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'Fastlane's' McG praised for his 'vision,' 'enthusiasm'

“Charlie’s Angels” helmer McG has sealed a two-year exclusive deal to create, produce and direct programming for Warner Bros. Television.

McG created and will executive produce Fox’s fall actioner “Fastlane.” McG directed the pilot episode; new pact will allow him to direct future episodes as his schedule allows.

“Working with McG has been a whirlwind experience,” said Warner Bros. TV prexy Peter Roth. “His energy, his vision and his enthusiasm for the medium have been so refreshing and so welcome. … He is an irrepressible personality.”

“Fastlane” comes from Warner Bros. TV and McG’s Wonderland production company. Besides McG, skein also is executive produced by John McNamara and Dan Rappaport. McG’s Wonderland partner, Stephanie Savage, serves as a producer.

The hourlong series follows the high-speed adventures of two rogue cops (Peter Facinelli and Bill Bellamy) whose boss (Tiffany Thiessen) outfits them with the latest gadgets and hottest cars to fight crime in Los Angeles.

In addition to directing the “Fastlane” pilot, McG penned the script with McNamara. The premiere includes cameos from the likes of Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst.

“Peter Roth is one of the most passionate people I’ve ever met,” McG said.

McG — real name Joseph McGinty Nichol — is currently directing “Charlie’s Angels 2,” which is set for a 2003 release. The first installment of “Charlie’s Angels” in 2000 grossed $125 million in the U.S.McGmade his name directing videos for such acts as Sugar Ray, Fastball, Smash Mouth and the Offspring, and helmed spots for such advertisers as Coca-Cola, Gap and Major League Baseball.

He is repped by Endeavor, 3 Arts Entertainment and David Weber.

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