Josh Holloway explains why CBS' Intelligence isn't a ripoff of Chuck

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Jul 18, 2013, 5:47 PM EDT

Comic-Con is where the truth comes out. If it's sci-fi, fantasy, horror or comic-book-related, you'll get a scoop from the event. Today, TVGuide got some dirt on one of CBS's most anticipated new shows, Intelligence. The series stars Josh Holloway (Lost), and has a very familiar premise. It's so familiar, in fact, that it's earned some criticism.

In a nutshell, Intelligence centers on Agent Gabriel Black at the U.S. Cyber Command. He's an extremely talented individual who's a cut above the rest. Why is that? It's probably because he has a microchip implanted in his brain that gives him an advantage. It allows him to tap into the electromagnetic spectrum: Internet, WiFi, telephone and satellite data.

Intelligence has drawn comparisons to NBC's Chuck, but Holloway claims they're not one and the same.

"I thought Chuck was a great show," he says. "But it's not Chuck at all. The computer can't enhance what I am. I can't download how to fly a helicopter and suddenly fly a helicopter. I'm basically just connected to the information grid, so it can assist me in more practical ways than that concept of Chuck. I'm still Gabriel, and I get my tail kicked most of the time."

Intelligence premieres midseason on CBS.

Does that clear up any confusion for you?

(via TVGuide)