I’m not going to sit here and pretend that I’ve watched “Chuck” since the beginning. I actually just started watching this year. I can’t remember why I didn’t start when it first aired. If I had to place a bet, I’d say it probably came on at the same time as another show I watched. I’m very loyal to my shows and this was before DVR. The reason I started watching this year wasn’t because I heard about how awesome the show was. Or because people bugged me to watch it. I started watching because I was blown away by how nice of a guy Zachary Levi is.
I had the chance to meet him at this past San Diego Comic Con at the NBC Party (That’s how I roll y’all). He was such a nice guy and easy to talk to! He didn’t rush us off, he wasn’t buried in his phone like most of us are these days. He actually stood there and had a conversation and then asked if I wanted a picture. Of course I said yes. Earlier in the week though I had attended a “Psych” panel at Nerd HQ. What’s Nerd HQ? It was a great place to hangout and meet other fans and nerds. Zachary put it together along with the Nerd machine and had all sorts of things going on. They had panels, parties, video games and of course food & booze. You seriously need both of these things to get through a week of San Diego Comic Con. Anyway, all the money raised from his panels went to Operation Smile. Just how much money you ask? $40,000. Yes, he was able to raise $40,000 just by bringing fans together with their favorite celebrities. When he spoke about the charity and about “Chuck”, you could see how much he cared about both. He wasn’t raising money to get good press, he wasn’t doing it because celebrities are expected to, he did it because he wanted to. He did it because he wanted to help others. When his eyes started to tear up, talking about how awesome the support from the fans have been for both Nerd HQ and “Chuck” I thought I was going to cry! The whole room was quiet and it was pretty awesome.
When I got back home, I purchased Season 1 and was instantly hooked. I haven’t started the other seasons yet but obviously I started watching the current, and last, season. Even though I’m new, I’m already 100% attached to these characters. I was on the edge of my seat during last weeks episode. I couldn’t imagine being on the edge of my seat just wondering if the show would get another season. You “Chuck” fans are amazing. The fact you were able to fight for your little show just goes to show anything is possible in numbers.
Even though I’m late to the game, I want to say thank you to Zachary Levi and to the show. I actually feel bad and wish I had started watching sooner. I’m sure it wouldn’t have made a difference, but you never know. I want to wish everyone on the cast good luck in the future and that I hope Nerd HQ is around for a long time!