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

By BOB ANDELMAN (email)

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.

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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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