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After Fox Cancellations, Suggestions for What Jackie Earle Haley, Shawn Ryan and Mark Valley Should Do Next

by Maureen Ryan, posted May 11th 2011 12:20PM
News broke Tuesday that several Fox shows have been cancelled, but aside from lamenting the potential that each of the Fox dramas had, let's not dwell on the fact that 'Breaking In,' 'Lie to Me,' 'The Chicago Code,' 'Traffic Light' and 'Human Target' are no longer among us.

Let's focus instead on what the actors and producers from that show should do next. Here are a few of our suggestions; feel free to offer your own in the comment area.

Jackie Earle Haley, late of 'Human Target'
JEH on season 3 of 'Justified.' How incredible would it be to see Haley in Harlan? Dear television industry (specifically 'Justified' creator Graham Yost and FX): Make this happen. Please. Pretty please.

Shawn Ryan, late of 'The Chicago Code'
Ryan's had a tough go of it in recent months. The late, great 'Terriers' was canceled by FX in December, and now 'Code' is gone too.

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Fox Cancels 'Human Target,' 'Lie to Me,' 'The Chicago Code' and More

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 11th 2011 8:30AM
Fox logoIt's that time of year again, the upfronts, when TV networks decide which shows live and which shows die. This year Fox has become the first network to announce which shows are being culled, and it's bad news for Christian Slater. Again...

Fox announced that it's cancelling five of its live action shows: 'Human Target,' Lie to Me,' 'The Chicago Code,' 'Traffic Light' and 'Breaking In.' It also dropped the ax on some of its drama pilots, including the much talked-about 'Locke & Key' and 'Exit Strategy.'

Angry fans turned to Twitter to vent as the news broke late Tuesday, with 'Human Target' fans being among the most vocal. In fact, according to THR, they tweeted so vociferously that the show became a Top 10 trending topic.

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Talking 'Walking Dead' and 'The Cape' With 'Battlestar Galactica' Composer Bear McCreary (VIDEO)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Feb 15th 2011 5:10PM
The current "Golden Age" of television has been accompanied by some terrific music.

It's impossible to imagine 'Lost' without Michael Giacchino's distinctive score, or '24' without Sean Callery's pulse-pounding music. The best scores not only add emotion and tension to good stories, they are thoughtful, creative endeavors well worth listening to on their own.

Bear McCreary created a percussive, evocative and operatic score for Syfy's late, great 'Battlestar Galactica.' If you watched the show, you no doubt recall its infamous "poundy drums," its poignant themes and its distinctive rendition of 'All Along the Watchtower,' which became a major thematic element in the show's final season.

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Guerrero Takes Matters Into His Own Hands When His Son Is Threatened on 'Human Target' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 10th 2011 3:08AM
'Human Target' - 'Marshall Pucci'Guerrero is the literal interpretation of the "man of mystery" on 'Human Target' (Wed., 9PM ET on FOX). But in this second season finale, a layer of secrecy was removed. When he and Ames were listening in on a rogue CIA agent's planning, they overheard him talking about Guerrero.

The agent had boxes of files on him. "It's pretty scary reading," he told his associates.

In the files, he turned to a page that went into forbidden territory for Guerrero. "It says here he has a kid," the agent said. "See, that's what I mean by a pressure point."

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The 10 Greatest TV Characters of 2010

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 29th 2010 10:00AM
RubiconThere are a lot of characters on television, but there are only a handful that can be considered "great."

They're the ones that add a lot to the show they're on. The characters we can't imagine not existing in their show's universe. The characters that stand out because of that magical combo of good writing and a unique performance by the actor playing the character.

This is a list of the greatest characters from the tube in 2010. They're probably not the only great characters on their shows, but these are the ones that made the most memorable impact.

Note: you will not find Snooki on this list.

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What to Watch: December 20 - 26

by Stephanie Earp, posted Dec 20th 2010 2:30AM
The Kenny vs. Spenny Christmas Special - Thursday, Dec. 23, 9PM ET/11PM PT, Showcase

As usual, best friends Kenny and Spenny are at cross purposes. Spenny wants to make a genuinely touching holiday special, while Kenny just wants to humiliate Spenny. Challenges include creating a puppet show and creating an adaptation of Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol.' I'm guessing Spenny plays Scrooge.

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'Human Target': Hitting the Target, But Missing the Larger Picture (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 16th 2010 11:03AM
'Human Target': Hitting the Target, But Missing the Larger PictureChristopher Chance (Mark Valley) is the title character on 'Human Target' ... but that doesn't mean he's the only target out there. On the new episode (Wed., 8PM ET on Fox), we learn more about the back-story of Chance's partner Winston (Chi McBride). Winston is an ex-cop, and now he's targeting the man who took everything from him; his job, his reputation ... even his wife.

And so, Winston goes after Lieutenant Broward (Nick Chinlund) -- a dirty cop and his own greatest personal enemy. Back when he was on the police force, Winston staked his entire reputation on his ability to take Broward down ... and he failed. Now, eight years later, Winston has a second chance.

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'Human Target' -- A Bench With a Bomb (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 2nd 2010 10:05AM
'Human Target' -- A Bench With a BombThere's the old expression that you should never play with fire. And there should be some equivalent expression about "never playing with explosives" ... except it's not necessary to remind anyone of that. Playing with explosives? No one would do such a stupid thing. Except for our heroes on 'Human Target' (Wed., 8PM ET on Fox).

Ames (Janet Montgomery) is a new member of the team. But she's also a former thief, and pretty soon, she gets sucked back into her old ways. Her ex-partner Brody (J.D. Pardo) provides her with a convenient excuse. Brody isn't just an old partner, he's Ames' oldest friend. He needs her help, and she gives it -- as the pair steal explosives for a guy named Mr. Markus (Hakeem Kae-Kazim).

On a show like this, someone named "Mr. Markus" just has to be a really bad guy -- and he is. He traps Ames and Brody into doing one last job: a diamond heist. Now, in order to save Ames, Christopher Chance (Mark Valley) has to go along for the ride.

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A Leap of Faith on 'Human Target' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 18th 2010 9:35AM
A Leap of Faith on 'Human Target'It might be time to take a chance. On the season two premiere of 'Human Target' (Wed., 8PM ET on Fox),Christopher Chance (Mark Valley) has decided to retire from the business. Mr. Chance is a security expert. His goal is to protect the innocent, and so he integrates himself into the lives of his clients -- putting himself in harm's way, and becoming the human target of the title.

But when his partner Winston (Chi McBride) is kidnapped and tortured, Chris decides that things have gone too far. He doesn't want his friends to become "targets" as well. He quits his job, but is called back at the summons of billionaire widow Ilsa Pucci (Indira Varma).

Ilsa fears for her life after the mysterious death of her husband. Now she lives in terror, protected behind bulletproof glass windows. Chance is brought in to solve the case.

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'Human Target' Preview: Season 2 Takes Aim at a Whole New Dynamic

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 17th 2010 12:00PM
Fox's adrenaline-fueled drama 'Human Target' has made a habit of dodging bullets. The show's entertaining (but underwatched) first season garnered reasonable ratings and modest critical approval, but failed to set audiences alight in the way network execs were probably hoping for as their flagship action show '24' sailed into the sunset.

After a tense few months on the bubble, 'Human Target' was renewed, only to stare down the barrel of another ominous threat: a Friday night death slot, where even the most tenacious shows often fail to draw ratings, let alone improve on their established audience. But the death of 'Lone Star' and the subsequent shift of 'Lie To Me' to Monday night left a ripe spot on Wednesdays for the scrappy sophomore drama to plant its flag and make its mark.

TV Squad was among a group of journalists invited to the Vancouver set ahead of the season 2 premiere, and if what we saw is any indication, 'Human Target' is back with a vengeance, and it's taking no prisoners this time around. Find out why star Chi McBride described season 2 to us as "a grenade with the pin pulled out."

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: 'Human Target' Hits the Bullseye in Season 2

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 16th 2010 4:20PM
Christopher Chance makes it clear to his clients that he's not a fan of game plans. He likes to wing it.

But 'Human Target' (8PM ET Wednesday, Fox), which depicts bodyguard/fixer Chance and his buddies helping clients deal with tricky situations, has a smart new game plan for its enjoyable second season.

The first three episodes of season 2 address the issues that affected the show's uneven first season, and they also deftly introduce new characters and situations that give the show's lead trio -- Chance (Mark Valley), Guerrero (Jackie Earle Haley) and Winston (Chi McBride) -- good new material to play.

The end result is that 'Human Target' is both lighter and heavier: There's an energetic vibe, a slightly snazzier look and even more dry humor, but the emotional bonds among the characters have more heft and depth.

It's "not just about a guy dangling out of a plane, but he's dangling out of a plane because he's got [something] at stake," new executive producer and showrunner Matt Miller said in a recent interview on the 'Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan' podcast.

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'Talking TV' Podcast with 'Human Target' Executive Producer Matt Miller

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 15th 2010 10:45AM
This week, we're very excited to bring you a special edition of the 'Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan' podcast.

In the podcast, Matt Miller, the new executive producer and showrunner of 'Human Target,' chatted with Ryan McGee and myself about the show's very enjoyable second season. Even if you weren't a fan of the first season (I was ambivalent about it myself), you might want to check out what this action-adventure show has in store when it returns 8PM ET Wednesday on Fox. It's greatly improved, in my opinion (and I'll write more about that in a 'Human Target' review that'll be posted here Wednesday).

Miller, who used to be one of our favorite 'Chuck' writers, talked about elements from Season 1 that he wanted to retain, as well as new dynamics and relationships that will be introduced in Season 2. He talks at length (but not in a spoilery way) about what's in store for Chance (Mark Valley), Guerrero (Jackie Earle Haley) and Winston (Chi McBride), and also about the addition of two new characters, Ilsa Pucci (Indira Varma) and Ames (Janet Montgomery).

Casting news? Oh yes, we've got it! Miller chats about returning and new guest stars too (and if you want a sneak peek at the list of season 2 guest actors, read on).

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The Show Girl Talks 'Human Target,' 'Outrageous Food' & 'Raising Hope' (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Nov 5th 2010 10:00AM
Human Target'Human Target' is back and sexier than ever. With two new ladies joining Chance and the crew -- one as a beautiful billionaire boss and the other as a tough-talking team member -- the return of one of last year's most intriguing new series is definitely something to sing about. So, that's exactly what star Chi McBride did for me right here.

I also chat with Tom Pizzica, 'The Next Food Network Star' runner-up who has a Big Chef-worthy new show called 'Outrageous Food.' (Does the idea of a 105-pound hamburger make anyone else a little nauseous?)

Then I stop by the set of Fox's new hit sitcom 'Raising Hope' to get some fan questions answered and uncover a big change coming. You think Jimmy can't grocery store stalk Sabrina any more than he already does? Wait until you see this.

Got questions? E-mail me TV questions at TheTVShowGirl@aol.com and I'll try to get you answers on the show. -- By Maggie Furlong

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Kristin Davis Returns to TV With 'Happiness Project,' Fox Orders More 'Human Target' Scripts and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 22nd 2010 6:00PM
Kristin Davis'Sex and the City' star Kristin Davis is returning to TV in 'The Happiness Project.' The single-camera comedy has a script commitment at NBC.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Davis will star and executive produce the series based on Gretchen Rubin's memoir. Rubin started a blog about her year-long journey to find happiness. She employed scientific studies and other tips in her quest.

Kristin Newman of 'Chuck' and 'How I Met Your Mother' fame is in negotiations to write and executive produce.

In other TV news ...

'The Whole Truth' may have just one more week left. ABC has scheduled a country music special in the ratings-challenged show's timenslot on Nov. 3. The following week all of ABC's regular Wednesday night schedule will be put on hold for the Country Music Awards. [Entertainment Weekly]

Former 'One Tree Hill' star Chad Michael Murray and 'Dollhouse' veteran Enver Gjokaj are in consideration for a new role on 'Torchwood.' 'Greek' star Amber Stevens is also being considered for a new role when the series launches on Starz. [Ausiello Files]

Omari Hardwick of 'Dark Blue' fame will guest on NBC's 'Chase.' Hardwick will play Chris Novak, a criminal who escapes and seeks revenge on the people who betrayed him. [TV Guide]

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New 'Human Target' Season 1 DVD Trailer and Giveaway

by AOL TV Staff, posted Sep 15th 2010 3:39PM
The complete first season of FOX's hit action-drama 'Human Target' will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday, Sept. 21, but we've got an explosive teaser for thrill-seeking fans to enjoy now. And that's not all, we're also giving you the chance to win your own copy of Season 1 on DVD.

So check out the video below, then see how you can enter to win our 'Human Target' giveaway. And head to HumanTargetDVD.com for more extras and video.

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