For all of his spy antics, Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi) has been far more impressive for his ability to avoid cancellation despite less than stellar ratings for "Chuck." However, he only has one escape left.
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that NBC has given the greenlight for a fifth season of "Chuck." But the network also noted unequivocally that it will also be the final season of the show.
"Chuck" creator Josh Schwartz commented about the renewal on his twitter account. "The passion of the 'Chuck' fans has been heard again… We are all truly lucky to have the greatest fan base on tv. Thank you. … I will have more details soon… Very happy for the cast and crew.”
Although "Chuck" has a notably loyal audience, its ratings dip earlier this year led some to believe that the Buy More crew wouldn't get another season. And at the very least, the show will be allowed to end on its own terms.
But NBC canceled its other Monday night shows, "The Event" and "Law & Order: LA;" which was not unexpected given both shows' struggles creatively and in terms of ratings.
However, Deadline is also reporting that "The Event" may not be dead yet. There are currently talks with " at least one distribution partner" that would allow the program to survive; which Deadline speculates may be Netflix. Other cable and digital channels are also said to be interested in picking up "The Event.
"We have a dedicated fan base," related Nick Wauters, the creator of "The Event." "And we promised them we will deliver one way or another and will continue to tell our stories."
NBC will announce its new fall schedule on Monday.