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'Chuck' Recap: 'Chuck Versus Sarah'/'Chuck Versus The Goodbye' (Series Finale)

January 28th, 2012 1:04am EST
Chuck
It's the end of the road for Chuck. And there's a lot at the end of that road: laughter, tears, and romance, even if it's not in the way you might want.

Sarah, still believing the villainous Quinn (Angus MacFadyen) is her handler, is making Chuck more than a little confused. Faced with the idea that he almost lost her and Morgan because of the Intersect, he launches a mission to destroythe thing that changed his entire life. He's shocked when Sarah uploads the Intersect instead and leaves the whole team trapped in the lab. Even she is surprised when Quinn activates the explosive h...
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Q&A: 'Chuck' Star Adam Baldwin & Co-Creator Chris Fedak Say Finale Is 'Epic And Special'

January 27th, 2012 11:00am EST
Chuck
Tonight, NBC's Chuck signs off after five seasons - but not before I got some parting words from star Adam Baldwin and co-creator Chris Fedak.

Chris, what can we expect from tonight's finale?

Chris Fedak: We have essentially an epic finale for you guys. It’s going to be different than anything we’ve ever done before on Chuck. We knew that we were building toward our final episode, and we really wanted to put together something special.

It’s going to be a two-hour finale. The first part of it is called "Chuck Versus Sarah" and the second part’s called "Chuck Versus the Goodbye." Everyth...
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Q&A: 'White Collar' Star Tim DeKay

January 24th, 2012 1:00pm EST
Tim DeKay
There's a whole White Collar promo about Matt Bomer. But it would be criminal to overlook his co-star Tim DeKay, who's equally brilliant and just as important to the show's success.

His character, Special Agent Peter Burke, couldn't be more solid. Peter has a successful job at the FBI and a stable marriage to Elizabeth (Tiffani Thiessen). The role is a perfect fit for Tim, who's just as reliable as his character. He's got a long list of TV credits to his name, including a recent guest appearance on NBC's Chuck, being one of the good things about Law & Order: Los Angeles, and he'll always...
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Q&A: 'Chuck' Star Yvonne Strahovski Takes Us Inside Her SoBe Shoot (Video)

January 13th, 2012 11:15am EST
Yvonne Strahovski
Chuck star Yvonne Strahovski got herself painted in palm fronds and coconuts to promote Sobe's three new flavors of Lifewater.

The South Beach-shot photo spread, which sees her in a 'skinsuit' of tropical-themed body paint to match the theme of Sobe's new Lifewater with Coconut Water, will appear in Sports Illustrated's annual swimsuit issue, which hits newsstands on February 14.

Below, Yvonne took some time out of her busy schedule - she was on her way to shoot the feature film I, Frankenstein with Aaron Eckhart - to talk with me about her first modeling experience, being a beautiful w...
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Yvonne Strahovski Bares All And Wears Only Body Paint For New SoBe Lifewater Photoshoot (Pics)

January 12th, 2012 6:00pm EST
Yvonne Strahovski
Sexy Australian actress Yvonne Strahovski recently endured six hours of standing around naked to have paint applied to her body by artist Rodrigo Piedra for a new SoBe Lifewater with Coconut Water "skinsuit" photoshoot in South Beach, Florida. The Chuck star's new ads will be featured in the upcoming Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, which hits newsstands February 14.

"It was a fun shoot... it really felt like a bit of a mini holiday," Yvonne tells Fox411.com.

"I've never had palm fronds and coconuts painted on my body, but it was pretty cool. It felt like I was wearing something anywa...
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'Chuck' 5.08 'Chuck Versus The Baby' Review

December 31st, 2011 12:07am EST
Chuck
This week's Chuck boasts some very familiar special guests - and a baby. It's unashamedly sentimental, but that's just fine for a fun adventure as we near the end of the series.

Five years ago, in Budapest, Sarah was hanging out with Peter Burke...wait, wrong show, but that is Tim DeKay of White Collar as Sarah's handler Kieran Ryker. He orders her to take out a dining room full of thugs and rescue a baby. Now Ryker's defected, and that cute little baby is coming back to haunt Sarah.

Seems the tot was in line for a huge fortune, and rather than turn him over to Ryker so that he coul...
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'Chuck' Recap: 'Chuck Versus The Curse' (5.06)

December 17th, 2011 12:14am EST
Chuck
On this week's Chuck, the CIA is ticked, Morgan thinks he's a ninja, and Rebecca Romijn ruins date night for Ellie and Awesome. "Chuck Versus The Curse" is a typical Chuck episode. It could also have been a lot more.

Devon and Ellie pick an unfortunate time to play spies, as the CIA confuses them with Chuck and Sarah (via Chuck's OpenTable account of all things?). Although this is eventually clarified, they believe Robyn Cunnings (Romijn) when she says that she works with Chuck, and get themselves abducted. Robyn wants The Omen (not the movie, the virus from "Chuck Versus The Hack O...
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'Chuck' Recap: 'Chuck Versus The Business Trip' (5.04)

November 19th, 2011 1:05am EST
Chuck
I don't know about you, Chuck fans, but to me a Buy More convention sounds like fun. There's one in Riverside this week, and it's the start of more fun, action-packed shenanigans that resurrect just what makes Chuck tick.

Team Bartowski is determined to get the Intersect out of Morgan's head in order to stop the CIA from having him killed. This briefly reunites them with General Beckman (Bonita Friederecy), but also brings Decker (Richard Burgi, who seems to have found a second wind in his career playing jerks) back to say that a top-flight assassin named "The Viper" is going to c...
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'Chuck' Recap: 'Chuck Versus The Bearded Bandit' (5.02)

November 5th, 2011 12:04am EDT
Chuck
Season five of Chuck got off to a good start with last week's season premiere. It keeps rolling this week, with a second episode that starts to lay out where the final year is headed.

This week, we meet the competition: Verbanski Corp, led by Gertrude Verbanski (that's The Matrix star Carrie-Anne Moss, sounding like she's narrating a Cyberdyne advert). She used to work for the KGB, and Casey really doesn't like her, having had a nasty run-in (and subsequent fling) with her in 1995. Since then, she's put together a whole compound of minions, and is out to recruit a few more from Tea...
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Q&A: 'InSight' Director Richard Gabai

October 15th, 2011 11:00am EDT
InSight
For every movie that you hear about, there's probably at least a dozen that you don't. It shouldn't surprise you that some of those flicks that don't get a big release or promo push are really, really good. Maybe even better than those big blockbusters that do get all the attention.

I recently spoke with Richard Gabai, director of InSight. The flick stars Natalie Zea (of Justified fame) as an ER nurse who begins experiencing the memories of a young stabbing victim whose life she tries to save. She partners with the detective working the case (Sean Patrick Flanery of Boondock Saints) t...
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TV on DVD: 'Chuck: The Complete Fourth Season' [Blu-Ray]

October 13th, 2011 2:17pm EDT
Chuck
In case you missed it, NBC's Chuck is moving to Fridays for its final season beginning October 28. To prepare you for the end of one of TV's cult hits, Warner Home Video recently released the complete fourth season on Blu-Ray and DVD. Here's an evaluation of the Blu-Ray edition.

The Show

I reviewed Chuck throughout the fourth season, and on second glance, my opinions haven't changed all that much. There are a lot of things that work, and some that just don't - which makes it pretty much like every other TV series out there. I have yet to see any show have a perfect season. What ...
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'Chuck' Star Sarah Lancaster Is A New Mom

September 12th, 2011 8:40pm EDT
Sarah Lancaster
Actress Sarah Lancaster is a new mom.

The Chuck star and her husband Matthew Jacobs welcomed baby Oliver Michael Jacobs in Los Angeles on the of June 29.

Lancaster didn't reveal the news of her son's birth until Monday.

Speaking to People.com, she says, "We feel so fortunate for every minute we get to spend with our healthy and happy baby."

The actress wed attorney Jacobs in January.
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Fall 2011 TV Premiere Dates

September 6th, 2011 1:00pm EDT
Two and a Half Men
Labor Day is over, signaling the unofficial end of summer and the start of the new TV season. While television is somewhat entertaining during June, July, and August, it's the fall debuts that many TV addicts anticipate.

Next week the networks start rolling out new and returning series, kicking off with "90210" and "Ringer" on the CW on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

Check out the list below to see when your favorites air:

Tuesday, September 13
8 pm 90210 CW
9 pm Ringer (NEW!) CW
10 pm Parenthood NBC

Wednesday, September 14
8 pm H8R CW
8 pm Survivor: South Pacific CBS
9 pm America’s Next Top Mode...
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'Chuck' 4.22 'Chuck Versus The Cliffhanger' Review

May 17th, 2011 12:04am EDT
Chuck
Chuck played by the numbers: it set up a big event (Chuck and Sarah's wedding) for its big finale, an episode which you can consider even bigger as we now know it also sets the table for the show's fifth and final season. It wasn't the whiz-bang finale I was expecting after all the hype, but it was one that was true to what the show stands for, and that's good enough for me.

To save Sarah, Team Bartowski must get the antidote she needs from Alexei Volkoff, which pits them against hardened CIA operative Clyde Decker (Richard Burgi of Desperate Housewives and The Sentinel). True to...
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NBC Announces New Fall TV Shows, 2011-12 Schedule

May 16th, 2011 11:30am EDT
The PlayBoy Club
NBC just introduced its 2011-12 primetime schedule, showcasing six new dramas and six new comedies from a roster of renowned hitmakers that includes Steven Spielberg, Lorne Michaels, Brian Grazer, Tom Werner, John Grisham and Peter Berg, among many others.

The season's new dramas are "Smash," "Prime Suspect," "The Playboy Club," "Awake," "Grimm" and "The Firm"; and the new comedies are "Up All Night," "Whitney," "Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea," "Free Agents," "Best Friends Forever" and "Bent."

Returning shows include "Parenthood," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Harry's La...
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What To Watch: Viewers Finally Learn Which ‘Glee’ Cast Member They Will Say Goodbye To Forever (May 15-21, 2011)

May 15th, 2011 11:15am EDT
The number one thing you need to watch this week is “Glee” because after months of speculation, viewers will finally find out which cast member they will say goodbye to forever. That’s right; in case you haven’t heard, one of McKinley High’s own will face an unexpected loss. Cast and crew have been tight-lipped about who is dying, but viewer guesses include Sue’s sister, Puck and Quinn’s daughter, or Kurt’s dad. Of course, this doesn’t mean it couldn’t be one of the regular cast members; ugh, I cringed at the thought!

‘Amazing Race; Unfinished Business’ wraps up with $1 million winner, ent...
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TV Cancellations, Renewals And Shocks, Oh My!

May 14th, 2011 3:04pm EDT
The Event
They’re goin’ down like flies.

This week, FOX tear-gassed its on-the-bubble shows, and NBC and ABC have taken similar approaches. Either pilot season has produced some very promising material, or the networks are getting violent. Either way, there are a lot of casualties.

Let’s start with the good news: Among shows in trouble, NBC’s ‘Chuck’ has been renewed for one more season, but the caveat is that it’s just one more season, and a 13-episode one at that. Still, it’ll provide plenty of closure for fans. NBC’s ‘Parenthood’ was also granted another wish from the network’s genie, with i...
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'Chuck' 4.23 'Chuck Versus The Last Details' Review

May 9th, 2011 11:54pm EDT
Chuck
Like our title character, Chuck fans know that when you say everything is perfect and nothing can go wrong, something - a lot of somethings, actually - will go wrong. In this case, 'wrong' sees Ellie turn into the wedding planner equivalent of a Bridezilla and Chuck's mom get kidnapped by Vivian Volkoff. No big deal, right? (Obvious sarcasm is obvious.)

"Chuck Versus The Last Details" feels like a typical Chuck episode, in that it derives much of its humor from our heroes' errors, quirks and mishaps, like Jeff and Lester having hours of footage of Sarah from the Buy More, or Chuck a...
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'Chuck' 4.22 'Chuck Versus Agent X' Review

May 2nd, 2011 11:59pm EDT
Chuck
On the eve of Chuck and Sarah's pre-wedding parties, Satan - I mean Ray Wise - is afoot looking for the Orion computer on behalf of Vivian Volkoff. Evil never sleeps, kids. Remember that.

This episode of Chuck has the obligatory portion which pokes fun at bachelor and bachelorette parties (strippers, a stretch Hummer with what appears to be a stripper pole), but those jokes - not the show's best if I'm honest - are quickly dispensed with in favor of an actual plot. Seems Ellie and Devon unknowingly switched bags before going their separate ways, and Devon has the computer, which i...
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'Chuck' 4.21 'Chuck Versus The Wedding Planner' Review

April 18th, 2011 11:57pm EDT
Chuck
I've got two words that come to mind with this week's Chuck: Gary Cole.

While he's a fine dramatic actor (I still miss Wanted and to a lesser extent, Crusade), Gary Cole is always going to be Bill Lumbergh from Office Space to me. He's got great comedic ability that makes everyone around him funnier, and his work as Sarah's con-artist father Jack Burton is no exception. I know much has been made of Linda Hamilton's casting as Chuck's mom this season, but I'd say Cole is just as good as Sarah's father. It was immensely fun to see Jack actually somewhat in charge of Team Bartowski thi...
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Anatomy Of A TV Season: The Hits & Misses

April 15th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Kathy Bates
It’s almost May Sweeps, and season finales will be upon us faster than the networks can cancel soaps. Let’s break it down, network by network, of what succeeded – and what flopped – this TV season.

NBC

Let’s start with the weakest network. After the ‘Jay Leno Show’ debacle last season, NBC is still scrambling to find original programming that will net decent ratings.

‘Law & Order: Los Angeles’ has proved a disappointment, as evidenced by its massive overhaul and return to floundering ratings. The comedy ‘Outsourced’ is on the bubble, and shows such as ‘Chase’ and ‘Undercovers’ bombed ...
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I'm Just Not That Into TV Romance

April 12th, 2011 3:59pm EDT
Tiffani Thiessen Tim DeKay
In real life, I'm all about love - but when it comes to TV, the last thing I want is romance.

The reason for the dichotomy? Romantic subplots on television are problematic things in my experience. For a variety of reasons, I've seen them end in disaster more often than not, which has conditioned me to want to avoid the subject altogether. When it comes up for one of my favorite shows, I can't help but cringe.

Before we start this discussion, it's worth noting that there are TV romances that are great. I don't mean to say that they all fail, nor to say that some are right and some are...
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'Chuck' 4.20 'Chuck Versus The Family Volkoff' Review

April 12th, 2011 12:00am EDT
Chuck
I wouldn't want to be Vivian Volkoff. Especially not since she's evil these days.

The CIA has fingered her as personally responsible for the bombs planted in Castle last time out, and tagged her for assassination. Vivian pleads innocence, and Chuck is forced to turn to her father, Alexei (Timothy Dalton, still in fine form) to help prove it, starting with finding all the components of a weapon she unearthed in his arsenal. This takes them to Somalia (hello, blatant Windows Live product placement!), where one piece is in the hands of a gambling-addicted pirate. It's pretty funny to se...
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'Chuck' 4.19 'Chuck Versus The Muuurder' Review

March 22nd, 2011 12:01am EDT
Chuck
After the royal screwing up of the Gretas last week, this week's Chuck is like Clue, only with extra dead bodies. It sees our hero with Bentley's job of finding more Intersect candidates, and to no one's surprise, they're a weird bunch. There's an obligatory training montage, but just as Chuck is about to pick the winner, one of them is murdered. And then another is nearly blown up. Chuck's first day as the boss is not a good one.

The plot gives us a series of amusing interrogations - there's the girl who says she's too emotional, while crying, and the guy who can't get sent anywher...
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'Chuck' 4.18 'Chuck Versus The A-Team' Review

March 15th, 2011 7:05am EDT
Chuck
As an Adam Baldwin fan, I am always in favor of a Casey-centric episode of Chuck. This one doesn't disappoint. Although I do now have a certain theme song stuck in my head because of the title.

John Casey has a lot on his plate. He's got his daughter's boyfriend for a new roommate, while he's off working on super-secret stuff that arouses the suspicions of his colleagues, so much so that they begin to spy on him. (I am amused that they do so in a minivan, which may be the most uncool vehicle on the planet.) Predictably, their concern for his well-being gets them all in trouble, until...
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'Chuck' 4.17 'Chuck Versus The First Bank of Evil' Review

March 1st, 2011 7:05am EST
Chuck
First things first: I am in love with this episode title. It sounds like something out of a comic book, and I think it's cool.

Having said that, this episode can be seen as the second part of "Chuck Versus The Masquerade," picking up as Vivian McArthur Volkoff (Lauren Cohan) is quickly visited by Satan - I mean, Riley (Ray Wise), her father's lawyer, who is not happy when she declines to take over the family business. He's so unhappy that he pulls a gun on her, leading her to knock him upside the head with a vase and escape with the mysterious card she found in the safe. The card lead...
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'Chuck' 4.15 'Chuck Versus The Cat Squad' Review

February 15th, 2011 12:44am EST
Chuck
This week's Chuck introduces us to a riff on Charlie's Angels: Sarah's old spy team, the Cat Squad, in all their campy awesomeness (at least in Morgan's brain). "I don't even want to think about what goes on there," Chuck admits, while trying to find said team to invite to the impending wedding. It's a big sign of what's to come when they arrive by helicopter, rather than, y'know, using cars like normal people.

The following morning, with their guests passed out on the floor of Chuck's apartment (except for Carina, who's trying to get back with Morgan), Sarah fills Chuck in on hist...
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'Chuck' 4.14 'Chuck Versus The Seduction Impossible' Review

February 8th, 2011 12:44am EST
Chuck
Chuck has a tough act to follow after last week's psuedo-season (psuedo-series, even) finale. Now that Chuck and Sarah are reunited (and engaged!) the members of Team Bartowski are all too happy to get back to spy business, which means rescuing Roan Montgomery (John Larroquette) from Marrakesh, where he was last seen investigating (what else?) a group of female mercenaries led by Fatima (Spartacus: Blood and Sand star Lesley-Ann Brandt). Montgomery isn't all that happy about being rescued, especially since one errant sneeze gets everyone except Casey thrown in the dungeon. Since the...
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'Chuck' Actress Sarah Lancaster Is Married And Pregnant

February 1st, 2011 3:33pm EST
Sarah Lancaster
Actress Sarah Lancaster has wed her longterm boyfriend and announced she's pregnant with their first child - a day after her character gave birth on TV.

The Chuck star, 30, exchanged vows with attorney Matthew Jacobs on Saturday in a small, private ceremony in Southern California. And the newlyweds are already preparing to start a family - Lancaster is due to give birth later this year, reports People.com.

In a statement, the happy couple says, "It's a really happy time in our lives. We are thrilled to be starting a family and our wedding weekend was simply perfect."

Lancaster's Chuck ch...
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'Chuck' 4.13 'Chuck Versus The Push Mix' Review

February 1st, 2011 6:54am EST
Chuck
It's been said that this week's Chuck was written as a potential series finale, and it certainly did feel as if it could double as one. "Chuck Versus The Push Mix" certainly packed a lot into one installment, but thankfully, it's not going to be the last.

Casey is in the hospital after last week's tumble, but even that doesn't stop him from making sure that Chuck gets the Hydra fragment that Sarah instructed him to deliver. Now that's dedication. Chuck's own commitment to his orders is wavering as he sees everyone in his life falling apart because of the machinations of Alexei Volkoff...
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