Extra Chuck

NBC orders six extra episodes for Chuck's third season before it even begins airing

Chuck has become the surprise benefactor following the early demise of two other NBC shows. The US TV network has ordered six extra episodes of the superspy comedy drama - taking its third season from 13 to 19 episodes - to fill the gap by the cancelled Southland and Trauma.

Chuck wasn't expected to return until March, after the Winter Olympics. But now, with the extra episodes order, it seems likely that the show will have an earlier return - possibly January.