I'm on lunch break from an all-day training session for our new computer system, so just pointers to a few recent TV developments:
• Jon Stewart made a Save "Chuck" reference at the end of this segment on last night's "Daily Show." (Insert obligatory reminder about the No Politics rule.) In terms of the actual status of "Chuck," which will be made official one way or the other on May 19, the trades are all suggesting that renewal chances look good, so I'm hopeful.
• Starz announced the renewal of "Party Down," which is great. I'm working on a column for Friday's paper that will incorporate parts of the interviews I've done with Rob Thomas and John Enbom about the show. One thing to note: the press release says five of the six castmembers will be back, but doesn't list Jane Lynch. That's because in the interim, she signed on to be a regular castmember on Fox's "Glee," and Fox now has contractual first position on her. There's still a chance they might make her available to do "Party Down," but that's an unknown at this point. (Lynch also doesn't appear in the final two "Party Down"s of the season, as they were filmed at the same time as the "Glee" pilot.)
• Fox, whose upfront will be on Monday, has started making a few pick-ups, including Mark Valley's "Human Target" and the comedy "Sons of Tuscon," plus a renewal of "Lie to Me" with "The Shield" creator Shawn Ryan as the new showrunner. I stopped watching "Lie to Me" after a couple of episodes because, while I liked Tim Roth, I felt like I had already seen every episode the series was ever going to do. Hopefully, Ryan can shake things up a bit.