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"Chuck vs. Tom Sawyer" Episode 205 -- Pictured: (l-r) Zachary Levi as Chuck, Scott Krinsky as Jeff (NBC Photo: Adam Taylor)

If you don’t think most TV shows are very good at character development and growth these days, I’d encourage you to take a look at NBC’s “Chuck” as it winds down its five year run with two final episodes, tonight, Friday, January 13 at 8 p.m. and next week, January 20.

For a show that has lived under threat of cancellation almost from day one, “Chuck” has nonetheless evolved its overall storyline and the lives of each of its players. Chuck Bartowski, for example, is no longer an accidental spy with a supercomputer in his brain; he’s the real thing, doing the job without high tech enhancements.

Scott Krinsky interview with Mr. Media, Bob Andelman

You can LISTEN to this interview with actor SCOTT KRINSKY, co-star of NBC’s CHUCK, by clicking the audio player above!

Order 'Chuck: The Complete First and Second Seasons' by clicking the images above!

And what about second banana Jeff Barnes? After years of being drug-addled, sex-crazed and just plain creepy, we learned that his best friend Lester Patel made him this way by pumping carbon monoxide fumes into his van! Turns out Jeff is a somewhat regular guy – with pretty good powers of deduction.

Last week, after five years, he put together a series of clues and deduced that there was a spy ring operating beneath the Buy More. Imagine that!

My suspicion is that restoring Jeff to normality was the show’s producers handing actor Scott Krinsky a parting gift. They had to know it might tough for him landing future roles with such a convincing portrayal of a loser and, I believe, gave his character back some semblence of normalcy to let future casting directors see Krinsky in a more employable light.

But rather than guess, I’ll ask him.

Scott Krinsky as Jeff Barnes on NBC's "Chuck" (NBC Photo: Mitchell Haaseth)

(By the way, this is Scott’s second appearance on Mr. Media. He was last here promoting his appearance as guest host at the Acme Comedy Theater.)

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SCOTT KRINSKY audio excerpt: “It was nice to, after all these years of playing Jeff one way, it was nice to see him have a little growth and maturity. He was at the Buy More for 20 years! It was nice to see he had some potential to turn his life around.” 

More Mr. Media Interviews with the Cast of Chuck:

• Yvonne Strahovski (Sarah)

• Josh Gomez (Morgan, 2008 •  2010)

• Ryan McPartlin (Captain Awesome)

• Vik Sahay (Lester, 2009 • 2010)

• Scott Krinsky (Jeff)

• Ken Davitian (Sarah’s Uncle Bernie)

• Noureen DeWulf (Lizzie, in Chuck vs. the Marlin • Video)

Bob Andelman is the author or co-author of 12 books, including Mind Over Business with Ken Baum, The Consulate with Thomas R. Stutler, The Profiler with Pat Brown, Built From Scratch with the founders of The Home Depot, The Profit Zone with Adrian Slywotzky, Mean Business with Albert J. Dunlap, and Will Eisner: A Spirited Life. Click here to see Bob Andelman’s Amazon Central author page. He is a member in good standing of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (member page).


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