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'Human Target' at Comic Con: Make Way for the Ladies -- and William Shatner?

by Michael Maloney, posted Jul 25th 2010 1:50PM
human_target_fox'Human Target' is back for a second season. It has a new executive producer Matthew Miller ('Chuck'), who told thousands of fans at Comic Con on Saturday that he's bringing some ladies into Christopher Chance's life.

Indira Varma ('Rome') becomes not only Chance's new client but also his new boss. "She plays a woman who's married to a 'Paul Allen' type, who dies under mysterious circumstances," previews Miller. "She decides that the team has some value and she takes it over. She becomes a female Charlie [Townsend], giving the guys access to a billionaire's toys -- her jets, cars. It'll give the show an international feel."

Miller says the team will also get a new female member, who hasn't been cast yet. "She's a little younger [than Varma's character], 22 years old. She's a thief with a background more similar to Chance and Guerrero's.

"Guys just love to have a woman tell them what to do," chuckles series regular Chi McBride (Winston.) "It'll set up great tension and comedy. Indira isn't bad to look at [either]!"

Fans asked if Mark Valley's real-life military training helps him play Chance. "We had some training when I was a freshman at West Point," he recalls. "We fought with these sticks. I really hit a guy [with mine] and he got angry and beat me up."

Speaking of fights what was it like to have Chance and Guerrero go at it last season?

"It was like two brothers wrestling on the kitchen table," Valley says.

In addition to the new female cast members, there will be familiar faces returning from season one. Lennie James returns as the calculating Baptiste.

Valley fueled the rumors that Amy Acker indeed would be back as Katherine. "If you look closely when that boat explodes [in season one] you just see a boat explode. That's all I'm going to say about that. Keep your hopes up."

A fan dressed up as Guerrero was brought up on stage. "I've seen lots of Rorschaches and Freddies," Jackie Earle Haley says, referring to his other well-known roles. "But this is the only Guerrero I've ever seen."

Valley gave thanks to the fans who campaigned for him to play Captain America. (With all due respect to Chris Evans, who perfectly captured bad boy Johnny Storm in 'The Fantastic Four,' wouldn't Valley have been great as the blond-haired, broad-shouldered, square-jawed Steve Rogers?)

"Thanks to everybody for that," Valley says. "[But] no, nobody approached me."

The team won't know if they can trust an upcoming client who hires them, because he has amnesia. "Everyone's trying to kill him because he's the most horrible person," explains Miller.

"Is it going to be [played by] William Shatner?" Valley deadpans, calling back an inquiry one fan made about possibly some old 'Boston Legal' co-stars of Valley's coming onto the show as guest stars.

Regarding 'Human Target' moving to the 8PM Friday night time slot, Miller quips, "They offered us the post-'American Idol' slot. [Fridays] isn't always the best one, but at the end of the day 'The X-Files' did well there. People work hard and they want to kick back on Friday nights and be entertained. Hopefully, that's what we're going to do."

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Eric F.

I hope Emmanuelle Vaugier returns as Agent Barnes. They seemed to have something going on there and I'd like to see them expand on it. Plus Emmanuelle's a real bombshell.

July 27 2010 at 5:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Zach B.

I think that Michelle Rodriguez from Lost would be a perfect pick for the yet-to-be-cast young female lead. She is rough around the edges and can be gritty, but also is elegant. She's a badass with a flair that I think would be a perfect fit on Human Target.

July 25 2010 at 6:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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