Fall TV loves Chuck -- A look at three new characters named Chuck

By Tim Stack
Updated July 06, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT

Fall TV loves Chuck

After screening pilots for the fall TV season, one thing stood out: There are a helluva lot of new characters named Chuck hitting the airwaves. There’s (1) The CW’s Gossip Girl Chuck (Ed Westwick, playing a reckless bad boy at a New York prep school); (2) ABC’s Pushing Daisies Chuck (used as a nickname for Charlotte, played by Anna Friel); and, of course, (3) NBC’s Chuck Chuck (Zachary Levi, as a tech-support geek who has a computer downloaded to his brain). As if the Chuck wagon weren’t full enough, these roles follow I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry and Good Luck Chuck, which open in movie theaters over the next few months. As it happens, TV’s Chuck and Girl are both from the mind of Josh Schwartz (The O.C.). ”In Gossip Girl, it was the name of the character in the book, so there was nothing I could do about that,” says Schwartz. ”But for Chuck, well, Chuck Bartowski was very much inspired by Chuck Klosterman.” Hmmm. So, what does Klosterman, pop culture expert and author of Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, think of this tribute? ”It’s very cool,” he says. ”It is also befuddling. I really feel the definitive Chuck was the older brother from Happy Days who disappeared.” Daisies creator Bryan Fuller also cites the lost Cunningham bro but claims his reason is more profane. ”There’s a subversive quality because it rhymes with so many dirty [words],” says Fuller. Chuck, yeah!