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Jack and Jill: Jordana Brewster to Torment "Chuck"

Doesn't it seem like a year since we've seen a new episode of NBC's action comedy Chuck? I feel like I only half-remember how the series' freshman season even ended.

Fortunately, NBC will be relaunching Chuck this fall and I hope that the Peacock's marketing and promotional budget is well spent driving viewers back to this hilarious and gripping series. Plus, we've got Arrested Development's Tony Hale joining the cast as Emmett, the new assistant manager at the Buy More (filling the position vacated by Harry Tang) whose skills as an efficiency expert make him a dangerous workplace adversary for Chuck and Morgan.

But that's not all. Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello is reporting that Jordana Brewster (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning and, if you caught it last year, the botched pilot for Mr. and Mrs. Smith) will join the cast of Chuck next season in at least three episodes.

Who will Brewster play? Why Chuck Bartowski's lost love Jill, of course, who all but ruined his entire life and broke his heart back in college. But if the best revenge is living well, then Chuck doesn't have a shot in hell; when he runs into Jill again after many years have passed (and he's finally just gotten over her), he's working at Buy More and she's now a gorgeous, successful doctor. (Ouch.)

"He always has imagined seeing her again, and being able to impress her with all he's accomplished," executive producer Josh Schwartz told Ausiello in an exclusive interview. "Unfortunately, when he does meet her, he's doing a computer install and she's a brilliant, successful, beautiful doctor working to create antibodies to horrible diseases. The part is funny, romantic, there's action and cool twists and emotional drama. It's the juiciest arc we've done yet and one that ties very deeply into the mythology of the show and the character of Chuck."

Juiciest arc to date? I'm there. But then again, I'm just happy to have Chuck back where it belongs: on the airwaves.

Season Two of Chuck is set to launch on September 29th at 8 pm on NBC.

What's On Tonight

8 pm: The Big Bang Theory/How I Met Your Mother (CBS); American Gladiators (NBC); Gossip Girl (CW); The Bachelor: Where Are They Now? (ABC); Bones (FOX)

9 pm: Two and a Half Men/Big Bang Theory (CBS); Nashville Star (NBC); One Tree Hill (CW); The Mole: Take a Closer Look (ABC); House (FOX)

10 pm: CSI Miami (CBS); Dateline (NBC); The Mole (ABC)

What I'll Be Watching

8 pm: Gossip Girl.

Looking to relive the freshman season of the teen soap? On tonight's repeat episode ("School Lies"), the kids break into the school's swimming pool to throw a party but the festivities end early when one partier nearly drowns. Faced with possible expulsion, the gang forms a secret pact but will they crumble under the weight of their fragile partnership? Find out tonight.

10 pm: Anthony Bourdain: No Reservation on Travel Channel.

This week, Tony heads to Colombia, which has transformed itself from a drug capital to a good Mecca, and explores the country to discover its relatively unknown cuisine and its innate magic.

10 pm: Weeds on Showtime.

On this week's episode of Weeds ("No Man is Pudding"), Nancy gets a retail job and discovers that it is actually more fun than she expected; Andy tries to find his way home; Shane and Silas land in some trouble at home; Celia's plan begins to come together.

10: 30 pm:
Secret Diary of a Call Girl on Showtime.

On tonight's episode, Ben shops for a wedding suit with Hannah while reeling from her recent revelation. If you're not watching this frothy, fun series, you are definitely missing out.


Anonymous said…
While I'm a little surprised they're giving us Jill so soon into season two, I think this is great casting.

Hey Televisionary! You're an insider...any word on whether Chuck will actually be having webisodes this summer as promised/touted back in April by NBC.

I can't wait for the return of Chuck! Especially with the addition of Tony Hale. And I can definitely picture Jordana Brewster as Chuck's long lost love. They've had some great guest stars on the show!
Anonymous said…
I like Jordana Brewster. I've long felt she was on the verge of breaking and never quite made it.

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