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Pilot Watch: Human Target

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.

To check out a trailer and some photos, just read more.

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Photos courtesy of Fox

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