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Joseph McGinty Nichol -- aka McG -- is back at the press tour, this time to plug his new NBC dramedy, "Chuck."

"Chuck" is about a guy who works in the Nerd Herd at a Buy More store. Long story short -- Chuck accidentally downloads a gillion government top secrets into his brain and secret agents want to kill him, including a very hot female secret agent who decides to save him instead.

One TV critic mentions that strong female roles on TV shows is a sort of theme of Summer TV Press Tour 2007 and asked if McG could address this in re his new series, reminding McG that last time he came to the tour, he had spoken to them about "third-wave feminism."

Truth be told, critics nearly came to blows with McG last time he appeared at a press tour, in January. He was hawking his new reality series for the CW network -- "Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll" in which, to quote one TV critic, "young girls aspire to dress up like skanks and sing 'Don't you wish your girlfriend was hot like me?'."

McG, meanwhile, found the Pussycat Dolls' show "aspirational" and argued that "women celebrating one another being beautiful and, frankly, being appreciated by me, has been around for a long time." The show was, in fact, "third-wave feminism." After that it got pretty ugly.

Critics haven't forgotten.

"I was wondering if you might talk to us about this trend, since you also did do 'Charlie's Angeles', etc." the critic asks McG.

"All joking aside, I really do like empowered female characters," McG replies.

"I remember that was one of the first things we talked to the 'Charlie's Angels' girls about."

"'Charlie's Angeles' girls" ?

Then McG begins talking about attending high school and "I never had one date and you'd always dream about empowered women sort of giving you the time of day..." while critics listened, in stunned silence.

Who knew McG, the hot music-video director turned hot feature film director turned hot TV series producer, is really just one of life's Chucks?

VIDEO | Chuck

Editor's note: Read more about the Summer TV Press Tour and watch more clips in Lisa's column: After Gay Slur, Isaiah Washington Gets a New 'Bionic' Lease on Life and our Fall TV Video Preview.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  July 18, 2007; 7:17 AM ET
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2007  
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