Chuck‘s co-creators Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak are opening up to the idea of revisiting the death defying cult spy show after reuniting with the cast for Entertainment Weekly‘s EW Reunions: #UnitedAtHome series.
Earlier this week, the producers joined the show’s cast — Zachary Levi (Chuck Bartowski), Yvonne Strahovski (Sarah Walker), Adam Baldwin (Colonel John Casey), Joshua Gomez (Morgan Grimes), Sarah Lancaster (Ellie Bartowski), Ryan McPartlin (Captain Awesome), Vik Sahay (Lester Patel), Scott Krinsky (Jeff Barnes), Mark Christopher Lawrence (Big Mike), Brandon Routh (Daniel Shaw), and guest-stars Cedric Yarbrough and Diedrich Bader — on Zoom (no, not that Zoom) for a table read of season 3’s “Chuck vs. The Beard,” which was chosen by fans. In case you forgot, that was a pivotal episode because Morgan finally finds out his best friend Chuck is a super-spy and it marked Levi’s directorial debut.
Virtually reuniting with the stars reminded Schwartz and Fedak how much they loved the show, which wrapped up its five season run in 2012. “We’ve really enjoyed going back,” Fedak tells EW. “I left that yesterday going like, ‘What a good group! What a fun time it was making that show!’ We were at that table read yesterday, just so full of all the feels — all warm and fuzzy.”
Below, Schwartz and Fedak open up about the ambiguous series finale (Did Sarah get her memories back?), what it would take to do a movie or revival, and answer a couple of questions submitted by the fans.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Were you surprised that the fans picked “Chuck vs. the Beard” for the live table read?
CHRIS FEDAK: There’s so many crazy good fun episodes. At first, Josh and I were like trying to figure it out [which episode to pick] and then I think Zach was just like, “Just leave it to the fans.” I think that they picked a great one because it gave everybody an opportunity to shine. And it’s a super fun episode and it very much speaks to the heart of the Chuck-Morgan relationship, so I get why it’s a big one for fans.
JOSH SCHWARTZ: It’s a fun one for us too because it was the episode Zach directed and he did a great, great job with it.
Tony Hale in the eye to Wilson Phillips’ “Hold On” [in the season 3 premiere] [Laughs]. One of the moments that was so funny and dark on the show, which was always when the show was at its best.
[The Head and the Heart’s] “Rivers and Roads” which played in the finale, without getting nostalgic.
My friend/former colleague and I text each other whenever we hear “Rivers and Roads” because of Chuck.
SCHWARTZ: Yeah, I would say that and “Keep Yourself Warm” by Frightened Rabbit were my two. If I heard those songs, it just takes me back.
FEDAK: I think “Rivers and Roads” was playing one day. I don’t remember where exactly I was, but all of a sudden I just got this real heaviness and it took me a few minutes to kind of realize how it connected back. It was like that kind of feeling when you see someone you haven’t seen in so long. The music of Chuck was so much a part of the show. One of my favorite things when we were working on the show, you could see right down to where all the editors were [from my office], and you would see Josh leave his office with his laptop and just head down that way and you just knew he was going down there to do the music pass for the episode. It was fun. The show felt not only like we were telling a story, but it was the coolest, most fun mix that we could put together.
Watch the reunion and table-read above.
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