Unpopcult favourite ‘Chuck’ is back for season 3 with, unusually for ‘Chuck’, a renewal for season 4 already in the bag. Word on the third season from the US, where it has just finished, has been a bit mixed. But we love ‘Chuck’, so don’t expect too much balanced criticism from us. Virgin 1, 9pm, Monday 31 May.
A heads-up for a couple of other shows, while I’m here: with absolutely no fanfare whatsoever, season 2 of ‘Friday Night Lights’ has finally come to the UK. Season 1 was more or less perfect, but we saw it here three years ago, since when another three seasons have been knocked off in America. It’s been on ITV 4 on Tuesdays at 7.30pm, but the next episode is going to be at 1am on Thursday night/Friday morning, all of which suggests that the genius responsible for scheduling ‘Seinfeld’ and ‘Larry Sanders’ at the BBC has finally found a new gig. The whole season’s on iTunes anyway.
Season 5 of ‘How I Met Your Mother’ has started on E4 on Thursdays at 9.30pm, meaning that after an impressive effort by the channel we’ve now more or less caught up with America, where the season has just finished.
And Unpopcult-approved ‘Eli Stone’ starts a tape-to-gun rerun on Fiver at 9pm on Wednesday 9 June. It certainly had its ups and downs but overall it was pretty watchable.