Welcome to 'Chuck' week

levi-strahovski-chuck-320.jpgWe are now a mere seven days away from the third-season premiere of "Chuck," and we couldn't be happier.

OK, that's not true. I wager that "Chuck" fans will be happier when they're actually watching the two-hour season premiere on Sunday, Jan. 10. Having seen the premiere and the Jan. 11 episode, I'll also wager that fans won't be disappointed.

The show handles the story-telling shift it set up at the end of last season -- Chuck (Zachary Levi) being endowed with physical abilities via the new Intersect, and really buying into the spy game -- really well. Intersect 2.0 alters what Chuck is capable of doing, but it doesn't change who he is, which means the heart of what has made "Chuck" so much fun is still intact.

We'll have lots of coverage of the new season in the coming week, including interviews with Levi and Brandon Routh, more from executive producers Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak and other fun stuff. In the meantime, though, you can get up to speed on season three with the following "Chuck" links.

One other note: The good people at We Heart Chuck are sponsoring a "Chuckfest" Jan. 9 and 10 in Los Angeles. Events include a Wii golf tournament, with the top prize being a meet-and-greet with the cast, and a premiere party on Sunday night. Proceeds benefit the American Heart Association. Details are at WeHeartChuck.com.

More "Chuck" links:

'Chuck' exclusive: Zachary Levi demonstrates his new skills

New 'Chuck' promo: Romance is a professional hazard

'Chuck' marathon on Syfy Jan. 7

'Chuck' season 3 poster will kick you in the teeth

'Chuck': 6 things about season three

More 'Chuck' previews: He knows kung fu

'Chuck': Preview the new season with Zachary Levi

Season 3 guest stars: Brandon Routh | Kristin Kreuk | Robert Patrick | Vinnie Jones

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