Why 'Human Target' Should Be Renewed
OK, actually that's not the word. The word I'm thinking of is "fun." We could sit here and come up with logical, specific reasons why 'Human Target' should be renewed. The stories are good, the cast is good, the season finale cliffhanger was well done, FOX is going to need an action show like this since '24' is in its last season, etc. And all of those things are true, but the main reason I want this show renewed is the same reason I want NBC's 'Chuck' to be renewed: it's a fun show.
'Human Target' is a throwback to the light action shows of the '80s. Sure, it has its serious moments and its drama, but it's really a show that simply wants to entertain you. Sometimes TV shows try way too hard to be deep and "serious."
It's good to see more shows of this type on the air right now, shows like 'Chuck' and 'Burn Notice' and 'White Collar.' These are really old-fashioned, '80s-type shows, only with a modern sheen and perhaps better writing. When I watch 'Human Target' I think of shows like 'MacGyver' and 'Raven' and 'Riptide,' with the lone hero, often helped by buddies, righting a wrong. We need more shows like that on TV.
I would even throw the original 'Human Target' with Rick Springfield from the early '90s into that mix. The new version is 7000 times better than that series was. That one was light on the gritty fights and instead had the heroes going around in a special "super plane" and had Chance actually donning advanced masks to actually become the person he was trying to protect, like in the 'Mission: Impossible' movies. It was less believable than the plastic surgery plots that seem to be taking over 'Young & The Restless' these days. But I would still call that show "fun" too, and the new one retains that spirit.
Maybe Springfield can make a guest appearance on the new show, now that we know that more than one person has held the "Christopher Chance" name in the past. It would have been clever to have him guest star in the finale as the other Chance, though Lee Majors was great.
According to TV By The Numbers, 'Human Target' is averaging around seven million viewers a week. While most of us would say that having seven million watch us do something should be deemed a success, that's not always true in TV land. It's especially troubling that the season finale got a 1.9 rating, down 14% from the previous episode. FOX execs are looking at those numbers and I'm sure they're not smiling or doing the happy Snoopy dance.
But you would think that FOX would see the quality and potential this show has. And isn't part of a TV show's success what you put in front of it? How about moving 'Human Target' to another night? Or maybe switch things around and have it come after 'American Idol?' I bet that seven million would come up a bit. But one never knows. Come on, FOX, make up for canceling 'Sons of Tucson' so quickly and having 'Til Death run longer than it should have by giving 'Human Target' a second season.