“Human Target” is coming to Fox this weekend, but a few readers might remember another “Human Target,” on ABC in 1992. The new Fox version of the show will star Mark Valley, a Gulf War veteran and actor known for his roles on “Boston Legal” and “Days of our Lives.” The ABC version starred none other than Rick Springfield of “Jessie’s Girl” and “General Hospital” fame.
Both series are based on the DC Comics character of the same title. Valley plays Christopher Chance, a private contractor/bodyguard who integrates himself into the lives of his clients to protect them from strange threats.
As the network’s press release describes it, “If you’re a corporate manager whose disgruntled employee has gone violently off the deep end — Chance is your new auditor. If you’re the president of a bank who’s been tipped off to a potential heist, Chance is your unassuming bank teller.”
Though the ABC version only lasted seven episodes, Fox hopes its “Human Target” will have a much longer run: Not only will “Human Target” debut prior to the “24” premiere, but the first episode after the pilot will run after “American Idol” on Wednesday. Future episodes will run before “Idol” on Wednesdays.
Running alongside the “Idol” juggernaut is an enviable position for any show to be in. Fox has been careful with where to debut “Human Target,” hoping for a hit (though Fox will show the 1 p.m. NFL playoff game on Sunday, not the 4:40 p.m. game, which would have made a great lead-in to the show).
In addition to its cushy timeslot, “Human Target” will benefit from a great supporting cast: the criminally underrated Chi McBride (“Pushing Daisies,” “Boston Public”) and Jackie Earle Haley, known for his roles in “The Bad News Bears” and “Breaking Away” as a child actor, but more recently for his work in “Watchmen” and “Little Children,” the latter of which earned Haley an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.