Although there's no official word (yet) from NBC, it looks as if the underdog action-comedy Chuck has escaped cancellation again.
TVLine reports that network executives are nearing a deal with Warner Bros. for a 13-episode fifth season, a remarkable feat for a show that barely dodged the ax in 2009 and again in 2010. Although NBC initially ordered just 13 episodes for this season, which concludes on Monday, it later added nine more.
The future isn't looking as rosy for David E. Kelley's Wonder Woman revival. Contrary to an unconfirmed report on Wednesday that NBC would pick up the pilot, the show's chances are now being characterized as somewhere between doubtful and not so good. (Entertainment Weekly lays out a case for and against a Wonder Woman pickup, if anyone's interested.)
Confirmation of the fates of both series should come later today, after NBC hammers out licensing fees with outside production companies.
Last night, however, the network revealed it will order four projects from its in-house Universal Media Studios: Whitney, a comedy starring stand-up comic Whitney Cummings; Up All Night, an irreverent look at parenthood with Christina Applegate, Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph; Smash, a musical drama based on an idea by Steven Spielberg, starring Debra Messing and Katharine McPhee; and an adaptation of the British police drama Prime Suspect, starring Maria Bello.