Hayley Atwell Says the First Season of MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER Will Be 8 Episodes

     May 16, 2014


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.


  • Tom

    Good. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.S with twentysomething episodes is definetly too much.

    • Batt Damon

      I think that was one of the main issues with the season, having to spread out it with generic, procedural filler episodes. When they got into a more serialised format for the last half a dozen episodes the show took a huge step forward in quality.

      • Lee Harvey Cobblepot

        Also, it had bad actors portraying boring characters. If that is not the case, you can do almost anything.

      • eternalozzie

        I don’t think the problem was the actors or characters … they worked with what they had … the writing was too sporadic and very unfocused … you can tell they had no one visionary leading the writing team.

      • Jason Reichow

        i agree. with few exceptions, even the best actors will look terrible due to poor writing. Just look at the Star Wars prequels. Lots of great, good, and decent actors, but the majority of them fell before the bad writing.

      • Lee Harvey Cobblepot

        I dunno… the guy playing Ward was incredibly boring, I think, even when he started to get more interesting things to do. The hacker girl got better later in the show.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        In hindsight, I think Ward was supposed to be boring. He was supposed to be Mr. Perfect Agent McBoyScout, and that’s a boring character, which is why the ultimate outcome for his character worked.

      • kerton

        Oh i do. One of the reasons I stopped watching was the terrible acting, Fitz/Simmons and Skye in particular. Hardly aided by the scripts to be fair though.

      • Craig

        People like to talk about how good Arrow is, but the acting on AOS is leagues ahead of Arrow, in my opinion. The scripts for half or maybe more of the first half of the season’s episodes were lacking, but the scripts got better.

        The acting on Arrow is embarrassingly bad – soap opera quality, with only a few exceptions. Ollie’s mom, Deathstroke and Laurel’s dad.

      • eternalozzie

        Not one thing you said is true.

      • eternalozzie

        Not one thing you said is true.

  • Joyce Tyler

    I have a feeling I’m going to love this. Hayley Atwell!

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  • Leo Spaceman

    As somebody who absolutely hated the idea of this show from the get go, that gives me a shockingly large amount of confidence in the show. I am always going to be a supporter of short seasons for virtually all non half hour comedy shows.

    Regardless of the many flaws of the Walking Dead, their format of two 8 episodes half seasons a year is a very solid set up for keeping people from losing interest.

  • milo

    Eight sounds perfect.

  • axalon

    Good! Keep it short and sweet.

  • Django9000

    The Agent Carter short, once I finally got around to watching it, was surprisingly fresh and immediately intriguing. Think this’ll be a nice companion to Shield. Seems Cap 2 spawned all sorts o goodies for the growing Marvel U ! :)

  • Royale With Cheese

    This might actually work. Eliminating the bloating and unnecessary “filler” episodes may make the show exciting to watch.

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  • eternalozzie

    No one outside a few geeks will even watch this. But with only 8 episodes the geek audience might be enough to sustain the show.

    • kerton

      Why won’t they? Its relatively self contained and features a great lead in Atwell. Dominic Cooper popping up won’t hurt either.
      I think you’ll be surprised. It certainly interests me more than Agents of SHIELD did. Doesn’t hurt it that the One Shot on the Iron Man 3 disc is excellent too.

  • Stefan Bonomo

    I just noticed this, Kevin Feige is listed as an Executive Producer, unlike on Agents Of SHIELD. Wonder if that’s just his name there, or if he has a say in the show.

  • Zenexo

    I like that the seasons will be short. No filler and the effects will be better with the budget spread out over only 8 episodes.

    • kerton

      That’s assuming they’ve got 13 episodes of budget for 8 episodes, and not just the budget for 8 episodes worth.

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