“Human Target” continued its campaign to be picked up by Fox for a third season with a strong showing at WonderCon. Our Jevon Phillips was in the room…
With executive producer Matthew Miller and stars Mark Valley, Janet Montgomery and Jackie Earl Haley, the panel — moderated by IGN’s Jenna Busch — began by talking a bit about the show’s new dynamic. Two female characters, played by Montgomery and Indira Varma, were added to the “boys’ club” trio of Valley, Haley and Chi McBride.
Valley said adding people to the roster meant new challenges for Chance, the lead character he plays, who slowly gets to break out of his solitary ways.
“Their presence forced a new dynamic on Chance and the guys,” said Haley, whose character, Guerrero, also deals with the influx of new blood, though in a different way. Guerrero can be “paternal,” Haley said, “but other days she bugs” him, and “he wants to throw her off of a building.”
Who, specifically? That would be Montgomery’s character. The actress described the transition in the show as an easy one, joking with her action-oriented costars: “They’re kind of feminine anyway, so I fit right in!”
One of the first audience questions addressed the quandary the show found itself in, with a fan using online analysis from the site TVByTheNumbers.com to tell the panel that they seemed to be in a race with “Chicago Code,” “Lie to Me” and other shows to get picked up by Fox.
“You know way more than us, sir! You should tell us if we’re being picked,” Montgomery said. The phrase ‘if we get a Season 3′ was often uttered as questions were answered, including one that the audience responded to enthusiastically about bringing composer Bear McCreary back to do the music on the show.
Miller explained that the music went a different way in the second season as the show shifted with new cast members and a new core philosophy of bringing Valley’s Chance out of his shell. But he did acknowledge the controversy.
“I had no idea the backlash that changing the opening theme music would have. … If I’d known, we might have gone a different way, and the opening theme will be revisited in Season 3.”
The cast’s love for the show, and its Vancouver home, was evident, and a couple of cast members confessed to being fans of the show outside of just working on it. Valley said he “reads the script like it’s a comic book.” And Haley enjoys it so much that he is conflicted over his work relationship with the show: “I’m not sure I like working on the show more or just watching it as a fan.”
In the end, an audience member asked how they could help Fox decide to keep “Human Target” on the schedule, and many colorful suggestions were made. Miller told the audience that Twitter and Facebook and social media did get the network’s attention, and Haley offered up that the audience could “oil themselves up” and put a video on YouTube urging the network to keep the show — the suggestion being a parody of a scene in which Montgomery coated herself in oil and climbed through a duct.
An earlier suggestion by Haley, when Busch asked for ideas on what to send the network as a show of fan support, was evocative of the dark humor and dichotomous nature of many characters on the show: “Guns.”
– Jevon Phillips
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