When we spoke with screenwriters/executive producers Christopher Markus and Steve McFeely about the prospect of an Agent Carter TV series on ABC, the duo noted that their ideal scenario would involve a maximum of 13 episodes per season. ABC officially ordered Marvel’s Agent Carter to series last week, and now series star Hayley Atwell has confirmed that the first season will consist of just eight episodes. This makes sense given that ABC plans to use Agent Carter to bridge the gap during the winter hiatus of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and eight episodes will give the series a solid two-month run that’s hopefully high on quality and low on filler. For those unaware, the show takes place in 1946 and finds Atwell’s Peggy Carter marginalized while working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve) when the men return home from WWII.
Hit the jump to watch what else Atwell had to say about the promising new series. Marvel’s Agent Carter will premiere on ABC in January 2015.
Here’s the video in which Atwell discusses Agent Carter, confirming the episode count (via Marvel).
Here’s the official synopsis for Marvel’s Agent Carter:
“Marvel’s Agent Carter,” starring Captain America’s Hayley Atwell follows the story of Peggy Carter. 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. Inspired by the feature films “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” along with the short “Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter.”
Starring Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter, “Marvel’s Agent Carter” is executive produced by Christopher Markus, Steve McFeely, Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas, Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Jeph Loeb.