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2007-08 New TV Shows Reviewed

CHUCK
This is one nutty, brilliant new show from the guys who brought us The O.C. (Josh Schwartz) and We Are Marshall (McG), a comedy / drama about a nerdy guy who inadvertently intercepts some top secret information and becomes the target of assassins and government agents alike.

Chuck, who looks a lot like that cute guy from the Apple ads, finds himself thrust into a world of secret spies and deadly terrorists because of an email from a college roommate.

Zachary Levi as Chuck is an engaging actor who somehow makes whatever bizarre thing is happening believable, blending comic and dramatic tension effortlessly with a rubbery face that floats above the screen. His goofy friend Morgan is played outstandingly by Joshua Gomez and the bewitching government agent who falls in with him, Yvonne Strahovski as Agent Sarah Walker, is a revelation. Adam Baldwin and Sarah Landcaster are also in the cast.

It's not easy to straddle that thin, fine line between comedy and drama and actually create a good series but they managed to pull it off here. Smart, clever and exciting, Chuck has a winning way and lots of charm with tongue planted firmly in cheek. It's like a modern day Man from U.N.C.L.E. or Mr. Terrific; exhilarating, intriguing and a little bit campy.

The action scenes are phenomenal; just the first few minutes of this show are enough to win you over and there are car chases, knife fights and a terrorist bombing to come. It's cheeky without condescension, honestly exciting without becoming cartoonish, action-packed without superfluousness.

Will it be sustainable on a week to week basis? I wonder. But if the first episode is any indication, Chuck should make for a very entertaining series with widespread appeal. I have no doubt fans of The Office or My Name Is Earl will flip over this one. I'm a fan of neither and I still liked it a lot.

With shows like Bionic Woman, Life, Journeyman and Chuck, NBC is on a roll. I can't imagine better line-up of new dramas for a network to bust out of the gate with this fall. They're going to be really tough to beat if quality shows are what viewers desire this year.

If you have Netflix, you can rent the pilot episode of this series now.

Chuck debuts Monday, September 24th at 8:00 ET/PT. Here's a preview:

"Saving the world at $11.00 an hour."


2008 TV Shows Reviews
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Which Way Home

Shouting Fire: Stories From the Edge of Free Speech

Jesse James Is A Dead Man

Important Things With Demetri Martin

Lie To Me 24 - Season 7

Taxicab Confessions: New York 3

Simpsons Treehouse of Horror

Chocolate City

Sarah Silverman Program

House - Season 5

Bones - Season 4

Real Vice Cops Uncut

Kung Fu Killer

The Gong Show

Reality Bites Back

Ganja Queen

Hard Times at Douglass High

Roman Polanski:
Wanted and Desired

Carlos Mencia - Performance Enhanced

Unhitched

DEA

Prison Break Season 3 Finale

Oprah Winfrey Presents Mitch Albom's For One More Day

The Price Is Right

George of the Jungle

Katt Williams

House - Season 4

Chuck

Life

Journeyman

Bionic Woman

It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia - Season 3

Nashville

Prison Break Season 3

COPS: 20 years...
Caught On Tape

K-Ville

By The People: The Election of Barack Obama

The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant

Youth Knows No Pain

Nine Lives of Marion Barry

Boy Interrupted

Teddy: In His Own Words

Prom Night in Mississippi

Teddy: In His Own Words

Mental

Reno 911 Seaon 6

Death on a Factory Farm

Dollhouse

Hell's Kitchen Season 5

Cat Dancers

A Colbert Christmas

24: Redemption

Sunday Night Animation Domination

Do Not Disturb

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles - Season 2

Prison Break Season 4

Fringe

Kitchen Nightmares 2008

S.I.S.

Heidi Fleiss: The Would-Be Madam of Crystal

Thank You Mr. President - Helen Thomas At The White House

Big Ideas

Factory

The Academy: LASD Class #368

John Oliver: Terrifying Times

The Return of Jezebel James

Hell's Kitchen

Damages - Season 2

Root Of All Evil

Rick Cleveland - My Buddy Bill

Comedy Central Presents Stephen Lynch & Dan Cummins

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Li'l Bush

Canterbury's Law

New Amsterdam

Murder

Anchorwoman

Temptation

Terminator: The Sarah
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