Bettis visits in 3-D on NBC's 'Chuck'

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UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. -- Here comes the Bus -- in 3-D.

Jerome Bettis will guest star on NBC's "Chuck" (8 p.m. Feb. 2) in a 3-D episode airing the day after the Super Bowl.

In the episode, Mr. Bettis' character comes to work at the Buy More store that's managed by his old friend, Big Mike (Mark Christopher Lawrence). "Chuck" executive producer Josh Schwartz ("The O.C.," "Gossip Girl") said the idea for Mr. Bettis to guest star came out of conversations with NBC to tie in the show with football. The episode will be promoted during the Super Bowl.

"He was great," Mr. Schwartz said of Mr. Bettis' performance. "He was really funny. We've been really lucky between him and [former New York Giant defensive end] Michael Strahan, whom we had on earlier this season. These guys are really funny actors."

Mr. Bettis will get in on the 3-D effects shots when he "clotheslines Morgan," Mr. Schwartz said, joking, "Jerome Bettis is getting an Emmy for his performance. He should beat out Strahan."

This isn't the first time The Bus stopped by an NBC sitcom. He appeared on "The Office" in a season-three episode, "The Convention."

Tomorrow night, Dominic Monaghan ("Lost") is the lead guest star in the episode, playing a rock star who makes an in-store appearance at Buy More. Someone tries to kill Monaghan's character and Chuck (Zachary Levi) and company have to protect him.

Mr. Schwartz said the show's writers had to think in terms of 3-D when plotting the episode.

"There's certain set pieces you try to gear up for, like Chuck jumping off of a building onto a glass elevator, that you know are going to look good in 3-D," he said. "But what was amazing to me was the amount of regular stuff that looks really good in 3-D, like Big Mike with a giant doughnut in his hands. Jeff from the Nerd Herd looks terrifying in 3-D. Captain Awesome looks fantastic; he looks even better than he usually does in three dimensions."


Contact Post-Gazette TV editor Rob Owen at 412-263-2582 or rowen@post-gazette.com .


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