NBC: More 'Chuck,' no more 'Trauma'

'Chuck' expected to launch in Jan.

NBC has good news for one Monday series and bad news for another.

The network has ordered six more episodes of dramedy "Chuck" and has opted not to pick up additional episodes from "Trauma" beyond the freshman drama's original 13-episode order.

The pickup for "Chuck" brings the show's total third-season order to 19 episodes.

The move is sure to smoothe the relationship between NBC and "Chuck" producer Warner Bros. TV, which recently squabbled over NBC's sudden cancellation of the WBTV-produced drama "Southland."

With the expanded order, "Chuck," originally not supposed to come on until after the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, is rumored to launch in January.

As for "Trauma," the big-budget action medical drama from UMS has been in limbo after a weak start behind "Heroes." It got a glimpse of hope this week when, against CBS repeats, it showed a small ratings uptick, prompting the network to book the series for three more weeks.

The series now will finish production on its 13-episode order before winding down.

NBC's other two freshman series, "Community" and "Mercy," have been picked up for a full season, along with sophomore "Parks and Recreation."
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