Jordana Brewster joins the cast of “Chuck”


In the past the linster has given us good reason to tune into NBC’s Chuck, now here is another: Jordana Brewster has signed on to the series as the former flame of the show’s title character and will be appearing for at least three episodes.

Brewster’s character Jill is Chuck’s old girlfriend from college that broke his heart. Executive producer of the show, Josh Schwartz said this about her character’s relationship with Chuck:

He always has imagined seeing her again, and being able to impress her with all he’s accomplished. Unfortunately, when he does meet her, he’s doing a computer install and she’s a brilliant, successful, beautiful doctor working to create antibodies to horrible diseases.

Ouch. Poor Chuck. That moment gets filed under: P for Painfully embarrassing life instance that will haunt you forever.

I’m glad to see that Brewster will have a recurring role on television, even if it’s for only a few episodes. I was crushed after hearing that the TV pilot that she was set to star in, Mr. and Mrs. Smith (based on the movie of the same name), was no longer being picked up by ABC.

Although if you are going to make a film into a series staring Jordana Brewster, how much better would it be to have a television version of D.E.B.S? I know, I know, “Silly Reese, that is far too much gay for the networks to handle.” At least her character of Mrs. Smith would have had some of the gun wielding and bullet dodging markings of Lucy Diamond. (I’ll take what I can get.)

Networks seem to love taking a successful movie and, presuming that if it made big money in the box office once, surely people will watch it again if it’s presented on a weekly basis with completely different actors playing the roles. With the rare exception of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and M*A*S*H, films don’t generally translate well into television shows. (Please reference: My Big Fat Greek Life, Clueless and Dirty Dancing as further proof.)

I still would have tuned into Mr. and Mrs. Smith, regardless of the shows dramatic merits, simply because I am a fan of Brewster. Alas, since that series doesn’t look like it will happen, I will happily take my three episode helping of Ms. Brewster on Chuck for all they are worth.

Will any of you be tuning in?

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