“The Human Target” has been renewed for a 13 episode second season on Fox, according to Entertainment Weekly. “Chuck” co-executive producer Matthew Miller is also joining “The Human Target” as the new showrunner, sharing the position with Jonathan Steinberg.
First announced in January 2009, “The Human Target” stars Mark Valley (“Fringe”) as Christopher Chance, a former assassin turned bodyguard/private contractor who specializes in protecting clients from deadly and unusual threats. The series also stars Chi McBride (“Pushing Daisies”) and Jackie Earle Haley (“Watchmen”) as Chance’s partners, Detective Laverne Winston and Guerrero, respectively.
“The Human Target” was created by comic book legends Len Wein and Carmine Infantino in 1972. As originally conceived, Christopher Chance would literally assume the identities of his clients in order to draw out and eliminate threats to them.
Back in 1999, “The Human Target” was revived as a Vertigo property by Peter Milligan and the late Edvin Biukovic, which took a deeper look at Chance’s psychological make up and the long term effects of taking on so many different identities.
In 1992, “The Human Target” was adapted into a TV series on ABC starring Rick Springfield in the title role with Kirk Baltz, Sami Chester and Signy Coleman in supporting roles. Unlike the current “Human Target” series, the ABC incarnation featured Chance portrayed by several different guest stars when impersonating his clients in each show. The series ran for seven episodes, which has already been surpassed by the 13 episodes produced in the first season of the new “Human Target.”
While a date hasn’t been set yet for the return of “The Human Target,” the cancellation of “24” makes it likely that “Human Target” will take its time slot and resurface in January 2011.
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