May 8, 2015
The signs were there and I have to say I'm really glad both show are being renewed by ABC! Apparently the proposed spin-off is not going forward at ABC. Back in March I
did predict that these two were going to be renewed. So full posts below:
There was very little bloodletting at ABC this season, as the network renewed the vast majority of its existing series. With the exception of bubble freshmen Forever and Cristela, sophomore
Resurrection and recently cancelled Revenge, all ABC shows are coming back. Underscoring the good season ABC has had, that includes a whopping eight freshmen: How To Get Away With Murder,
Black-ish, American Crime, Secrets & Lies, Fresh Off The Boat, Galavant, Agent Carter and the unscripted Shark Tank offshoot Beyond The Tank. Compare that to three last year: Marvel’s Agents
of S.H.I.E.L.D., Resurrection and The Goldbergs.
Both Marvel series made it back, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter, despite some soft ratings for the latter (but the proposed S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff is not going forward).
Spin-off not going forward:
According to Deadline
ABC and Marvel have put the brakes on the proposed Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff. The project was supposed to be set up by events from this season of S.H.I.E.L.D. and toplined by Season 2 cast
additions Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood, revolving around their respective characters Lance Hunter and Barbara “Bobbi” Morse, aka Mockingbird. ABC and Marvel had no comment. The project had
been developed quietly by S.H.I.E.L.D. executive producer Jeffrey Bell and co-executive producer Paul Zbyszewski.
S.H.I.E.L.D. fans have been divided by the spinoff, and there had been some backlash to the idea of taking some of the strongest new characters on S.H.I.E.L.D. away from the mothership series.
I consider this great news, it means SHIELD will definitely get a third season and it will also improve the chances of Agent Carter to be renewed for a
second season. See full post below:
As ABC and Marvel are prepping a spinoff from sophomore drama Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., I have learned that Season 2 cast additions to the mothership series Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood are finalizing deals to headline the offshoot.
Palicki and Blood’s characters Lance Hunter and Barbara “Bobbi” Morse aka Mockingbird have quickly become fan favorites since joining Phil Coulson’s (Clark Gregg) team early this season. Lance is a quick-witted mercenary sharpshooter, while Bobbi worked undercover in HYDRA laboratories. Giving the spinoff a Mr. & Mrs. Smith vibe, Lance and Bobbi are former husband and wife who have let sparks fly in a push-pull relationship on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Marvel, ABC and reps for Palicki and Blood declined comment.
The spinoff is supposed to be set up by events from this season of S.H.I.E.L.D. It is unclear whether that would involve the secret plan by Bobbi and Mack, which had been heavily teased going into the spring run of the show.
The offshoot was developed by S.H.I.E.L.D. executive producer Jeffrey Bell and co-executive producer Paul Zbyszewski, who are writing the script and would executive produce. ABC is not expected to make a formal greenlight call until the script comes in, with the hope being to be able to do that before the upfronts. The spinoff may film a promo or do a pilot. If it goes to series, I hear Zbyszewski is expected to serve as showrunner.
The setup of the spinoff would allow it to air concurrently with S.H.I.E.L.D. The question is whether, following the decision to put Once Upon A Time and Once Upon A Time In Wonderland on the schedule at the same time, something ABC brass later officially regretted as likely damaging the spinoff’s chances — the network would do that again with S.H.I.E.L.D. Using the spinoff as a bridge between the fall and spring portions of S.H.I.E.L.D., which was the original plan for the two Once series, would make more sense.
The Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff is one of two new Marvel series for ABC in the works, along with a drama written by John Ridley, that, according to the latest online speculation, may be centered on Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan). ABC and Marvel also have midseason drama Agent Carter in contention for next season.
May 13, 2015
We dipped a little bit in January and February,” when the split-season shows were on hiatus, ABC president Paul Lee noted to TVLine during a Tuesday conference call, “but then in March we came roaring back.” As such, “We’re going to be doing split seasons on most of our shows this year,” — Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. included. (The new Marvel-verse origin series, Agent Carter, will claim S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s time slot during the winter break.)
Observing that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “popped” during a recent 9 o’clock showing, Lee said its new time slot for fall — Tuesdays at 9, leading into the new drama Forever — makes for a more natural fit. As for the Marvel series leading out of two new comedies, Lee claimed, “S.H.I.E.L.D. has been a self starter.” He also touted it as “the most male show on the network,” and since Forever also boasts male appeal, he said, “We feel good about [the move].”
So Agents of SHIELD will be an hour later than this season which also means, what Paul Lee doesn't mention, is that it won't be up against the original NCIS but NCIS NEW ORLEANS, that could win a few eyeballs. I personally think it could work, no more irregular scheduling, 11 episodes week to week, without interuption, than a hiatus, Agent Carter, presumably 13 episodes and after that again 11 episodes of SHIELD, week to week, without interuption. Which means Agent Carter probably will also be a heavy arc told story, which I prefer.
May 9, 2014
A very good day over at ABC, they really come through, the renewed Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., picked up Agent Carter and to other sci-fi series! The Whispers, formerly known as The Visitors and Forever. The last I'm not sure to label it sci-fi (ish) yet but it's a possibility. Really excited about this, really looking forward to the Agent Carter series and the second season of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Finally, the project that was destined for ABC‘s 2014-15 schedule despite no one being allowed to talk about it, is out in the open. As we predicted, ABC picked up Marvel’s Agent Carter in conjunction with renewing Marvel’s freshman drama, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The order to Agent Carter is straight-to-series. The argument is that the project already has a prototype — it is inspired by the short Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter starring Captain America’s Hayley Atwell as well as the feature films Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Agent Carter follows the story of Peggy Carter (Atwell). It’s 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark, all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life – Steve Rogers. Reaper creators Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters serve as executive producers/showrunners, Captain America: The First Avenger‘s Steve McFeely & Christopher Marcus wrote the script and also executive produce, along with Marvel’s Jeph Loeb. The script was finished more than four months ago (“the script is great,” ABC’s Paul Lee said back in January), the option on one-shot’s star Atwell had to be extended as it came up three months ago.
The pickup of Agent Carter and renewal of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gives Marvel two shows on the ABC schedule next season. The company has been using Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to promote the Marvel tentople movies. While not a particularly strong ratings performer in Live+same day following a big launch, S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s overall numbers have been solid thanks to a significant DVR play.
Now we’re off to Warner Bros. TV, which is getting series pickups for supernatural procedural Forever, from Matt Miller, and comedy Selfie, from Suburgatory creator Emily Kapnek. For those keeping track of which ABC pilots are dead, I hear the list now also includes dramas Warriors, Sea Of Fire and one of better-received comedy pilots, Saint Francis.
ABC continues with its orders from ABC Studios. Next off are fairytale musical comedy Galavant from Dan Fogelman (Is The Neighbors dead?) and the alien drama The Whispers (formerly The Visitors) and the under-the-radar Jeff Lowell comedy. The Whispers marks the seventh series for Amblin TV.
April 8, 2014
Nick Fury's coming back to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and, this time, he'll help close out the season.
Samuel L. Jackson has a lot to do as S.H.I.E.L.D.'s director in the recently released Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the film is very S.H.I.E.L.D.-centric even beyond Fury's involvement. We already knew that the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. series on ABC would feature an episode that ties in to Winter Soldier, but we didn't know just how much movie personnel and TV personnel would overlap.
Well, while it's probably safe to assume we won't see Cap himself wandering into the proceedings, we now know that Agent Coulson's team will have a second encounter with Fury in the show's first season, and in the season finale, no less.
"I did! Last week! I just shot the end-of-the-season show," Fury said when asked by Vulture if he'd be returning to the show again this season. He wouldn't divulge any plot details, though, adding: "You're trying to get me fired and killed! I don't talk about Marvel's business. None of us do."
The series is in the midst of an event ABC has labeled Uprising that's already seen a few shakeups, but Fury's appearance on the show, and the upcoming Winter Soldier tie-in episode, could signal even more.
"It ties into the TV show," Jackson said of Winter Soldier and what he'll be doing next. "They wanted to tie that up."
Update: Also Cobie Smulders, Agent Hill will return. In the episode which will air on April 29th.
April 2, 2014
We knew S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Agent Sitwell was in the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but tonight on ABC’s Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. we learned how he got there. Is this the crossover between the TV series and the about-to-be-released big-screen sequel that Marvel’s been teasing fans about for weeks? Nobody’s talking in secretive Marveland, but in a sense the truth was already out there – though probably only the hardcore fanboys picked up on it tonight.
Amidst all the S.H.I.E.L.D. high-tech shenanigans and drama, tonight’s episode, titled “End Of The Beginning,” opened with a number of agents from the superspy org gathering along with the show’s regular team. Among them is Agent Hand, who was on the series earlier in the season; Agent Blake, who was introduced in the direct-to-video Marvel One-Shot Item 47; and the bespectacled Agent Sitwell.
On tonight’s show, the cagey Sitwell’s appearance is cut short about 15 minutes in as he is called away to an incident at sea. “I guess I got a boat to catch. Good luck, Agent Coulson,” Sitwell says after getting new orders. An incident at sea just happens to feature prominently in the extended footage from Winter Solider that Marvel released last month. In the footage (see video below), Cap, the Black Widow and a S.H.I.E.L.D. team parachute onto a ship where S.H.I.E.L.D. agents seemingly are being held hostage. Among those imprisoned – one Agent Jasper Sitwell, who gets a close-up at the 1:57 mark.
A presence in the Marvel comic world since the 1960s, the Sitwell character was in the last S.H.I.E.L.D. original on March 11 and the November 12 episode last fall. Straddling Marvel’s TV and movie world, the character, played by Maximiliano Hernandez, also has appeared in the first Thor movie, 2012’s megablockbuster The Avengers and the Marvel One-Shot pics Item 47 and The Consultant. Hernandez had a prominent role in another big law enforcement agency playing the now-killed-off FBI Agent Chris Amador in the first season of FX’s The Americans.
While this isn’t the first time the TV series and Marvel’s big-screen pics have shared the same universe, it is the first time the series has pivoted into one of the movies as opposed to featuring characters from them. Having said that, Thor: The Dark World and Winter Soldier are also the only Marvel movies that have come out since S.H.I.E.L.D. debuted on September 24, so opportunity has been overwhelmingly knocking. S.H.I.E.L.D. boss Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) appeared briefly in the second episode of the series, and Asgardian Lady Sif from the Thor pics (Jaime Alexander) showed up in the March 11 episode.
March 26, 2014
You don’t need to be The Clairvoyant to have seen this casting eventually coming. ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has enlisted Whedonverse alum Amy Acker to guest-star as Audrey, the cellist Agent Coulson was dating at the time of his death/”death,” TVGuide.com reports.
Acker is slated to appear in at least one episode, airing April 22. (S.H.I.E.L.D. resumes its freshman run on April 1, and will air its finale on May 13.) Currently a series regular on Person of Interest, Acker’s previous TV credits include the Whedonverse’s Dollhouse and Angel, Once Upon a Time and Alias.
Always good to see Amy Acker, she's fantastic, I welcome her on Agents of SHIELD, hope she will come back.
January 24, 2014
The Marvel Comics character Deathlok will appear on ABC‘s Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. beginning next month, Marvel TV chief Jeph Loeb said today during the show’s TCA set visit presentation. The character Mike Peterson, played by J August Richards on the series, will become the cyborg. “We’ve been leaving breadcrumbs along the way,” Loeb said. “This is a major Marvel character appearing on TV, on film for the first time.”
Earlier in the presentation, Loeb showed footage of Bill Paxton on the series; he is joining for “several episodes” playing Agent John Garret. It was also confirmed that comic creator Stan Lee will appear in a cameo on the February 4 episode. Also coming aboard is the character of Lorelei (played by Elene Satine), a villain from Thor’s home of Asgard; footage was shown of her and another Thor character, Lady Sif (Jaime Alexander), facing off. ”You are in the back half of the movie,” executive producer Jeff Bell said of the remaining episodes of the season. Added Loeb: “We set it up, now we’re going to pull the trigger.”
January 17, 2014
Jaimie Alexander is bring her Thor character, Lady Sif, to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ABC president Paul Lee announced the silver screen-to-TV screen crossover on Friday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, saying that Alexander’s Asgardian warrior will debut in Episode 15 of the freshman drama.
Alexander’s previous TV credits include Covert Affairs, Nurse Jackie and Kyle XY. Lee also teased a “really cool” arc coming up in the back half of the season, ultimately building to the reveal of The Clairvoyant, the mysterious entity who has been dogging, namely, Coulson, as well as his team.
Earlier this week it was also announced that Bill Paxton will join Marvel's Agents of SHIELD. Paxton is probably best known for his whining character on the movie Aliens, he was also on the movie Predator 2, the tv series Big Love and tons of other stuff. Paxton will play Agent John Garrett, a high-ranking, cigar-smoking operative who’s not content to sit behind a desk all day and who’ll be thrown into the action alongside May and Ward.
January 8, 2014
Agents of SHIELD and also Almost Human had a slightly better night than their last episodes of last year! It's not a big leap but a tiny tick for both of them. SHIELD rose one tenth to 2.1 and 6.5 million viewers, also slightly more. Thankful at least the ratings did not fall again. Almost Human also ticked up a bit, 17% with a 1.7 rating and 6.2 million in total viewers.
With the last episode of the year, Almost Human dropped hard, like SHIELD did but thankfully also Almost Human hs risen also. Can they keep it steady, is it enough for a season two. It's still very unsure at this point, just hope for a positive buzz for both series in the coming months. If you want to take a look at next weeks episodes of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD and Almost Human, click on the links of series names.
December 11, 2013
Two weeks SHIELD rose a few points in the ratings, one of that two times it was due to the absence of a new NCIS episode. This week SHIELD fell hard unfortunately, a 23% fall is a lot. Think ABC needs to reconsider moving SHIELD to another day/timeslot because they just cannot win against a series like NCIS who continues to draw huge numbers. I hope they aren't stubborn about, admit defeat and give SHIELD a chance on another day/timeslot soon.
ABC’s Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2.0/6) headed into its winter break last night. With the prerequisite cliffhanger, last night’s midseason finale was down a hard 23% from its last original two weeks ago. That’s a season low for the freshman secret agent show, which has had a roller-coaster ratings ride since its debut.
December 6, 2013
TVLine reports that—along with the return of Centipede—two more agents will make their very first appearance in episode 14 of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Episode 14 will introduce two recurring characters: an African-American agent who specializes in combat/weapons, and a high-level S.H.I.E.L.D. agent/munitions expert who has past ties to both Coulson and Ward.
Have to say till now I still like the show, it's no Firefly let me tell you but it's fun and it has some great characters in the form of Melinda May and Agent Coulson and I have to say I also very much like Simmons. Think especially Melinda may should get a (much) bigger part in the show. Sure hope we get to see more of this show in the form of a second season.
Click here for 3 Promo's of Episode 10
November 27, 2013
With the Agents of Gibbs deferring to Rudolph, ABC’s Agents of SHIELD this Tuesday drew its second-largest audience to date — 9.3 million total viewers — while ticking up to a 2.5 demo. Second tick up in a row and this was a good thick up but of course this has everything to do with the absence this week of NCIS.
Still it becomes clear that there IS an audience for SHIELD but against NCIS, even in it's eleventh season, it's very hard to compete. The big increase in audience is positive nonetheless. Hopefully next week more people will decide to DVD-R NCIS and watch SHIELD live.
If you want to check out a few promo's for next weeks episode, click on this link here.
November 20, 2013
Ever since the pilot Marvel's Agents of SHIELD dropped in the ratings, week after week, seven weeks in a row. Yesterday it finally ticked up a notch. Probably because of the tie-in with Thor: The Dark World movie but at least it is something, although a tiny tick. The stories are becoming better by the week so hopefully it at least can keep the ratings it has at the moment. To see some new scenes of the next episode you can click on this link. You can check out 3 promo's of next weeks episode.
Opening ABC’s night, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (6.9 mil/2.3) is looking at possibly its very first week-to-week gain, up a tenth in the demo.
November 13, 2013
Agents of SHIELD, with 6.6 mil and a 2.2, spied what portends to be its sixth consecutive decline, down 8 and 12 percent. Next week: Thor 2 “crossover”! (Fox notes that Sleepy Hollow this week, for the first time this fall, has outrated ABC’s own buzzy freshman.)
It would be very surprising when Agents of SHIELD does not get cancelled next year in May. Another drop this week, the sixth in a row, let's face it, people just don't like it, people will not give this new show a chance, a chance to grow into something better. And it already is improving, the episodes are getting better, but as fast as our lives are at the moment, so fast switch the viewer from channels nowadays.
A shame really because it's not all bad, as I said, it's getting better, characters find their place, stories improve but most people stayed away after three episodes because it wasn't magic yet, pity. Probably another (sci-fi) cancellation in the near future.
November 6, 2013
S.H.I.E.L.D. returned to 7 mil and a 2.5, dipping 5 percent in audience and down two tenths in the demo. Barring a final adjustment of two tenths upward, the freshman drama is looking at a fifth consecutive decline. The Goldbergs (5 mil/1.5) and Trophy Wife (3.8 mil/1.2) — both of which recently earned full-season orders — were down in audience while dipping two tenths in the demo.
Where are those "so-called" Joss whedon fans who stay away from this fun show. When S.H.I.E.L.D. is cancelled in May 2014 who do you think is gonna whine that Joss Whedon did not get a fair chance! Okay, I have to say, I really don't understand why ABC decided to put S.H.I.E.L.D. against NCIS, probably one of the most popular scripted shows around, still, I would pick S.H.I.E.L.D. anytime in favor of NCIS, not because I don't like NCIS but because S.H.I.E.L.D. is something new and is getting better with each week. Why is it that tv series do not get a chance nowadays from the audience, people stop watching after 2 or 3 episodes. All those sci-fi fans whining they want more sci-fi on tv, finally we get some sci-fi and they all stay away. It just frustrates me because S.H.I.E.L.D. is going to be cancelled after one season if this continues.
November 2, 2013
ABC’s Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues to serve as a promotional platform for Marvel’s movies. Eleven days after the release of the next Marvel/Disney movie, Thor: The Dark World, the November 19 episode of ABC’s freshman series will pick up the where the feature leaves off, Marvel announced on its Web site.
Titled “The Well,” the episode is described thusly: “In the aftermath of the events chronicled in the feature film Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, Coulson and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pick up the pieces – one of which threatens to destroy a member of the team.” Star Trek: The Next Generation alum Jonathan Frakes will helm the episode, which will not feature characters or actors from the Thor movies.
I personally think this is great news, tying the tv series into the movies. Really don't understand why Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. hasn't surpassed NCIS permanently in the ratings! Where are all those supposedly Joss Whedon fans, why aren't they watching the show. Don't drop it after only a few episodes, give it some time, give Joss Whedon some time to mould it into a great series. I already love it so it's no issue for me.
October 23, 2013
Unfortunately Marvel's Agents of SHIELD dips again, the fift episode drew 7.1 million total viewers and a 2.6 demo rating, down 10 percent and two tenths week-to-week and now off 45 percent from its boffo debut. I'm not saying SHIELD started out fantastic, although I loved the pilot but also it's definately getting better with each episode. Still people prefer watching NCIS live on the tv. I also like NCIS but if I had to pick it definately would be SHIELD for me, even only because it's something new, but that's me.
Still the ratings aren't bad but if they keep dropping every week it's fairly certain there won't be a season two unfortunately. So I guess the general tv network audience does not care for this kind of series and aren't prepared to give a new series a chance in growing into something special. What I said before, genre shows have more chance on cable or perhaps via Netflix or Amazon.
October 13, 2013
We all know nowadays we watch our favourite tv shows in a different way than before. It's not just when it's live on the tv but when we have time to watch it because we all have such busy lives nowadays! Well Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. did alright when it was aired last Tuesday but now it's the show that's gained the most after the Live+7 calculation!
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had a rating of 4.7 rating (live + sd) and gained 2.3 which gives them a 7.0 rating in total! This is an increase of 49%. These are huge numbers, so in fact according to these rating numbers Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. seems to be very succesful indeed! Really glad to see those numbers because I was beginning to think the viewers on average didn't care much for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., boy was I wrong! See below a short list of shows which also gained.
October 11, 2013
ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is again dipping into Marvel’s deep bag of tricks, tapping Titus Welliver (LOST & Touch a.o) to reprise his role as Agent Blake, the character he played in the Marvel One-Shots Blu-ray featurette Item 47.
As first reported by Marvel.com, Welliver will guest-star in the freshman drama’s sixth episode, “FZZT,” which finds Coulson and his team hunting down an elusive killer after “floating bodies” start turning up. Item 47 is a direct-to-video short film included in The Avengers‘ Blu-ray set and following the retrieval of a discarded Chitauri gun being used by a young couple (Jesse Bradford and Lizzy Caplan) to rob banks.
To date, S.H.I.E.L.D. has crossed over Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson as a series regular, had Cobie Smulders play Maria Hill in the premiere and scored a surprise cameo by Samuel L. Jackson (as badass boss man Nick Fury) in the Oct. 1 episode.
October 10, 2013
Probably not really a surprise to anyone but “The Bus” isn’t gonna be stopping anytime soon, seeing as ABC announced on Thursday that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been granted a full-season (aka 22 episode) pick-up. A follow-up of sorts to Marvel movies such as The Avengers and Iron Man 3, the freshman series premiered to 12.1 million total viewers and delivered TV’s highest-rated drama debut in nearly four years, with a 4.7 rating in the coveted 18-49 demo.
At last tally, the adventure-drama did 7.9 mil and a 2.9, edging out NCIS for the No. 2 spot at 8 o’clock. TVLine readers gave the series premiere an average grade of “B+,” and in a poll this week gave the season-to-date a “B.” To date, S.H.I.E.L.D. ranks as the No. 1 new show of the 2013-14 TV season among the 18-49 demo (averaging a 4.0 rating that swells to 5.7 with Live+3 DVR playback factored in).
I have to say that till now I find it to be enjoyable. I thought the pilot was the best of the first three and I liked the third episode better than the second one. Fun cast, reminds me a bit of the Firefly, Buffy banter. Looking forward to much more.
October 2, 2013
NCIS special agent Ziva David trumped the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. last night as the farewell episode of longtime NCIS cast member Cote de Pablo topped the second episode of ABC’s freshman Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. It was a miserable night all around for ABC with big second-week drops. Agents Of SHIELD (3.1/10 in adults 18-49) was down 34% from last week’s big premiere. That still is a pretty potent number and it's a good chance people tuned it to NCIS because it was the goodbye episode for Ziva.
A 3.1 rating is still very good but the numbers do not need to drop any further anytime soon. Next week we will see if Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D can rebounce but as I said, this is still a good rating and I must say I am also curious about DVR/PVR recordings numbers. It seems likely a lot of people recorded S.H.I.E.L.D.
September 25, 2013
ABC’s follow-up to the Marvel movies by way of Joss Whedon on Tuesday night opened to 11.9 million total viewers while scoring a 4.6 rating in the coveted 18-49 demo — aka this fall’s highest-rated drama debut to date, if not the most watched. UPDATE: It also stands as all of TV’s best drama launch in four years (since ABC’s own V).
In the demo, S.H.I.E.L.D. trounced NBC’s The Blacklist (12.6 mil/3.8), Fox’s Sleepy Hollow (10.1 mil/3.5) and CBS’ Hostages (7.4 mil/1.8). For comparison’s sake, the first half of Dancing With the Stars‘ results show a year ago did 10.1 mil/1.7 for ABC in the 8 o’clock hour, while the Alphabet net’s last Tuesdays-at-8 drama debut (No Ordinary Family) drew 10.7 mil and a 3.2.
ABC’s strongest previous drama launch was Once Upon a Time‘s 13 mil/4.0 circa 2011.
Facing off against SHIELD, CBS’ NCIS returned to 19.4 mil and a 3.4, down 5 and 17 percent from its previous premiere but drawing more viewers than its Season 10 finale (18.8 ml/3.4).
Don't think it really is a surprise SHIELD did so well with it's premiere episode. People were curious, so much has been said and shown about the series already, knowing it's connected to the Marvel movies, from the mind of Joss Whedon, the return of Coulson...don't think I need to say more. Now let's hope this will continue the whole season, kick some NCIS butt!
August 3, 2013
Which Firefly veteran is making waves in the nerdoverse with rumors of their involvement? Beware spoilers, under the cut! Ron Glass, Shepherd Book, will be joining Marvel's Agents of SHIELD.
All in all, it looks like Whedon is pulling out all of the stops to make SHIELD every bit as interesting as The Avengers would suggest. I wonder if the TV cast of the shadowy organization might make appearances in Avengers: Age of Ultron? Considering that we’ve gotten some suggestion that a crossover between the film-canon and the new TV-canon (via Cobie Smulders) is possible, I don’t see why the influence can’t go both ways!
This is really awesome news, this is the second actor from an earlier Whedon series, after J. August Richards, Gunn from Angel. This is really shaping up to be a must watch series. Can't wait!
Source: The Mary Sue
August 1, 2013
Ghost Whisperer grad David Conrad has landed a Marvel-ous new gig. TVLine has learned exclusively that the actor is joining ABC’s surefire hit Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in a recurring role.
As is customary with The Avengers TV offshoot, details about his character are shrouded in secrecy. However, the show has been casting the role of a brilliant and quirky scientist that matches Conrad’s description (i.e., male in his 40s). ABC declined to comment.
Conrad’s post-Ghost roles include stints on CSI: Miami, The Firm and The Good Wife.
July 19, 2013
Agent Hill will, indeed, report for duty: How I Met Your Mother’s Cobie Smulders is set to reprise her Avengers film role in the movie’s ABC spin-off, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
This is really good news I would say! Not yet clear if it's a recurring role or few episodes or perhaps even more but this is certainly good news because ties the movie The Avengers even more to this new TV series.
More to come…
May 11, 2013
It took awhile but ABC finally announced that Whedon's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has officially been picked up for a full season! It has not yet been announced how many episodes but presumably it will be 22 episodes. It is expected to hit the airwaves this fall. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that ABC will begin a "major marketing push" with the show this Sunday where a special look at the series will air before the season finale of "Once Upon a Time."
April 8, 2013
ABC has announced that the new Joss Whedon TV show spin off from The Avengers has changed name from Marvel’s SHIELD to Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD. How long before it’s changed again to Disney Subsidiary Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD, we wonder?
There’s also a new synopsis:
“Joss Whedon shows us not all heroes are super with Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.
“Fresh from his role in the summer’s box office smash, Marvel’s The Avengers, Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) returns to the worldwide law enforcement organisation SHIELD. He puts together a small, highly trained, team of agents to tackle the cases that haven’t been classified yet: the new, the strange and the unknown. That team consists of straight arrow agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), an expert in combat and espionage; pilot and martial artist Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen); and brilliant if socially awkward scientists Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge). They’ll be joined by civilian new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet).
“Prepare for an epic adventure that showcases the hope and wonder of the human spirit. This is a world of superheroes, aliens and the unusual; of action, spectacle and world-spanning stories. The show will speak to the human condition through the lens of our very human, non-powered SHIELD agents – that together we are greater than we are apart, and that we can make a difference in the world.
“Executive produced and co-written by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen (Dollhouse, Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), Jeffrey Bell (Angel, Alias) and Jeph Loeb (Smallville, Lost, Heroes) comes Marvel’s first live-action TV series, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.”
April 6, 2013
ABC declined to comment, but sources confirm to TVLine that Joss Whedon — who is shepherding ABC’s Avengers-themed drama — has cast his former Angel charge J. August Richards in a super top-secret role.
Whedon previously told TVLine that he wasn’t going out of his way to stack the S.H.I.E.L.D. deck with familiar faces from his past series. “You look for the best person for the role, and if that person is someone you already know, then great. That’s some work done for you,” he said. “But as much as I would love to — and once did — make a movie just with my friends, you always want to increase the family.”
February 13, 2013
In a grand moment of triumph, they gathered to capture the moment. It's no small matter that Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D. series has wrapped filming its pilot. Three weeks after production began and as the show waits for a nigh-on-guaranteed approval from ABC to go to series, the core crew huddled together for one final photo from the last day of filming.
In the photo are Jeph Loeb, Joss Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon and Jeffrey Bell. It's quite a motley team. Hopefully, one day we'll look back at this and say this was the moment something truly great began.
January 28, 2013
When the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series was announced, everyone wanted to know about Agent Coulson, but he might not be the only one coming back. No, we're not talking about the guy with the eyepatch, but for those Robin Scherbatsky fans out there, this may comes as a pleasant surprise. Cobie Smulders, who played Agent Maria Hill in Marvel's The Avengers, says she's not ruling out an appearence in the S.H.I.E.L.D. series currently filming. The immediate concern, obviously, would be that Smulders' commitment to How I Met Your Mother would leave her with little time for another TV series. According to her, however, that won't be a problem.
The commitments to [How I Met Your Mother] don’t affect it, and I can’t really say but there are definite talks about it.
That may sound like hazy-at-best confirmation, but, considering that we already know that Maria Hill will return for Captain America: Winter Soldier, we do know that both the character and the actor are around and still a part of S.H.I.E.L.D. Marvel is secretive, though, and likely that means Smulders also has to stay mum. When asked about the script for Winter Soldier, she said, "I’ve seen parts of it, but yeah, I don’t know much. This is Marvel! They don’t let you know anything."
While we have no doubt that's true, it's also just as likely that Smulders has been told to keep any potential plans for her character under wraps. And considering that Smulders has gone so far as to say, "I will do Maria Hill until they fire me and hire someone else to do it," we'd say the chances we'll see her on S.H.I.E.L.D. are pretty high.
January 14, 2013
Talking to MTV, Avengers Assemble director and Buffy, Angel, Firefly and Dollhouse creator Joss Whedon shed a bit of light on his overarching plan for ABC’s new SHIELD TV show – the pilot of which he’s currently shooting. “You have to bring a bit of spectacle to it,” said Whedon. “It’s got to be bigger than your average cop show.
“But at the end of the day, it’s about the peripheral people. It’s about the people on the edges of the grand adventures. The whole point of the show is that even with all these big things, the little things matter. It’s about people who don’t have super powers. “There will be some people with powers,” he continued. “There will be FX, and there will be the spectacle of science-fiction storytelling, but all played on a very human, small level. That’s the appeal of the thing.”
January 11, 2013
ABC entertainment president Paul Lee revealed that the pilot for Joss Whedon’s Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. has been fast-tracked and thus will be ready for review “a lot earlier than others.” He hailed the script as “great” with “a lot of funny male/female relationships” as well as “a lot of action,” and feels it could be a highly co-viewed show (that is, watched by parents with their kids) in the vein of Once Upon a Time.
Elaborating on his go-to quote that the comic books-inspired pilot is “very Joss,” he said: “You know how Joss is so high/low? How he’s able to be intense and epic and suddenly funny/silly? He’s got that ability to be super-entertaining.” Lee said that if ordered to series (“Joss is very engaged and already working on scripts”), S.H.I.E.L.D. could air almost anywhere, in any time slot. “Marvel has the ability to bring the whole family.”
December 20, 2012
Considering that Joss Whedon's S.H.I.E.L.D. series is coming in the fall of 2013, it makes sense they'd want to round the cast out pretty quickly. Well, the pilot just filled its final opening—say hello to geek girl Skye. Actress Chloe Bennet, best known for a recurring role in the ABC drama Nashville, has joined the pilot as a superhero fan intrigued by the shadowy government organizations they work with.
Here's the character description:
"Bennet becomes the sixth and final regular in the drama and will play Skye, a confident woman who is slightly obsessed with superhero culture and the shadow organizations that exist within it. She's edgy and can out-talk anyone with her unflappable nature."
December 19, 2012
Comic and TV creator Jeph Loeb was being interviewed about his latest comic project recently when he let slip some big news in the form of when we can expect to see the premiere of Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series. Excited? You should be. Considering the talent involved and how busy Whedon and company tend to be working on, well, just about every cool project in sight, there were fears we'd never see S.H.I.E.L.D. make its way to our TV screens. Turns out we'll be seeing it sooner than any of us could have hoped. From Loeb:
Well ... we have a "little" pilot for television that you might have heard about called Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D. co-written, directed, and Executive Produced by none other than Joss Whedon! Working with Joss, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Jeffrey Bell on the show is a blast! And bringing in Clark Gregg to play Agent Phil Coulson — the best! Hopefully we will be on in the Fall of 2013 on ABC!
That puts us less than a year out. Not only does that mean the show is coming soon, it also means lots more teasers, casting news, trailers and who knows what else. So stay tuned!
November 28, 2012
Joss Whedon's S.H.I.E.L.D pilot is coming along nicely. Weeks after announcing two major castings, we've learned that another actor's joined the team. According to TVLine, Brett Dalton has signed on for S.H.I.E.L.D. The actor will play Agent Grant, one of the institution's "highly-skilled rising stars." Grant's described as "deadly, precise, and cool under fire—but not so great with the people skills." Dalton's resume includes guest spots on Army Wives and CBS' Blue Bloods.
The actor joins the aforementioned Clark Gregg, who'll reprise his role as Agent Phil Coulson. Ming-Na Wen will play Agent Melinda May, a combat veteran, pilot and seasoned soldier. While other newbies include Elizabeth Henstridge as science expert Agent Gemma Simmons and Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz a tech wiz.
How do you think the team is shaping up?
November 14, 2012
The best thing about Whedon's new Avengers-adjacent TV show based on secret organization S.H.I.E.L.D. moving ahead at breakneck speed is that we get more and more details seemingly every week. This time, it's the confirmation of two more actors and tidbits on the characters they'll be playing.
Elizabeth Henstridge and Iain De Caestecker are the latest actors to join the cast, and they'll be playing two more expert agents. Henstridge will take on the role of science whiz Agent Gemma Simmons, while De Caestecker will take on Agent Leo Fitz, who is described as a "technology guru."
Perhaps the most notable piece of information about these characters is that they will, apparently, "spend all their time together, mostly bickering." If we know anything about Joss Whedon (and TV in general), that means two things. One, these two are probably going to be mixing business with pleasure, and, two, one or both of them is going to die bloody and in the most dramatic way possible. With Ming-Na and Clark Gregg already on board, that brings us to four agents so far. Now bring on the villains!
October 25, 2012
Joss Whedon's made a major move with his S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot. After confirming Clark Gregg's return, he's brought another actor on board. Gregg's Agent Coulson will be joined by someone described as "soulful and slightly damaged."
Whedon has recruited Ming-Na Wen for his revamped S.H.I.E.L.D. team. The actress is no stranger to television, as she's appeared on ER, Stargate Universe and Eureka. According to Deadline, Ming-Na will play a character called Agent Melinda May. She's a combat veteran who's a pilot, weapons expert and seasoned soldier. On the original casting breakdown, May was listed as Agent Althea Rice, aka the Cavalry. That's two down, several more to go before the S.H.I.E.L.D. cast is complete. The pilot episode's being co-written by Joss, his brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. They'll also executive-produce alongside Marvel's Jeph Loeb.
October 15, 2012
Word just broke from New York Comic-Con that Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) will in fact have a role in Joss Whedon's upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. television series on ABC, after fans have clamored for months to bring everyone's favorite alien fighter back to life.
Marvel television exec Jeph Loeb announced during a Saturday panel that Gregg will officially be back as Agent Phil Coulson in the pilot episode. According to reports from the panel, Whedon also said Coulson will be "headlining" the series—though we're not entirely sure how the writers will work around the fact that Coulson apparently died inThe Avengers.
The "headlining" bit is definitely interesting, but this is Whedon, so you never know how much is true and how much might be him just messing with us. Per TV Line, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige had this to say while breaking the news to the ecstatic crowd:
"Did you ever think there would be a S.H.I.E.L.D. show without Agent Phil Coulson?"
Coulson's character has been the one thread that has tied the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe together, and it's great to hear he'll be sticking around for the television series. Plus, it's a smart move on Marvel's part to have a familiar face get the show off the ground for casual fans checking it out. It'll generate some fan buzz and make it more accessible for the mainstream. So a win-win.
The S.H.I.E.L.D. series is executive-produced by Whedon, his brother Jed, Maurissa Tancharoen, Jeph Loeb and Jeffrey Bell.
October 2, 2012
Joss Whedon and company sure don't mess around. It seemed like only yesterday that we started getting the first details on the TV series that would play home to the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and now we're already getting the first details on our main characters.
All right, let's dive right in and then see where we land. Our first character details are:
SKYE — This late-20s woman sounds like a dream: fun, smart, caring and confident—with an ability to get the upper hand by using her wit and charm.
AGENT GRANT WARD — Quite the physical specimen and "cool under fire," he sometimes botches interpersonal relations. He's a quiet one with a bit of a temper, but he's the kind of guy that grows on you.
AGENT ALTHEA RICE — Also known as "The Cavalry," this hardcore soldier has crazy skills when it comes to weapons and being a pilot. But her experiences have left her very quiet and a little damaged.
AGENT LEO FITZ and AGENT JEMMA SIMMONS — These two came through training together and still choose to spend most of their time in each other's company. Their sibling-like relationship is reinforced by their shared nerd tendencies—she deals with biology and chemistry, he's a whiz at the technical side of weaponry.
Is it just us, or do those first three characters sound an awful lot like Inara, Mal and Zoe from Joss's old show, Firefly? Not calling it a bad thing, just that it is a bit of a thing.
Otherwise, this is all very general. These are the kind of details that aid the writers as they map out where their characters' strengths and weaknesses might lie and how those characters will or will not interact with each other. They also serve as a nice little tease for us fans as we try to figure out what this show will be like or, even better, who should be cast in each part.
September 13, 2012
Joss Whedon has a master plan. Despite his full schedule, which includes promoting Much Ado About Nothing and prep for The Avengers 2, he's focused on TV. Whedon is developing a series based on Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D. ... with a new cast of characters.
Whedon told MTV that S.H.I.E.L.D. is good to go. He revealed, "We've already pitched it to the network with a full framework [and] a full cast." That's right, he already knows who's going to headline the series. But unfortunately, he didn't drop any names.
"It's new characters. It needs to be its own thing," said Whedon. "It needs to be adjacent [to the Marvel Cinematic Universe], but you don't want to do a show where you're constantly going, 'Iron Man just left, but he was totally here a minute ago.' You want them to do their own thing."
Whedon went on to describe the tone of S.H.I.E.L.D., which will balance the realistic and mythical elements of the Marvel Universe. "Well, what does S.H.I.E.L.D. have that the other superheroes don't? And that, to me, is that they're not superheroes," Whedon explained. "But they live in that universe. Even though they're a big organization, that [lack of powers] makes them underdogs, and that's interesting to me."
It sounds like S.H.I.E.L.D. will be the exact opposite of The CW's Arrow. On that show, everything is rooted in reality with no room for superhumans. But in S.H.I.E.L.D., they'll all coexist. It's an interesting contrast.
August 29, 2012
ABC is threatening to become our instant Favorite Network Ever with news that it has ordered a live-action S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot to be written by Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly) and his brother and sister-in-law, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen.
Deadline announced the news, reporting that production will begin immediately. The Whedons and Tancharoen will executive produce along with Jeffrey Bell and Marvel Television’s Jeph Loeb. Joss Whedon will direct if his schedule permits. We told you earlier this month that a deal had been struck that has Whedon in an exclusive deal with Marvel Studios for film and television through the end of June 2015. He’ll be writing and directing The Avengers sequel, and helping to develop a new live action series for Marvel Television at ABC.
But S.H.I.E.L.D.?! Immediately we’re wondering who will play Nick Fury, and whether we’ll be seeing Agent Coulson. And The Hulk. And Iron Man. And Cap. What a great thing to be wondering about for a TV series!
Update: According to Joss Whedon S.H.I.E.L.D. won't have much connections to the Marvel movies. For the most part the series will stand on it's own.
August 8, 2012
BIG news. Not only has Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that Joss Whedon will be directing and writing Avengers 2, but he has also announced that Whedon is developing a live-action TV series involving Marvel characters for the US ABC network.
Presumably this is the TV series set in the Avengers universe that we reported about last week. Though not necessarily. This is developing news, reported by both Deadline and /Film. Hopefully more details soon. Whedon signed a 3 year deal working only for Marvel til somewhere in 2015.
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