What's on your 'Must List'?

Chuck_lMy DVR queue has been piling up faster than you can say "fall TV lineup," but there’s one show I never miss: Chuck, NBC’s L.A.-set spy comedy about a geeky dude with government secrets stuck in his head. It’s got four of my favorite TV components in one convenient package: geeky-cool lead, quirky supporting cast, spy stuff, and Josh Schwartz.

Zachary Levi’s title character channels Seth Cohen at his most endearing (post-first-season-irritatingly-whiny days but pre-late-series-STFU-already days). The missions are Alias-cool (but minus the exotic locales, unless San Diego counts). And Josh Schwartz (The O.C., Gossip Girl) has officially become my new Judd Apatow (oh man, did I love Freaks and Geeks). Awesome fact about Josh Schwartz that I just learned on his IMDbpage: he wrote "U + Me = Us (Calculus)" from 2gether. So, so awesome.

The show has been getting lukewarm ratings this season, but as far as I’m concerned, these have been Chuck‘s best episodes yet. How about you, PopWatchers? What are your current pop culture Musts?List up to three items on your Must List from currentTV/movies/music/books/games/online. Don’t forget your e-mail address,in case we decide to use your submission in the magazine. Deadline isThursday, Oct. 30, at 10 a.m.


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  • Melissa

    Land of Talk’s new record “Some are Lakes,” especially the title track

  • Laura

    100% agree about these being Chuck’s best episodes. I adore last season, but every episode so far has just been great. Totally psyched about this season!

  • Anne

    Thank you for the 2gether/Josh Schwartz news! That just made my Wednesday morning!

  • Collins

    1) TV: Chuck – the best sophomore show on network television (i wish i could say that about Pushing Daisies…I’m worried)
    2) Books: The Thursday Next Series by Jasper Fforde – if you haven’t read this British author you are missing out. The witty literary references make me want to go back and read Bacon and Marlowe to see what I am missing.
    3) Music: The Hotel Cafe Tour 2008 – with big names like Ingrid Michaelson and Rachael Yamagata and rising talent like Erin McCarley (featured on at least 2 eps of Grey’s this year) and Priscilla Ahn (YouTube her song “Boobs”, you won’t regret it), this is the must see tour of the fall. And for only 20 bucks you get over 3 hours of music. Sweet!

  • Lammie

    My new Must will be TV on Wednesday night, starting next week. That is because “Life” has been rescued from Friday night death, and I will now be watching three shows in a row: “Pushing Daisies”, “Life”, and “Law & Order” (the original, and only good L&O). I don’t think I have wanted to regularly watch three hour long shows in a row since I was in high school (many years ago)!

  • Kelli W.

    Survivor still tops my list. Who doesn’t love watching malnourished people compete in challenges (at least what you can see of them through the blurred out areas), gossip and connive against one another, all while putting up with an “olypic champion” runner who can’t perform in challenges?

  • Kelli W.

    Oh yes, and don’t forget Ace with his fake brittish accent. It really should be a drinking game!

  • Ryan

    I have to agree. Chuck is my appointment television of the week. I haven’t been this excited from week to week since the aforementioned Alias. Of course the return of Lemon tomorrow night adds another show to my Must List. Chuck and 30 Rock couldn’t be any better. They’re just perfect.

  • Natertot

    My vote goes to Natalie Zea on Dirty Sexy Money. One moment I’m laughing at her, the next moment I’m hurting for her, and then I end with being surprise at her intelligence. She is the best thing on that show!

  • Jul

    I can’t await to finally see “Zack and Miri Make a Porno”. And, not because of all the fuss about graphic nudity, sexual content, NC-17 ratings, banned posters, and so on, but because Kevin Smith does not only know how to upset the MPAA, but also how to make comedies for grown-ups with grown-up themes and though never loses a certain childishness. Let’s just say, if “Chasing Amy” was Smith’s “Citizen Kane”, then this could be his “The Magnificent Andersons”.

  • Erin

    Zachary Quinto as Sylar is the best thing about Heroes right now. His character is so interesting because he wants to be a good person but he still shows signs of his deliciously evil side.
    The international trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was so brilliant it renewed my anger towards WB for pushing it back. I don’t even care about the attack on the Weasley house scene (which wasn’t in the book…), this could very well be the best Potter movie yet.

  • Michelle

    What’s “Must See”? Pushing Daisies, of course! Why aren’t more people watching this show? Honestly, who doesn’t love pie? ;-)
    My week really isn’t complete without NCIS, Bones and Smallville. Smallville in particularly is awesome this year. Ollie’s back, Clark is working at the Daily Planet and there’s more Lois! What’s not to love?

  • Kristin

    TOTALLY agree about Chuck and Josh Schwartz in general. That man has brought so much happiness to my TV. I did not about the 2gether song either… I love it.

  • AA

    For me, I must have Prison Break. Although I’m not sure if I hate to love it or love to hate it.

  • Jill

    Chuck is definitely one of the best shows on TV right now. I never miss it. I think the 8:00 time slot makes it hard for parents of young kids to be able to watch but I’m telling you, make time for it somehow. It’s that good.

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