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McG on 'Human Target', 'Chuck' and a Revival of 'Charlie's Angels'

by Michael Maloney, posted Apr 8th 2010 8:00AM

Odds are you're a fan of at least one of McG's TV shows. The busy executive producer/director currently helms NBC cult-hit 'Chuck' and Fox's 'Human Target'. He serves as executive producer for The CW's 'Supernatural' and held that position and also wrote for Fox's short-lived 'Fastlane'.

Born Joseph McGinty Nichol, McG hit the scene a decade ago when he directed the movie version of 'Charlie's Angels,' which starred Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu (and the author of this Q&A as an uncredited computer nerd). More recently, McG stood behind the lens for 'Terminator Salvation' and currently has a dozen (!) projects in development, according to his Imdb.com page.

AOL recently chatted with the busy McG about his current, future and past endeavors, including a possible revival of 'Charlie's Angels' for TV. Read on to get the diverse dish.Odds are you're a fan of at least one of McG's TV shows. The busy executive producer/director currently helms NBC cult-hit 'Chuck' and Fox's 'Human Target'. He serves as executive producer for The CW's 'Supernatural' and held that position and also wrote for Fox's short-lived 'Fastlane'.

Born Joseph McGinty Nichol, McG hit the scene a decade ago when he directed the movie version of 'Charlie's Angels,' which starred Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu (and the author of this Q&A as an uncredited computer nerd). More recently, McG stood behind the lens for 'Terminator Salvation' and currently has a dozen (!) projects in development, according to his Imdb.com page.

AOL recently chatted with the busy McG about his current, future and past endeavors, including a possible revival of 'Charlie's Angels' for TV. Read on to get the diverse dish.

The 'Human Target' is a character from the DC Comics universe. Are there going to be nods to that world -- like Christopher Chance taking a case in Central City or Star City?
Perhaps, but you never want to make a violation in that regard. Once you create that universe, you want to honor it. You should see the writers' room. There's a great deal of back-story that goes into every choice we make. That's one of the things we're still talking about -- to what degree we parcel out clues that speak to the DC Universe. We want to be respectful at all times. We're all very passionate DC guys.

Could we see a DC character added to the cast of 'The Human Target' -- like Green Arrow/Oliver Queen was to 'Smallville'?
Potentially. But that would be a season two consideration.

How is 'Chuck's' future looking?
I believe in that show. Peter Roth [chief executive, Warner Bros.] seems happy with the numbers. Hopefully, we'll keep on trucking. That show was on the edge of extinction and the fans spoke. People are really passionate about it. It doesn't hurt to have fans like Jon Stewart and Howard Stern.

Last season was about keeping Chuck safe from the world, now it's about keeping the world safe from Chuck.
Yeah. The guy's got powers and he can do what he does. It's fun not to see him just be the dopey spy that needs saving, but as the guy who can do something about it on his own. We changed his hair to show that emotional pivot in the character. He's ready for it. Zach's a talented guy and he's capable of a lot.

You've got like 12 projects going on, including 'Camp Morningwood' and 'Untitled McG Spy Project' in addition to 'Chuck' and 'Human Target.' How do you juggle it all?
I'm surrounded by really talented people. Peter Johnson runs our whole television thing. Two very intelligent women -- Jeanne Allgood and Mary Viola -- run the film side. We get together every morning and we talk about the projects and do what we can do keep all the trains running on time.

You stepped in front of the camera in 2003 to do an episode of 'Punk'd' where you and two actresses tricked Katie Holmes into thinking that you were a two-timer. How'd that come about?
I got a phone call from those guys. I think everyone has a soft spot in their heart for 'Candid Camera.' We all like the 'Punk'd' version of the show and it seemed like a funny idea, and I went for it. I remember that day very well.

Did you enjoy being on-screen?
[Laughs] Well, I've got a face for radio, so it was a little tough. [Katie] was such a good sport and an elegant person throughout the whole thing. A lot of people would have hauled ass out of there, but she hung in there like a real trooper.

'The Terminator' rights were up for grabs and bought by a hedge fund. What does that mean for you?
I'm going to let it shake out and see where we land. We're talking about story ideas [for more movies]. We'll see where the future takes us in regards to who controls the rights.

There are rumors that 'Charlie's Angels' is going to see a new TV incarnation.
We'll see. We're going to read the script. I was talking to Leonard Goldberg, Drew [Barrymore] and Nancy [Juvonen, Drew's producing partner] about it. We'll see where it goes. It's all script-based. If the script is good enough, we'll talk about moving forward. If it's not there, we'll keep it on the shelf and we'll wait 'til it's ready.

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