NBC has picked up its freshman drama series Chuck and Life -- as well as its hit Heroes -- for the 2008-09 season, it was announced today by Ben Silverman, Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios, and Marc Graboff, Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios.

All three series will have major re-launch campaigns next year.

"We are thrilled to be bringing back the high-energy dramas Chuck and Life for next season," said Silverman. "Additionally, we will be saving and re-launching our #1 drama and most successful franchise, Heroes, so that it will run in all original episodes in the fourth quarter."

"These pickups are a sign of our confidence in these quality series and will allow the respective producers to get a head start on their creative arc for next season," said Graboff. "As a result, they give us a lot to build on as we point to next year's schedule."

"Heroes" is NBC's #1 series this season in adults 18-49, the #1 Monday series on any network in adults 18-49 and the #1 scripted series on any network in adults 18-34. This season, "Heroes" has averaged a 6.2 rating, 14 share in adults 18-49 and 13.1 million viewers overall.

"Chuck" has averaged a 3.5 rating, 9 share in adults 18-49 and 8.7 million viewers overall this season. The most recent telecast of "Chuck" on December 3 won the time period in adults 18-49, adults 18-34 and all key adult-male demographics. "Chuck" has increased its adult 18-49 rating from half-hour to half-hour with each of its 11 Monday telecasts this season.

Life has averaged a 3.0 rating, 8 share in adults 18-49 and 8.1 million viewers overall. Its most recent telecast on December 5 saw Life achieve the show's highest total-viewer result since October 3. That December 5 telecast finished within 1 share of the time-period lead in adults 18-49.

Brian B.