After the amazing news that NBC has decided to renew Chuck for 13 episodes, no small thanks to the tons of Subway footlongs purchased on finale night courtesy of the devoted fans, TV Guide reports that it's possible that the NBC spy-comedy will be renewed for a full season.
"We may extend it out and continue it through the summer," says NBC entertainment president Ben Silverman, adding that it all depends on the ratings and it might be a good idea to pair it up with similarly ratings-challenged Friday Night Lights, which owes its continued existence to a deal inked between NBC and satellite provider DirecTV.
"We're looking to ... keep [Chuck] incredibly viral and buzz-worthy until it returns, and then hopefully have it on our air for many years to come."
The 13-episode pickup came after Warner Bros. agreed to make significant budget concessions, which might include scaling back on the number of episodes which several members of the show's supporting cast will appear in, and maybe even eliminate one actor altogether. The show is also expected to cut two of its staff writers.
Chuck fans rallied behind their favorite geek-spy, played by Zachary Levi, wrote letters to NBC bigwigs, intensified its online efforts, and gave major Chuck advertiser Subway a huge buzz by making the sandwich chain an integral role in the culmination of their campaign which they scheduled in time for Chuck's sophomore season finale.
"My gut feeling is good. It's optimistic, it's positive," Levi said. "Everybody at the network has shows us a lot of love over the last couple of years and our fan base is dedicated and true."