By Lynette Rice
Updated November 08, 2010 at 11:15 PM EST
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Image Credit: Michael Courtney/FoxEW scored this first look at this season’s Human Target, Fox’s comic-book-inspired drama that stars Mark Valley as a private investigator and security expert named Christopher Chance. Here, Valley appears with Indira Varma (Luther, Bones), a billionaire’s widow named Ilsa Pucci who ends up luring Chance out of semi-retirement to go back to chasing bad guys. The drama, which also stars Chi McBride and Jackie Earle Haley, returns to Fox Nov. 17.

“What Ilsa realizes is that her husband was not only a software billionaire, but he was also a great humanitarian, so she realizes the world could use a team [like Christopher’s]. Ilsa becomes the boss,” says Executive Producer Matt Miller, a Chuck vet who’s now running Human Target. “She gives our team access to her influence, her wealth, her G-5 planes.”

Miller also cast Janet Montgomery (Entourage) to play Ames, a career criminal who joins Chance’s team, and brought over Chuck composer Tim Jones to “ratchet up the intensity and the fun.” “I want it to pop musically a little bit more,” he says. In fact, Miller had his heart set on a new tune from Jack White, but the musician would only grant rights to a song “Blue Blood Blues” from The Dead Weather after someone extended thanks to Haley for his work in the 1979 film Breaking Away. So that’s exactly what Miller did.

“Jackie said, ‘You’re welcome,'” the showrunner recalled, laughing.

Miller said Target’s season-one cliffhanger will be wrapped up quickly in the Nov. 17 episode so “people who are avid fans don’t feel gypped, but people who have never seen an episode of the show can immediately catch up.” Human Target averaged 9.5 million viewers in its first season.

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