The networks have announced their Fall schedules, but which series will be worth watching?
The networks have announced their Fall schedules, but which series will be worth watching? Throughout the Summer, as I watch the pilots, I'll be posting my first impressions. Note that a lot can change before a show actually makes it to air, so these aren't reviews, just quick thoughts on how the shows look now. Today's pick: the Fox action drama Human Target, which will launch after American Idol next year.
What's it about?
Christopher Chance is a bodyguard to the extreme, boldly throwing himself into the line of fire to save his clients' lives.
Who's in it? Mark Valley, Chi McBride, Jackie Earle Haley
The good: The pilot is full of fast-paced, one-wrong-step-and-you-die action, not unlike 24. As he showed on Fringe, Valley has a strong presence on screen, and he makes an appealing action star. McBride and Haley don't have a ton of screen time in the pilot, but it was enough to make me want to see more from their characters — McBride as Christopher Chance's business partner/manager, Haley as a renegade hired gun — who add a bit of snark and comic relief.
The bad: From what I knew about the comic book series on which the show is based, I was expecting Christopher Chance to literally become the target of the bad guys who are chasing his clients. To find out he's just their bodyguard was a bit of a bummer. Some of the action was a little cheesy, and the success of the show might depend on the writers' ability to find new and dangerous scenarios for Chance every week. We get a hint that the show might explore what compels Chance to take these dangerous jobs, but it's mostly lost in all the train-jumping and heist-stopping.
Will I watch? We'll see how the TV schedule shakes out come January, but I'm not jumping out of my seat with anticipation.
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