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Chuck’s brother-in-law, Captain Awesome, a.k.a., Ryan McPartlin, is swelling with TV fatherly pride!


Ryan McPartlin (L), Sarah Lancaster, Zachary Levi

One of the cool aspects of NBC’s spy rom-com “Chuck” is that it has survived on the Peacock long enough for every recurring character to get a moment to shine.

Jeff and Lester have their band. Ellie has a heart. Casey has a daughter. The General has, well, okay, I’m still trying to figure that one out. Big Mike loves Subway sandwiches. Morgan is a different kind of genius.


And Captain Awesome — okay, just plain ol’ “Awesome” these days — is both a big softie and a go-to spy.

That’s a giant leap for Ryan McPartlin’s character on the show.

For a long time, he was the guy who walked in and out of scenes, often shirtless, looking, well Awesome. He got credit for doing things no mere mortal—certain not Chuck — could do and always wound up smooching or in the clinch with his fiancée, now wife on the show, Ellie, played by the luscious Sarah Lancaster. Not a bad deal, but not exactly a meaty role.

Last season, however, McPartlin’s patience on the sidelines paid off. He, like Chuck, became a bit of an accidental spy himself and was entrusted with the secret of Chuck’s giant brain and new physical prowess. It was one of many fun twists on a show that excels in taking viewers places we never expected and always enjoy exploring.

This season, he and Ellie have a bun in the oven. You just know it’s gonna be awesome.

Hear it now!RYAN McPARTLIN audio excerpt: “We’re hoping to hear this week or next if we’re going to get http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=andelmancom&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002ZCY7PU&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrmore episodes this season. Ratings don’t seem to matter; we keep coming back no matter what. That’s largely due to the fans. There are so many outlets you can watch ‘Chuck’ on. We’re such a big hit on iTunes, on Hulu, and on NBC.com.” 

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You can LISTEN to this interview with RYAN McPARTLIN, star of NBC’s CHUCK, by clicking the audio player above!

Bob Andelman is the author or co-author of 10 books, including ‘The Profiler’ with Pat Brown, ‘Built From Scratch’ with the founders of The Home Depot, and ‘Will Eisner: A Spirited Life.’ • Follow Bob on Twitter or Facebook.

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