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Kevin Weisman and Mitch Pileggi Guest Star on 'Human Target' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 17th 2010 11:25PM
Human Target - Mitch Pileggi'Human Target' (Wed., 8PM ET on FOX) is crazy-fun for lots of reasons, not the least of which is outstanding guest stars.

In tonight's episode, we had Kevin Weisman, whose vast TV credits include 'Alias' (he's cornered the market on computer geeks), as well as Mitch Pileggi (Walter Skinner on 'The X-Files,' among dozens of other roles).

Between those two and star Mark Valley -- and let's not forget Chi McBride and Jackie Earle Haley -- that covers just about every show in the past 20 years, doesn't it?

Watch the video after the jump.

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'Human Target's' Chi McBride Misses 'Pushing Daisies'

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 16th 2010 3:02PM
Chi McBride at the FOX all-star party January 2010One of the most fun things of any press tour is getting to sit down with Chi McBride and just talk, about anything. Politics, baseball, cigars... when you're talking to Chi, the conversation can go just about anywhere.

The drawback to seeing McBride on so many tours is that he's always there with a new show to promote. Because he's able to handle drama and comedy with equal ease, he's cast in a lot of pilots. The problem is, most of the resulting shows rarely last more than a couple of years. In the last six years, since his four-season run on 'Boston Public' ended, we've seen McBride in 'Killer Instinct,' 'The Nine' and 'Pushing Daisies.' Now he's co-starring with Mark Valley and Jackie Earle Haley in the FOX popcorn-action series 'Human Target.'

I sat with McBride as he held court at FOX's all-star party in Pasadena last month. As he puffed away on an Opus X -- he offered me one and I very reluctantly declined -- we talked about which of his roles he misses the most, and how he does his running scenes on 'Target.' Let's just say he doesn't waste too much film on those.

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'Human Target' - 'Run' Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Feb 11th 2010 9:30AM
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(S01E05) High-speed car chases! Police baton beat downs! Seat belt strangulations!

The 14-year-old kid in me loves this show.

So does the currently overworked and underpaid adult version of me. Like a lot of folks these days, I'm just looking to wash away the week's stresses with some fun, old-fashioned hump day entertainment. Thankfully, 'Human Target' is happy to oblige.

This week's energetic hour offered more kicks and wittier one-liners than last week's mountaintop tussle. "Run" was a confident episode. It felt strong and sturdy, not unlike the series' awesome third outing ("Embassy Row").

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Christopher Chance Takes Control on 'Human Target' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 11th 2010 7:10AM
'Human Target' - Christopher Chance Takes ControlTalk about awkward. On 'Human Target' (Wed., 8PM ET on FOX), Christopher Chance finds himself in a moving car with the very people trying to kill his client - who's sitting right next to him.

Of course, he does what we'd expect him to do. Take out the bad guys and get control of the car. This show delivers a Bruce Willis movie every single week!

Watch the video after the jump.

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Review: 'Human Target' - 'Sanctuary'

by Mike Moody, posted Feb 4th 2010 12:39PM
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(S01E04) Just like Chuck Bartowski, Christopher Chance seems able to access any type of fighting skill, foreign language, or Bible verse necessary to nudge his way out of a tight spot. But unlike Chuck, or Echo from 'Dollhouse', his super skills don't come courtesy of some dubious sci-fi technology. So where did Chance get his awesome abilities? Who knows? We'll probably never learn the answer to that question. Despite the show's small attempts to get a larger arc moving, 'Human Target' is more concerned with delivering fun, action-packed self-contained episodes than with building a rich mythology.

Surprisingly, 'Sanctuary' offered some valuable intel about Chance's past, courtesy of Guerrero's latest "side job." We learned that he's wracked with guilt over his involvement in a woman's death -- a woman he was probably in love with. The same woman might've been the reason he turned things around and started working for the good guys, mirroring this week's client, John Gray ('Fanboys' star Sam Huntington). I'm looking forward to seeing these plot elements finally pay off somewhere down the line, but I don't expect the payoff to be huge.

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Review: Human Target - Embassy Row

by Mike Moody, posted Jan 27th 2010 2:00PM
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(S01E03) "Did the hooker just punch you in the face?" – Winston

No runaway trains or upside down planes this week. Instead, Chance crashed the Russian Embassy and teamed up with a sexy FBI agent to catch his friend's killer.

This was a great episode. It had all the elements of a taut big screen thriller, plus some excellent action and a few welcome quirky character moments. I've only seen three episodes, but I'm already hooked on Human Target. I'm ready to follow Chance to the end of the season and beyond. Here's hoping that Fox (killer of all things that make me happy) has similar plans.

It looks like Human Target is set on delivering plenty of stand-alone episodes with only hints at a greater story arc. I'm a big fan of shows that offer complicated arcs that stretch out over several seasons, but that's clearly not what's happening here.

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Chance Confuses FBI Agent for Hooker on 'Human Target' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 27th 2010 11:00AM
Chance makes a critical error when he mistakes a butt-kicking FBI agent for a prostitute and receives a sound thrashing on 'Human Target.'

After his beat-down, Chance joins forces with the agent to track down a spy who has poisoned him with a slow-acting toxin.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Review: Human Target - Rewind

by Mike Moody, posted Jan 21st 2010 6:00AM
human target rewind(S01E02) If there's one thing that Human Target gets right, it's the action. This episode just kind of sat there until Chance started kicking the assassin's teeth in at the fifteen-minute mark. The fight scene wasn't as nuts as Sunday night's bloody train tussle, but it added some much needed energy to the first half of this episode. And things only got crazier a few minutes later when Chance uttered the line of the night: "We're gonna flip the plane!"

Flipping an airplane at 30,000 feet would probably be a "jump the shark" moment for most other shows. But not on Human Target, a show so ridiculous and over-the-top that "jump the shark" simply does not apply.

I love the tone and spirit of this show. It's retro and fun and a little tongue-in-cheek, but it's also packed with some very appealing characters, compelling stories and a top notch cast. The first half of tonight's ep left me a little cold, but I was still invested enough to want to see how it would all turn out in the end. And I'm glad I stuck around.

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'Human Target': Thrills, Spills and Mark Valley (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jan 18th 2010 4:10AM
Human Target, Mark ValleyDid you watch the premiere of 'Human Target' last night? It's jam-packed with kick-ass action, cool guest stars, and a lightning-fast bullet train. It's like James Bond, 'The A-Team,' and a Bruce Willis movie all rolled into one.

Based on a DC Comics comic book and graphic novel, the Fox show stars Mark Valley as adrenaline junkie Christopher Chance, a unique bodyguard/private detective who thwarts murder attempts by impersonating the intended victims in order to draw the killers' fire.

Watch the videos from TV's Top 5! after the jump.

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Review: Human Target - Pilot (series premiere)

by Mike Moody, posted Jan 18th 2010 1:31AM
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(S01E01) Chris Chance is The Mentalist's Patrick Jane, Lie to Me's Cal Lightman and Die Hard's John McClane rolled into one phenomenal package. It's ridiculous, but it works.

The same can be said for this show. Simply put, Human Target rocks. It's a lightning-paced, cocksure and surprisingly funny contempo version of an '80s action TV show. So rejoice, folks. The smart action-packed hour we've been waiting for has arrived.

If there's any justice in this world, Human Target will make Mark Valley a star. No -- a superstar. Three minutes into the pilot and I saw the makings of a classic witty TV hero in his performance. The veteran actor hits all the right notes and manages to make his implausibly awesome character feel like a real person.

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'Human Target' Premiere Recap

by David Hofstede, posted Jan 18th 2010 1:00AM
Will Mark Valley become TV's most famous bodyguard since Pam Anderson in 'VIP'?

The premiere episode of 'Human Target' opens with a hostage situation in an office -- a disgruntled salesman with a rifle and a bomb strapped to his chest believes he has the boss that fired him at his mercy, but is shocked to discover that his victim is actually Christopher Chance, who was hired by the boss for protection. After trying unsuccessfully to talk the gunman into surrendering, Chance kills him with his own rifle.

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Mark Valley Talks 'Human Target' and a Possible 'Fringe' Crossover - VIDEO

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jan 17th 2010 5:00PM
Mark Valley, 'Human Target'Mark Valley is officially an action star now.

The premiere of 'Human Target' (Sun., Jan. 17, 8PM ET on Fox) finds Valley taking the lead on TV once again, this time as Christopher Chance, a professional lifesaver who puts himself in the line of fire for his clients. "Chance is sort of an enigmatic character," Valley says. Yeah, that's an understatement.

AOL TV visited the set of 'Human Target' in Vancouver to get the scoop on the show and his castmates. And, of course, since Valley recently married his 'Fringe' costar Anna Torv, I had to ask: what are the chances of a 'Fringe'-'Human Target' crossover? "Honestly, things are so strange on 'Fringe,' I don't think Chance and his crew would really be qualified to be dealing with, like, alternate universes."

Watch our full interview here, and check out our chats with Valley's costars Chi McBride and Jackie Earle Haley.

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TV Squad previews FOX's new shows

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 7th 2009 9:42PM
FOX Network LogoWhile it was a little odd that the "screener" of Glee we got was the exact same episode that FOX aired after American Idol in the spring, the rest of these shows were truly new. Dramatic offerings included FOX's loose adaptation of the DC Comics property Human Target and Past Life. On the comedy side they offered us screeners for The Cleveland Show, Brothers, Sons of Tucson and the aforementioned Glee.

After enduring the screener for Do Not Disturb last season on FOX, I could only hope that these offerings were at least better than that offense to the senses. And they were. Well, most of them. Unfortunately, it seems that FOX has at least one Do Not Disturb in them every season. Other than that, one of these shows was far better than I expected, another a bit worse, and a third one stands as one of the better pilots I've ever seen.

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Mark Valley is the Human Target

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 11th 2009 1:08PM
Mark ValleyWell this is promising news indeed. Human Target is one of the most interesting concepts in the DC Universe and the Peter Milligan Vertigo series of the same name was one of the highlights of the early 2000s. The story centers on Christopher Chance, who takes on the identity of his clients to protect them from pending threats and help them eliminate them. He's a master of disguise in a way that Face/Off would envy. And now he has a name.

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Mark Valley has been cast as Christopher Chance in the Fox pilot for Human Target. Valley has been a staple on the screen for years, most prominently for three years on Boston Legal and currently recurring on Fringe, where he has mastered the creepy stare. The guy can go from comedic to heartfelt to bad-ass to, as I said, creepy, and diversity is what you need for this role. This is a great casting choice. He's not too young, he's big and he's got an intensity about him. Man, I hope Fox picks this up even more now! Maybe Valley can go in to FOX in disguise and vote to go to series.

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Fringe is getting good... so why am I not paying more attention to it?

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 3rd 2008 6:06PM
Fringe: SafeAnyone who watched last night's episode of Fringe can see that all the pieces of the puzzle that is The Pattern are coming together. Dunham is starting to merge John Scott's memories with her own, right as the evil Nina Sharp at Massive Dynamic decided she needs them to help her nefarious plans. Dunham's actually starting to show some personality; the chemistry between her and Peter and between Peter and Walter is getting fun. And the ending to last night's episode set up a nice cliffhanger that will take us through the holidays.

It's starting to reach a lot of the potential that fans had for it, given its J.J. Abrams pedigree. So why am I not more engrossed with the show?

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