Is this a sign that Chuck may be permanently deep sixed?  The Hollywood Reporter reports that Chuck executive producer Scott Rosenbaum is heading over to ABC to helm the upcoming remake of the V series.

Reevaluating the creative direction of the series, the studio made a change at the helm, switching showrunner responsibilities from executive producer Jeff Bell, who had joined in June, to executive producer Scott Peters, who penned the pilot.

According to the article, Rosenbaum will still be working with the Chuck, so it may not be off the air just yet.

via THR

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  1. Jeff
    November 4, 2009 at 10:12 am — Reply

    How is the new “V” “another troubled show?” It just premiered to generally excellent reviews. The only thing negative I’ve read anywhere is that there’s a fear it will repeat the performance of its predecessor and flame-out over time.

    What do you know that the rest of us don’t?

  2. Roqit
    November 4, 2009 at 10:46 am — Reply

    I agree. It’s not a troubled show.

    “V was seen by 13.9 million viewers and had a 5.0 preliminary rating among adults 18-49., the highest-rated 8 p.m. drama series debut since … “Lost,” actually” Check it out on

    What’s troubled about it?

    • November 4, 2009 at 10:57 am — Reply

      Trouble – Reshoot the pilot twice. Halt production to resolve creative issues. Stall on shooting the final episode of the first arc until the last minute. TROUBLED!

      • November 4, 2009 at 10:57 am — Reply

        Oh, and I forgot – delay the launch of the first episode by two months.

        • Roqit
          November 4, 2009 at 11:10 am — Reply

          First I heard of that. Thanks for clearing it up

  3. Jeff
    November 4, 2009 at 11:08 am — Reply

    I’m still not getting it – all that happened BEFORE the premier.

    If the show did those things AFTER, I’d see your point. But as things stand – not so much.

    • November 4, 2009 at 11:14 am — Reply

      Creative issues and extensive reshoots continue. Hence bringing in another exec producer to run the show so early into the “season”.

  4. Dan
    November 4, 2009 at 11:56 am — Reply

    I’m sorry, stick to comics. NBC actually just upped the Season 3 order for “Chuck” from 13 episodes to 19 episodes, and they’re contemplating moving the series premeire up, since their new series blow chunks and “Chuck” has a small but incredibly devoted following.

    • November 4, 2009 at 12:29 pm — Reply

      Small and incredibly devoted following does not mean the show isn’t troubled. The show was on the brink of cancellation last season, and only a series of subway ads injected into the show saved it. Upping the episode count doesn’t mean the show isn’t going through troubles that need to be addressed and fixed if the show hopes to survive.

  5. Roqit
    November 4, 2009 at 12:11 pm — Reply

    It doesn’t help that the show is going on hiatus after the 4 episodes air and wont return till after the Winter Olympics… sometime in March’ish? Sucks.

    • November 4, 2009 at 12:30 pm — Reply

      Or the fact that this first arc was supposed to be six episodes but reduced to 4…

      • Scott
        November 4, 2009 at 2:17 pm — Reply

        Could be the network being realistic. Most shows go on hiatus or into re-runs during the December holiday season. Going six episodes would run the show into December and may risk losing audience due to the aforementioned holiday distractions. Coming out of that, the Olympics will eat up time slots on the network.

  6. Sean McIver
    November 5, 2009 at 9:03 am — Reply

    from the article:
    ‘On the development side, Rosenbaum has an untitled Western with a sci-fi twist set up at Fox with a significant penalty attached. That project, produced by WBTV and McG’s studio-based Wonderland Sound and Vision, might be put on hold as the writer-producer focuses on “V.”‘

    *sigh* The words Fox + sci-fi + western just always gives me a bad taste in my mouth. There’s no dadgum reason why we shouldn’t be enjoying the 7th season of Firefly right now.

    As for Chuck, I agree it needs to build its audience, but it also needs the latitude to build on its very solid foundation and let the audience catch up. The real story here is that an hour long action/comedy/drama is a very expensive proposition for a broadcast network and in today’s climate, unless its an immediate hit, the corporate environment has a hard time justifying the costs. Its a lot easier to throw on hours and hours of reality and news shows than it is to support a modestly rated “niche” show, no matter how entertaining or creative the show is. Personally I think Chuck would do way better on USA or FX, where the standards for success are much much lower.

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