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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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DAD March 31, 2011 at 9:20 am

We were bored with ‘The Cape’ right away! But couldn’t get enough of Human Target from square one! Come on! Give these guys a ‘CHANCE’!


Mom March 31, 2011 at 9:18 am

ONE MORE THING . . . Not only is this a fun and exciting show, the cast is GREAT! Witty and wise, intelligent and ‘smart’. Last show I saw with these qualities was ‘West Wing’. Please bring it back in a time slot we can predict.


Mom March 31, 2011 at 9:14 am

YOU MUST GIVE ‘HUMAN TARGET’ A CHANCE ! ! ! AND GIVE ‘CHANCE’ A CHANCE! WE JUST LOVE THIS SHOW. I repeat – Give it a day and time and the viewers will take it from there!


deb March 27, 2011 at 11:54 am

we love Human Target. hate the Cape


Tim Nesbit March 27, 2011 at 10:36 am

Human Target was a great Show. It had a lot going for it. Stop the long breaks between episodes and keep it in a good time slot and I know this show is going to be a hit! The plots are great and the chemistry the characters had with each other were wonderful. You’d have to be crazy not to see the potential in this show.


chartguy March 27, 2011 at 9:59 am

While I liked both shows, Human Target was better executed. Well-written, with a marvelous cast and quirky sense of humor, Human Target deserves another season to let its audience find it. The Cape just did not have as large an audience to find.


guitarglen March 26, 2011 at 9:26 pm

I think Human Target kept getting better and better. Great cast and the story line s were clicking. Hope they get season 3. The cape just was flat out lame. It tried to hard to be a Batman ripoff.


Peter Gaylord Jones March 26, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Human target is good, Like the plots and the actors–very well done. Bring it back!


Paula March 26, 2011 at 1:50 pm

My husband and I really like Human Target and would hate to see it end up on the chopping block. Too many of the good ones get cancelled only to be replaced by “reality” or “game show” programs.


Steven P March 25, 2011 at 2:37 pm

I say “The Cape” must stay. If it was given a chance and ran consistant people will stay around and watch it. i know there was a week or so between one or more episodes.


Lise P March 24, 2011 at 8:26 am

Bring Back Human Target. It was entertaining, sarcastic, fun, coy and overall a big plus to evening t.v. STOP changing its air time and give it a decent spot and you just may have a hit on your hands…


Lou M. March 23, 2011 at 6:29 pm

The cape


Lou M. March 23, 2011 at 6:27 pm

I like both shows, I think both are great shows


Valerie Diggins March 22, 2011 at 8:03 pm

I would like to see Human Target come back for another season. I really liked the show.


Nina Powers March 22, 2011 at 9:32 am

Human Target has great scripts and is fun to watch. Rerun the previous seasons and more viewers will be added for support for the third season. Human Target is one of the few shows that makes me laugh out loud (including comedies). I love the witty and exciting stories.


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