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HUMAN TARGET’s New Showrunner Matt Miller Talks Season 2

September 17, 2010 by  

Human Target on FOX

When HUMAN TARGET’s second season premieres on October 1st, things are going to be a bit different.

Not only has Matt Miller taken the reigns as the new showrunner, but Indira Varma and Janet Montgomery are two new cast members who are looking to give the male dominated cast a run for their money.

GIVE ME MY REMOTE chatted with Miller to hear his thoughts on joining the show, what’s to come in the new season, and why people should give the show another chance…

Very glad to be able to talk HUMAN TARGET season 2 with you, because for a bit it looked like it might not happen…
Matt Miller:
Yeah, it was really on the cusp. I was thrilled. Personally I wasn’t involved in the show in season one, so I can take no credit for what a great job they did, but I’m thrilled about it.

And now you get your chance to play with the show, put your own spin on it.
It’s great. You get to take something that’s already working really, really well and say, what would I do? It’s almost as if you were a fan and you were watching the show and be like, I love this show, but I’d do it a little different like that, and a little different like that. That’s what I get to do with this show.

I think that is a fan’s dream, because no matter how much you love a show, there’s almost always that moment where you go, “I love this show but I wish they would do X differently.”
The show’s going to have a lot more fun, I’m getting to have a lot of fun, it’s fabulous.

So what new stuff are you bringing to the show in season two?
Well, I think this show — which was fabulous in season one — will get a little more pop if that makes sense. Adding on some new characters, rounding out the cast a little bit. The idea is to take the already great action-adventure show and add maybe a little more character to it. A little more comedy. And as I said earlier, a little bit more wish-fulfillment.

That’s great to hear. Will we still see these characters going on the far-out adventures we saw them going on in the first season?
Well, whereas in season one, a lot of the adventures were, they were on a train! They were on a plane! All of which were fabulous, but we’ve run the gamut on forms of transportation that are available to us to explode in some way. So I think what we’re going to do this season is that the episodes are all going to be about a character emotionally in some way. So whether it’s an episode where Chance has to go back and protect a woman who is danger and we find out seven years earlier, he killed her husband — you’re still going to get the same level of adventure and fun and running and jumping and exploding, but something is going on at the core of it, that puts our characters in an emotionally explosive area.

Exploring the characters on a deeper level, which is nice for the fans.
Yeah, I think so.

Obviously there have been a lot of casting announcements for the show lately. Is there anyone in particular you’re really excited to write for?
To be honest, I don’t think that there’s one — for me, because I didn’t create this show, all of them are new for me. I’ve never worked with Mark [Valley] before, or Jackie [Earle Haley] before, or Chi [McBride] before. So I’m excited to see how all of it is going to work, particularly when you add two female characters into the fold of what was very much a boys club. Very testosterone heavy from the storylines, to the characters, to the actors, to even the set dec. Their offices with the club chairs and the exposed bricks. It looked like a cigar room. We’re redoing that. We’re redoing everything. One of the female characters that comes in is a billionaire and she’s going to take over the company and become like a female Charlie [from CHARLIE’S ANGELS]. And in doing that she’s going to be everything– get a new office, everything. I’m very curious to see how the characters are able to coexist together. And the actresses we cast are fabulous.

What would you say to people who didn’t catch season one — or who did and are unsure about whether to come back — in order for them to give the second season a chance?
I think the idea is that while season one was phenomenal and had a lot of mythology in it, season two isn’t going to be as mythology heavy. The idea is for the structure from the very first episode on is to tell a show for the fans who loved the first season will continue. And people who are new to the show, they won’t have to have known anything going into the first episode. It’s a totally new show. It’s a new design. It’s going to be on Friday nights. People work hard all week, going to come back, sit back and be entertained. And the show is going to have romance where it didn’t so much last year. Going to have character action, the same explosions, different music. It’s going to be a totally different show for those who give us a chance.

Are you excited for HUMAN TARGET season 2?

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16 Responses to “HUMAN TARGET’s New Showrunner Matt Miller Talks Season 2”

  1. seels (Sarah) on September 17th, 2010 8:46 pm

    Yay! Is Indira Varma the billionaire? I love Mark Valley. Like Paul Newman and David Boreanaz, I could just stare at him for hours. It’s embarrassing, but…true. I liked HT last year, so I hope that anything ‘new’ will only bring good things to the storylines.

    Thanks, Marisa!

  2. Riley on September 19th, 2010 9:11 am

    For those interested there is a Human Target fansite at and I’ve submitted a link to this article there…

  3. Paula on September 21st, 2010 8:31 pm

    Don’t change it too much, I loved it just the way it was. If there is less Mark Valley, I may have to find something else to watch because he is why I watch it.

  4. Lauren on September 21st, 2010 8:38 pm

    Can’t wait for S2! You know who would be really good on Human Target…Dolph Lundgren!

  5. jcs on September 21st, 2010 10:54 pm

    Love Indira Varma and her character sounds like she’ll really add some interesting twists to the dynamic. But I’m really disappointed that Bear McCreary isn’t back to do the music and that has me feeling a little reserved about the new show runner. I’m still looking forward to Season 2 though!

  6. Stalemate on September 21st, 2010 11:12 pm

    I hope the humor is kept second to the action / intrigue elements. That’s what made the show so unique last year.

    “Very testosterone heavy from the storylines, to the characters, to the actors, to even the set dec. Their offices with the club chairs and the exposed bricks. It looked like a cigar room. We’re redoing that. We’re redoing everything. One of the female characters that comes in is a billionaire and she’s going to take over the company and become like a female Charlie [from CHARLIE’S ANGELS]. ”

    This scares me a little. If it’s not done right, it will alienate the current fans who actually *liked* the fact that it was testosterone heavy, even reminiscent of the good ol’ 80’s series like A-Team, Miami Vice, etc.

  7. espy on September 22nd, 2010 12:14 am

    I’ve got to say, I am a huge fan of the show, and I don’t feel ANY confidence in the new showrunner. I loved the show as it was–testosterone-heavy, scored by Bear McCreary, and the advance word on the cast addition has my heart in my stomach. Very disappointing.

    Add to that the dismal new timeslot–I give the new season maybe three eps before the show’s cancelled. Very disappointing. I loved this show…hate to see it messed up because some bigwig thinks he can “play” with it and make people happy.

    Sounds like a LEVERAGE clone, now. DISAPPOINTING.

  8. Jason on September 23rd, 2010 4:42 pm

    Wow, I was so excited but after reading this I am less so.
    You can’t start season two without resolving the finale from Season 1.

    Get Winston back, whats the deal with Armand Asante’s book?

    The show had the right balance of action and wit and yes testosterone, I’ll give the new direction a chance because I loved season one but I hope that these people aren’t about to turn this into crap with an estrogen bomb and rubber chickens.

    Pay attention to how poorly J.J. Abrams Undercovers was received with its “sexpionage”.

    I accept that HT didn’t light up the Nielsen’s neither did a lot of compelling shows in their first seasons, just know there is a reason why those of us who embraced the show did so and tread carefully when deviating from that path, please, as a request from a loyal viewer.

    Thanks and best of luck.

  9. Sidney on September 26th, 2010 6:38 pm

    Well lets see…we’re adding girls, changing the sets because they were too manly, making more stories with “feelings”, doing away with the mythology, making things more “pop”, and according to Mr. Miller…everything will be more FABULOUS! Are we talking about frakking GLEE or the HUMAN TARGET??
    Whut the hell??? Ah well…more room on my DVR I guess…why the hell do you pinks have to mess up a good show….FABULOUS my Uncle Buck’s hiney!!

  10. Glenn R on September 29th, 2010 8:48 pm

    Yeah, not looking forward to this. “Exploring the characters on a deeper level, which is nice for the fans.” Really? Which fans are these? And now there’s a delay in the S2 premiere – is that because the show is so bad now that they need time to fix it?

  11. Larry on September 30th, 2010 4:16 pm

    I am VERY concerned when I read about someone who comes in to an established format and wants to put HIS new spin on the show. The chemistry worked just fine in season one, and the photography was brilliant. I loved all the location shooting, which really popped on my HDTV. Let’s hope it doesn’t become a studio-bound snoozefest with everyone exploring their feelings. There are enough shows like that already.

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