Brandon Routh says he's a pretty big fan of "Chuck," so he knows that his character this season, Daniel Shaw, is not destined to be popular with the show's die-hards.
"I was prepared," he toldus when we visited the "Chuck" set in December. "I know that fans probably won't like me right away -- maybe never?"
And why is that? Well, Shaw -- who makes his first appearance in the show's fourth episode, airing Jan. 18 -- is a CIA operative who comes to Burbank to lead Team Chuck's operation against the Ring, the espionage network that's this season's big bad. And he just maybe, possibly could present an obstacle to Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski).