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updated 02/01/2010 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/01/2010 AT 01:00 AM EST

Human Target

FOX, Wednesdays, 8 p.m. ET/PT |

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Mark Valley (Boston Legal, Fringe) is so preposterously handsome—ice-blue eyes, chiseled features, solid physique—he could have a career as an action hero without even being an actor. You wouldn't be surprised if panicked strangers begged him to stop an out-of-control truck. On Target, adapted from a comic book and graphic novel, he's security expert Christopher Chance, who micromanages his clients' safety with feats of daring. If Chance is hired to protect a hacker travelling by air to deliver a crucial secret, he'll pilot the plane should anything go wrong—even fly it upside down. Valley handles all this with self-aware amusement and likable decency. But the show, despite good stunt work, is clunkily overfamiliar. It doesn't match Valley's cartoon perfection—he'd be better off on FX's Archer.

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