! If he learned a few things from chuck, while retaining the essence of what he gave fans, this has potential to knock our socks off. Go Fedak!

      • Ernie Davis says:

        The previous comment was deleted. I announced that I would not allow these pages to be used for people to bash TPTB or re-air grievances. If you don’t have something interesting or constructive to say it doesn’t belong here.

  3. Ernie Davis says:

    File this one under hopeful signs for a Chuck reunion. Josh Schwartz in a Entertainment Weekly interview “…you’re talking me into it right now.”

    • atcDave says:

      Let’s get ’em all excited!

    • anthropocene says:

      That interview was remarkably encouraging.

      • atcDave says:

        Well you know it it still annoys me he finds their actual ending so ideal. And I don’t want to make too big a thing of this, but I would prefer JS as a producer, not a writer. But that actually ties in well with some of what he was saying, in particular it really pleased me when he said Zach had ideas for where to go next. I always think Zach is the key player in getting the ball rolling, and him having ideas encourages me a lot.
        And I loved his idea of doing it Avengers style, with the different character story-lines coming back together. And notice he clearly had Chuck/Sarah as a single element in that mix! THAT’s what I want to see!

      • oldresorter says:

        I agree, the interview sounded encouraging. I’m not always the most positive about the writers, or the final two eps. But, I’m estatic over Schwartz’s POV which seemed to imply writing a new story. I really don’t want to see any more of the old one.

        I would not like an Avengers style, from my POV, the ideal would be no other characters used except for Chuck, Sarah, Morgan, Alex, and Casey, with 99.9% of the scenes using both Chuck and Sarah in them, together, at the same time.

      • atcDave says:

        Well it depends a lot on budget and time available. Obviously my first interest is just a good Chuck/Sarah story.

    • dkd says:

      Did you all read a different article than I did?

      My takeaway: They haven’t been thinking too much about it.

      The writer kept pushing and got some copy where he is essentially riffing off the cuff, but I didn’t see anything that tells me there’s been any active work on the project.

      I’ve thought all along that it would take at least five years if ANYTHING happens and I still think that after reading the article.

      • atcDave says:

        Yeah we got to read the special article you couldn’t see. Obviously.

      • dkd says:

        “I think Zac Levi has some ideas”

        Not “Zac Levi has some ideas that he’s talked to me about.”

      • Ernie Davis says:

        I just take heart from the fact that both an EW reporter and Schwartz think it worth even a brief interview. It stands a better chance if it stays on peoples minds rather than never gets talked about except on fanboards. 😉

      • dkd says:

        As “TV By The Numbers” learned long ago, talking about Chuck in any form was a guaranteed increase in page views. And websites that are supported by advertising need page views like TV shows need ratings.

        I’ve noticed a growing use of hyped-up and exaggerated headlines that bear little resemblance to what actually is said in the articles. This isn’t as bad as some that I’ve seen, but the editors at ew.com and other websites certainly know that talking about this subject will get them some page views.

        Yeah, it’s great that it’s still the case that Chuck copy has some importance.

        I used to be a Babylon 5 fan and there were a lot of rumors over the years of a Babylon 5 feature movie. Ultimately, there was eventually a “straight to DVD” thing with few of the actors. But, at one point before that, I remember that rumors for a feature were very strong and that JMS had actually written a script and a production office was opened. I was with some fans at a con with Peter Jurasik (one of the actors) and everyone was asking him about it. He kinda waved his hand and said he wasn’t counting on it until someone showed up at his door with a contract.

        Nothing ever happened. That project never went forward.

        So, like Peter Jurasik, it takes a lot more than some idle conversation with a pushy reporter to get me hopeful that I’ll see some new Chuck soon.

  4. revdr says:

    I certainly wouldn’t want JS coming in as a writer on the project….but I wouldn’t want CF near it either. The interview pretty much reaffirmed my original displeasure with both of them in that they intentionally left the ending ambiguous, pretty much blowing a raspberry at a many of the fans. It particularly surprised me in regards to JS, considering that he went out of his way to bring closure to The O.C. and Gossip Girl. I can’t honestly say that I would trust either of them, but hey, for more Chuck I would certainly keep an open mind. Let’s all keep hope alive!!!

    • Ernie Davis says:

      I’ve mentioned this before, but I’d like to keep these pages as free from the “I hate this writer” or “I hate this episode” or “They ruined Sarah” discussions. Expressing trepidation about people’s involvement in any future project comes close to that and can be the spark. I don’t want to have to delete posts.

      • revdr says:

        Apologies, Ernie; my intent certainly was not a I hate anything (or anyone) tirade. I do have misgivings about the involvement on a certain level concerning the parties mentioned, but I have the utmost respect for both individuals considering the fact that without them we would have no Chuck to watch, or discuss. And as I stated, my mind is open to anything (or anyone) who can bring us more Chuck content. I certainly don’t want to cause any trouble…..I’m just trying to keep the conversation lively (Big Chill quote).

      • Ernie Davis says:

        Not a problem, just wanted to put the brakes on before it picked up speed and turned into something else.

  5. revdr says:

    Got an announcement today from Tim Jones that the Chuck soundtrack is coming this year including “A Question and An Answer”……

  6. Ernie Davis says:

    The Chuck Soundtrack, by Tim Jones is now available for pre-order on Amazon with a release date of April 7th.

    • atcDave says:

      That’s good news!

    • anthropocene says:

      Thanks revdr and Ernie! Just pre-ordered it.

    • Ernie Davis says:

      Coming 3 years after the end of the show, this is probably one of the best opportunities we have to demonstrate there is still a desire for more Chuck and Chuck related things. As fans we need to spread the word and support this as much as possible.

      • DKD says:

        Agreed. I know I’ll be getting this as soon as it’s out.

        BTW–it’s fun that the have “Fat Bottom Girls” on the soundtrack. I believe that was only done for Comic Con.

      • Ernie Davis says:

        My only (mild) disappointment is that we didn’t get the Jeffster rendition of “Leaving on a Jet Plane” but then there probably wasn’t enough recorded for Tim Jones to work with.

      • With 13 Jeffster songs, Jeffster could have had their own soundtrack. There were some issues:
        – Love Hurts was really short.
        – Bad Romance was just a comiccon video; Jeffster didn’t sing.
        – Mr. Roboto cut back and forth with the Styx version.
        – Eye of the Tiger and Is This Love were just half of those songs. Maybe Africa too.
        – Send Me On My Way was made available previously (https://www.facebook.com/notes/vik-sahay/straight-from-viks-pen-jeffster/10150097461028339)

        Blaze of Glory and Push It were pretty long, though. There might be a lot of unused footage for the other songs.

        There also could have been licensing issues.

    • I’m an itunes guy; do you know if its being released through that too?

      • atcDave says:

        I don’t see it listed at iTunes yet, but of course that proves nothing.
        Back when the show’s seasons were coming out it usually was distributed on all e-sources simultaneously. I would expect that to be the case here.

        But I went ahead and pre-ordered the disc. I’m eager to show support, and I like the idea of owning my own hard copy.

      • DKD says:

        I’m an iTunes gal. If it’s not released there, we could always by the CD and copy it in.

      • Ernie Davis says:

        I’m guessing it will be released on iTunes and as an mp3 on Amazon in addition to as a CD, but we’ll probably just have to wait and see.

        As a way to support Chuck I bought both the DVD’s and an iTunes subscription to every season. I’ll probably do the same with this.

      • Normally MP3’s can’t be pre-ordered.

        The label is Varese Sarabande, which does soundtracks. A lot of their new albums are CD-only for a few years. MP3’s are sometimes available later. For example their 35th anniversary collection has been out 2 years and is CD only. Their 30th anniversary collection was CD-only for 5 years before MP3s were made available.

      • Ernie Davis says:

        That is good to know Jeff. Thanks.

      • jifw52 says:

        I’m surprised that this isn’t being released under Warner Bros’ music label WaterTower Music, although Tim Jones probably isn’t contracted under WB anymore, hence the reasoning behind going to Varese Sarabande

  7. jifw52 says:

    Correction: the MP3 portion of the soundtrack on Amazon states the Warner Bros. copyright date of 2015, and the official Chuck Facebook page posted a Chuck photo yesterday that had the WB logo, and a new logo for Chuck. This has never occurred for any previous post that was made on it. The WB logo has never put their logo on a Chuck FB post (yes, I know that WB TV distributed the show). Perhaps this could hint at WB wanting to continue the franchise even more?

  8. atcDave says:

    I’m listening to the Chuck Soundtrack right now! It looks like it was also released on iTunes today.

    • Ernie Davis says:

      I’ve checked Amazon and if you buy the Mp3 you get bonus tracks. Notably Jeffster’s rendition of “Leavin’ on a Jet Plane”. They are also available for purchase individually. Haven’t checked iTunes, but I’ll probably buy a digital album in addition to the CD. It is a good chance to show with our dollars that there is still an appetite for Chuck out there, and there is money to be made by satisfying that appetite.

  9. DKD says:

    Josh Schwartz and Scott Rosenbaum are making an appearance at Austin’s ATX Television festival. I attended this festival last year and already had tickets for this year’s before they even announced anyone. Now, I’m glad that they are there. So far, they’ve only announced “O.C.” panels for Josh and “Shield” panels for Scott. But, they add other things later. I’m crossing my fingers for a Chuck panel.

    http://atxfestival.com/programming/panelists/

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