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Human Target and Locke & Key cut from TV line-up

11 May 2011 5:42 AM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

By Michael Pellegrini

Fox Television has swung the axe over its line-up in a dramatic cull that includes two projects with comic book origins.

More superhero and comic properties than ever are seeing life as films and TV shows but in such a crowded and competitive marketplace, some fall flat and others never get off the ground.

Today, Inside TV reported that 20th Century Fox Television has scrapped its DC Comics-based series Human Target after just two seasons. This is its second failed attempt as a show, the first airing on ABC in 1992 and starring pop singer Rick Springfield as central character Christopher Chance. Declining ratings were the reason for terminating the latest incarnation as it's experienced a steady drop since premiering two years ago.

The more discouraging news is that Fox has passed on the planned autumn launch of Locke & Key, based on Joe Hill's comic (pictured) about »

- David Bentley

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"Red Faction" TV Show Gets an Airdate

19 April 2011 8:25 PM, PDT | | See recent IFC news »

Thq's "Red Faction" games have gone from surprise hit to all-out media assault in the last few years. Comics based on the IP are already out in the wild and the next piece of the multimedia puzzle will now premiere on SyFy on June 4th.

I've written previously about how the "Red Faction: Origins" TV movie will bridge the gap between "Red Faction: Guerilla" and the soon-to-be-released "Red Faction Underground." But, the cable network has only just announced the airdate for the new show. It's got a 9 P.M. Et/Pt timeslot and stars the liquid-metal Terminator himsle, Robert Patrick as an older Alec Mason.

And if you're looking for synchronicity, the two-hour movie comes out only days after the May 31st launch of the new game. Pertinent details from the press release follow:

Directed by Peabody-Award winner Michael Nankin (Caprica, Battlestar Galactica, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), Red Faction: Origins »

- Evan Narcisse

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