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TV Goodness All-Star 2010: Jackie Earle Haley, Human Target

2010 was a hodgepodge of new shows across every genre, but the trifecta of sci-fi, character dramas, and action-based dramedies was where my bread was buttered this year. If you read my reviews (thank you!), this isn’t a surprise. My 2010 All-Stars shouldn’t be much of one, either. I give you the second of the top five talents who gave me a happy this year, in no particular order.

Jackie Earle Haley

Photo Credit: Michael Courtney/FOX

I don’t know who on the team at Human Target picked Haley for the wonderfully insouciant Guerrero, but it was a genius move to put him on a TV show in the middle of a white-hot film career resurgence. Human Target was a delightful find this season, first, because it put the woefully heretofore underused Mark Valley front and center on a TV show that played to his looks and his comedic timing, second, because it got Chi McBride back on TV, and third, because it gave us a weekly dose of Haley. Together, the three men have meshed in a fantastically familial way, but it’s Guerrero’s deadly dude-isms (think Lebowski with a sawed off) that perfectly characterize what the show is: funny, smart, laid-back, and not to be messed with. I am old enough to have seen Haley in The Bad News Bears in a movie theater, Sweet-Tarts in the bottom of my Coke and all, and he’s an actor I missed when he grew up and went on to have a life outside the entertainment industry. He came back swinging with the same deadpan smartass charm that had him working throughout his adolescence. So, so glad to have him on TV.

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