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NBC picks up 'Chase' and orders more 'Chuck,' while 'Undercovers' gets 4 more chances [Updated]

October 19, 2010 | 11:43 am


It's a good time to be a rookie. One day after greenlighting a full season for three upstart shows -- "The Event," "Outsourced," and "Law & Order: Los Angeles" -- NBC has announced that "Chase," its new Jerry Bruckheimer-produced U.S. marshal drama, has been picked up for a full season. The network's action-comedy "Chuck" has also been approved for 11 more episodes.

 “‘Chase’ has introduced an appealing new star to television audiences in Kelli Giddish and we think it has potential to grow,” said Angela Bromstad, NBC's president of primetime entertainment, in a statement on Tuesday. “We also are glad that ‘Chuck’ will be with us for a full season delivering its loyal, passionate audience.” 

The news that Chuck will live to see more episodes might come as a surprise to some. Though it's generated a loyal fan base, the show's ratings have dwindled, causing sites like TV by the Numbers to predict that it would be canceled. But NBC seems to be in a generous mood: It  also ordered four more episodes of their critically acclaimed but commercially struggling drama "Undercovers."

--Melissa Maerz

[Corrected at 3:20 p.m.: An earlier version of this post stated that "Chase" had been renewed for a second season and "Chuck" had been approved for 24 more episodes. In reality, "Chase" got a full-season order and "Chuck" was approved for 11 more episodes, for a Season 4 total of 24 episodes.]

Photo: Kelli Giddish as Annie Frost in "Chase." Credit: Vivian Zink / NBC