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There will be much more Buy More, thanks to 'Chuck' renewal

May 13, 2010 | 11:34 pm

NUP_138909_0032.JPG Didn't this come way later last year?

Sparing fans from having to wait for a last-minute reprieve, NBC has renewed "Chuck" for 13 episodes, a fact reported by many sources but reported first by Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello (who has had his ear to the "Chuck"-vine this renewal season. And can we make "Chuck"-vine a thing?).

"Chuck" looked like a sure bet for a renewal quite a while, thanks to the solid ratings -- particularly in comparison to the rumored-to-be-canceled "Heroes" -- from the early part of the season. But a downward slide in those numbers after Daylight Savings Time made the renewal appear to be in doubt. Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed, and there will be another year of Buy More hijinks.

There was no word on whether or not budget cuts would necessitate further cast cutbacks (as when the show had to cut Julia Ling from the main cast after Season Two to save money). While 13 episodes is the official order, NBC has been known to up that number. Before Season Two, when the show had also been renewed for only 13 episodes, the network ordered a full season of the show before anything had aired after being impressed with the quality of the early episodes. A similar situation happened this season, when the network bumped the order from 13 episodes to 19 before anything had even aired.

So, relax, "Chuck" fans. You can probably enjoy something other than Subway during this season's final three hours.

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

Photo: Chuck (Zachary Levi) can breathe a sigh of relief. He'll be employed at the Buy More for at least one more television season. Credit: NBC

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