‘Chuck’ lands fifth season, producer confirms

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Good news for all you “Chuck” fans out there. NBC has officially picked up the series for a fifth season, as confirmed Friday by co-creator and co-executive producer Josh Schwartz on Twitter. Schwartz thanked the series’ rabid fan base for keeping the show on the air for an unprecedented (given the series’ low ratings) five seasons. He also said there will be more details soon.

Hitfix’s Alan Sepinwall has some of those details already, including the fact that the order, at present, is for 13 episodes. Will that order have the potential of expanding into more episodes, as the series did this year (when a 13-episode order was extended to 24 episodes)? Or will those 13 episodes be a curtain call for the show, bringing its total number to 91 episodes broadcast? We’ll hopefully know more by the time the fourth season finale airs Monday.

“Chuck” had been in a perilous position heading into upfront season. The show’s normally low ratings had sagged to catastrophically low over the last few weeks as the show took its typical hit from Daylight Saving Time. But NBC apparently still has enough faith in the show to bring it back, and rumors that the series had been renewed were circulating as early as Tuesday, before Schwartz confirmed them Friday.

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--Todd VanDerWerff (follow me on Twitter at @tvoti)