NBC gives full season orders for "Chuck," "Life"


NBC announced that it is ordering an extra nine episodes for two of its new freshman dramas: "Chuck" and "Life." Both series will now have a complete first season of 22 episodes each, airing in midseason. "Chuck" airs Mondays, 8-9 p.m. ET and "Life" Wednesdays, 10-11 p.m. ET. "Chuck" is averaging a 3.4 rating, 9 share in adults 18-49 and 8.4 million viewers overall this season.  "Life" is averaging a 3.0 rating, 9 share in adults 18-49 and 8.0 million viewers overall for the season to date. 

"Life" is a first-year drama about a detective who is given a second chance.  Damian Lewis ("Band of Brothers") stars as complex, offbeat Detective Charlie Crews, who returns to the force after years in prison, thanks to close friend and attorney Constance Griffiths (Brooke Langton), after serving time in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.

"Chuck" is a one-hour, action-comedy series about Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi, "Less Than Perfect") — a computer geek who is catapulted into a new career as the government’s most vital secret agent.  When Chuck opens an e-mail subliminally encoded with government secrets, he unwittingly downloads an entire server of sensitive data into his brain.  Now, the fate of the world lies in the unlikely hands of a guy who works at a Buy More Electronics store.