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Bad Romance: Chuck Takes Comic-Con By Storm

One of the most indelible--and therefore indescribable--moments of this weekend's San Diego Comic-Con was the Chuck panel, which debuted a brand-new music video from the international smash hit Jeffster!

Performing a hysterical rendition of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance," the music video (entitled "Jeffster Dance Video Take 73") served not only as a truly memorable introduction to the panel itself but also segued into the appearance of the cast en masse to the tune as Vik Sahay and Scott Krinsky led the cast in a bit of impromptu dancing as they made their way onto the massive stage of Ballroom 20 on Saturday. (A clip of the Chuck crew dancing their way to massive cheers--seriously, turn down your volume if you watch--can be found below.)

The big news of course coming out of the Chuck panel was that Linda Hamilton--yes, she of the rippling physique from T2: Judgment Day has been cast as the mysterious and missing Mary Bartowski, mother to Chuck and Ellie, who ran out on the family years ago and was glimpsed in the season finale as some sort of, well, we're not entirely sure what's going on with Mary other than she has a pretty major role in the spy game herself.

The casting of Hamilton--itself suggested by fans--was met with huge fanfare among the 2000-plus attendees of the Chuck panel, though I do wish that Hamilton had been able to join the cast on stage in person. (Though the clip package's use of T2 footage was hilarious and apt in and of itself.)

What else did we learn during the sadly truncated panel? Let's discuss.



Nicole Richie, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Olivia Munn, Dolph Lundgren, Isaiah Mustafa--yes, the Old Spice Guy himself--will be guest starring on Season Four of Chuck. The Buy More will now be owned and operated by the CIA and function as a convenient cover for Chuck after the explosion and seeming destruction of the Burbank Buy More.

Olivia Munn's character, Greta, will be first Buy More employee, a trained CIA agent who is set to appear in the first episode. Each episode will feature a new "Greta" and, yes, all of them will be called Greta. (Seriously.)

"He was a great villain," said Josh Schwartz of Brandon Routh's Daniel Shaw. "Chuck and Sarah have amazing chemistry and it was hard to replicate that."

But that's not all: "Chuck and Sarah are a couple this year. We've learned about putting people between them."

"The search for Chuck's mom... will inform a lot of the season," said Schwartz. Additionally, the search for Mama Bartowski will affect Chuck's relationship with Sarah and the Buy More as well. (But don't worry: they're still a couple. See above.)

Chuck and Morgan will be the best worst best worst spy team ever.

"It was more than awesome," said Ryan McPartlin about the Season Four renewal.

Season Four of Chuck begins this fall on NBC.

Comments

kallie said…
Wish I could have been there! Brilliant idea casting Linda Hamilton as Chuck's mum. I can't wait to see her in the role!

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