Chuck's BFF, Morgan (Joshua Gomez), also has the girl of his dreams and has been able to escape Chuck's shadow to come into his own. Even the gruff John Casey (Adam Baldwin) is back in the romantic saddle, tentatively, and he now has a solid relationship with the daughter he had to abandon to serve his country.
Chuck's sister, Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) and her husband, "Captain Awesome" (Ryan McPartlin), have found happiness as parents. Things are even looking up for his slacker Buy More co-workers Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester (Vik Sahay) now that Jeff has stopped sleeping in his van and cleared his head of its toxic carbon monoxide fumes.
After five seasons, these characters have become like friends to me and countless other fans, so just as I would wish the best for my friends in their futures, I want Chuck and his crew to ride off into the sunset in the best possible way. I'm going to be very sad come fall when there's no new "Chuck" to look forward to, but I know I'll see the gang again, both on DVD and in new projects.
Series premieres: "Russell Simmons Presents the Ruckus," 10 p.m. today, Comedy Central (stand-up comedy); "Bering Sea Gold," 10 p.m. Friday, Discovery (dredging crews try to extract gold); "Extreme RVs," 9 p.m. Sunday, Travel Channel (lavish, custom-made RVs); "Key & Peele," 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Comedy Central (sketch comedy); "Sorority Girls," 9 p.m. Tuesday, TLC (establishing the first British sorority); "Undercover Princes," 10 p.m. Tuesday, TLC (three royals hide their titles and look for love).
Season premieres: "Inside the Actors Studio," 8 p.m. Tuesday, Bravo (featuring George Clooney); "Tosh.0," 10 p.m. Tuesday, Comedy Central.
Bonus episode: "30 Rock," 9 p.m. today, NBC.
Season finales: "Celebrity Wife Swap," 9 p.m. Tuesday, ABC; "Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood," 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oxygen; "The Exes," 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, TV Land.
Specials: "David Blaine: What is Magic?" 10 p.m. today, TLC; "Tony Bennett: Duets II," 9 p.m. Friday, PBS (with Lady Gaga, Aretha Franklin and more); Screen Actors Guild Awards, 8 p.m. Sunday, TBS and TNT; "Fashion Police: 2012 SAG Awards," 10 p.m. Monday, E!; "Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials," 8 p.m. Wednesday, CBS; "Mobbed," 9 p.m. Wednesday, Fox (a man uses a flash mob to try to reconcile with his brother/bandmate).
Awards show: Of note: Florence + the Machine on "Austin City Limits," 10 p.m. Saturday, PBS2; "Glee" pays tribute to Michael Jackson, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Fox.
W.Va. alert: John Corbett stars in the fact-based TV movie "A Smile as Big as the Moon," about a special ed. teacher fighting to take his students to Space Camp, at 9 p.m. Sunday on ABC.
Reach Amy Robinson at flips...@wvgazette.com.