Yvonne Strahovski Archive

What’s new for Yvonne Strahovski post Chuck


499 Responses to Yvonne Strahovski Archive

  1. Thanks for the news,Uplink2.It would be interesting to discover whether this was the reason the film release was delayed until September and what Yvonne thinks of this new development.
    All we need now is news of her return to Dexter and her next venture into film!!

  2. garnet says:

    I don’t want to rain on any parades, but my experience with 3D movies goes back a ways and in my experience, usually they are more hype than content ( think about 3rd Dimension). I hope that this is not an attempt by the company to turn what they see as a less than great movie into a profitable one. Having said that, I hope it is great, and great in 3D, but I remain concerned.

  3. IMDB just removed Dexter season 8 from Yvonne’s IMDB page. IMO, this just means she won’t be in the first few episodes, but I wouldn’t rule out her return at some point in the season.

  4. Yvonne has been nominated for a Saturn Award for best guest actor in a series. They have men and women in the same category and she will face off against fellow Dexter guest star Ray Stevenson:


  5. Thanks also,Jenny.Let’s hope this is an indicator for the Emmys’ later in the year.
    Mind you,I am wishing first for a Tony nomination for featured actress for Golden Boy,which we both know Yvonne so much deserves!!!

  6. uplink2 says:

    BTW IMDB has dropped the season 8 listings of Dexter for Yvonne. I still think she will be on it but the site has been edited because it was never verifiable.

  7. uplink2 says:

    This is most definitely rumor but there is some chatter going on on Twitter about Yvonne doing a movie with Russell Crowe shooting in Turkey. This was translated from Turkish

    Long live @ Y_Strahovski and @ russellcrowe on their way to capture the Dardanelles movie ..

    Hmmm. This is related to Galipoli. If true it is very exciting!

  8. The articles sound pretty legit. Hopefully something will be released in English soon. Sounds like Yvonne replaced another actress and one of the writers from LOST is involved. Russell Crowe is a fantastic actor.

  9. uplink2 says:

    A Turkish fan responded to the YSFangirls:

    @YSFanGirls says Yvonne’s replacing Kylie’s role who pulled out due to concert schedules. @Y_Strahovski wil come 2 Turkey to shoot the movie

  10. Jenny,I think the significance here lies in the importance of Anzac day in Australian history,albeit for tragic reasons initially.Clearly,the powers that be would want to cast Australian actors and as you rightly state,they do not come much better than Russell Crowe.

    This could be a wonderful opportunity for Yvonne in a serious dramatic role which could endear her not only to her native Australians but also to a much wider global audience………here’s hoping……

  11. It’s interesting to note the filming date: July. Dexter is likely going to wrap production in June.

    • uplink2 says:

      I confirmed that with a Dexter site. Filming for Dexter season 8 will be done by then so at this point if all of this is true there is no reason she can’t do both.

  12. Mel says:

    If this is true, and they’re filming in July she’ll probably miss Comic-Con.(July 18-21).

    • Yeah I thought about that too, although I’m not sure how big her role will be in the film. I’m really surprised the Aussie media hasn’t reported anything on this film yet considering the subject matter. Russell Crowe is a pretty huge name in Australia.

  13. I’m starting to doubt the validity of this report. None of the Aussie and US media have reported anything about this so-called movie and someone on a Turkish message board is doubting it. The articles all stated there would be a press conference in Turkey today and it’s already 7PM there.

  14. The press conference for the film was actually today. There are a few articles out in Turkish but not one single report in English. Yvonne wasn’t mentioned in any of the articles during today’s press conference:



  15. Thanks for the info,Jenny.As you have probably already determined,all those behind the film appear legit.and it appears to have been an ongoing project since 2010.An official film website was up in 2012,although I have not yet been able to access any details.
    I suspect they have been waiting for financial backing and/or tax concessions which are now available.
    If Russell Crowe is only in a guest role,which is likely if it is a low budget independent film,and Yvonne is involved,let’s look on the bright side and hope she has a starring role!!
    This is ,of course,pure speculation at this stage.Oh for some actual news on this or Dexter!!

  16. Another potential update though it may be completely unreliable!
    There is a Facebook page entitled Anzac and the Johnny Turk.I translated what was purported to be the cast,which in order was;Russell Crowe,Yvonne Strahovski,Kylie Minogue,Paul Hogan and a presumably Turkish actor!!

  17. Thanks again,Jenny.I did find another Turkish article under Radikal 12 hours ago which did mention Yvonne from Dexter,but could not translate….so who knows?

    • According to this interview with the film’s producer, none of the actors have been signed. The Turkish press was premature in their reporting. Here’s a rough translation:

      “- STARS agreed to this project, right?
      Is not yet clear, but it was announced a bit early we will meet with Russell Crowe. For the moment do not have any player in a final.

      – Turkey which players work with do you think?
      Actors that have followed. That we have followed a Turkish male actor. There are currently playing in an array. In the process of the interview, I can not name.

      Russell can be a guest in our movie

      Screenwriter Eris Akman on Kylie turning down the role:

      “Screenwriter Eris Akman, according to the scenario become the first Australian singer Kylie Minogue is to assume a major role in the following information: “At that time I wrote a special role for Kylie Minogue, was too young at that time, of course. Years have passed since her break and at the end corporal oynatacakken Minogue’nin the role of the nurse he rose to captain. Then we talked on the phone with Minogue, accepted the offer of a role. He ‘Paul Hogan efsanemdir me. Is very important for me to play with him in a movie ‘he said. But Kylie Minogue’nin very full schedule. This is shaped by the date notified by us filming him.”

      Kylie is 14 years older than Yvonne, so if she was too young for the role, that doesn’t make sense for Yvonne to take over. Very strange.

  18. I, Frankenstein has been pushed back again, to January 24, 2014. Who knows if this film will every come out at this rate.


    • atcDave says:

      So many delays usually mean the studio has little confidence in the product. Its not quite a kiss of death, but it sure isn’t a good sign.

      • September would have been the perfect dumping ground for the film if they had no confidence in it, so I think it’s likely more due to the 3D conversion. They’re showing the film at Cinemacon later in the month. Plus they’ll likely show the trailer at Hunger Games, which could be a huge boost. There has definitely been a lack of promotion so far though. Not one official still on the website and no promotional photos.

      • atcDave says:

        I hope you’re right Jenny. But January doesn’t really inspire confidence either.

      • Ernie Davis says:

        Well the initial push-back was to release as 3D, which is a sign of confidence. I don’t know enough about what technical issues changing from regular to 3D might entail, but nearly 2 years in post production makes me worry. Hopefully it will mean we’ll at least get Yvonne doing some promotion late this year. I miss her, she needs a new project.

      • atcDave says:

        Jurassic Park took 6 months to convert, but I’m not sure if that’s a meaningful guideline.

      • atcDave says:

        And yeah Ernie, I miss seeing Yvonne too. I hope she gets another TV role or movie franchise soon!

      • Ernie Davis says:

        Well, I just read a story on it and they’re claiming it is because they see it as a potential franchise, which I have mixed feelings about. Financially and career-wise that might be great for Yvonne, but I’d hate to see her stuck in a role for the next 5-6 years that doesn’t challenge her or let her use her full range of talent. Still if filming only takes a few months and post-production over a year that does leave a lot of time for other projects, it’s just that she’d likely be obligated to make Frankenstein her top priority and pick her other projects accordingly.

        I miss the whole Chuck family, but Yvonne seems unusually scarce these days. At least Zach is active on twitter and both Adam and Ryan have pilots we may get to see…

      • Jason says:

        Worked for Jennifer Lawrence! I thought Silver Linings Playbook was an awesome WT/WT between two very highly flawed people. Highly recommend the movie, and would have to say, there is an exchange regarding mojo between Lawrence and Robert DuVall that Lawerence is stunningly magnificent, Oscar worthy, probably one of the top ten or twenty acting scenes of our generation. One Chuck related Silver Linings moment at the end, when things still are in doubt, two words were used as a reveal, “Dear Tiffany” – unexpected, foreshadowed, and reveal the whole story – simply awesome movie!

        So if Yvonne can hook up with a franchise role, and prove herself worthy of a lead in some touching, chemistry laden, dramatic – romcom’s, I think she could be on her way. Anyhow, that’s my plan for her.

      • uplink2 says:

        Well Yvonne has been in Australia since the 7th of March. I see a few possibilities for the long absence.

        First a long and well deserved vacation. I think that is the most likely. She is taking a month to 6 weeks off before hopefully she returns to start filming the final few episodes of Dexter.

        Second she is actually shooting some second unit stuff for the 3D version as well as maybe they need some extra material that can lead to the franchising. Also there is a possibility she is doing some other work there.

        Third and it’s sort of tied to #1 but maybe she got married and is now off on her honeymoon 😉

      • Jason, I like your plans for Yvonne! I think she has the potential to have an amazing career, She was incredible onstage in Golden Boy, so I think she can pretty much to anything. Can’t wait to see what’s next!

      • Dexter should be wrapping up episode 5 at the end of the week. Assuming Yvonne is returning to LA in the next couple weeks, she’ll be back in time for the second half of the season. That’s about what I predicted for her character, although she might wind up in only 3-4 episodes. We shall see I guess.

  19. Thanks,uplink2.I think we all still believed Yvonne would be back as Hannah as it would be such a waste of an intriguing storyline otherwise(Debster Daily fans apart),but hopefully this means she will reappear in 5 or 6 episodes right up until the finale and with a pivotal role to boot!!
    Yvonne also,I recall,mentioned a potential film role in interview towards the end of last year,so with any luck she has something else lined up thereafter.

    • uplink2 says:

      Yea the DexterDaily crew is really bizarre. I’ve stopped going to that site because of them. But I’m really glad she is back. It is a storyline that can definitely have an impact on how it all gets resolved.

      • I stopped going on Dexter Daily after they attacked Jennifer Carpenter for being “anti Debster.”

      • uplink2 says:

        Really? They actually did that? Well I do suppose a fansite for a show where the “hero” is a serial killer would attract some “different” kinds of fans.

        I love Deb, she is a fantastic character and Jennifer has been incredible in the role but that was not a storyline I wanted or bought into at all.

      • aerox says:

        Interestingly enough, there were quite a few facebook posts that echoed my (and Natalie, uplink will know who this is ^^) sentiments. A lot of people have no interest in Hannah McKay (mind you, not Yvonne Strahovski) and her story. Hannah is to Dexter what Shaw was to Chuck :D. Will be interesting to see how the ratings come out, though I have a feeling it’ll still be big, because of the large group of people who watch solely for Yvonne.

      • Carpenter made some comments about Debster never happening and there were about 200 hysterical posts within 24 hours. Gotta love them over on Debster Daily.

        The Shaw comparisons are interesting. Like Shaw, Hannah wasn’t really written to be likable, but she had the opposite effect on ratings. Dexter’s ratings went up almost every week during the last 6 episodes. There’s always been a pretty vocal group of Dexter fans who oppose all of Dexter’s love interests. Lumen was disliked by many of the fans, and probably more than Hannah. Hopefully they’ll let Yvonne play the darker aspects of the character more this time, because she killed it in the finale.

      • aerox says:

        The Shaw comment wasn’t so much about them making her unlikeable, as it was about those characters turning the main characters into idiots.

      • Well Hannah did more than turn Dex and Deb into idiots. She was more like a catalyst that could potentially cause their downfall in the end.

      • uplink2 says:

        Well for me the incest story is what turned Deb and Dex into idiots. I hated that storyline. That’s why I love Hannah. She was the balance Dex needed. He was oblivious to Deb’s desires for him it seemed and when Hannah showed up it became for me at least a perfect point counter point triangle. Hannah made Dex happier than he had been even at times with Rita. She was the only one who knew, loved and accepted the whole person. But in the end he chose Deb over Hannah, not in a romantic way but in a loyalty way. And he will pay for that I’m sure. I think Hannah will be the instrument of their downfall and TBH I think she will be the only one who comes out alive in the end.

        BTW I hated Lumen. Part of that is because to me Julia Styles is a terrible actress, Brandon Routh bad. But Lumen suffered as a character from following Lithgow and Trinity. Season 4 was the pinnacle of the series I believe though my second favorite season is 7. Season 5 I’d rate only above season 3 as the worst.

      • aerox says:

        Season 7:
        “Hannah, you’re the only woman I’ve ever lovedl”
        *flashback to season 4*
        “I’ve come to love [Rita]”

        Season 7:
        “Hannah, you’re the only woman who gets me. The entire me.”
        *flashback to season 5*
        “Hey Lumen, so you saw me kill a dude, and not only do you not freak out, but you’re sorta okay with it?! That’s awesome.”

        Season 1 – 6:
        “Harry’s code taught me that I only kill people who escaped the justice system and that I do it in a secure, orderly way without getting caught or compromising myself.”
        Season 7:

        Season 7, episode 3: “Hannah is evil.”
        Season 7, episode 4: “Hannah is evil and a possible serial killer.”
        Season 7, episode 5: “Yup, she’s definitely a serial killer. Time to kill her.”
        Season 7, episode 6: “SEX!!!!!!!!”

        Season 4/5:
        Season 7:
        “So, Hannah, here’s my kid, you can play with him if you want, I don’t really care.”

        I can keep going on, but you get my drift ;P

        Was/is the Debster storyline atrocious? Hell yeah, it’s terrible.
        Is Hannah’s storyline equally so? Sadly, yes. Her story makes Dexter ridiculously OOC, and to me it was dull, uninspired and reeked of another attempt at just putting a hot chick in the show for ratings. The only scenes that had any sort of weight to them were the scenes where she was crying. Don’t get me wrong, she nailed those scenes, but the rest… meh.

      • aerox says:

        Also, Season 3 was fucking atrocious. Don’t even get me started on Jimmy Smit. You know it’s bad when the highlight of the season is Dexter flipping out and shouting: MIGUEEEELLLLLL

      • JC says:

        The show never recovered from the loss of Doakes. Even if it made no sense they need him back either replacing Harry or as a crazed vigilante that hunts Dex and Deb, Surprise

      • aerox says:

        Hahaha, if Doakes came back, they’d have just done a summersault over the shark, but I’d love every minute of it.

  20. IMDB has Yvonne listed for episodes 6-9, but take the with a grain of salt.

  21. Agreed.IMDB did not have Yvonne listed for the final episode of season 7 and TPTB are clearly not going to give the game away this early on what is reported to be the finai season.
    On another tack entirely,I am hoping the nominations for the critics’ Drama Desk Awards on 26th April may give some pointers to the Tony nominations a few days later.It does not help Yvonne’s chances,however,that there are so many shows opening during the final week of eligibility,all trying to gain last minute attention.
    I am trying to remain optimistic as Yvonne’s wonderful portayal of Lorna Moon so deserves some form of recognition,at the very least a Theatre World Award for outstanding Broadway debut.Her stage/screen idol Meryl Streep won one in 1975/6!!

    • Yoza,

      I really hope Yvonne’s incredible performance will be remembered come awards time. Her category is very competitive, with many Tony winning/nominated actresses in the field. Her stiffest competition for the newcomer award will probably be Carrie Coon (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) but I think Yvonne has a slight edge. My biggest hope is that Howard Sherman’s endorsement will have some weight towards the nominations. Fingers crossed!

      • The Outer Critics Circle Announced their nominees and Yvonne and Seth Numrich didn’t make it. This award show does include Off Broadway though, so there’s still the outside chance she could make it at the Tony’s. Still, I think the field is way, way too deep for her to make it at any of these award shows. Unfortunate.

      • It does seem that name recognition played a big role in the nominations here. No way did Danny Burstein deserve a nomination for Golden Boy. He barely had any stage time in the play and didn’t make that much of an impression. Numrich and Yvonne were far more worthy IMO.

  22. Hi Jenny,thanks for the info on the Outer Critics Circle nominations,which was disappointing.Unfortunately it appears there is always a small committee that decides such nominations in the first place and it is therefore literally in the lap of the Gods as to the opinions of those in power at the given time.
    Danny Burstein performed admirably but the fact that he is,I believe a former Tony nominee will not have done him any harm.Still I wish him and Tony Shalhoub all the best in securing the award.
    Golden Boy did pick up 6 nominations overall,which still gives hope,but it seems to me the featured actress category is far more competitive than the lead actress!!!
    I would have thought Yvonne stands more chance with the critics who were most complimentary,ie the Drama Desk Awards which are announced on the 29th.The Tony Awards the following day are renowned for having their own theatrical and other agendas which tend to have commercial considerations and favour more established stars(or so I am led to believe).
    It would be a great shame if all the Awards this year favour established actors rather than recognising new and rising talent but I fear this will be the case.
    Yvonne so deserves a break at Awards time,let’s keep the faith and hope one day she gets it !!!

    • Yes, the Featured Actress Category is brutal. Besides the 5 women who got in today, there’s also Elizabeth Marvel, Mare Winningham and Ellen Burstyn (Picnic), Carrie Coon (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf), Jessica Hecht (Harvey) Kate Arrington (Grace), and many many more.

      The Tonys have had some surprising omissions and nominees in recent years. Daniel Radcliff, Angela Lansbury, Hugh Dancy, Alan Rickman, Angela Bassett, Tyne Daly, Ricky Martin, Stacy Keach, and others have been snubbed in the past couple years. Condola Rashad was a surprising nominee last year. So you just never know.

      I think a few things worked against her despite the glowing reviews:
      1. Lack of name recognition
      2. First US stage production
      3. Some might still consider her a “TV actress” despite her theatre background.
      4. Too much time elapsing since the show closed. 4 of the 5 actresses nominated in Yvonne’s category are in active plays.

      • Wilf says:

        “4. Too much time elapsing since the show closed. 4 of the 5 actresses nominated in Yvonne’s category are in active plays.”

        I always find it rather amusing how short are the memories of those whose job it is to do the nominating … the apparent reason behind why it’s hardly possible, for example, to bring out a decent movie six months before the Oscars. For goodness sake, these people are meant to be professionals yet they have the attention span of a goldfish.

      • atcDave says:

        Which of course is why they watch plays or movies for a living.

      • atcDave,

        Good point. Sounds like a dream job. LOL.

    • Graham,

      One more interesting stat: 4 of the 5 actresses (Light, Nielsen, Williams, Huffman) nominated are in active productions. Judith Ivey (a two time Tony winner) was the only actress in a non-current production who was nominated. That made a huge difference.

  23. Do not yet despair,Jenny.These nominations and awards are voted on by theatre audience members of the Drama League.(ie the general theatre public) most of whom will not even have seen Golden Boy and have never even heard of Yvonne,hence the list of celebrities including Scarlett Johanssen who was actually slated by most critics for her southern accent.
    There are only 2 Awards that actually matter,the critics’ Drama Desk Awards and the Tonys,although it is becoming crystal clear how difficult it is for Yvonne to feature.It seems you already have to have previously won or been nominated to gain further attention and nominations.
    Rave reviews sadly seem to count for nothing.
    On a different note,as previously mentioned,the Theatre World Award given by Broadway Theatre for outstanding debut is simply awarded to 6 actors and 6 actresses a few weeks later.I thought this was a “no brainer” for Yvonne until I discovered one of the committee is that rare exception ,a critic who did not like her performance at all.Nonetheless I will be seriously amazed and disappointed if she is overlooked in this respect.

    • Graham,

      Thank you for the info. Luckily most of the critics on the Theatre World Award committee LOVED Yvonne. So that is an excellent sign!

      -Joe Dziemianowicz, David Cote, Linda Winter, and Frank Scheck all gave her excellent reviews with Dziemianowicz, saying to remember her name for Awards season on twitter. Matthew Murray was the only negative, but he didn’t really like the play itself or many of the show’s performances. But thank goodness so many of the committee members loved her performance!

  24. Some potentially positive news for Yvonne’s Tony chances: The Trip to Bountiful came out last night and OOC/Drama League nominee Vanessa Williams’ reviews are nowhere near as strong as Yvonne’s. She got a handful of tepid to negative reviews and even the most positive comments didn’t come close to the praise Yvonne got. Yvonne, So hopefully the reviews will make a difference at the Tonys and Drama Desk Awards. We can hope right? 😀

  25. uplink2 says:

    Looks like filming began on Episode 7 of Dexter season 8 today. Based on Yvonne’s tweets it seems likely that is when Hannah returns hopefully for the rest of the season.

  26. Although I remain sceptical about nominations by committee,it is certainly uplifting to finally see Yvonne mentioned as a predicted nominee in some quarters.
    It is ironic that I previously thought Yvonne had a better chance in the Drama Desk Awards,yet as you rightly say Jenny,the ruling of Kristine Nielsen as Lead Actress now opens up the Featured Actress category as far as the Tony nominations are concerned.I would be delighted if Yvonne can gain either nomination……..Here’s still hoping!!!

    • The Drama Desk Nominations are out and Golden Boy received three nominations: Best revival of a play, featured actor (Shalhoub) and set design. In Featured actress, 4 of the 6 nominees came from Off-Broadway productions, with Condola Rashad getting a surprise nomination for a small role in The Trip to Bountiful. No nods for Kristine Nielsen or Judith Ivey which is very surprising.

      Overall, I’m really doubting Yvonne’s chances for tomorrow. But it looks like many strong performances are being ignored during this award season.

  27. Hi again Jenny,
    I think I should just refer to my previous post on nominating committees,although I did find it surprising that for awards to be voted for by critics,this one was notably devoid of them!!
    Still,it was strange wasn’t it?I also wondered whether they simply did not think much of the Broadway plays this year or whether they were responding to recent criticism that they have been ignoring off-Broadway performers.
    As you say,4 of the 6 are ineligible for Tony nominations so it is really impossible to have any clue right now,awards are just so arbitrary.
    Having checked all the major critics reviews again recently,it still seems Yvonne’s are as good as anyone else and better than most,yet like you,I have no confidence or expectation whatsoever.
    I am now even concerned about the Theatre World Award for outstanding debut in light of today’s of
    off-Broadway nominations.
    The biggest surprise was no nomination for Bartlett Sher for best director.
    We both saw the play and Yvonne’s performance twice and we know the intense physical and emotional effort Yvonne put in portraying Lorna Moon at each and every performance.It would be such a shame if she were not in some way rewarded.

  28. Thanks for that reference,Jenny……………..you know how to cheer me up!!!!!!!

    • Graham,

      You’re quite welcome. Also, here’s a nice tweet from David Gordon from earlier today:

      Here are my please don’t forgets for tomorrow: Jenn Colella, Doug Hodge, Carrie Coon, John Bolton, Andy Karl, Yvonne Strahovski”

      The field is quite competitive, but fingers are crossed that Yvonne can make the top 5 tomorrow:D

  29. No Tony noms for Yvonne or Seth. A couple of surprise noms in her category though. Bummer!!!

  30. Bummer indeed,despite 8 nominations for Golden Boy,the most for any play,still no love for Yvonne.It is somewhat ironic that there were no nominations for Seth Numrich,Danny Mastrogiorgio or Yvonne who I actually thought put in the best performances in the play.Good luck though to Tony Shalhoub,Danny Burstein,Bartlett Sher and all the others-you can bet Yvonne,in her usual gracious way,will be cheering them all on come Awards Night.It would be most important of all,of course, if Golden Boy could win Best Revival of a Play,as this would favourably reflect on the whole ensemble cast.Tough competition,though.
    One thing that cannot be disputed,however,are the rave reviews Yvonne received generally across the board,perhaps these will give her a higher profile next time.She must return to Broadway one day as she is so made for the stage!!!
    There is still the Theatre World Award…………………

  31. Lots of folks are calling Yvonne’s omission a snub including Michael Martin (Time Out New York), Freelance writer Kenneth Jones and Chuck director Norman Buckley. Nice to see!!

  32. Michael Nassar wrote this very interesting article on the flaws of the Tony Awards and cited Yvonne and Seth as two of the snubbed performers. Very interesting read:


  33. Fantastico…………………..Yvonne has been awarded a Theatre World Award for outstanding debut on Broadway!!!!!Others include Carrie Coon and Shalita Grant who both just beat her to the Tony nomination ,and Tom Hanks, no less ,so she is in really good company.I am so thrilled for Yvonne that all her hard work has paid off and that her wonderful talent has finally been rewarded .

  34. The Theatre World Awards website is now displaying,under current recipients,the 2012/3 winners with an individual career synopsis in each case.When you consider the theatre credits for all but Yvonne and Tom Hanks and the quality of all the actors,you realise what a fantastic achievement this really is on her Broadway debut.
    And to boot……………..Prominence of place to her co-starring role on CHUCK,of course!!!!

    • Ernie Davis says:

      Thanks for the information Graham. Here is a link to the page.

    • Graham,

      Thanks for the information. Yvonne’s accomplishment on Broadway was indeed very impressive. She did some small theatre productions in Australia (including two plays that she co-produced), but definitely not on the level of these other actors. So it really is remarkable. I hope she returns to Broadway again in the not so distant future. 😀

  35. uplink2 says:

    Reviews for the just released season 7 Blu-Ray set of Dexter are coming out with high praise for Yvonne. LOVE this line”

    Strahovski is vivacious and challenging; the first character of merit since Lithgow. You can’t get any better than that!


  36. uplink2 says:

    I guess first post got lost in the spam filter. But this is really high praise from the same article.

    The best new plotline, however, comes by way of a love interest. Heralding from the CIA world of Chuck, Yvonne Strahovski slays it as Hannah McKay; a woman with a past as bloody as Dexter’s. Moving from suspect to culprit, and culprit to lover, she provides a real match for Dexter, both as a performer wholly embodying a nuanced and expertly crafted role, and as a character deserving of our empathy and enjoyment.

    • BigKev67 says:

      Hm. I’m kinda with them on the enjoyment part (it is Yvonne after all!) but my big problem with Dexter as a show is that so few of the characters are deserving of my empathy. I’m entertained to a point – but not remotely invested.

    • aerox says:

      “a nuanced and expertly crafted role.”

      We’ll agree to disagree on this particular point.

  37. Ernie Davis says:

    New interview with Huffington Post on a Chuck movie,the series finale, and the upcoming final season of Dexter.

    • Ernie Davis says:

      A reply was deleted. As fans I think we owe it to our stars to take them at their word and not try to parse their words to make them agree with how we want them to feel.

  38. jam says:

    Yvonne called the ending bittersweet. Who here really thought there would be anything bitter about it? To me that says enough, no need to even bring the insider information from GeekFurious/Darth Razorback into the discussion.

    • Ernie Davis says:

      I considered deleting this one too, but I’m not going to. I’m going to keep this here as an example of what I’m done with.

      I created these pages so we could keep up with the stars and the rest of the Chuck family. I did not create them so one portion of the fandom or another could express their perpetual grievances with the show. And I’ll be clear, this isn’t about the show or Yvonne’s career, it’s about one fan’s disappointment, albeit a disappointment many fans share, and about trying to enlist Yvonne to your side of an argument about personal taste. Here’s the entire exchange by the way:

      What did you think of the series finale of Chuck? It ended up being kind of bittersweet. What did you think with where the show left Sarah?

      I was concerned at one point when I got the script and realized that I was going to have to play Sarah Walker without the memory, because that changes everything really. And you sort of wonder as an actor, “What am I going to do with this? How am I going to make this work with a character who’s lost her memory, but it’s the memories that make the character along the way.” But I think it ended up working out really nicely. It was bittersweet, but I think it did leave a more sort of hopeful ending in place, in terms of where they could go from that point forward.

      Needless to say any post or reply that seeks to bring arguments from other boards here to start an argument about TPTB, their decisions or fans dissatisfaction with the show will be deleted.

      I created these pages to bring fans together with new news about Yvonne’s new projects or new appearances in the news. In my posts and pages I’m going to start deleting posts that seek to continue the perpetual airing of grievances about decisions made in a show that ended well over a year ago.

  39. Michael C. Hall talks about Yvonne’s role in season 8:

    “TV Guide Magazine: Hannah escaped from custody. Will she and Dex hook up again?

    Hall: I won’t give it away, but Hannah [Yvonne Strahovski] has a significant role this season. She’s dangerous and, admittedly, very attractive to Dexter.”


    • uplink2 says:

      BTW I just finished watching season 1 of Dexter. I had never seen it as my wife got me hooked in season 2. But there is much of what happens in season 1 that has an impact on season 7 and I’m sure 8 as well. It really helped me get a better understanding on the character and in some ways why Hannah was so important and attractive to him.

  40. uplink2 says:

    Christine Lahti was her presenter.

    • uplink2 says:

      Also I do have to wonder if Zach is there. He is in NY working for his upcoming play and he would be eligible for one next year. Seems like a PR person’s must have to get him there even without the logical connection.

    • dkd says:

      I don’t know about that. The Music Box Theater has a seating capacity of just over 1000. It may not have been that easy to get a seat when you consider all the Broadway insiders that probably attend these things.

      If he wasn’t specifically invited, it might appear that he was trying to horn in Yvonne’s event to have his PR person force him in.

      I haven’t seen any photos appear that confirm he was there. On the other hand, he did retweet something from Monday night about being at dinner with Nathan Fillion, Justin Timberlake and a few other people.

      I don’t believe Zac ever saw the play. He was in England for about six months and then flew to New Orleans to film that movie.

  41. Yvonne is definitely on a roll…………….She has just picked up the Saturn Award for best guest performer in a television series for Dexter,a category which incorporated both male and female actors.Great news!!

  42. Hi Jenny,guess you are as pleased as I am!!!!

  43. uplink2 says:

    Congrats Yvonne! You certainly deserve it! Hopefully there will be some pics!

  44. uplink2 says:

    Yvonne will be everywhere at Comicon this year!

    It was announced today she will be at the Dexter final appearance at Comicon on thursday the 18th in the “Big room”. Friday she’ll be there for TV Guide’s fan favorites and saturday she’ll be at I, Frankenstein. I would guess that means an appearance at TNM’s event at the stadium is likely as well! Can’t wait for all the news and pics!

    • dkd says:

      That’s cool that TV Guide selected her for their panel. Zac used to do that one. As for TNM, if they are going to have her do a panel, they’ll really have to work hard to work around her schedule.

  45. uplink2 says:

    First pic of Yvonne from I, Frankenstein

    • Dave says:

      I hope her role is larger than the one on Killer Elite, I mean that was like what 13 minutes?

      I did read that she did a number of action/fight scenes so I’m hoping this one will be better for her.

  46. uplink2 says:

    Yvonne’s first Instagram pic!

    View this post on Instagram

    The first photo

    A post shared by Yvonne Strahovski (@yvonnestrahovski) on

  47. Ernie Davis says:

    Yvonne’s I, Frankenstein panel at Nerd HQ is here.

  48. uplink2 says:

    Love this pic!!

    • atcDave says:

      Always makes me happy to see the cast still having fun together.

      • anthropocene says:

        I see Zac took the Budweiser ad behind him seriously!

        …and except for Zac’s facial hair (which wasn’t Sarah’s thing), pictures like this help me imagine a post-series (pre-movie??) Chuck and Sarah finally happy and enjoying life….

      • atcDave says:

        Yeah I agree exactly Anthro.

    • joe says:

      I love this too. I’m always glad to see the cast enjoying themselves. It sort of validates the impression I got watching the show – that they have a genuine affection. I’d hate to think I imagined it all! 😉

  49. Mel says:

    Lovely picture from last night’s NerdHQ party. Based on the #nerdhq hashtag everyone had a great time there.

    For anyone who’s interested, Joss Whedon’s panel is starting in about 45 minutes. Should definitely be worth watching.

  50. Great photos of Yvonne and Zachary. Hope to see some of the I, Frankenstein footage soon.

  51. Mel says:

    Another pic from the weekend with Z, Y and friends

    All the panels can be found on NerdMachine’s YouTube channel, they’re well worth watching.

  52. Ernie Davis says:

    Yvonne talks about a Chuck movie, re-watching Chuck and more.

    • atcDave says:

      I like that it comes up every time either of them is interviewed. Keeps it at the forefront for them, I think it can only help… well, unless either of them gets so sick of all things Chuck they never want hear the word again!

      I really like that she’s done some re-watching. That’s encouraging too!

  53. Happy Birthday to Yvonne,a superb actress and a truly wonderful young lady.

  54. Ernie Davis says:

    As mentioned further up-thread, I want to keep this a place to share news about Yvonne’s new projects and interviews, not a place to editorialize on, or bash writers on those projects. Being disappointed is fine, bashing people by name is not. Two comments deleted.

  55. Excellent & more detailed interview with Yvonne including her more immediate future acting direction.Enjoy at ………….aussietheatre.com.au/tag/yvonne-strahovski

  56. dkd says:

    It was a pleasant surprise to flip through the NY Times today–yes, I still read a physical newspaper–and see a huge picture of Yvonne. This was much harder to find on their online site than it was while reading the paper. The article took up more than half a broadsheet page:


  57. BigKev67 says:

    Apropos of nothing – have just seen this. I suspect it might not have been seen much outside Twitter but apologies if someone has already linked. Yvonne chats to one of her old Theatre School mates from Sydney – one of the best Yvonne interviews I’ve seen!


  58. uplink2 says:

    Finally!!! I, Frankenstein trailer!!!!

    • aerox says:

      Looks decent-ish. Probably another film that’ll get carried by Eckhart though.

    • BillAtWork says:

      I was disappointed that Yvonne wasn’t featured much at all in the trailer. I thought she was a lead?

      • atcDave says:

        I saw her called the “female lead”. A similar description to her part from Killer Elite. So it may not be much more than another “girlfriend” sort of part.
        Hopefully better than that, but I’m not holding my breath.

        And given that Frankenstein’s Monster is usually sort of a tragic lonely figure, I expect her to get killed.

      • dkd says:

        I read Bill’s comment before I saw the trailer and she was in it MORE than I expected based on the comment. Given what the trailer is trying to sell, it seemed like the right amount.

  59. authorguy says:

    It looked to me like she was critical figure in his redemption. He thinks he’s a monster and she tells him he’s only a monster if he acts like one. Presumably he then acts like a hero and becomes a hero. I want to see it.

  60. I agree we should try to be positive about the trailer,even though it is already drawing critical comments from the usual bunch that just want to moan and whinge and generally feel important.

    The trailer,perhaps not surprisingly,is pandering to the “Underworld” audience and emphasising action/CGI special effects,yet Yvonne still appears 6 times therein ,far more than anyone other than Aaron Eckhart .Her name also appears as one of the 3 “headline” stars of the film,which hopefully reflects her increasing status and the desire of the producers to attract her loyal fanbase from Chuck,and latterly Dexter,to see the film.

    Much,will of course depend on final editing.In ” Killer Elite” Yvonne initially had a more prominent role but the late addition of Clive Owen and more particularly Robert De Niro,affected this and a number of her scenes,including a lengthy emotional one with Jason Statham, were omitted.

    Earlier articles on “I Frankenstein” emphasised her role as a scientist seeking to re-animate the dead,with Adam as her research subject rather than “love interest” and although one expects a romantic angle of sorts may well be introduced at a later stage,hopefully Yvonne will still be given some opportunity to demonstrate her acting talents.

    You are,of course,correct,Dave about what might normally be her character’s fate,but as Lionsgate are seeking a futher franchise,maybe,just maybe,if the film is box-office successful,then she might fulfil a similar role to Gwyneth Paltrow in “Iron Man”.

    Whether or not this would be a good thing is an entirely different matter.Yvonne clearly merits,and I am sure is seeking,a much more challenging role in a far more meritorious film artistically,but it is clearly extremely difficult for her to break into this market after so many years on the small screen.Her performance in,and her award for,”Golden Boy” on Broadway quite rightly enhanced her reputation,but how many film producers will have taken note?

    There were rumours that she was to co-star in a dramatic film about the first World War to start shooting in Turkey in July,but if so,the recent troubles there knocked that one on the head,and may explain why all seems quiet at the moment.

    I did notice in the interview I referred to above that Yvonne now mentions tv as well as film so she may well have a change of heart depending what is offered to her.Showtime executives certainly appear appreciative of her acting skills,so who knows?

    I am still, however, hoping for that big breakthrough in film………………

  61. BillAtWork says:

    Nobody roots for Yvonne more than me. But let’s face it, she has been in some flops. I watched Canyon… and it’s 2 hours of my life I’ll never get back. Killer Elite grossed $25 million and had a production budget of $70 million. Somebody lost their ass. Guilt Trip wasn’t quite so bad. It grossed $37 million with a budget of $40 million.

    Let’s hope for I, Frankenstein. But it doesn’t look like my kind of movie. Maybe if they emphasized the love story component, but I agree, it looks like an Underworld type movie.

    At this point, Yvonne isn’t in a position to turn down any role, TV, or movie. Let’s hope she establishes herself, but her business is as fiercly competitive as any one can imagine. I would like to see her in the runored Dexter spinoff. Hannah McKay was a nice character for her.

  62. uplink2 says:

    Yvonne just had an impromptu Q&A while sitting on the tarmac waiting to take off for somewhere. She answered a number of questions from folks, including me! It was a lot of fun. She is headed somewhere and I have a feeling it’s work related. Can’t wait to here where!

  63. authorguy says:

    Comic Con is this weekend in NY. I’m told she’ll be there.

    • dkd says:

      Really? I looked to see if “I, Frankenstein” was there and I didn’t see it on the panel list. But, I guess she could be there anyway. I didn’t see here listed for anything else. Where’d you hear that?

    • uplink2 says:

      If she does go to NY I hope she gets a chance to see First Date. That would be a fun night to be there.

      • dkd says:

        Only if you were sitting right next to her or behind her. Otherwise, it’s just like any other night–lot of fun and hilarity.

      • uplink2 says:

        BTW she is in NYC. She sent out a pic from her hotel this morning. I do think she will see the play while she’s there. Unfortunately Zack was out of the country when she was on Broadway but they do support each otehr very much so I expect she’ll go see it.

      • dkd says:

        I’d be shocked if she didn’t go see it.

  64. It sure would and if she meets up with Zac, Yvonne might end up on Broadway again,as he is,by all accounts,trying to persuade her to do just that!!!

    Thanks for the info on the Q & A,typical of Yvonne’s wonderful relationship with her fans and so pleased that you were able to get in on the action!!!

    • Jason says:

      If Zac convinced Sarah to do a fun romcom on Broadway, in many ways that would be better than a Chuck movie. I’m convinced that ANY fun romcom would be a better fit for what those two have to offer than ‘anything’ the characters Chuck and Sarah would be forces to do by the current writing team. Plus, a successful Broadway show would give Zac (and Yvonne) leverage if those who own rights to Chuck decide to get upidity. I’d love to see them get a movie down the road too, again, near any romcom would work really well for them vs the angsty things the Chuck genre seems to dictate.

      Sorry! I have no idea why this was stuck in the spam filter, so I released it. – Teh management

  65. jam says:

    Nice twitter rant from Yvonne, people have been really pestering her about seeing Zac’s play and the rudest tweeters have been even suggesting she should stop surfing and get back to work.

    She used a bunch of smileys, but I’m sure the tweets have been bothering her.

    • atcDave says:

      That’s funny. I mean, I’m sure she’s annoyed, but it’s funny.

    • dkd says:

      I read her rant and said “bravo”. But, the rudest ones aren’t going to get the point. They’ll just feel satisfied they got a response.

      • Mel says:

        Seeing comments like “time to stop surfing and get back to work” on her Instagram pics definitely cause some second-hand embarrassment.

    • uplink2 says:

      Well I was one of those that tweeted her about putting the board away and getting back to work. It was intended as a joke and never meant to be rude. But I guess some didn’t take it that way. For that I apologize. I think her rant was mostly about the First Date and Zack stuff. There were hundreds and hundreds of those tweets. Especially seeing Sarah Lancaster tweeted she was in NYC too. Many folks were hoping for a reunion. But it didn’t happen. There were some rather rude other tweeters that commented about things in her personal life that I certainly won’t discuss here and probably she was tired after a short trip back and forth across the country, it was friday night and well she went on a bit of a rant.

      Again if anyone found my attempt at humor rude, I apologize, it was never my intent. I just hope Yvonne saw it for the intent I had in mind if she saw mine at all.

      • dkd says:

        If you make a joke like that to someone you know extremely well, it might not be rude. But, to tell someone who you don’t know what they are supposed to be doing with their lives, it’s rude. Period. I hope you see the difference.

        It’s one thing to apologize. It’s another thing to learn why you have to apologize. You seem to diverting blame to others. For what it’s worth, you were the only one I saw that mentioned surfing. Congratulations on sticking out from the crowd.

  66. uplink2 says:

    Found this at YvonneDaily.

    Possible project for Yvonne?


    Valeria 3D (TV Movie 2015) – IMDb

    Directed by Carl Schultz. With Yvonne Strahovski, Warwick Davis, Marton Csokas
    , Julie Newmar. Valeria is about eternal love in vampire style.

    It is listed as “in development” But a Vampire TV romance movie in 2015 with an 80 year old Catwoman?

    • atcDave says:

      Wow, what a huge step down. She’s too young to be has been.

      • joe says:

        Oh, 80 is not too young! 😉
        Catwoman? I remember when Newmar was a robot! Points to whomever remembers who the star of *that* show was (and no using IMDB to cheat!).

      • thinkling says:

        At first blush, wouldn’t be my cup of tea, but you never know, depends how it’s done.

    • uplink2 says:

      I agree. She has nothing in the pipe line after I Frankenstein and any film she books now won’t be out till 2015 at the earliest. That is too long to stay off the radar. Very disappointing if this is true.

      Season 8 of Dexter didn’t give her the kind of boost I had hoped for. It was not a great season and her character was written very one dimensional. I Frankenstein may help certainly but she has nothing else ready or in post-production to follow it.

      I hoped she would take another play on Broadway as they seem to have really liked her but……

    • Ernie Davis says:

      Yes, it’s obviously time to call her career dead based on speculation and something we read on the internet.

      • atcDave says:

        Oh brother Ernie, we’re just talking. It has the appearance of a bad move.

      • uplink2 says:

        Gee Ernie, can you be anymore snarky and condescending?

        First of all no one is saying anywhere near that on any level. Believe me no one wants there to be some secret super project hiding in the wings more than I do. I desperately want her talent to be appreciated for just how special it is. But we need to look objectively at things.

        First of all outside the Chuck and now Dexter fanbase, Yvonne is not that well known at all. She does not do many endorsements or anything that gets her name and face on the radar. That’s her choice and that’s fine. Though in Chuck we see her incredible talent, looking back at things I have to agree with comments above that most of what we saw written about her in Dexter especially in season 8 was not about her talent but about her looks. Her career is not that well established that she can sustain long periods out of the public eye. There are lots of pretty faces in Hollywood and many can act, maybe not as well as she can but the competition is very stiff.

        Let’s look at the history of what we know about.


        1. Jan. Promo stuff for the SOBE ad she shot in December of 11
        2. Jan. Chuck finale stuff.
        3. Mar-May in Australia shooting I Frankenstein
        4. July- Sept. shoots 10 episodes of Dexter
        5. Late Oct-Jan 13 in NYC for 3 months of Golden Boy


        1. Jan. Finishes up 3 weeks of Golden Boy
        2. Late May-early July shoots 7 episodes of Dexter

        Though Graham we don’t know for certain she doesn’t have anything in the can, part of promotion for a project is to have that stuff out there as “in post-production” etc. I’d love to hear about that high profile project that will change this trend but the facts are from what we know about, 2013 has not been the kind of year I would have hoped for and expected from Yvonne. But couple this with what has been found on the web about possible projects and I don’t think anyone can deny what was discovered is a huge step down.

        In Zach’s case it is exactly the opposite. 2013 had been a fantastic year for him. But I wouldn’t have predicted this scenario 2 years ago. I always believed and hoped that Yvonne’s career would be skyrocketing by now especially after 2012 and all the great work she did. And believe me no one wants to find out that something big is out there on the horizon for her more than me. But we will all just have to wait and see. She deserves it believe me. She is a very special talent that deserves the level of success that is commensurate with her talent.

      • BigKev67 says:

        You know, I’ve never been convinced that Yvonne is as concerned about becoming a big Hollywood star as some of her fans might be. She’s always talked about how she picks roles for the challenge or variety, or the chance to work with the likes of Streisand and De Niro. Clearly, she’s a pretty private person and I suspect the invasion of privacy that would come with being a bigger star wouldn’t sit well with her. This is all speculation of course and I’m probably completely wrong – but she’s always seemed to me to be much more driven by the craft than anything else.

      • atcDave says:

        Kev I would agree completely that seems to be true. And really good for her. But the vampire project in question looks dreadfully sad. I hope she finds work that is satisfying both to her and to fans. Whether she ever becomes a “big” name is beside the point. And I hope this project in question is actually a joke.

      • uplink2 says:

        Kev, I agree and you make a very valid point. But you also have to remember this is one of the most extremely competitive businesses there are. I want her to do things for the craft, but there comes a point in time where you have to maintain some level of profile or you don’t even get those offers “for the craft”. I’m not at all saying we are anywhere near there but this particular project isn’t one that is going to get her those offers. That’s the concern I think.

      • ArmySFC says:

        I don’t think anyone is saying her career is over by any means. There comes a time when you have to look at things objectively and this is one of them. If you leave out the Broadway stuff what has she been in that has gotten her rave reviews? Chuck did get some mentions but it was not a monster show. Dexter she came into late so the audience already knew about it and didn’t tune in for her and again had a limited audience. Her movies have been just so-so to horrible, nothing there to get you noticed.

        There is also the built in shelf life maost female actors face, and she is either at it or past it. I would guess that not many actors (M/F) made it big after they hit the big 30. As it was just said there are a lot of pretty faces out there that can act and its a tough bussiness. I also believe that she is not looking for the big break, just looking to do what she likes and make a good living at it.

        My final point would be that I would have to give some credit to the people who select the casts for movies. I know they have a lot more skill at seeing acting talent than I do, and I take that into the equation. I do wish her well and hope that if she wants it, it happens for her. I just see it as unlikely at this point in time. i can see her as a middle level actor, never getting the big break but making some good films along the way for years to come.

      • Mel says:

        IMDB lists Yvonne’s (possible) project as a tv-movie, as far as I know they’re usually shot on a very fast schedule, so I don’t see great harm in doing one. She’ll have plenty of time to find and do other stuff.

        I have no idea how realistic Zac’s chances of getting a Tony nomination are, but it’d fantastic indeed.

  67. I agree with Ernie.Irrespective of internet speculation,I am sure Yvonne continues to receive offers on a regular basis.She has already stated she is now looking for different challenges to those types of character she has played previously,so we should trust her judgement in this respect.

    We certainly cannot assume Yvonne has nothing in the pipeline,as suggested,and although she has indicated that she wishes to concentrate on film and tv at present,the right role is the key and may well draw her back to Broadway earlier than anticipated.

  68. My comments appear to be out of sync timewise,but BigKev67 has mirrored my view as to Yvonne’s desire to find roles which interest her,notwithstanding perceived risks by fans in terms of her career.I,in turn,agree that she is a very private person which clearly influences her decision as to how,and how much, she wishes to project herself in Hollywood and elsewhere.

    I hope,Uplink2,that you are being unduly pessimistic at this time.As already indicated,I have a feeling,nothing more,that Yvonne may have been let down on a film project to which she was committed and this may be a relevant factor in this quiet period.

    Imdb is a bit of a double-edged sword,at best.Notoriously unreliable,the information on Valeria may be completely flawed at this stage,so that a different picture may emerge in due course.In any event it is likely to be only a short term commitment.With regard to how well known Yvonne is,on the other hand,I seem to recall IMDB placed her ranking as high as 59 recently.I do not ascribe to these views I have seen on the internet that Dexter season 8 has been detrimental to her,rather I believe in time she will benefit.Despite the moaners and whingers on I,Frankenstein,I note many fans already stating their intention to see the film due to Yvonne.

    In addition,Yvonne has now worked with some very high profile,established and well respected actors which may lead to further opportunities in the future.

    I have no doubt that her wonderful talent will always prevail in whatever she chooses to do(and it is her choice),so be patient…………..I know you only want the very best for Yvonne too!!!!

  69. Dave,I wonder if you would have a different view if this turns out to be a romantic comedy a la “Bewitched”(I recall you wanted Yvonne to do comedy) designed as a pilot for a possible tv series…………the point being that people are jumping the gun here without any real idea.

    And forget Catwoman,Marton Csokas and Warwick Davis are both fine actors.

    • atcDave says:

      Yes Graham, my reaction would be very different if that was the case. At this point I basically know nothing, except that it sounds horrible. But if it is a network comedy it could conceivably be something very good.

  70. BillAtWork says:

    I’ll be the first to admit that I know nothing about the entertainment business or how it works. I’m not sure that I even want to know. I mean, any business that could keep Brandon Routh employed, I probably want to keep at arms length.

    So all of this is pure outsider’s opinion, and worth about as much as the paper it isn’t written on. 🙂

    But we’re talking about an incredibly competitive business. I seriously doubt that Yvonne is in a position to turn down almost any role. Probably only a handful of the very top superstars get to pick and choose roles. Will Yvonne ever get there? I’m rooting for her but I also am realistic enough to know that the odds are probably long.

    So for now, I think we can expect her to get roles like Killer Elite where much of her scenes found their way to the editing room floor and guest stars on television shows like Dexter where they hope her Chuck fans follow her.

    • uplink2 says:

      Which is exactly why I would like to see her return to Broadway. That is the genre she has received the most critical acclaim. IMO and of course it is absolutely none of my business, that is where I think she has the most solid ground to build her career upon. Let’s face it on an objective level her movie choices have probably been based more on what you are saying. They were roles she simply couldn’t afford to turn down. But Broadway responded very positively to her more so than any other medium so far. I have to admit I never would have imagined that Zach would be in a far better position to receive a Tony nod than Yvonne say 2 years ago. But I personally believe he has a pretty good shot. The show had some mixed reviews but it was never about his performance. In fact they were very complimentary and lets face it Zach has such a affable and warm personality that all he has to do is simply be himself and the business side is as much in love with him as the fans are. That isn’t a knock on Yvonne at all, they are simply very different people. But awards and recognition are unfortunately not just about talent. There is another element to it and that particular part of the business really comes easily to him, much more so than Yvonne.

      All of this may be a moot point as there may be some massive project or something small that has great potential to show her incredible talent to a new audience. But a TV movie in 2015 with an 80 year old Catwoman simply isn’t it.

  71. Uplink2,I love your optimism for Zac,but fear you know very little about Broadway theatre.The respected New York critics were less than positive about First Date and the chances of even any nominations, let alone awards,are slim to none.I would love to be wrong but there will be tremendous competition up until April next year and I also doubt there will be any possibility of consideration for the prestigious Theatre World Award bestowed upon Yvonne.

    As I say,I hope I will be proved wrong as I would love Zac to make that big breakthrough too.

    • uplink2 says:

      Hey I love it Graham. I’m overly optimistic about Zach and overly pessimistic about Yvonne. Hey you may be right lol. But at least in Yvonne’s case I’m trying to be more realistic than I used to be. This year has frustrated me. All we have seen was Dexter S8 and even though I may have said differently at the time, looking back this season was not a tour de force for Yvonne. Hannah had 1 episode of back story and then simply became eye candy and the LI to tell their story of banishment to exile for Dexter. She was unfortunately part of the worst scene and plot hole of the entire Dexter series, the treadmill scene and her going to the hospital with no disguise. It was almost Phil Klemmer/Mask bad lol.

      So I’m trying to temper my expectations about her and this possible project I find really depressing.

      As far as Zach goes I think that because it was a musical that things could be different for him than they were for Yvonne. If nothing else the fact that sales have been still pretty strong for tickets and the show is still going strong is a positive. Will it be enough to get him considered for a Tony? I have absolutely no idea but I hope it does and I hope he keeps working. Maybe someday we will get a reunion for them on Broadway. I’d love that.

  72. Me too……………Zac could sing and Yvonne could dance,maybe they could do both in “Chuck The Musical”!!!!!!!!.Seriously,I would prefer an outstanding drama or comedy.

    I understand completely your frustrations,but still think you are being a little harsh on Dexter Season 8.Even on Debster Daily,where commenters always hated the character of Hannah from the outset,the vitriol ultimately fell on the writers and there was an appreciation of Yvonne’s work doing the best with what she was given.There will,of course,always be the fanboys who tune in for her other talents.

    We should always remember the most important thing is for both Yvonne and Zac to be happy and content in their lives.

  73. Ernie Davis says:

    First of all I apologize for the perceived snarky condescending remark. It was intended as more of a sarcastic eye-roll in reply to ATCDave’s over the top (yet I suspect humorously intended) comment about Yvonne’s rumored next project.

    That said I do find it a bit presumptuous to be commenting on Yvonne’s choices or career direction absent any real information. (No, I don’t consider IMDB to be reliable as it has proven unreliable time and again in the past.) Yvonne is nice enough to share a bit of her life with her fans and as fans I think we need to respect some boundaries in return. With the instant feedback of social media nowadays I think it is easy to lose sight of those boundaries sometimes. I’d hate to see Yvonne considering that sharing and interaction with fans to be a burden, which a recent group of tweets hinted at. I’m not questioning anyone’s fan credentials, just giving my opinion on the proper limits of fandom, and while I’ll recognize that mine aren’t authoritative, as the author of this page I’d hope people would at least consider what I’m saying.

    There often seems to be a negativity pervading this blog and parts of the fandom in general and I suppose at times I let it get to me more than I should. I established these pages as a place to come and celebrate our stars next projects and their accomplishments, not to question their choices, though I suppose there is legitimate room for that, IF there is some confidence that the choice is a real one as opposed to an unverified internet rumor. Yvonne is a grown woman with a team of people around her who are invested in her success. I say give her the benefit of the doubt until there is evidence indicating otherwise.

    There was some interesting conversation that came out of this, and again, I don’t question anyone’s fan credentials for either the show or it’s stars. I just wish the positive aspects were a little more prominent at times. We spend so much time dissecting the bad that it often seems to overwhelm the good.

  74. Spot on,Ernie,as ever the voice of reason.

  75. BillAtWork says:

    I really never understood people’s fascination with famous people’s private lives. I’m a fan of Yvonne’s work. But I have no interest in her personal or career decisions except maybe to support her when I can. And if I ever had the chance to take her to lunch, I honestly would pass. What would I say to her? After I told her that I was a big fan and that she was beautiful, what then? From the very little that I know about her, we probably wouldn’t even get along. The peta, anti fracking crowd rubs me quickly the wrong way. It would be a very tense hour that we would probably both quickly regret.

    Now I would love to take Sarah Walker to lunch. We would have some things to talk about. But since she’s fictional, the conversation probably wouldn’t be all that fulfilling. 🙂

    The closest thing that is possible is a conversation with her creator. I’d love, love, love to get Chris Fedak in a bar, buy him a beer or two and get the real scoop on some of the questions that burn a hole in my brain. I think that he probably has some legitimate non pr-show-runner answers that would make me understand his pressures and decisions a lot better.

    But having said all that, Yvonne is a big girl. There is a double edged sword here. Yvonne is enriched by the fact that she has such a rabid group of fans. Casting directors would be foolish to not factor that in when picking an actress for a role. There is a reason why a guest star was on the Dexter ComicCon panel, and why there were more questions about Sarah Walker than Hannah McKay.

    Yvonne understands that (I think), she encourages it. If she didn’t know what she was starting when she tweeted a picture from a plane, then she should have. Does that get overbearing and even rude sometimes? Absolutely. That’s the other edge of the sword.

    • Ernie Davis says:

      Bill, I wouldn’t disagree with anything you’ve said. I’d just add that as fans we can either dull or sharpen that second edge.

    • atcDave says:

      I pretty much agree exactly with all of that Bill. Yvonne’s work on Chuck ensures I will always pay attention to her career; I believe in her talent (with great enthusiasm) and I honestly hope for the best for her.
      But I’m not terribly enthused with any of her post-Chuck career choices. I hope that changes at some point. No one needs to consider my opinions about such things a big deal. But I’ll give them nonetheless. I don’t insult, I’m not disrespectful or rude, and don’t believe I’m a negative person. No one should be threatened by what I say.
      And that opinion for now is that Yvonne’s current workload appears unworthy of her talent. I honestly hope I’m wrong, or that one of these upcoming projects becomes far greater than it seems, or leads to something much better yet. I hope for the best for her and her career. That is a separate issue from where I currently think it is.

      • Ernie Davis says:

        I know you didn’t get to see it, but I think Golden Boy was a great choice. And while I know it goes against your tastes I thought she did some great work in season 7 of Dexter. I was less thrilled with season 8’s story to the point that I haven’t watched the last two episodes, but that has little to do with Yvonne’s choice to take it or what she was able to do with it.

        There are times when an actor can’t afford to turn down work, and it isn’t just financial. I don’t see how she could turn down I, Frankenstein at the point she was in her career, nor Dexter, especially since if the rumors are true the Dexter producers wanted her specifically for the role.

        I think we can keep our like or dislike of what Yvonne chooses at arms length from how we feel about the decision to take on those projects, and I think that is where you are coming from Dave. But I think there is an objective case to be made that Dexter and I, Frankenstein were not bad career choices based on what she knew at the time. Whether we find them personally entertaining or not.

      • atcDave says:

        I agree with all of that Ernie. I don’t expect to like everything any actor does, and I completely agree quality of work, and my taste for their projects are two completely different issues. Perhaps I’m guilty of not clearly separating those issues at some times.

        And we see both issues at play in this discussion. By most counts her work on Dexter S7 was good quality work. But Dexter is not to my taste. Conversely; I,Frankenstein might be a lot of fun, but it has the appearance of something that will get no critical respect.
        Hopefully, she will eventually achieve both popular and critical/professional success. My previous negative comment was that her current workload does not seem like it will lead to either. But that is purely an impression I hope to be mistaken.

    • uplink2 says:

      Bill, I think you make a very valid point. It IS a double-sided sword. I absolutely agree that she had to know that tweeting pictures from her hotel room in NYC were going to generate thousands and thousands of comments about her going to see Zach’s show. Especially when she seemed to be taking a walking tour of Central Park and the upper east side. I mean he tweeted for her to come see it earlier. Honestly, not understanding that makes her look naive and I don’t think Yvonne is naive at all. But it all could have been managed better on both sides. Either simply not say she was there at all or say what she said in her rant from the beginning. “Hey I’m in NYC but I’m only here for just a couple of days and won’t be able to see Zach’s show but I’m coming back real soon as I do want to see it.” With that, much of the discussion would never have begun. So yes there is a double edged side of it but sometimes it means taking a step back and thinking about the potential consequences.

      I know what some of you are thinking, that I should take my own words to heart and yes, you are probably right. We are all just learning this new world of social media and sometimes the best key to hit is the delete key. Hey we all make mistakes and we just need to learn from them and hopefully not repeat them. I’m sure Ali Adler thought the ‘comedy’ scenes in Fake Name were hilarious too. Not a great analogy I know but it goes to the idea of what is good-natured humor to someone, may be offensive to others. And I guess some thought my comments were. That bothers me certainly but I can’t change the past. I just need to learn from it.

      But I don’t want to see a situation develop where legitimate discussion about career choices etc become off limits and we are all fangirls and boys where the object of our obsession can do no wrong. Hey I think Yvonne is capable of Award winning work and that is what I want to see her achieve because I think that matters to her. But to get to that level you have to put in the work. If you don’t, then maybe you really don’t want it that badly. I think that can be said about anyone and anything. But the social media age creates a situation where we feel like these people are in a way our friends. That we can talk with them and be honest about things maybe we have no right to be. But the artists themselves use that connection for their professional benefit as well. So where do you draw the line? Certainly their personal life is off limits for public discussion, but IMO professional choices aren’t. Hey I wasn’t that thrilled when I saw Zach got Forever Sunday but it turned out to be a fun little film. Nothing that will ever be prominent in his resume but it was ok and it filled a time in his schedule when he was available. It kept him working and allowed him to move on the First Date and still be in the public eye. So no harm no foul. I just wish there was at least something else in Yvonne’s schedule for this year as well

      Now Ernie we all know that IMDB is not a 100% reliable site and makes mistakes quite often. But it is right far more often that it’s wrong or it wouldn’t exist. No one knows if this is legit or not except for Yvonne, her Agent, and the production company. But being on IMDB doesn’t make it off limits for discussion. Especially if that discussion is limited to the merits of the project as well as its impact on her professional career.

      Hey Yvonne could decide tomorrow to run back to the outback in Australia, find a sheep farmer, marry him and have lots of beautiful blonde sheep herders. That’s her right and I would never question that, well at least publicly lol. But I am anxiously awaiting what does come next for her. I’ve gotten used to seeing her on my screen regularly and I want to keep enjoying that experience.

  76. BillAtWork says:

    Ernie, I totally agree. I would hope that people would treat her (or anybody, when it comes right down to it) with respect. I haven’t really followed this latest tempest in a teapot all that closely. Getting overly personal or rude isn’t something we should advocate. But likewise, getting our panties all in a bunch (BTW, this isn’t directed at you, lol) in her defense and making this page hostile and tense, probably isn’t all that productive either.

    Like I said, Yvonne is a big girl. She knows what she’s doing. She benefits from her close relationship with her fans, she encourages it. She surely understands that sometimes some few will cross the line.

    • joe says:

      Yeah, and let me add, it *is* great to see this kind of agreement in the midst of a genuine and respectful discussion (about career choices) here.

    • Ernie Davis says:

      Well things do occasionally get fuzzy about what to say in what environment. We have a pretty limited readership at this point, but back when we were getting 4-5,000 hits a day I cringed at some of the comments and how personal the criticism got. My line is now I don’t want to write anything about someone I wouldn’t say to their face. In cases like calling Canyon a bad movie it gets fuzzy. Clearly none of us would bring it up upon meeting Yvonne, but if we sort of analogize to how we would talk to an acquaintance if the subject came up I don’t think it would be off limits, just tactfully done.

      That said I think Canyon is a perfect example of a good trajectory in Yvonne’s career. It was likely a “can’t afford to turn down work” project and demonstrates that at least the profile and backing of the work she can’t afford to turn down is on an upward trajectory.

      I think it was Matt Damon who said that he knew every script that came his way had Brad Pitt’s fingerprints all over it. It isn’t likely true anymore, but it’s a good way to look at it.

  77. BillAtWork says:

    Exactly, Ernie.

    I seriously doubt that Yvonne is in a position to be able to turn down roles. So I don’t think what we see are her choices. In Yvonne’s position, you take the work you can get.

    And Dave, IMO what you say on this page isn’t really in scope for this discussion. Unless Thinkling is really Yvonne, lol, then I say speculate away.

    The line may have been crossed in responding to her tweets. But I don’t consider anything said here as crossing that line. If Yvonne were to join this discussion, well maybe. And even then, she would have made that choice with her eyes open. I mean, if Daniel Routh reads these posts, he probably sees some things that make him wince. 🙂

    • atcDave says:

      Comments in this thread were part of the discussion Bill. But you are definitely right that Brandon Routh is the one Chuck actor who might not appreciate this site much!

  78. BillAtWork says:

    Yeah, Dave. I understand. My point is that there is a different standard in saying something here and saying it in response directly to one of Yvonne’s tweets.

    Here I can say that Canyon was purely dreadful. That it’s maybe the worst movie I’ve ever seen, 2 hours of my life that I’ll never get back. If I was to tweet that to Yvonne, it would be rude.

    … and Thinkling, if you really are Yvonne, I’m sorry, lol.

  79. BillAtWork says:


    I agree completely. Never say anything about someone that you wouldn’t say to their face. That’s different than not saying we didn’t like Canyon. I think that Yvonne knows as well as anyone that it was horrible. But why slap her in the face with it? The horrible part wasn’t her fault.

    Anyway, that ‘saying it to their face’ thing is why my buying Chris Fedak a beer probably couldn’t stop at one beer, lol.

  80. I know this is the Yvonne page, but since all hands seem to be on this deck, thought you like to know that Zach and the FirstDate cast is about to ring the NASDAQ Closing Bell. Here: http://www.nasdaq.com/about/marketsitetowervideo.asx ….

  81. uplink2 says:

    So Michael C Hall is headed to Broadway, maybe he and Zach could get Yvonne to do another play!


    • dkd says:

      Are Zac and Michael producing one?

      I think Yvonne is capable of deciding on her own what she wants to do.

      I also think it’s not “snap your fingers” and you are in a play. It can take time.

      1. There are only so many plays produced in a Broadway season.
      2. The role has to be right for her. (Excample: I don’t think she’s be up for a role in the upcoming “Raisin in the Sun” revival.)
      3. She has to audition and win the role against significant competition.

      As an aside, Zac told my table at Chuckfest 3 that he wanted to do Broadway. That was a year and a half before he did.

      Here’s a list of upcoming shows so you can gauge what’s coming up:


      There seems to be a tendency to misinterpret time in which Yvonne doesn’t seem to be doing anything as vacation. For all we know she auditioned for a lot of roles she didn’t get. She may have been in projects that she can’t talk about or that got aborted. Only her agent knows for sure.

      (There was a pause in Zac’s schedule last winter where it seemed he wasn’t doing anything. But, it turned out later that he had been filming “Tiny Commando”. They just didn’t announce it while it was filming.)

      Sometimes projects need time to recover from. “Golden Boy” was a grueling schedule. It was a long show in time on stage each night that they performed 8 times a week. Plus, there were weeks of rehearsal before they even performed their first preview.

      I’m assuming that what Zac and Michael would do in any discussion with her is to wish her the best and say they support her no matter what she chooses or what happens. Unless, of course, they have a role set up for her.

  82. It is with an inevitable sense of sadness that this will be my final post on ChuckThis,a site that has given me so much pleasure in recent years.

    It is no secret that I hold Yvonne in the highest regard.I have become dismayed not only at the negativity,but more particularly,the ignorant, unwarranted and what I consider to be downright disrepectful comments recently in evidence in some quarters.I shall say no more other than I have always been a sensitive soul,too much so,I suspect,for the internet.

    Thanks for the memories.Over and out.

  83. dkd says:

    No one else has mentioned it, so I will.

    She did see First Date last night. But, she didn’t give the “Zachonne” crowd the satisfaction of a picture with him. She gave a picture of him, from the rear. Right on, Yvonne.

    I did find this photo that Zac’s co-star Krysta Rodriguez posted to be quite funny (and Chuck-related):

    • jam says:

      Creepy fans pestering her about the play and pictures of Zac got what they deserved, I suppose. Too bad it’s unlikely they’ll learn anything.

      There are pictures and even video of Zac and Yvonne from the last night, but she was definitely making a point by posting such a pic herself.

  84. uplink2 says:

    Finally! Love this pic!

  85. Mel says:

    Good thing Krysta took took this with humor 😉

    • joe says:

      … with Chuck in the middle. Heaven help me. Six years later and I’m *still* rootin’ for the blonde. 😉

    • dkd says:

      Just as a bit of trivia, I believe Zac and Krysta have performed First Date on stage 106 times* and each performance ends in a kiss. (sorry for the spoiler)

      * Approximate number give or take a few. Zac was replaced when he went to San Diego and Krysta was replaced once by her understudy.

  86. uplink2 says:

    This one is pretty great too.


    The eternal battle of blonde vs brunette!

  87. dkd says:

    We know she may be in NY area filming something based on her photos.

    The website On Location Vacations maintains lists of things that are in production. I’m sure it’s not exhaustive, but here’s what’s been filming in the NYC area.

    TV Shows:
    People in New Jersey (HBO), Alpha House, Law & Order SVU, Blue Bloods, Orange is the New Black, Nurse Jackie, The Blacklist, Elementary, The Carrie Diaries, Inside Amy Schumer, The Americans, Believe, Blue Bloods, Hostages, Michael J. Fox Show

    TV Mini-Series: The Knick

    Movies: Annie, Beijing New York, Death Pact*, Broad City*, John Wick, Run All Night

    * listed in IMDB as TV Movie

    • Ernie Davis says:

      I think it’s more likely she’s had some modeling gigs. She seems to tweet “today’s office” when she does one. Or at least someone has confirmed via a the makeup artist that the first of her “Today’s office” tweets was a modeling job.

    • Mel says:

      Since she posted a pic of her dog it’s probably over already and she’s back in LA. She didn’t stay for long, so most likely a modeling job.

      • atcDave says:

        A single episode guest spot on a TV show likely would have gone quickly too. But it seems like we usually hear all about those as soon as the contracts are signed, so yeah, modeling seems more likely.

      • Ernie Davis says:

        Based on what she has hinted at she also has a bigger project in the works that is probably still in negotiations. I’d expect the modeling gigs (and/or guest appearance) are just to fill in while she sets up the next major job.

      • dkd says:

        I didn’t see the dog picture or anything since the Maserati picture. Where was it? Instagram? I don’t follow her there.

        A modeling job occurred to me.

        Sorry for the false alarm.

      • Mel says:

        On Instagram, yes. She doesn’t tweet a link to all of her pics.

      • dkd says:

        I didn’t see the dog picture or anything since the Maserati picture. Where was it? Instagram? I don’t follow her there. The only dog picture I saw was on the 12th and she’s been back to NY since then.

        A modeling job occurred to me or a TV commercial.

        Sorry for the false alarm.

      • Ernie Davis says:

        dkd, yes it was an instagram. The best we can confirm from her tweets and instagrams is that she was in NYC October 8th and then the 16th through the 18th. I’d say that isn’t inconsistent with reading for then filming a guest-spot, I’m just going on the supposition that “today’s office” seems to be something she uses for one-day modeling jobs.

        TV commercial is one I hadn’t thought of, and would be consistent with having something lined up she couldn’t talk about if she landed some sort of cosmetic or other similar account.

        I think it was actually Charlie Sheen (before he went crazy) who said the best advice he got from his father was to line up a few voice jobs for commercials so he’d always have something between jobs.

      • dkd says:

        Thanks for the info. I can see instagram photos if they are on Twitter, but I don’t have the kind of phone that can have a full instagram account.

      • Mel says:

        You can see her pictures even without a smartphone + app, here:

    • dkd says:

      Thanks. I feel stupid for not figuring that out.

      The beach shot looks familiar. Definitely South Shore Long Island sand. Hamptons perhaps?

  88. Dernik says:

    Jackie Collins was being interviewed by an Aussie radio station re her new book and the talk turned to Aussie actors. Ms. Collins then started talking about the Aussie actress in Dexter and how great she was and that she would like her to play the main character in the next film from one of her books. Yvonne’s acting talents are being recognised but not fast enough for us, her die hard fans.

  89. Chuckster1138 says:

    Yvonne’s Australian agent has revealed what Yvonne was filming in New York. She will be appearing in the upcoming season of Louie on FX. That’s a fantastically funny show, with many notable guest stars. Melissa Leo won a Guest Actress Emmy for appearing on the show in the previous season. Based on her filming schedule, it sounds like she should be in at least 2 episodes. Maybe it will be something similar to Parker Posey, who was in 4 episodes.


    • uplink2 says:

      Thanks for the info. I’ve never watched the show but seen some of his work, which I liked. She was only there for a very short time so I’m guessing one episode. First week one day for table read and then 2 days of shooting the next week. Still great she has something for us to see.

    • Ernie Davis says:

      Another show that wile not a ratings monster is a critical darling and always in the running come awards time.

    • dkd says:

      Louie is a very cool show. But, it has a very different vibe than most comedies. The first time I watched it, I was thrown aback, but I got into what he was doing after a few episodes. Highly recommend you see a few episodes before seeing the one with Yvonne.

      It’s produced on a shoestring. Louie himself even edits it on his own. Not surprised she wasn’t required to film too long. I don’t know if the scenes are partially improvised on the actors’ parts, but it gives that impression.

      Good choice for Yvonne.

      • dkd says:

        BTW–Louie will be premiering in May around the same time as “24”. Double-dose of Yvonne on TV.

  90. Chuckster1138 says:

    The Valeria 3D movie was removed from Yvonne’s IMDB page.

  91. uplink2 says:

    Dexter is coming to Netflix the day before Chuck so Yvonne will have both of her series streaming later this week. First 4 seasons of Dexter Oct 31 and last 4 on Jan 1 so it will take till then to see her seasons. Still great news!


    • Chuckster1138 says:

      According to IMDB pro, Yvonne followed her agents David Lillard and Christy Hall to Paradigm Agency.

  92. dkd says:

    Is Yvonne going to be on Hart of Dixie? (tweet from Ryan Mc Partline

    Ryan McPartlin ‏@RyanMcPartlin
    When @Y_Strahovski came to work on #Chuck today, I didn’t have heart to tell her it was #HartofDixie. Luv this girl! pic.twitter.com/k9SFG583J8

  93. Dave says:

    Neither here nor there…

    “I, Frankenstein” appears to be the most advertised upcoming movie on ESPN during the bowl game run. I’ve seen two or three trailers, but not one with Yvonne in it yet (or if so it wasn’t much).

    At least they’re marketing it, perhaps she’ll get a good payday out of it.

    • dkd says:

      That’s strange what you said about Yvonne not being in the trailers. I’ve been watching a lot of Video on Demand during the holidays. Everytime I watch a scifi-type show, I see a long trailer for I, Frankenstein. They specifically call out that Yvonne is in the movie and show her briefly. I believe “Almost Human” is one of the shows I’ve seen it in. Maybe they are targeting the trailer to the context of the show they run in, assuming people watching “Almost Human” are more likely to know who Yvonne is than someone watching a random football game.

      • anthropocene says:

        I think that is the case. My wife and I watched the bowl games on ESPN yesterday and we both looked very carefully at the commercial (same one, shown multiple times). No glimpse of Yvonne at all. Perhaps the average football fan is unfamiliar with Sarah Walker, but it’s hard to imagine that a quick shot of Yvonne amidst all the SFX wouldn’t help encourage many to see the film!

    • Ernie Davis says:

      Isn’t that sort of targeted advertising SOP? Appeal to the action for sports fans, to other aspects for fans of TV dramas, etc?

  94. Big news Yvonne fans – she’s going to be back on TV. On Fox. And a major role in a high profile series – for a welcome change.

    She’s playing another secret agent but this time she’s paired with …drumroll please…. that Crazy Canuck – Jack Bauer!!!!!!!

    Series will be based in London, run 12 episodes and is entitled:

    24: Live Another Day


    “The time has come for a major 24 casting update: Yvonne Strahovski has boarded Fox’s forthcoming 12-episode event series, 24: Live Another Day, in a major role, TVLine has learned.
    The Chuck and Dexter MVP will play Kate Morgan, a brilliant but impulsive CIA field operative in London. She joins franchise vets Kiefer Sutherland, Kim Raver, William Devane and Mary Lynn Rajskub, as well as Emmy winner Judy Davis, The Wire‘s Gbenga Akinnagbe and True Blood‘s Giles Matthey.
    24: LAD, which will be shot in London and pick up four years after the series finale, will essentially be 24 ”compressed over 12 weeks,” Fox president Kevin Reilly previously explained. “It will go chronologically over the day, but it will skip hours.” It’s slated to debut in the spring.”

    Source – 24 Scoop: Yvonne Strahovski to Live Another Day – Ausiello – http://tvline.com/2014/01/13/24-live-another-day-yvonne-strahovski-cast/

    That’s more like it.

  95. Ernie Davis says:

    Well it seems Yvonne’s next project is a lot like a previous project. According to Daniel Fienberg at HitFix Yvonne will be playing a CIA agent in the new 24 miniseries on Fox.

    • atcDave says:

      Funny after she made a big thing of saying she wouldn’t play a CIA agent again!

      So I’m betting she’s corrupt and doomed…

    • Ernie Davis says:

      I think it’s pretty obvious that someone involved in the project watched Chuck and knew they could put Yvonne’s butt-kicking bad-assery to use in a real action show. It’ll be fun to see whether she ends up a good-guy or bad-guy and if she can kick Jack Bauer’s butt.

      • thinkling says:

        Yay!! She may not have wanted to do the same thing so soon, or ever, but she’s just too good for someone not to try to change her mind. It will be interesting to see her as a not-Sarah-Walker spy.

      • atcDave says:

        Oh I agree absolutely she’s a natural for this sort of thing. And I’m very pleased she’s landed another fairly high profile role. Now whether I decide to watch or not remains to be seen…

      • Chlojack says:

        Fantastic news! Can’t wait to see her on this show. Hope she has some scenes with Chloe O’Brian. 😀

    • Ernie Davis says:

      I’m liking this news more and more.

      This is going to be a high-profile heavily promoted project, as it is part of FOX’s push for year-round original programming as opposed to the traditional television season. This could end up being the highest profile project Yvonne has been in so far, and we all know she’ll be amazing in it. Which brings us back to Chuck, as people wonder who this newcomer who is so great came from and hear about her previous projects Dexter and Chuck and decide to check them out. Just in time to join the bandwagon for a Chuck movie.

      Also it is a finite length series so there is little danger of Yvonne getting typecast due to this. Other than showing everyone how good she is as an action hero.

      • atcDave says:

        Yvonne seems to dislike the idea the idea of being typecast, but I’d be pretty happy if she decided action/adventure was her bread and butter. Professionally this is an excellent move and opportunity for her.

      • thinkling says:

        Oh yeah, me too. Next step … headlining her own show. I’d love to see her in a role as a strong woman crime-fighting type (using her bad-assery, as Ernie put it) but also a wife, an Eve Dallas type.

      • dkd says:

        The character may be a CIA agent, but 24 is so stylistically different from Chuck, it should require a very different type of performance. “24” has action, but it’s usually a different type of action than Chuck had.

        I can’t help but note that she’s being cast against another actor who is not very tall. Kiefer Sutherland is 5’9″.

      • thinkling says:

        Hehe. Maybe she won’t have to wear those awful, empire-state heels. Of course that’s one less weapon in her mighty arsenal.

      • Ernie Davis says:

        From what I’ve heard I’m guessing Yvonne and Sutherland won’t share many scenes. Yvonne’s character (according to a TCA panel today where Sutherland talked about it) will be hunting Bauer as if he is a rogue agent while he is once again on a mission that has been disavowed.

      • dkd says:

        Ahhh, but it’s a typical plot that the “hunter” catches up to the “hunted” and ends up joining forces against a “greater evil”.

      • Chlojack says:

        This role sounds more in the vein of a Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes’ character in Homeland) or female Jack Bauer type than a Sarah Walker role. Has the potential to be pretty dark and exciting.

      • dkd says:

        Hmmmmm. Well, Homeland was created by the same people who did ’24’.

  96. revdr says:

    Yeah, TVLine is reporting the same thing….

  97. NameRequired says:

    Fan fiction writers do Sarah-Walker-undercover-as-Kate-Morgan stories beginning in 3-2-1…

    On a more serious note, Kevin Reilly was president of NBC Entertainment and was the guy who introduced Chuck in the “upfronts” to advertisers for the 2007-2008 season. He would have also been the executive who greenlighted the pilot and then picked up the show to series. He then set about trying to bury Chuck when he moved to Fox several months later. In other words, he’d know Yvonne’s work well.

  98. revdr says:

    I actually just finished watching all days (seasons) of 24 just this past weekend. She probably wont survive….most featured females on the show don’t live (or keep their sanity) for the full 24 hours…..

  99. revdr says:

    Yes it is very dark…and if it does pick up 4 years after the 8th season Jack is or was in a very very dark place since he was pretty much betrayed by the country that he sacrificed everything for. I can’t wait. There is never a happy ending with this show.

    • atcDave says:

      And that makes you eager to watch? Sorry, obviously tastes vary, and 24 was very popular at one point. But I’m really not inclined to watch for exactly that reason.

      • mr2686 says:

        I’m looking forward to it. 24 was never about a happy ending for the characters, but a happy ending as far as there was a solution to whatever season problem was presented. Jack Bauer was always treated like a “break glass incase of emergency” type of character, where he was allowed to do whatever it took to get the job done, and then disavowed when it all hit the fan.

    • revdr says:

      Think of it as John Casey on steroids…Jack Bauer was all about carrying out his objective but it also was tragic because of the losses he suffered along the was. It was dark but also spoke to that kind of sacrifice and the consequences thereof. It was a very interesting character study.

  100. oldresorter says:

    I’m a big 24 fan. I couldn’t be happier about this news. And yes, usually big name female guest stars are corrupt, and end up dead.

    Oh well, Hannah made it thru Dexter, who’s to say Kate can’t make it thru 24?

    I stunned. Great news.

  101. So pleased to see such positive enthusiasm once more on this thread particularly as 24 is,quite naturally,not to the taste of all on this site.

    I tend to agree with dkd,Kate Morgan and Jack Bauer will eventally be “crossing swords” with one another during the course of the series and as it is a “one-off”it will not matter if she comes off worst this time!!

    And we finally know why Yvonne just had her hair cut short again!!

    • It’s a big visibility boost for her for sure -never been a 24 fan myself. I might catch it – depends on the buzz it generates.
      The hair cut tells me either she or the show wants to distance Yvonne from Sarah Walker physically as much as possible. Hmmmm, maybe a hair color change will be in order too……

    • dkd says:

      “24” was fading due to repetitiveness when it ended, but I think the 4-year break may be just what was needed to revive interest. If it does well it may be a good “lesson learned” for other series (a-hem) that people want to produce new episodes/movies/mini-series for.

  102. oldresorter says:

    Maybe Jack dies, or retires to be a lumberjack in the Northeast, and Kate becomes the new star of ’24’, which gets renewed for another 12 episodes next season? How fun would that be?

  103. revdr says:

    That would be very cool. I thought (had hoped) that they were headed that way with Renee Walker, but of course she got taken out. I could see Yvonne as the perfect female Jack Bauer. When you think about it, before she met Chuck that’s pretty much what Sarah Walker was.

  104. Chlojack says:

    Here’s a short clip of Yvonne in I, Frankenstein (second video). Nice to hear her speaking in a British accent again.


  105. oldresorter says:

    Couple of clips from A Hall … did not see it live, ‘charming’ as usual.

  106. Chlojack says:

    Some potential good news for I, Frankenstein at the box office: the new Jack Ryan film opened with only $5.4 million yesterday. With Frankenstein set to be the only wide release next week it could very possibly open as the #1 film next Friday. Yvonne’s IMDB ranking, which now stands at 60 could get a pretty huge boost in the next two weeks as well.

    Yesterday’s Box office numbers can be viewed here:

    • dkd says:

      I just went looking for early reviews of the movie. Usually, you can find some in Hollywood Reporter and Variety.

      What I found was an article that said “I, Frankenstein” is opening without being screened by critics. That’s not a good sign for the quality of the movie.

      Of course, it may have little to do with box office since some movies critics hate sell a lot of tickets.

      (Sorry to pass on news that is not so positive)

      • dkd says:

        Here’s what Hollywood Reporter is expecting:

        “Frankenstein, reimagining the classic literary character as an action hero, is expected to open in the $10 million to $12 million range, a so-so start considering the movie’s $65 million budget. Directed by Stuart Beattie and starring Aaron Eckhart, Frankenstein was financed and produced by Lakeshore Entertainment, with Lionsgate releasing and marketing the pic in North America.

        Lionsgate and Lakeshore have been aggressively going after men and genre fans, including advertising on last week’s football championship games.
        It remains to be seen whether Frankenstein can trump holdover Lone Survivor and nab the No. 2 spot.”

        They expect holdover “Ride Along” to be #1. Usually, HR gets early word from people who know what the tracking says. “Awareness” and “Intent to see” is tracked before movies come out.

  107. Chris Byrnes says:

    The best thing about Yvonne is she seems to be such a down to earth woman. She has sex appeal and usually that gets to actresses head. However, after watching the gag wheels on the DVDs and seeing her at comic cons through youtube. She has not lost her personality. I will pretty much see her in anything except for Dexter because I just never got into that show. However, to Chuckaholics like myself she will forever be Sarah Walker.

    For some that is a bad thing to be remember for only one character, for example, Steve Urkel

  108. srb2506 says:

    Yvonne has had lots of press recently but here are two inetrviews that I thought where really good.
    The first is about I Frankenstein incl the trailer and Yvonne is interspersed with Aaron Eckhart

    Then this is a smaller interview about 24

    She says a bit more about the roll that she has a ‘scarred past’ and that she has not done that before but also that she will be in London for 4 months so to me that would imply that she will be in it possibly till the end so hopefully it will be a good juicy roll for her and as it was such a major shown in its day it will be really good exposure for her. On a side note wasn’t 24 one of Chucks competitors at 8.00 Mondays?
    And finally if you follow Yvonne on Twitter you will probably have seen this but this is a 17 min
    interview that covers Chuck, Theatre, Dexter a bit and Gaming. It is I think my favourite Video Interview that I have seen of hers, and If I did not love her before I certainly would now.

    • Christopher says:

      I agree with you. I find it amazing and shocking that such a talent has not made it main stream yet, but deep down inside that is a good then. I have seen too many great people be eaten up by Hollywood, but something tells me that she wouldn’t change. Her smiles and nerdness comes out with every interview her gag reels really tell me that she didn’t think she was above her cast members.

      too me she is a real life fairy tale.

  109. Ouch!

    The reviews for I, Frankenstein are much harsher than I ever imagined they would be.

    • dkd says:

      I was going to see it this weekend, but now I’m having second thoughts. I hope someone from this list can post their own review or reaction.

      • Chlojack says:

        This movie had so much negative buzz leading in to it and critics were never going to give this one a chance. I think I’ll wait for the DVD to watch it. Personally, I don’t see this having a huge impact on Yvonne getting more television and theater roles, but it could impact her chances in getting more film work. Some people are being harsh on her for taking this, but it’s not like she’s Jennifer Lawrence or Anne Hathaway and has A-list film scripts being sent to her. Sometimes you have to take what is offered, and with Echkart and Nighy in the cast, it probably seemed reasonable enough. Her career choices since then have been spot on though.

      • noblz says:


        People forget that this was in production so long that this was her first thing after Chuck. She then went on a tear with SI swimsuit shoot, Dexter, Broadway, Dexter again and now the remake of 24. She’ll be fine…I think?

      • Chlojack says:


        Yeah, Yvonne lined up this role during the final months of filming Chuck, and it made sense for her to take it at the time. She was very adamant about making a transition to a film career at that point, and that led to her taking the role. It made complete sense: female lead role opposite Aaron Eckhart and Bill Nighy. Since then, she’s changed her strategy and is going for quality of role over medium. I think that will really pay off for her.

        People underestimate how competitive this business is, and even great actors have to take some bad roles to make a living. And the great roles for women, especially in film are so few and far between. Yvonne has to audition and beat out dozens of other actresses. Deadline reported that Yvonne beat out a very competitive field for the 24 Live Another Day role including Thor’s Jaimie Alexander. So even a role that is a perfect match for her wasn’t just handed to her.

        Personally, I have no problem if she never becomes and A-list movie star, and winds up working mostly in television. Many great actors have taken that route in recent years.

      • Chlojack says:

        From the comments I’ve seen, it sounds like having to do a British accent hampered Yvonne’s performance. I was concerned when I heard she was doing a British accent in this, because she didn’t do a great one in I Love You Too. If she can’t do a proper British accent, let her use her native Australian accent.

      • atcDave says:

        Seriously there was nothing wrong with her accent. Remember rule #1, people are stupid. And its close corollary Rule #2, people are very stupid.

        It was a weak story and a B movie. Individual performances, including Yvonne’s were adequate, and in places very good. But it was a silly movie, not meant to be taken seriously, certainly not by the “theatre” crowd. People who can’t just relax and enjoy the ride have no business going to see such a movie. It is unfortunate for all concerned that professional critics are often “forced” to even comment on such a movie. Its not for them, it should be of no interest to them.
        I know all too many people who want to take these things far too seriously. The problem is, they watch a movie like this and “know” it isn’t any good, so they start criticizing everything they can think of to criticize. A lot of it has no bearing on any sort of reality. They’re simply talking (or writing) because they feel the need to justify a harsh critical opinion. In the end, I always feel they do more to justify rule 1 and 2 than they do their “critical” opinion about the product.

      • dkd says:

        Becoming an “A-list” star is something only a small percentage of people in the business ever become. Any actor who can carve out a career where they work regularly and in reasonably well-received productions, whether they are in film, TV, or theater, should consider it a “win”. The lines between the media aren’t as well drawn as they once were. Film directors and actors are doing TV more and more often. Actors known for their TV work like Bryan Cranston and Kyle Chandler are showing up in well-received movies in supporting roles. Broadway is attracting movie stars.

        Yvonne should fit well into this environment because Australian actors come up working in all three types of entertainment.

        While “I, Frankenstein” ultimately may have been a dud, it had a big budget, a lead in Eckhart who was once known as the “king of indie films”. Some critics may have gone into it expecting to hate it, but the film company itself set that up by not screening it before it opened. They sent up a red flag.

        Right now, the box office projections are getting grimmer. It’s expected by Variety to come in 6th.

      • dkd says:

        Well, I ended up going.

        Visually, they did a good job with the art direction. There are some great visuals.

        I think the Entertainment Weekly score of “C” was about right, though I might go with C-, The key problem is that it takes itself way too seriously. Action movies should be fun and the enterprise is way too dour to work as a “fun” movie. I don’t know how successful the source graphic novel is, but the other big problem is that you can’t really care too much about the title character. They clearly intended this to be the start of a franchise, but I didn’t really end up feeling that I wanted to see more of this character or world.

        Yvonne does her usual professional job, but it’s not a great character or a great script and she can only do so much.

      • atcDave says:

        Obviously it’s DOA as a franchise. Speaking as someone who typically enjoys this “sort” of movie, it was just okay. I would mostly agree with your assessment DKD. It was fun, contrary to many reviews I thought Yvonne did great. She was actually the only one in the cast with any range to speak of, not to say much, but a little beats the none we saw in most the characters. And that’s really what I think keeps it from actually being a “good” genre film. Adam shows no growth or charm. Pity since something seems to have changed in him, by the end he’s ready to champion humanity. How did that happen? Is it just because he has a hot human girlfriend now? Or was there something more significant on embracing that cause? I mean, it’s a cheesy action film, I’m not looking for an Oscar winning exposition here, but some explanation would have been nice. Really just to fill in an obvious hole.
        The state of humanity is the other big deficiency I saw. Again, I’m not looking for anything deep or profound. But I would have liked to see a little something of how Adam related (or didn’t) to the human world. And, what the normal human world looked like, and how it related or didn’t to the big Demon/Gargoyle war. Basically Yvonne was our sole glimpse of humanity, and I needed to see more of that part of the world.

  110. revdr says:

    Unfortunately, when they move a movie’s opening to Jan/Feb it’s because the studio has low expectations for success. They said it was moved originally the do the 3D reset, but early word of mouth was bad.

  111. Christopher says:

    If the movie is not a success its not the actors fault. They only can do what they are told, so I leave the blame on bad P.R. However, I never ley critics stir me from a movie I learned my leasson the year The Aamerican verison of Godzilla came out. They claimed it to be this awesome movie, and to me it was so bad that I had to go home and watch the old Godzillas so I can erase the memory. where was my Suppression device

    Take a Chance an see the movie, If I ould go I would. I might just wait for netflix to get it. and if it the movie does not succeed at least we have a few months before 24 comes back and we get to see Yvonne do her thing there

    • joe says:

      Christopher, you’re relatively new here, so you may be interested to know that we have our own version of the Suppression device, thanks to Thinkling, just for situations like this.
      We call it — Brain Bleach (Reg. U.S. Pat. Off.)!

    • dkd says:

      FWIW–I don’t think anyone here would blame the actors. Even Academy Award winning actors have been in duds.

    • atcDave says:

      Well I’m just back from seeing I, Frankenstein and I’d have to say its a pretty bad movie. Not entirely in a “bad” way, but still…

      No surprise, its the most basic sort of cheesy fantasy-action flick. Its not terribly clever or imaginative, and the story is simple and a little dumb. I would have a hard time giving it more than one star. Now that said, I had fun. Fun action, great explosions, very well done sound effects (better than the visual effects). A couple of the performances; Yvonne (no bias mind you) and Bill Nighy were really first rate, much better than the material deserved. Aaron Eckart is okay.
      Still its pretty strange to see Yvonne in such a traditional damsel in distress sort of role.

      • authorguy says:

        One star is a pretty low rating, usually for something pretty bad. Your description sounds like a two-star, to me. I like Bill Nighy, too, after Love Actually and Wiild Target.

      • atcDave says:

        Hey I take pride in the One Star flicks I’ve enjoyed. But yeah, I might give it two. I’m guessing the pros will come in more at one or one and a half though.

      • dkd says:

        Ouch. Just read the review in Entertainment Weekly. They gave it a C. But, what they said about Yvonne wasn’t nice.

      • atcDave says:

        The Denise Richards comparison is pretty funny.

  112. authorguy says:

    Just because the critics hate it doesn’t mean it won’t become popular. The Terminator and Big Trouble In Little China were both panned, and I’m sure lots of others were too. I’ll see it, when it’s available. I suppose to support her career I might even buy a ticket and see it in a theater!

    • atcDave says:

      Oh no doubt, critics are notoriously poor judges of movies! “Four Stars” is generally a pretty good indicator of a lousy film. But I often find reviews useful as part of my own vetting process. Even a professional critic can occasionally identify production quality strengths and weaknesses, sometimes even good or poor performances.

      And I’m only half joking. MOST of the good or bad issues in rating a movie have far more to do with taste and interest than they do with objective quality issues. Which is my way of saying its mostly about the individual viewer’s taste. With a movie like I, Frankenstein you know going in its not going to be an Oscar winning film. You go because its fun to sit in a dark theater and eat over-priced popcorn while things explode and CG monsters battle to the death. If you really need that approval of a professional critic to enjoy a movie, this one isn’t for you.

    • dkd says:

      Nitpick: The Terminator was NOT universally panned if you mean given 1-star type reviews. I even re-read the review from the NY Times (1984). It wasn’t a rave, but it wasn’t a pan either. About middle.

  113. candm3407 says:

    I won’t be seeing the movie in the theater, my wife and I prefer to wait for them to come on Netflix. I don’t care much for the movie theater anymore. It is quite annoying with the teenagers and over priced stuff that I like my couch more and a 2 dollar popcorn where I can make all through the night

    Joe, maybe you can pass me the bleach because I am still can’t get the stench of the Titanic out of my eyes and often get the heeves when I see it on television. Don’t get me wrong I do like romantic movies like the Notebook when they have meaning and what not, but please spare me.

    When it comes YS I will see her in anything with the exception of Dexter, and I am sure I am missing out on a great character, but I just hate the show. I sat through the first few episodes and ran for the hills not out of fear, but out of the terrible 4 hours I wasted on something this bad.

  114. candm3407 says:

    BTW guys, I need some help with my facebook page that my wife and I created. I call it Chuckaholics it is like this site, but I post videos from youtube and post my favorite quotes. In fact I will share with you my favorite line from Chuck

    It took place in season 1 episode Chuck vs the Crown Vic

    Sarah and Chuck arrive at Von’s Party

    Sarah: Since when did you start drinking martinis
    Chuck: Oh I don’t…but Carmichael does

    • Ernie Davis says:

      This was caught up in the spam filter for a bit. Posts that contain little other than links often do. If you get a post caught in the filter you can let one of us know and we can often get it back.

    • dkd says:

      They had a promo for this in the Super Bowl. Yvonne wasn’t in the promo, but the people in the bar I was watching the game at got very excited by the promo.

    • bubbasuess says:

      Man, regarding that list image, I sure hope someone tells them how to hold a pistol properly.

  115. Chlojack says:

    Yvonne has just signed on for an indie crime thriller “Manhattan Nocturne” co-starring Oscar winner Adrien Brody:


    • garnet says:

      I wish I could get more excited about this. She has been in movies with Clive Owen/Robert DeNiro, Seth Rogan and Barbara Striesand, and now Aaron. So far she is 0 for 3 as far as hits go (I’m not even going to mention The Canyon). As someone pointed out even Academy Award winners have to eat. I really hope it will be great….for her sake as she is great and has shown us just how much talent she has.

      • atcDave says:

        Independent films typically aren’t big box office draws. But they do get noticed in Hollywood. So it’s more likely to get her professional/peer recognition than popular fame. Of course the market is weird, and you never really know until it opens.

      • dkd says:

        Indy films do get noticed in Hollywood provided they turn out well. I used to attend the Tribeca film festival and there were plenty of independent films shown at the festival with well-known actors in them that never got distribution deals. Thus, they were never seen other than at film festivals. These films can be crapshoots for the actors just like major films can be. But, they don’t take a lot of time to film.

        When they are creatively successful–like many Oscar nominated movies like “Nebraska”–they can REALLY help an actor’s standing. When they aren’t successful, they don’t get distributed and don’t hurt.

    • Ernie Davis says:

      I think this fits a pattern for Yvonne of alternating more commercial ventures (I Frankenstein, Dexter, 24) with some resume building (Golden Boy, Louie) to establish her depth and talent as an actress. My guess is that filming will be fairly quick, so she likely isn’t passing on other work to make this movie.

      • Duckman says:

        Finally got to see I Frankenstien over the weekend, first trip to the theater for me is probably 5 years. I agree Yvonne is the best part of the film, but the rest was better than I was expecting after some of the reviews. My only real complaint was the half hour of ads and previews.

      • Dernik says:

        Sorry for the late posting, I saw I, Frankenstein last week, I’m from Australia and the movie didn’t release here till the 20th of March. I enjoyed the movie, especially seeing Yvonne on the big screen. What I found disappointing was that there was no promotion at all about the movie, there was no 3D version, the movie was too short, there wasn’t enough of Yvonne, there should have been an element of romance in the story. I hope there is a sequel but considering the movie wasn’t supported it would seem doubtful.
        I hope Yvonne is cast in a strong female leading role in the future, considering how she brought Sarah Walker to life.

      • duckman says:

        Yeah Dernik, I thought I Frankenstien had far more potential as a story than what was realised. I forget what the budget was but I wanna say 40 mil or so, I couldn’t help thinking how good a couple eps of chuck was for 2-4 mil compared to whatever this cost. Made me ponder what the Chuck team could do with 40 mil.

  116. Just a quick “heads up” for all UK Chuck This fans, 24 will air simultaneously in the US & UK, the initial double episode commencing at 1 am on Tuesday 6th May on this side of the pond (repeated 9pm Wednesday 7th May which will be the usual time slot).Enjoy!!!

  117. Ernie Davis says:

    New trailer for 24:LAD.

    • dkd says:

      This really looks good…and probably a testament to waiting a few years between the end of a show and trying to do it again. I was so tired of 24 by the end, but I’m ready for more Jack Bauer and not just because of Yvonne.

  118. Chlojack says:

    FX has a short clip of Yvonne’s upcoming Louie appearance on You Tube. It’s interesting to say the least. 😛

  119. I never watched 24 but I’ve been tempted to start, its on Netflix after all! As much as I would’ve liked to see Yvonne’s role on Dexter I just can’t handle a show like that. I don’t know if I can watch 8 seasons by the LAD premiere but I’m definitely gonna try!

  120. DKD says:

    I haven’t listened to the podcast, but the picture implies Yvonne is mentioned. They discuss 24 and Louie:


    • DKD says:

      Just listened to the Louie part. One of them said “never seen Strahovsky as relaxed and lively as in this.”

      • Chlojack says:

        Here’s another clip of Yvonne’s appearance. Looks good! I believe her episode will be episode #2 on May 5th.

      • Chlojack says:

        Just listened to the podcast and it was interesting. Sepinwall says she’s pretty good in the first two episodes of 24, but he preferred her performance in Louie. Sepinwall thinks Yvonne is better in roles that contain humor and comedy to drama only roles. I think I agree with him there.

      • aalleess says:

        For those who are not in the USA:

      • Wilf says:

        Thank you aalleess

  121. authorguy says:

    And true, best of all!

  122. joe says:

    A Special Request!

    Yvonne Strahovski co-stars on 24 tonight and I’m sure we’ll all want to write about it.
    But please remember that some us won’t be seeing it for a while (even I won’t have a chance until later in the week).

    I don’t want to stifle the conversation, but please remember to keep spoilers to a minimum, at least, for a couple of days.


    – joe

    • oldresorter says:

      Joe, when / if you want to discuss 24, start posting, but I will say one thing about our comely, blond CIA agent playing actress, ‘Oh boy!’

    • joe says:

      Jason, I got lucky and was able to see both hours tonight.. And I concure! She was fantastic. I kept saying to myself in the first half of the second hour – MORE YVONNE!

      Okay – honest review. I couldn’t help but see Sarah Walker in Kate Morgan. That’s probably more my fault than hers. 24 (and Kate too) was probably best described as Chuck with 0 comedy and maybe 2% of the romance, with the remaining 98% filled with action and adventure. Yvonne was in her element (she’s said often in reviews that she likes doing the fight scenes), so this was a good vehicle for her.

      The story itself was great – just what you’d expect for a quality show. I really enjoyed the cameos by Stephen Frey (British comedian/actor and long time partner of Hugh Laurie, from House) and William Duvane (“Buy Gold!”).

      I’ll be watching more.

    • atcDave says:

      I watched 24 tonight too. It is always an exciting show. A little too serious for my taste, but fun in its own sort of way. Yvonne was dynamite. Obviously a purely dramatic sort of role. I still hope she’ll do something long term that let’s her laugh and smile more (!), but it was good to see her in something new.

      • ChuckFanForever says:

        I watched the first episode the other day, and I could have sworn she said wanted to take a look at the “original Intersect from Prague”? Later, I realized she said “intercept”, but that’s what I get for being a Chuckster first and formost!

      • atcDave says:

        I noticed the same line! Too funny.

      • joe says:

        That’s funny, CFF! Gotta admit, I took notice too.

  123. my opinion of Yvonne’s talent just skyrocketed, she’s amazing!! Can do anything well, anybody that thinks otherwise is crazy! I hope 24LAD gives her more exposure, she totally deserves it! Plus I’ve had a huge crush on her ever since I first watched CHUCK so I’m really rooting for her! Second credit (on yet another project) to Jack Bauer, that’s just awesome!

    • Chlojack says:

      I thought she did a fantastic job, and the character is quite different from Sarah Walker. Loved seeing some of the returning characters as well.

      • Ditto! Where Sarah was respected in her professional career; Kate isn’t nearly as respected but wants to prove her worth! I hoped Yvonne could separate the two and she exceeded my expectations in every way, she really is a fantastic actress!

  124. revdr says:

    Yeah; I just hope she survives; women who get tangled up w/Jack tend not to make all the way through. It was really great seeing her back in action though. And then there was Louie…..

    • She’s credited right after Sutherland so I’d be shocked if she didn’t.

      • revdr says:

        It doesn’t matter about billing…Leslie Hope played his wife in the first season and she was killed in the last episode…she was billed just after Kiefer as well. The only woman to survive was Kim Raver, and she was tortured and nearly driven completely crazy. It was referenced in the episodes tonight. Oh yeah, Chloe and his daughter Kim, but even they had a rough go of it. Jack is a trouble magnet.

    • atcDave says:

      Yeah number two in the credits, so if she doesn’t survive we won’t likely know until the very end.

  125. As somebody who never watched the original series I figuredLAD was the perfect opportunity to jump on the 24 bandwagon and I’m glad I did! Hopefully they’ll put 24 back on Netflix so I can watch that too!

    • revdr says:

      If you haven’t and get the chance to, it will be worth it. It can get pretty dark, but it was great for 8 seasons….

    • uplink2 says:

      I just read this week that the Amazon streaming service just signed the deal for 24 so I expect it will be there and not on Netflix.

      I’ve been a fan of 24 since season 4 and went back and watched the earlier seasons on Netflix. It truly is a formula show and when that formula is working, season 5 being the best, it is some of the best television ever made. It had its weaker seasons like 6 and 7 but finished strong with 8. Plus it was one of the few series that had a very good finale IMO. I am glad its back but I walked away happy at the end of season 8 so I guess that proves even a good “tidied up” ending can still get more content down the road lol.

    • DKD says:

      Preliminary ratings are in and it got a 2.5 Adult 18-49 rating. That makes this the highest rated thing Yvonne has been in since “Chuck vs. First Class”.

      I suspect there will be a big lift in Live + 3 days and Live + 7 days because that’s how people watch TV these days.

  126. uplink2 says:

    I love her performance in Louie. It was funny, happy, ditsy and just some of the best Yvonne I’ve ever seen. I’m not a real big fan of his humor at times but she was fantastic.

    • Chlojack says:

      I loved seeing her in such a relaxed role. What a great contrast to 24, and what a wonderful laugh.

    • uplink2 says:

      t made for a fantastic night of contrasts and seeing what an incredible range this amazing actress has.

  127. oldresorter says:

    Haven’t seen Louie yet, but saw both 24’s. Kate Morgan had a good pair of eps, although Yvonne should have knocked Kiefer on his backside when he knocked her out. No way that little imp would stand a chance in a real fight. I suppose it’s his show – for now.

    I’m pretty sure in rewatches, the non Kate scenes will get FF’d.

    24 doesn’t screw around, the action heated up pretty fast.

    I’m so sick of President Heller already, and hope Kate puts a bullet thru his impotent son in law soon (as well as her half wit replacement), so Audrey can be Jack’s LI, and Kate can pair up with an age (and size) appropriate guy on the show.

    • oldresorter says:

      I watched Louie. I can safely say, unless Yvonne makes a return visit, I will never watch again. For those who did watch, did anyone else feel a strange plot connection to both a seventies movie, as well as a Chuck s5 guest star? That would be the ‘bolero scene’ between Bo Derek and Dudley Moore! Yvonne did a great job by the way, but the show, yikes, awful. I felt like I was watching ‘Jeff’ do a improv for a half hour, in character.

      • noblz says:

        I would have went with an 80’s movie and a S2 and S4 Chuck Guest star. Kim Basinger, Bruce Willis and John Larroquette from “Blind Date”.

      • Chlojack says:

        I think Louie is the type of show that people either love or hate.

      • dkd says:

        When I first watched Louie’s show, I didn’t really get what he was doing, but I grew to really appreciate it. A lot.

        It’s a very influential show among people who matter in the business and opinion leaders, if not the general public.

      • uplink2 says:

        Meaning its popular with the “too cool for school” crowd lol It’s one of those shows the critics love even when they don’t think its funny. It’s a show for the critics and not the audience at times. But it can be uncomfortable to watch.

      • dkd says:

        Emmy voters, too. He’s been nominated

      • thinkling says:

        I imagine it was a quick guest appearance that was a good career move, but count me in the hate it crowd. Definitely uncomfortable to watch. I’m looking forward to 24. It is interesting that these two projects aired at the same time. Seems like it would be great for her career.

      • Ernie Davis says:

        Haven’t watched the episode yet, but I have seen enough Louis episodes to understand that any episode of Louis could rub a lot of people the wrong way.

  128. Dernik says:

    Link to Project (Australian TV Show) interview with Yvonne

  129. revdr says:

    Another good outing for Yvonne tonight; it looks like she is holding her own vs Jack Bauer…..

    • uplink2 says:

      I thought this was her best episode yet and the story really jumped into another gear this week. But damn Margot is a great villain! Plus it was fun seeing Yvonne crawl around in some ventilation ducts! I half expected Heather Chandler to crawl out from the other side 😉

      • revdr says:

        Good one my friend 🙂 !! I have to keep reminding myself that this is a 12 hr mini and not the full 24….I expect it to ramp it up even more next week.

    • oldresorter says:

      She seems so relaxed in the role, much like KS plays Jack. I hope her arc stays on this course.

      • atcDave says:

        She sure is a lot more intense than Sarah!

        So anyone else think it will turn out her husband was framed. Probably by Kate herself. They sure like playing up the idea she couldn’t have not noticed.

      • revdr says:

        Yvonne has that knack of owning whatever role she’s playing. She really does make it look easy. And yeah Dave there’s something there…maybe it’s the guy who has a crush on her…..

      • atcDave says:

        That’s what I’m hoping. But since 24 tends to go with the worst of all possible outcomes, I’m betting Kate did it herself.

      • revdr says:

        Yes, but often times they go for the obvious…just to keep you honest.

      • oldresorter says:

        I think her husband was framed too. I thought the tech guy did it too. Or the guy who wanted her job? Or her boss, maybe she was getting close to a promotion? Did not think of her, but that could be too. Might save the story for the spin off?

      • thinkling says:

        Arrggghh. You guys are really whetting my appetite. We have to watch a day later in Brazil. We will definitely watch tonight! From the convo, I hope he was framed and not by her. Spin-off … with Yvonne … wouldn’t that be cool.

      • oldresorter says:

        YS plays Kate Morgan as if she’s saying, I’m Sarah Walker, and I own the role of the smartest CIA agent in the room. Here’s a thought, maybe her husband is Chuck and they changed their names and ran away to England. And maybe Shaw framed him?

      • atcDave says:

        Good one OR!
        Really my money would be on the guy who seems to have a crush on her, but we’ll see.

        I would have very mixed feelings about a 24 spin off. Although I admit I very much enjoy seeing Yvonne every week again.

      • uplink2 says:

        Well they certainly are beating the horse about her “missing” her husband’s betrayal. So there definitely is something else behind it. My guess is that he was working with Adrian Cross and was leaking the documents to him and Cross framed him to cover his tracks when he sent them to the Chinese.

      • atcDave says:

        Although working with Adrian Cross would still make him a traitor. It sure could make for an interesting scene if Kate has to go to him for help with the key.

        I initially thought the traitorous husband was just back story. But its come up every episode now in the “how did you miss it” sense. So there’s certainly more story there. Part of the problem is, if he was framed, then Kate seems to have abandoned her innocent husband. Its a pretty ugly story whatever way it goes.

      • thinkling says:

        Finally watched ep4. Best yet for Yvonne. She is indeed relaxed in the role. She did a great job, even though the character and show don’t highlight her range the way Chuck did. I haven’t really gotten the vibe that her husband was framed or that perhaps Kate was in on it or framed him, but then I never watched 24 until now. I’m enjoying Kate as Bauer’s female counterpart, so I hope she remains one of the good guys.

        Best yet, I was reading a review which had this to say about Yvonne. Seems the right people may be taking notice of her talent:

        Entertainment insiders so far have been impressed by how she has been able to handle this ‘heavy’ dramatic role as similar to Jack Bauer, she is impulsive and to get the job done she is willing to bend the rule and will take matters into her own hands. Her ability to reveal the different dimensions of her character such as the challenge of trusting others after missing the signs in her past marriage that led to her demotion is what has filmmakers now looking at her as an actress who could be a lead actress on the big screen.
      • atcDave says:

        It is funny how these things work. As you mention, she showed a lot more range on Chuck than she has in 24, just because of the nature of the show. But this is the one that seems more likely to get her serious attention. Go figure.

        I really don’t know if there will be more to the husband story or not. This a pretty big show in terms of characters and story getting crammed into only 12 episodes. And of course I have a pretty Yvonne centered view of things. Its entirely possible it will remain back story, as part of her drive to prove herself.
        Of course I hope for a good end for Kate. I just know 24 loves ugly twists.

      • Ernie Davis says:

        That certainly sounds like good news for both Yvonne and her fans. Another thing that I think is telling is that I believe she hasn’t had to audition for anything since Golden Boy. Dexter, Louis and 24 all basically offered her the part if I’m not mistaken.

      • thinkling says:

        That’s great that she has unsolicited offers. Greater yet if some of them turn out to feature her as the lead. I’d love it she headlined her own TV show.

        It may be 24 that get her more attention, from both fans and insiders, but it was bound to have been Chuck that got her 24. I’m sure she was great in all the other stuff, but Chuck showed off her ability to pull off the agent-y physical stuff.

        As for twists, etc, apparently there’s a big one coming in ep11. Kim Raver said she actually gasped out loud when she read the script.

      • uplink2 says:

        For the 24 role Yvonne was in competition with Jamie Alexander. The connection to Dexter helped her and they thought of her very early on. She may not have had to actually audition but it wasn’t just handed to her from the beginning. There were others up for the role. Also I distinctly remember her saying she did audition for Golden Boy. She said it in an interview once. I’ll have to try and remember where but she did audition for it.
        Also her other project Manhattan Nocturne is having trouble with funding and is being pushed back if it happens at all. Many indie films end up never getting made. Supposedly Jennifer Beals has already dropped out. But Adrian Brody has formed his own production company and was in Canne last week for his latest project and has been trying to get Chinese investors in his company to make films for that and the international market. It is currently slated to start in late fall instead of July. But it could become one of those many indie films that get reported but never actually happen.

        It will be curious what comes out of 24 but as of now she has nothing at least publicly known coming up after she finishes 24 the second week of June.

        Here is a link to the article on Brody and Manhattan Nocturne.


      • Ernie Davis says:

        Yes, she did audition for Golden boy, that was my point, I believe she hasn’t had to audition since.

      • DKD says:

        She may not have had to audition for anything she got since Golden Boy, but it’s an unknown whether she auditioned for stuff she didn’t get, unless you’ve seen her say something about it in an interview.

      • uplink2 says:

        That’s very true. It will be very interesting to see what she does next. I think the odds of a possible next season for 24 are very small and a spinoff is unlikely as the ratings have been decent but not great. I also think Keifer has hinted this is it. Fox is certainly in trouble and needs something but I don’t think that it will be 24 or another variant of it.
        I do think Yvonne has been great so far and this week was her best episode but to me the real standout this season has been Michelle Fairly. She has been absolutely incredible. Her work on Game of Thrones I was impressed with but this is even better. She is such a great baddie and I love having such a despicable character be a female this time.
        We could see Yvonne guest starring in some shows this fall but with Manhattan Nocturne possibly dead and let’s face it I Frankenstein was pretty much a flop, I don’t think film is going to be her area. She certainly hasn’t had much luck with it. Her best role I think was in I Love You Too which I finally saw a couple of weeks ago. But that never even got released in the US market and is difficult to find. I had to use “alternate means” to see it. I would love to see her do a Nora Efron type romcom with Zach some day but I won’t hold my breath. So I’d like to see her stay with TV somehow or go back to Broadway. The stage is where she got her best critical acclaim.

      • Ernie Davis says:

        A fair point about projects she might not have gotten, but I have never heard her talk about any auditions other than Golden Boy, and have never heard her name mentioned as in consideration for a project she didn’t get.

      • Chlojack says:

        The article on Manhattan Nocturne indicated the film is most likely going forward, and was pushed back partially due to Adrien Brody and Jennifer Beals having scheduling conflicts. Beals has not pulled out according to any of the reports. The fall filming date is also more appropriate since the book takes place in the winter months.

        I’m very optimistic about Yvonne’s career right now, especially because she’s getting quality roles without having to audition. She might even be established enough to be picky and turn stuff down now. This has been a great year for her with 24 and Louie, and I hope the Louie appearance leads to more comedic roles in the future.

      • uplink2 says:

        Well I have seen that kind of PR spin many times before and films that get actors tied to them still never get made. They took the script to Berlin to sell and didn’t get the funding for a July start and now he formed his own company and took it to Canne, again looking for funding. The 50 mil mentioned in the article talks about that money being for films for the Chinese and international markets. Nothing says its earmarked for Manhattan Nocturne. As with many indie films in this financial climate I’d say the odds of it happening are 50/50 at best. It’s a hard business to get investors in and though Brodie is an academy award winner that was 12 years ago and he isn’t the draw he once was. And Yvonne has not been a successful film actress yet.
        As stated above we don’t know how many roles she did audition for and didn’t get. We also don’t know for certain she didn’t audition for Dexter in season 7 or 24 either. Dexter season 8 was a callback from the prior season. And there were other actresses up for the 24 role that we know of. The only one we know fairly for certain she didn’t audition for was Louie. Remember just because they called her doesn’t necessarily mean she didn’t have to audition. That call could have been to ask her to come in for that audition for 24.
        I’m not trying to be negative but I think we in the fanbase tend to get overly excited about things. I know I was guilty of it certainly. After Golden Boy I thought she would be taking off but Dexter season 8 sucked. It was a very controversial season and did not do her any favors as they I think destroyed her character and made her simply the one-dimensional prize Dex could never have. The finale is almost Seinfeldesque in the negative reaction to it. Season 8 didn’t really help her much and in some ways may have hurt her. Hannah was a very polarizing character in the Dexter fanbase. Then she took six months off. I Frankenstein was a flop both critically and financially. There is no way to spin that any differently. Now she has 24 which is doing moderately well in the ratings but not burning down the house. Louie was a fantastic role for her and she was great in it. But it was one episode of a well written series.
        I adore the girl and really want her to have the success she desires but I’m trying not to get caught up in an unrealistic view of things. I did that before and got a bit disappointed and I don’t want to again. In reality things have been a mixed bag since Chuck ended for her. But right now there is nothing officially known for what she has lined up after mid June except an indie film that doesn’t have the money yet. But lets sit back and enjoy having her back on TV each week and whatever she wants to do I hope she can do but it is an extremely competitive business and I don’t want to read into things that aren’t there yet.

      • DKD says:

        Talking a lot about auditions you don’t get isn’t a very smart PR strategy for actors. Any publicist would tell them to keep such talk to a minimum. Often, it doesn’t come out until years later that Actor X was up for a role he or she didn’t get. I tend to think that when most actors appear to be dormant for months at a time, they aren’t really doing nothing, but out there trying to get work.

      • uplink2 says:

        Talking alot about auditions in general is probably not great PR. It’s desirable to create the illusion that you are simply being offered roles without having to audition for them but in reality probably very few are. And you are right it is certainly possible that during those 6 months last year where she “threw in the towel” she may very well have been auditioning for roles she didn’t get. I’d say most actors are in a similar boat. Very few outside of A-List established stars can afford to take that long a break voluntarily. And Yvonne is an almost 32 year old C-B list star. It is extremely rare for a female star to make that jump at that age. Plus I’m not sure she wants to TBH. She seems content to hopefully get some decent roles and do some good work and with the financial structure of Hollywood right now with only big Comicbook type movies and sequels being made the competition for those fewer smaller films with great characters is extremely tough and she will most likely have to audition for them against the likes of a lot of younger, equally beautiful and talented actresses.

  130. Also awaiting this episode tomorrow night in the UK,already enthused by all your positive comments!!.I agree Adam Morgan must have been framed…………….best guess so far,her boss,simply because he said in episode 1 that “he was my friend too.”

  131. Ernie Davis says:

    Hmmm… Are we going to have to start a “24” spoilers and speculation page?

    In all seriousness, it is great to see Yvonne back on TV and this will be great exposure for her, but I’m not blown away by the show. The performances are great, it’s just that so far I’m seeing kind of a one note tone to the show. Everybody. Is. Intense.

    Admittedly I’m a few episodes behind, so maybe I need to catch up, but I really want to see Yvonne get to use a lot more of her range in her future projects.

    • atcDave says:

      That’s exactly why I quit watching 24 years ago. I find all that intensity boring. And I definitely want to see Yvonne do something more fun. But for now, its great to have her on TV again.

    • Ernie Davis says:

      Yeah, it is what it is, and some people thrive on that, but I understand my own tastes enough to know that 24 was never going to be my kind of thing. In a small dose (like 12 episodes) I can enjoy it, especially with Yvonne getting to kick-@, but it isn’t my type of show.

      I think Yvonne and Zac need a guest appearance on Castle next season as the Charlses (Charlseses?) Castle’s wealthy Hamptons neighbors who get involved in a murder mystery.

      • atcDave says:

        Mark it on your calendars, Dave and Ernie are in total agreement today.

        Can it last? Can old rivals become friends and allies? Stay tuned….

      • oldresorter says:

        Ernie, that would be such a great Castle ep. To quote Chuck, ‘Best TV episode idea EV-ah!

      • Ernie Davis says:

        Maybe we can get MyNameIsJeffAndImLost to write it.

      • atcDave says:

        Oh man, that would be so much fun!

      • thinkling says:

        Well, I agree with the consensus here. 24 would never be my favorite show. But it is great to see Yvonne weekly in something I can watch (something not Dexter). I can take it in small doses. Non-stop intensity does get boring. I feel the same way in movies that have really long digital effects sequences. Yawn. I know a lot of people think it’s cool, but I get bored pretty quickly. Mostly I love character growth and development too much to enjoy a show that only covers 24 hours in six months. I mean how much can characters grow in a 24 hour day of heart pounding car chases, gun battles, and explosions?!

        The Charleses on Castle would be awesome. They’ve had Adam and Josh, so why not Zach and Yvonne??

      • DKD says:

        I think it’s harder to write something specifically for two guest stars unless you absolutely know they will be available and agree to do it. It would be easier to have something written that anyone could take the role for and say “this would be a good role for X”, if we can get them.

        Zac and Yvonne’s schedules rarely sync up with them being available at the same time.

      • Ernie Davis says:

        I think we all understand that it’s not likely to happen, it’s just fun to think about.

        On the other hand guest star roles for a TV show usually only take a few days at most. I think Louis took 2 since Yvonne was only in NY for a few days. I don’t think it would be impossible to get Zac and Yvonne in the same town at the same time for 2-3 days, especially since Castle shoots in LA where they both live.

      • DKD says:

        Castle probably has the same shooting schedule as Chuck did. Each episode takes 7 to 8 days, more if it’s a more demanding episode. If they were really prominent in the story, they would have to be available more than a few days.

        Louie is produced on a really small budget. It doesn’t surprise me that it only took a few days of her time.

        I believe Zac still has a home in LA, but he has been living in NY since last year, when he’s not traveling.

      • Ernie Davis says:

        Hm. For some reason I thought Zac had returned to LA, but I guess not.

        Well if Yvonne is filming Manhattan Nocturne in NYC maybe they can find time and something to do together, like one of the improv shows.

        I know, unlikely, but it would be fun to see those two paired up for something again.

      • DKD says:

        That was when Zac went to LA to do Hollywood Game Night and that Soup show. But, he tweeted about seeing Hedwig(broadway show) this week. A few weeks ago he filmed a music video with a muppet in NYC. The guy is bi-coastal, but still spending more time in NYC.

      • uplink2 says:

        And in Toronto where Missy shoots Rookie Blue. There were some great pics of him and Missy with a fan who worked at a store in Toronto yesterday on Twitter. The guy was very complimentary about how down to earth they both were and took pics with each of them. So yea he really is becoming almost Tri-coastal with East, West and now North coasts being covered lol.

      • dkd says:

        I didn’t mention Toronto because those trips seem to be personal and not attached to work. Other people are re-tweeting and Tumblr-ing that stuff. If it’s personal, I don’t circulate it. Plenty of other people are.

      • Oh, crap. That’s story idea is a great one and sounds like a lot of fun, but I have two other stories in progress.

        In addition to Their Next Adventure, I’m doing Castle’s Target/Hunt episodes from season 5 (Chuck season 6) in the Law of Averages/Linchpin universe. I have good portions of 4 chapters done (1 and 4-7), but it’s grown to at least 12.

    • Chlojack says:

      Sounds like she has a possible project she isn’t allowed to talk about. Wonder what that is.

    • joe says:

      Nice interview. I really like this bit:

      TVLINE And then of course there’s the hope that you and Zach will one day revisit Sarah and Chuck. What are the odds of that happening by, say, the year 2020?
      Yvonne: [Laughs] Oh, man. I don’t know. I’d say by the year 2020 that maybe the odds are good — it might take that long to get it together!

      TVLINE Y’all just need to steal away for a few weeks and bang out a one-off movie or something.
      Yvonne: Yeah, maybe. We’ll see. You never know what Zachary Levi has up his sleeve.

      And THIS, I *really* enjoyed.

      TVLINE Do you think Kate and Sarah would hold each other in high regard?
      Yvonne: Yeah, except I think Sarah would get [angry] with Kate, because Kate is a bit “naughty” and does things not by the rules. I think Sarah plays a bit more by the rules — unless she’s in Thailand looking for Chuck!

    • thinkling says:

      Very nice interview. Especially the reference to Thailand. Of course, it cranks up the suspense for 24:LAD, too. 😉

  132. revdr says:

    If there was ever any doubt that Kate Morgan was gonna play a big part in this story need only to see next week’s preview for LAD. It’s getting serious now…..

  133. Chlojack says:

    Wow…. stunning work from Yvonne in this episode. Amazing.

    • atcDave says:

      It was very Sarah Walker-ish!

      • KG says:

        She’s been awesome…This fifth episode somewhat reminded me of Beefcake. Of course, this was a lot more intense. And she was on the receiving end and not Cole.

      • Just watched this weeks episode, great cliffhanger didn’t expect that, I bet Jason recovers the evidence planted on Kate’s husband and somehow joins Jack’s team! Awesome job by Yvonne, her and KS have great chemistry!

      • thinkling says:

        Awesome indeed! Grueling torture scene — to watch and to do, I imagine. Well, no wonder Kate didn’t pick up on her husband’s treachery (since it was non-existent). Wonder if he was framed, in part, to get rid of her. That plot just became non-peripheral.

        Yeah KS and YS do have good chemistry, albeit in a completely different way than the word usually brings to mind. The characters (and the actors) are good together. Loved the look on Jack’s face when Kate dosed herself.

        Liked the interview a lot, too.

      • atcDave says:

        It was funny, I found the torture scene nearly impossible to watch, right up until Kate turned it all upside down. Great action sequence. It really made the episode for me.

      • joe says:

        Yeah, me too, Dave. But like KG noted, the scene did remind me a lot of Beefcake, which made it more tolerable.

        I gotta say though, I did see that twist coming. [Joe pats himself on the back.] Kate’s husband just had to be one of the “good guys.”

        I’ve been wracking my brains for 3 weeks trying to figure out where I’ve seen Benjamin Bratt (Steve Navarro). I see now that he’s been recently in Modern Family, but I haven’t watched that show. Perhaps I’ve seen him in Law and Order. Odd, since I’ve only seen a few of those over the years.

      • atcDave says:

        Actually I was thinking Santa Suit. The way she escaped, definitely reminded me of Santa Suit.

        Joe don’t forget Miss Congeniality. Surely Mr. Bratt’s finest performance!

      • thinkling says:

        Miss Congeniality is the only thing I recognize him from.

        Reading reviews I came across a BTS clip, in which it was noted that she did her own drop from the air duct into the comm room. She commented that it wasn’t her first air vent. It was cute.

        See it here. The site 24spoilers.com/ is good for reviews, previews, interviews, clips, pics, etc.

      • Wilf says:

        I was thinking there was the obvious similarity with Imported Hard Salami in the torture scene. Whatever, it was a really exciting episode.

      • atcDave says:

        Funny how much experience Yvonne has with torture scenes!

      • Ernie Davis says:

        Funny how much experience Yvonne has with torture scenes!

        And air ducts.

      • atcDave says:

        I suppose the air ducts are even more unlikely.

      • Ernie Davis says:

        Apparently not in the TV universe where all buildings, and even bullet trains, have human sized air ducts.

      • atcDave says:

        My favorite will always be when Mythbusters did this. A duct large enough for a person MADE SO MUCH NOISE it was outrageous. My lasting memory was Adam shouting “Thor, God of Thunder, is invading our building!”

      • thinkling says:

        Quick poll: how many air duct scenes were there in Chuck? I’m remembering quite a few.

      • authorguy says:

        I hope you mean episodes and not individual scenes.

      • Ernie Davis says:

        Well theoretically Bryce dropped from an air duct in the pilot, then I can’t think of one until Chuck crawling through the fake ceiling in Marlin (which isn’t an air duct, but is in spirit). Season 2 often uses an air duct scene to enter Castle, but I don’t think that counts. As for actually having people crawl through air ducts… Fat Lady, Three Words, Cubic Z, Coup d’Etat has them in air-duct-like tunnels, Leftovers, Gobbler, Muuurder (sort of), Curse, Santa Suit, Bullet Train, and Sarah if you count the team’s drop into DARPA as an air duct scene. Did I miss any?

      • thinkling says:

        You got more than I did. But I included Anniversary, if you count the trap door/slide as a type of air duct.

  134. I was thinking Santa Suit too Dave after all Sarah was put in extreme conditions and torture in that episode but I thought Kate’s escape was so awesome! Yvonne keeps amazing me with her talent!:1st Chuck then Mass Effect (albeit that’s a video game series ) then Dexter and now 24LAD she’s really something special!

  135. resaw says:

    The show kind of telegraphed that Navarro was a bad guy when he told Jordan (the tech guy) to stop searching for the missing evidence regarding Kate’s husband. The surreptitious phone call Navarro made later confirmed it. I didn’t watch the last few seasons of 24 but my feeling is that these scenes suggest that Jordan is not long for this world.

    Kate’s torture is certainly reminiscent of some scenes in Chuck, but like Yvonne said, Chuck’s baseline was comedic, while there is no comedy in 24:LAD, so the torture comes across much more seriously in the current context. In Chuck, the question was how is the character going to get out of this precarious situation. In 24, the question is, will the character survive?

    Perhaps one similarity between Chuck and 24:LAD. Chuck lied or kept people (e.g. Ellie) in the dark and that occasioned results that could have been avoided if everyone had been kept in the loop. In this last episode of 24:LAD the lack of clarity as to what the President was doing caused the PM to take matters into his own hands, and that resulted in chaos, the near-undoing of Bauer’s plan and the near-death of Kate. And I suppose we could even say there is a bit of a love triangle issue going on, between Mark and Audrey Boudreau and Jack, or at least there is the potential for one in Mark’s mind. Hard to believe that a chief of staff would forge the president’s signature over a fit of jealousy. Almost harder to believe than Sarah falling for Shaw… 😉

    • thinkling says:

      Yeah, Mark has some serious splaining to do. Can’t say I’m sorry for that.

      I had the same thought about Jordan’s longevity. The secondary plot adds texture and interest to the season.

      I’m super impressed with Yvonne (nothing new). I didn’t know what to expect, but I’m not sure I expected that hers was such a huge, lead role. I’m happy for her, as this seems to be giving her larger status, visibility, and recognition by more people (and people in the right places). For the most part, the reviews are very favorable, and new fans think she’s awesome (especially her torture scene and her escape/kill.

      Despite some obvious similarities with Chuck, the differences in story and genre put them on different planets. Likewise, despite some characteristics (determination, skills, and some of the vulnerability) shared between Kate and Sarah, Yvonne has given us a completely different character. Not only that, in a very brief time she has brought depth to what could have been a very one dimensional character. When I watch Kate, I don’t see Sarah at all … unless I’m looking really hard for some of those specific characteristics. Even her tells, gestures, and nuances are different. (The only real Sarah-ism I catch is the way she says “What?” when she’s perplexed.) Really great job. Whereas Kate is no Sarah (well, we have so little time or chance to get to know her — a downside to the 24 format), Yvonne has made me like her and root for her.

      • resaw says:

        I completely agree on Yvonne’s acting. She inhabits her characters with a thoroughness and nuance that not all actors are able to accomplish. I also like your observation about the “What?,” Thinkling.

      • atcDave says:

        I completely agree with both of you, all of this. Although I would say Chuck was quite capable of going very dark on occasion, there was never the fear for survival that comes with 24.
        Oh Resaw, I do still disagree though about the plausibility of the forgery vs Sham!

        I really hope this higher visibility leads to something better, long term for Yvonne. I sure would like to see her in her own show; something I might actually want to watch.

      • thinkling says:

        Me too, Dave. I think she will have some career choices after this. I really hope her choices are things I want to watch, b/c I love watching her.

  136. Ernie Davis says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this latest installment of 24:LAD. I obviously am going to agree with all the comments on how well Yvonne is doing. This was really her first opportunity to show her range and physicality in the role, so despite the nature of it, a good episode for her.

    In general I’m thrilled that her role is so prominent and that she is getting a lot of publicity out of it. And also that there are probably some people discovering Chuck because of it.

    Now, I hate to be a nag, but we should consider spoilers when it comes to other readers who may not be watching live. Although admittedly 24 is not subtle when it comes to exposition. I think virtually every major character remarked on how Kate could have missed what was happening, kind of gives away the game a bit don’t you think? Still it sounds like they have a twist planned of some sort.

    Also, I had to delete a comment that was basically another re-airing of grievances against the Chuck team. Once again, this isn’t the place for that, and those comments will be deleted.

    • oldresorter says:

      Ernie maybe you could let someone else be the moderator of a 24 related blog. You don’t seem to have the temperament for it.

      • Ernie Davis says:

        Your objection to my moderation is noted, but I have been clear that this is not a forum for once again bashing the Chuck creative team for decisions they made on a show that has been off the air for (according to our calendar at the bottom) 2 years 4 months 1 week and 1 day. You can have the rest of the internet to post whatever you want, I’ll maintain this page.

      • authorguy says:

        In a thread about Yvonne’s post-Chuck work, going on about her work in Chuck, the show itself, and its creators, seems to me to be out of place. Not to mention boring. Is isn’t as if we haven’t heard it all before.

    • resaw says:

      Thanks for the reminder about spoilers, Ernie. I saw something about it just airing this evening in the UK, IIRC, and realize that there are readers from around the world on this blog. I will try to be more mindful next time.

  137. authorguy says:

    I just got my Fire TV set up. Are these episodes available on Netflix of Hulu yet? I’m too busy with nine2five to track broadcast TV. Otherwise I’ll have to wait. I haven’t seen a single episode of 24 before, but for Yvonne I’ll do it.

    • Ernie Davis says:

      With a few exceptions most network TV shows are available on Hulu. However in a bid to make themselves even less popular and relevant, cable companies and the networks have decided that if you don’t have a cable plan there are additional delays. Also Hulu typically only has 5 episodes available unless you subscribe to Hulu Plus so if you wait too long you’ll need to wait for the DVD/online release to get all episodes.

  138. noblz says:

    I made a vow to watch what each of the three main actors (Zach, Yvonne and Adam) do post Chuck.

    I just streamed I, Frankenstein and here are my thoughts:

    First, general comments, very good production quality but the story sucked (I’m not a Gargoyle/Demon sort of guy, but I watched anyway).

    On the acting, everyone except Yvonne (Terra Wade) and Bill Nighy (Demon Prince, Niberias I think) were very unexceptional and bland. Yvonne was the only warm human character (maybe intentional?) and Nighy was venomously evil.

    Almost LOL scene: Terra is in the lab studying Dr Frankenstein’s journal when Adam (the monster) crashes into the lab. Terra turns to face him holding the journal and once she recognizes him blurts out “Oh, Sh!t!!”. I nearly broke down laughing it was a good scene.

    OBTW, this thread is getting really long, maybe we can start Yvonne a new thread?

  139. DKD says:

    I did a little ratings analysis based on the first two airdates and I thought I’d share some observations based on the Live + 7 day numbers.

    1. Between the first and 2nd airings, the A18+ viewing dropped only 6% from 11.63 million to 10.94 million. These are high numbers relative to Chuck.
    2. All of the drop was represented by Men 18-34 and Women 35+. Men 35+ viewing actually rose between the first and 2nd airdate.
    3. The highest ratings are for Men 50-64. This is typical of a show with 24’s heroic themes. Female ratings are not as high as their male counterparts.

    In terms of longterm prospects–if the producers even want to do more of the show–some ad agencies are negotiating this upfront using C7 ratings rather than C3. That means more days of viewing will get counted for what they pay for. This move benefits a show like 24.

    But, we’ll have to see what the ratings are for subsequent airings.

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