Zachary Levi: Chuck's Masked Ball Is 'Very Eyes Wide Shut' – Minus the Orgy (For Now)

This Monday on Chuck (NBC, 8/7c), Team Bartowski infiltrates a fancy masquerade party in the name of tying up what could be a loose thread from their take-down of Alexei Volkoff.

“We’re on a mission to seek out someone of importance that we are clued onto by Volkoff’s vast network of… well, things that are networked,” series star Zachary Levi told TVLine during our visit to the location shoot. “This is a very high-priority person we need to find, and in order to do that we go to this incredible manor where a masquerade ball is being thrown.”

Populated by pretty people milling around behind ornate masks, and some of them safeguarding secrets, “It’s very Eyes Wide Shut — but not the orgy part,” Levi stresses. He adds with a wink, “That’s in the next episode.”

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As previously previewed by TVLine, the “person of interest” is named Vivian McArthur, and she’s played by Supernatural alumna Lauren Cohan (pictured above). Though Levi was at liberty to reveal “absolutely nothing” about whom Vivian will turn out to be, he did say, “I like the character, and I quite like Lauren as a person as well. I find her to be quite delightful.”

With a nod to the actress seated at his left, Levi smiled, “And even if she weren’t right next to me, I’d say the same thing.”

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The same Chuck episode also introduces Robin Givens as Jane Bentley, a covert ops big wig who finds “bartender” Casey at the masked gala and makes him an offer he will find very hard to refuse.

Again evoking Eyes Wide Shut, Levi says of the episode, “It’s nice to get all dressed up, wear a mask and feel like Tom Cruise… but five feet taller.”

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Will you be attending Chuck‘s masquerade party this Monday night?

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  1. Gwen says:

    “Like Tom Cruise but five feet taller…” LOL

    • Lev says:

      Lol, good one.

    • Aiden says:

      That got me laughing too! My eyes widened when I read “Chuck’s Masked Ball Is ‘Very Eyes Wide Shut’, but then I saw “Minus the Orgy (For Now” and I just couldn’t stop laughing. Zac Levi’s hilarious! I love these scooplets from his interviews. I truly hope Chuck gets picked up for another epic year.

  2. Michelle says:

    Love the show

  3. michy says:

    LOVE Chuck!!! Can’t wait for tonights episode :)

  4. Marie33 says:

    5 feet taller–and a lot less nuttier–than Tom Cruise… I’d like to make an appeal for Zach Levi to grow his hair back. I miss it! And on an unrelated note, wouldn’t it be a great idea to have them spoof the opening sequence of “True Lies”, and have Casey and Sarah blow up the building, while Chuck and Morgan are driving the van on the icy road. Wouldn’t it be great to have Casey blow stuff up again?

  5. Luvmygreys says:

    I love Mondays because of Chuck. Love his hair shorter without the ducktail, but his curls are so cute. Sigh, NBC please renew Chuck.

  6. Susan says:

    Another great episode of CHUCK tonight – NBC please renew CHUCK!

  7. ErrolSynn says:

    First 2 minutes of tonight’s episode – it’s “Peggy”!!!

  8. BrianR says:

    The shorter haircut makes him look more adult and is in keeping with his new spy chores. I’m sorry but the long shaggy hair made him look well like Shaggy from Scooby Doo, and even though this is a comedy its hard to tak him seriously in the spy role.