Castle is closed. The Buy More has gone out of business. The time has come to think of life after Chuck.
For the cast of NBC's spy dramedy, the two-hour series finale Friday (8/7c, NBC) is the last vestige of the life they knew for five years. Denial will not be an option for long, and many of the cast have already started planning for a future that's alternately exciting and daunting because of the numerous possibilities.
After five seasons of Chuck peppered with Subway sandwich campaigns and eleventh-hour renewals, it's clear that the spy series owes much of its life to its passionate fan base.
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"It's funny being on this show because it's such an -- I don't know if the word is 'honor' — to be a part of a show where the fans were so behind it because it's so mysterious," actor Vik Sahay told reporters at the set visit for Chuck's two-hour series finale (Friday, 8/7c, NBC). "It's so elusive how things connect with fans because you can kind of take all of the pieces of why it should and put them together and it often doesn't. So that kind of alchemy between the show and the fans is stunning. It's what's allowed the producers to create the show that they created. It's something that I've never experienced before, and it's so moving, and I don't know if I'll ever get a chance to experience that kind of back and forth again."
Chuck, Ryan McPartlin and Sarah Lancaster
Zachary Levi doesn't have any regrets that Chuck is ending with only a 13-episode fifth season.
"I don't feel like we were cut short, as difficult as it is to shut this last chapter on this journey," he told reporters at a December set visit for Chuck's two-hour series finale (Friday, 8/7c, NBC). "I think five seasons is actually a really good amount of time. ... For something like this, which is definitely story arcs and serial, how many bad guys and missions can you go on before you feel like you're repeating the same thing? So I feel like we've gotten a really perfect amount of time together and it's been special from Day One."
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After five years of the geek getting the girl, far-flung fantasy spy missions and a cavalcade of nerd-dom's finest guest stars, it's easy to see why Levin isn't exactly complaining. In fact, he and his fellow castmates were only too happy to reminisce.
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Chuck, Yvonne Strahovski
Can Chuck and Sarah recapture that loving feeling?
"The show's a romance," Chuck co-creator Chris Fedak told reporters at a set visit in December. "I think that's what we discovered very early on in the show, that the moment we put Zach [Levi] and Yvonne [Strahovski] together, the show became about them. I think the Chuck and Sarah story is at the heart of the show."
Chuck, Scott Krinsky and Vik Sahay
Chuck's two-hour series finale wraps up the fan-favorite spy show with plenty of action, snazzy outfits, heartwarming moments and a song.
"The finale is very much haunted by seasons past. This is an episode that's not only a finale for Season 5, but also five seasons of television," series co-creator Chris Fedak told reporters on the final set visit in December. "So we're going to be bringing back a lot of things that it wouldn't be an episode unless we saw Yvonne [Strahovski] in the cat suit, also wearing an evening gown dancing the tango."
Angela Lindvall and Miss Piggy
Welcome back to Bizarro Project Runway (aka Project Runway All Stars). In this universe, the host speaks unaccented English, the mentor reminds you of your scary aunt and the judges are relatively toothless. We miss Heidi, Tim, Nina and Michael!
They've broken out the big star power for the challenge this episode: design a flamboyant cocktail-inspired red carpet dress for none other than Miss Piggy! This is the best challenge ever. Thankfully, all the designers are properly reverent, and I'm sure Oliver from last season is relieved he's not an All Star so he won't have to design for her ginormous hamhocks.
Mark Wahlberg may play a bigshot tough guy in Contraband, but comments he made suggesting he could have prevented some of the 9/11 tragedy have him apologizing.
"If I was on that plane with my kids, it wouldn't have went down like it did," Wahlberg said in the February issue of Men's Journal. "There would have been a lot of blood in that first-class cabin and then me saying, 'OK, we're going to land somewhere safely, don't worry.'"
Silas Weir Mitchell
A reformed Blutbad, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) has cleaned up his act. So why is he still feeling the hate?
On Friday's Grimm (9/8c, NBC), titled "Of Mouse and Man," the seemingly mild-mannered Marty (guest star Fred Koehler) could be taking matters into his own hands after a history of abuse.
Elsa Pataky and Chris Hemsworth
Where can Chris Hemsworth register for a Mjolnir-shaped rattle?
The Thor star and his wife, Spanish actress Elsa Pataky, are expecting their first child, Hola! magazine reports.