Posted Jul 27th 2007 7:34PM by Julia Ward
Filed under: Other Drama Shows, Industry, Celebrities
I know the picture's a little blurry folks, but isn't it worth it to
know how far the cast of NBC's new pilot Chuck is willing to go to get
you to love them? Stars Zachary Levi and Joshua Gomez were not, in
fact, reenacting the finer points of the Kama Sutra on stage. They
were recreating their comic ninja fight from the pilot. Now that's
we've cleared that up, more on Chuck after the jump.
Chuck is the brainchild of writers Chris Fedak and The O.C.'s Josh
Schwartz. The pilot, directed by he-of-silly-moniker McG, was reviewed
back in May by our own Bob Sassone. The screening here at Comic-Con -
the first in front of a large crowd - was incredibly well-received.
While this may have something to do with Firefly's Adam Baldwin in a
menacing turn as NSA baddie John Casey, I'm sure the show would have
gone over big anyway. It's geek-friendly on every level.
Chuck centers around a thinly-disguised Best Buy Geek Squad (Buy More
Nerd Herd) employee who has the entire contents of the NSA and CIA's
databases downloaded into his brain. It's The Office meets Alias
starring Seth Cohen with heavy 80s influences. Josh and Chris both
brought up War Games and Goonies as inspirations. The show is super-
stylized - almost a parody of spy flicks - while being hyper-realistic
in an Office-sense. Its humor relies on the banality of our lives when
we're in that wonderful "quarter-life crisis" stage - the mid-20s,
when most of us are a little on the lost side. It's a great fantasy -
that we wouldn't have to figure out our lives if a sense of purpose
were thrust upon us. In the case of Chuck, that purpose comes care of
the federal government. In Reaper, which I'll be writing about
following a screening later this evening, that sense of purpose comes
care of the devil. Which of these two similar shows will win out in
the end? That's for you to decide come September.