Fox Sets New Target For Success

Fox is obviously feeling confident about their adaptation of DC's Human Target; the network isn't just giving the series a high-profile premiere slot, but it's also aiming to make sure American Idol fans stick around to watch it afterwards.

Fox announced on Wednesday that Human Target - starring Fringe's Mark Valley as Christopher Chance, a bodyguard who takes over the life of his clients in order to save them - will premiere on Sunday, January 17th between a NFC Divisional Playoff game and the two-hour premiere of 24's latest season (wonderfully described by the Hollywood Reporter as "a male-skewing ratings sandwich"), before moving to one of the network's coveted post-American Idol timeslots on Wednesday, January 20th. Given such lead-ins, either Fox is very eager to push what they see as a potential monster hit, or trying to give as much help as possible to something they're not sure will be able to stand on its own.

Talking of Fox failures, it looks like Dollhouse's cancellation may have finally convinced the network that Friday nights aren't good nights for drama: Joss Whedon's mindwipe series is being replaced by a new season of reality show Gordon Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares on January 29th.

Fox sets 'Human Target' premiere [Hollywood Reporter