'Human Target' Gets A Premiere Date

Human TargetWhile the news broke today that Fox had canceled "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" after two seasons, there were also some beginnings announced today to balance out the endings. The network released its 2009-2010 programming schedule, and there are a few items that should interest comic fans immensely.

First and foremost is the announcement of an official premiere date for "Human Target," the series based on the DC/Vertigo comics and starring Mark Valley ("Fringe") as a bodyguard who masquerades as his clients in order to draw out the bad guys. The first episode will air on Sunday, Jan. 17, at 8 PM EST.

Last week, we caught our first glimpse of Valley as the hero of the series, Christopher Chance, in a photo from the celebrated pilot episode of the series. "Watchmen" star Jackie Earle Haley will also have a featured role in the series. Here's the official synopsis of "Human Target":

The new event drama, HUMAN TARGET, premieres with a special preview Sunday, Jan. 17 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) following the NFC Divisional Playoff game. HUMAN TARGET is a full-throttle, action-packed thrill ride from executive producers McG ("Terminator Salvation") and Simon West ("Con Air," "Tomb Raider"). Based on the popular DC Comics graphic novel and starring Mark Valley (FRINGE), Chi McBride ("Pushing Daisies") and Academy Award nominee Jackie Earle Haley ("Watchmen"), the series follows CHRISTOPHER CHANCE (Valley), a unique private contractor who will stop at nothing even if it means becoming a human target to keep his clients alive.

But that's not the only premiere you might want to add to your calendar. The long-awaited "Family Guy" spin-off, "The Cleveland Show," will premiere this fall. Based on the Griffin's soft-spoken neighbor, Cleveland Brown, the Sunday-night series follows the character as he "moves with his son back to his hometown in Virginia and settles down with his high school sweetheart and her unruly kids."

Finally, a couple of other series worth noting the return of: Seth McFarlane's "American Dad," Joss Whedon's "Dollhouse" and J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci's "Fringe" will all be returning for the upcoming season, according to the network's announcement.

ComingSoon.net has the full text of the 2009-2010 programming announcement.

Glad to see "Human Target" get an official release date? What other programs from the 2009-2010 season on Fox are you looking forward to?