LOS ANGELES — Fox's action series Human Target is getting a feminine touch. Indira Varma and Janet Montgomery have joined the second-season cast.
Varma plays billionaire philanthropist Ilsa Pucci, who brings needed financing to the unorthodox security business operated by the three amigos: Chance (Mark Valley), Winston (Chi McBride) and Guerrero (Jackie Earle Haley). Montgomery plays a talented thief who joins the group.
"It's going to be nice having other players, other relationships," Valley says just before leaving for Vancouver, British Columbia, to shoot the second season. "We get to see how Chance reacts to women on a continual basis. How the whole team reacts to someone in more of a position of authority. And how the guys act to women in authority."
Valley says the addition of female characters isn't a network ploy to broaden the show's viewership but a means to a healthy conflict among the guys, who are accustomed to handling cases in their own ways, and the women, who will bring a different perspective.
Eventually, both sides will realize this is a good fit.
"The most exciting part is that it's going to change up our dynamic a little bit. For me, the first season was great, like a brotherhood with Winston, Guerrero and Chance," Valley says. "This second season, we're going to flesh things out and have a broader spectrum of relationships."
Fox needs the changes to spark high ratings because it's been a tough TV season for the network. The highly anticipated drama Lone Star died after a few weeks, and the returning cop comedy The Good Guys and the new comedy Running Wilde have miserable ratings.
The second season of Human Target was scheduled to begin Oct. 1, but Fox pushed the start date back to this week and shifted the series to Wednesday night. The change was necessary because Lone Star died so quickly that Lie to Me, which was set for the Wednesday slot, was moved to Mondays to take over the open time slot.
No matter the night, Valley just loves working on the series that he calls a labor of love, because the action scenes are invigorating.
Valley, 45, does as many of the stunts as he can. He determines which ones he'll do by watching a stuntman do the scene first.
"It's like having food tasters. I want to see if they survive and then see how they do it," Valley says.
That system has worked so far. He ended the first season with only a shin splint.