“Chuck” ends its Olympic-induced hiatus Monday (March 1) and begins a run of 12 new episodes leading up to its May 24 season finale.
Stars Zachary Levi (Chuck) and Josh Gomez (Morgan) sounded pretty excited to discuss what’s coming in a conference call on Friday — but they managed to adhere to the show’s spoiler-phobic policy and not spill too much about what happens in the coming episodes. They did, however, discuss the state of the Chuck-Morgan bromance, the return of Scott Bakula, working with Christopher Lloyd and more. Some highlights:
Will Morgan’s jealousy over Hannah (Kristin Kreuk) affect Chuck at the Buy More?
Levi: It does, but I’m also unaware of his cluing into my life a little bit more. I’m unaware of his suspicions. … You’ll see how it progresses and affects both Morgan and my character in my ability to sneak out [on missions] like I always do. I’m surprised it took this long, to be honest [laughs].
Gomez: [Morgan being assistant manager] has just set me on that road to go, “OK, wait.” Plus he had an eye for Hannah, which didn’t help. It’s hard to talk about it now because there is some cool stuff coming. … But it’s an honest, true friendship. It’s always been a thing of, “Hey, talk to me, dude.” Chuck is wanting to do nothing more than talk to Morgan — if there would be a person who understands, it’d be Morgan. Not that he wouldn’t be a liability to the world’s safety, but it’s not in Morgan’s nature to do anything that would cause direct hurt to his friend.
Can you talk about what Scott Bakula is doing this season?
Gomez: He’s doing awesome work, I can tell you that much.
Levi: I know this is a spoiler and we’re not supposed to talk about it, but it turns out he’s my dad. He really is doing fantastic work — I can’t even tell you how much I love him. … He’s always on his moments, he dives into this character of Steven Bartowski, who’s very odd and quirky and brilliant. He brings it every time.
How many episodes will he be in?
Levi: Can we say? I believe he is doing three episodes at the end. [An NBC rep confirms that Bakula will be on three episodes “in the very last part of the season.”]
What was it like working with Christopher Lloyd?
Levi: So insane. … I will say, we’ve been very, very blessed. Every guest star on our show has been someone who’s a pleasure to work with. I think that has a lot to do with the kind of person the show attracts — we have a unique show and one that runs the gamut of genres. … When I found out Christopher Lloyd was doing a show, I think I had an accident.
Gomez: As you know, there have been some really cool people on our show. But for us personally, that’s going at some geek fanboydom. So it was like, “He’s on the set right now!” We don’t always get like that, but to have Doc Brown on the show was like, are you kidding me?
Levi: Now I just need a hoverboard, and my life will be complete.
Have you shot the season finale yet? Will it wrap things up or leave us on a cliffhanger like last season?
Levi: We haven’t actually gotten it yet, so I don’t know. But I’d imagine it’s going to accomplish both — it will wrap things up in a way that you’ll feel some kind of closure on the off chance that we don’t come back for another season, but also leave it open to whatever the possibilities for another season would be. That’s always a smart way to do things for a show like ours. …
I feel pretty good about what our chances would be for another season, given all the circumstances of where we’re at as a show, where NBC’s at as a network, with the five new hours of programming that have opened up. I feel like we could have a place there.
“Chuck” returns at 8 p.m. ET Monday, March 1 on NBC.
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