The Cape & Human Target: Execs Sign with New Shows

The CapeIt’s never a good sign when some of the staff of a struggling show take on other jobs. That’s just what’s happened with some of the personnel from FOX’s Human Target and NBC’s The Cape.

According to Deadline, Human Target’s executive producer, Brad Kern, has been hired as the executive producer and showrunner of ABC’s dramatic pilot called Poe. The series follows the adventures of Edgar Allen Poe, a macabre writer and “the world’s first detective,” as he uses unconventional methods to solve dark mysteries in Boston during the 1840s. Kern also previously ran Charmed for The WB.

Meanwhile, The Cape’s showrunner, John Wirth, has been tapped as executive producer and showrunner for The CW’s drama pilot called Cooper & Stone. This project follows two young female detectives from Chicago’s North Side. They’re best friends who discuss fashion and pop-culture while solving homicides. Wirth was previously a co-showrunner on FOX’s Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Neither Human Target nor The Cape have been officially cancelled. However, The Cape’s episode order was recently cut and the show’s ratings continue to fall so its widely considered to be doomed.

Human Target’s future isn’t as clear. The show had a disappointing season, averaging a 1.7 in the 18-49 demographic and 6.4 million viewers. That’s down 24% in the demo when compared to last season’s average. On the positive side, the series’ ratings picked up in the last few weeks and endured several schedule changes so there’s still a small chance that it could return for season three. We’ll know by May.

What do you think? If you had to choose between Human Target and The Cape, which would you chose?

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  1. jayson says

    saw both shows like both shows…if i had to chose really chose id pick human target..i like to see season 3 human target and season 2 the cape..

  2. Kaye Hatch says

    Human Target was one of the best new shows on…. The Cape was just another lame show. Bring back Human Target!!!

  3. Janet says

    Human Target is a favorite…..others have suggested that adding the women wasn’t necessarily a positive…or maybe they need to move a plot line along faster with the women.

  4. Bev M says

    Human Target is much better than a lot of shows that FOX has kept on the air. The writing and acting is really very good. The special effect are believable. Never heard of FOX putting any of these actors on the early morning talk shows, or the late night ones, either, for that matter, to advertise this series. USA network has done a great job of advertising their Burn Notice series, with the Sam Axe tv movie, FOX could do the same with Human Target,or why not sell this series to USA and let them run with it. Either way, Human Target should be kept on the air, no matter the network. Hello, FOX, are you listening????

  5. says

    The Human Target is a enjoyable change from the monotony of Cop shows and CIS’s (except Jethro). With a cast that was coming together and a fresh line, it would be a same to end it. Unfortunately, that would be no surprise, TV stopping something interesting and maitaining the mundain.

  6. Kate Grant says

    Never watched the Cape, but have enjoyed HT. Great stories, interesting characters, and humor mixed with danger. I hope that if Fox doesn’t renew this show, another network will.

  7. Stephen L Spero says

    I saw the pilot of The Cape last year at Comic-Con and it was pretty lame. In fact, it was so bad that I never watched any more episodes.
    Of if it was between Human Target and The Cape, for me, it would be Human Target all the way.

  8. Molly Walton says

    Human Target was the only show worth watching for adults (other than NCIS). Far too many game shows/reality shows/silly shows. Please bring it back and leave it in one time slot. Stop moving it around and/or cancelling.

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