Fox picks up 'Target,' 'Sons'

Project based on DC Comics title lands series order

Fox has picked up comic book drama "Human Target" and single-camera comedy "Sons of Tucson" to series.

"Target," from WBTV, DC Comics and Wonderland, emerged as an early front-runner and was the best-received pilot at the network's screenings last week.

Based on the DC Comics title, the show centers on Christopher Chance (Mark Valley), a mysterious freelancer who offers a unique form of security for hire: He assumes the identities of people in danger, becoming the "human target" on behalf of his clients.

Jackie Earle Haley and Chi McBride co-star in the project written by Jon Steinberg and directed by Simon West. The two exec produced the pilot with McG.

"Sons," from 20th TV and J2TV, also was an early favorite at the network.

In the spirit of "Slums of Beverly Hills," the project stars Tyler Labine as a charming but misguided hustler hired by three young brothers with considerable resources to act as their father while their real one serves prison time for a white-collar crime.

Frank Dolce, Davis Cleveland, Troy Gentile and Natalie Martinez co-star in the comedy penned by Tommy Dewey and Greg Bratman. Dewey and Bratman exec produce with Harvey Myman, Jason Felts and Justin Berfield. Todd Holland directed the pilot.

"Target" and "Sons" join previously picked-up animated comedy "Cleveland" and dramedy "Glee."

Also hot at Fox, which will open the upfront presentation marathon in New York on Monday, are drama "Past Life" and comedy "Brothers." On the bubble front, cult favorite "Dollhouse" is still in contention.