Reality giant to air before 'Human Target'

Fox is flipping its Wednesday night lineup, putting reality behemoth “American Idol” at 9 p.m. and using new series “Human Target” as a lead-in.

The switch begins Jan. 27, a little more than a week after the Jan. 17 “Human Target” premiere. Show launches on a souped-up Sunday for Fox.

Fox will broadcast an NFC playoff game in the afternoon followed by the debut of “Human Target” and then the first two hours of a four-hour “24” premiere.

The ninth season of “American Idol” makes its premiere with a two-hour audition edition on Jan. 12.

Fox will keep “Idol” at 8 p.m. on Jan. 20 — with “Human Target” at 9 this night — before moving it back to 9 p.m. a week later.

Human Target,” from Warner Bros. TV, is based on a DC Comic and graphic novel about a bodyguard who will protect against a threat by any means necessary.

Skein stars Mark Valley, Chi McBride and Jackie Earle Haley and is exec produced by McG, Jonathan Steinberg, Brad Kern, Kevin Hooks and Peter Johnson.

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