AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Renewed for Season 2 by ABC; Marvel’s AGENT CARTER Ordered to Series

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ABC just announced a few renewals and orders for new series, but in addition to those shows, the network will also have two Marvel dramas on the air during the 2014-15 TV season.  ABC has renewed Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for a second season and has given a series order for the Captain America spinoff Agent Carter.  Though Marvel’s first foray into television was highly anticipated, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was met with a rather tepid critical response and the ratings have dwindled since its premiere.  Regardless, the numbers never dropped to critical levels and the show is lucrative as a brand property, so it was highly likely that ABC was going to order a second season.

Hit the jump for more, including details regarding the setting and focus of the Agent Carter series.

marvels-agent-carter-posterThough Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. took a bit of a critical shellacking in its initial run of episodes, it has apparently improved as it closes out its freshman season and begins to incorporate the events from Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  Hopefully the show can continue to find its footing during season two, where it will also be joined by a companion series of sorts.

Marvel’s Agent Carter will star Hayley Atwell as the titular Marvel character, who was initially seen onscreen as Steve Rogers’ love interest in the first Captain America film.  In the subsequent Marvel One-Shot (ie. short film) Agent Carter, it is revealed that after Rogers’ disappearance, Carter became one of the founding members of S.H.I.E.L.D. alongside Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper).

Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely penned the script for the Agent Carter pilot, and we previously spoke to the duo at length about their plans for the potential series.  They revealed that the show would start in 1946 and find Carter in a world where “people are disrespecting her and she’s proving herself and going on missions and things like that.”  Additionally, their hope is that Dominic Cooper’s Howard Stark would be a recurring character on the series.

Markus and McFeely also told us that they envisioned the show as a maximum of 13 episodes per season, maybe less, with one idea being that each season is almost like a limited series that spans the length of one year.

We recently heard that ABC was strongly considering ordering Agent Carter to series without the production of a pilot, since the Marvel One-Shot acted as a sort of proof-of-concept, and now we can see that is certainly the case.  Additionally, rumor has it that the network has been mulling over the idea of using Agent Carter as a midseason show that will fill in the gap while Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. takes its winter hiatus.  Should the series only span 10 or 13 episodes, that would certainly be a smart way to keep Marvel fans happy while Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. takes a little break.

We’ll know more about the specific plan for Agent Carter next week when ABC unveils its full schedule, but for now this is very exciting news.  Of course, ABC isn’t the only small-screen network that will host original Marvel content, as production begins this summer on the first of four Netflix series based on Marvel characters.

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  • ScratStitch

    This is AWESOME news!

    Now here come the haters to ruin the fun…

  • Tom A.

    Great news! The show has gotten really good lately. It’s great that we’ll get to see more of Coulson and company.

  • Walt gamble

    Very, VERY happy news! Throw in an NBC community renewal and I’ll be one happy chappie

  • Jan

    Waste of a perfectly good timeslot.

  • Lance

    Well, I hope now the show can really live up to its promise. It definitely HAS gotten better in the wake of CapA:WS. Now it just needs to keep that trend line going.

    • mbmarquis69

      Agreed. It’s firing on all cylinders now. Better late than never. Hopefully the writers don’t hit the reset button and put everything back status quo because that was what was killing the show before.

  • Agents of S.T.U.P.I.D.

    Proving that people will watch any garbage on TV.

    • cruzzercruz

      So did you come up with that username just to shit on this show?

      • The Flobbit

        I would pay money to shit on this show.

  • eternalozzie

    Agent Carter seems a waste of resources … Agents of Suck did get better in the last 5 episodes.

    • Kpaqu1

      Waste of resources? Disney/Marvel doesn’t have enough money to make another show? What?

      • eternalozzie

        the show is going to be expensive because it’s a period piece and uninteresting because it’s a story line that we already know exactly how it ends. It’s a waste of money. It won’t make it past 10 episodes.

      • Royale With Cheese

        It will when it has Diseny/Marvel backing it. Quality matters very little when you can have superhero cameos and tie-ins. Look at SHIELD, no way in hell it makes past the first season (based on quality) without the Marvel Cinematic Universe backing it up. People eat that stuff up. But hey, if there are people out there who enjoy the show then good for them.

      • milo

        It was ABC’s highest rated new drama. So it would have made it to season two based on that, didn’t need the Marvel connection.

      • Royale With Cheese

        Highest rated new drama? You say that as if it’s a monumental achievement. For instance, if you were rate the new shows on a scale of 1-10 and all the new shows scored a “2″ and SHIELD scored scored a “3″, that technically makes it the highest rated. Don’t get too caught up in labels that are provided by the channels that are producing and airing the show. They’re deliberately ambiguous for a reason. Also, the reason it was “the highest rated new show” is because of the Marvel Cinematic Universe backing it. That’s just fact. If you enjoy the show then that’s good for you but don’t fool yourself into thinking that this is True Detective or something.

    • Kpaqu1

      Waste of resources? Disney/Marvel doesn’t have enough money to make another show? What?

  • slimpunk

    “…Hayley Atwell as the titular Marvel character.” Interesting choice of words there Adam…

    • NICK НΛRT

      what are you, 12 years old?

    • verasgunn

      Titular, as in what the title of the show is named after, like Captain America, Thor, Iron-Man, The Hulk.

      • slimpunk

        Thank you, I know what it actually means. Lighten up guys, it was a lame joke.

      • Doug_101

        I enjoyed it.

      • cruzzercruz

        I enjoy tits.

      • Royale With Cheese

        I enjoy titula…ah, nevermind. I can’t think of anything clever.

      • cruzzercruz

        I enjoy tits.

    • Simon Foster

      {snort}

  • Michael Singer

    AOS has gotten much better. TWS was the best thing to happen to that show. Really excited about Agent Carter. I love Cold War espionage stuff and more Hayley Atwell is always a good thing.

  • NICK НΛRT

    yayyyyy

  • Daz

    Be interesting to see if Cooper joins Agent Carter as a series lead/regular. Could be a good dynamic with him and Atwell if they play up his roguish side (ala Stark Jr).

  • ʝoe ßloggs

    Yay! More Avengers Lite for everyone. Coolio!
    Agent Hayley Atwell is gonna be so awesome!

    • LEM

      It’ll be a fantastic voyage.

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  • LEM

    Will the “Howling Commandos” be involved in this series?

    • milo

      That would be cool, they have referenced them on SHIELD recently (which was pretty awesome).

      • scurvy

        Agent Tripp’s grandfather was a Howling Commando. I suspect he might show up since they have referenced him several times. Neal McDonough has done tv work as well so would be cool to see Dum Dum Dugan show up. They could reference Winter Soldier as well since he was doing work in that time period. I wonder if they will show the Zoller computer or of Tommy Lee Jones will make a cameo.

        So many awesome things they can do with this show!

      • milo

        Lots of great opportunities, I believe in the comics Dugan was head of SHIELD at some point. Also has the advantage of being set in the past and not having to match up with MCU present day continuity and having various movies come out at various points during a TV season.

    • milo

      That would be cool, they have referenced them on SHIELD recently (which was pretty awesome).

  • milo

    I really hope they stick with the ideas of doing 13 episodes for Carter, and doing a split season of SHIELD with Carter filling in the gap. 35 weeks of episodes with only minimal breaks? Yes please.

    It was a great idea when they considered it for OUAT and its wonderland spinoff, trying to run both at the same time probably hurt the latter (although it looked like a pretty bad show anyway).

    • cruzzercruz

      The 13 episodes should really be key. So many shows struggles to maintain a cohesive and consistently interesting plot when they’re dragged out for 20+ episodes. All of the great cable dramas and the newer network ones (Hannibal) have made wonderful use of the pacing of their limited episode count. More quality episodes over filler.

  • milo

    I really hope they stick with the ideas of doing 13 episodes for Carter, and doing a split season of SHIELD with Carter filling in the gap. 35 weeks of episodes with only minimal breaks? Yes please.

    It was a great idea when they considered it for OUAT and its wonderland spinoff, trying to run both at the same time probably hurt the latter (although it looked like a pretty bad show anyway).

  • milo

    Bradley Whitford was in the Carter short, I wonder if he’d at least make some appearances on the show, especially now that Trophy Wife got cancelled.

  • milo

    Bradley Whitford was in the Carter short, I wonder if he’d at least make some appearances on the show, especially now that Trophy Wife got cancelled.

  • Unique Jenique

    I’m actually surprised it was renewed. The show is not that good, although it has gotten better the last few episodes.

    • milo

      Shouldn’t be too surprised. It started out as ABC’s highest rated new drama and even though ratings fell, they still stayed above most other shows on ABC. I think only Scandal and Grey’s stayed consistently stronger. And this year tons of shows had huge ratings drops in the spring, it was a bloodbath.

    • milo

      Shouldn’t be too surprised. It started out as ABC’s highest rated new drama and even though ratings fell, they still stayed above most other shows on ABC. I think only Scandal and Grey’s stayed consistently stronger. And this year tons of shows had huge ratings drops in the spring, it was a bloodbath.

  • the king of comedy

    I`ve just seen a cuple of episodes of this series, one of the first ones and one in wich there was a black guy who had some fire powers and wanted to be a hero but ended being a villain, I guess they were alright, but they are not esential viewing. Did the show got much better than that lately?

  • Matthea

    Great news. Hayley Atwell is a better actor than everyone on Agents of S.U.X.O.R. combined. Agent Carter should be the replacement when AoS inevitably gets canned.

  • lobtaylor

    Agents of Shield is not very good sometimes pretty bad despite the hype, and the numbers prove it. Its sad better shows had to be cancelled to accommodate it. As for Agent Carter am still scratching my head on why the execs think folks will tune in to it. I really couldn’t care less about her life story honestly.

    • milo

      When it comes to cancelling shows, it’s all about ratings, not about “better”. And in the case of SHIELD the numbers were decent.

      Were any higher rated ABC dramas cancelled? No. And what would those “better” ABC dramas that were cancelled have been? Betrayal? Killer Women? Even to someone who doesn’t like this show it’s hard to pick a cancelled ABC drama that anyone would miss.

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  • Devin Reed

    Extremely happy with this news!! I wasn’t too worried that ABC/Marvel would kill an internally produced series like this, but it’s great to see it given another chance. People really do need to give it another shot.

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  • The Flobbit

    Agents of L.A.M.E.W.H.E.D.O.N.E.S.Q.U.E.H.U.M.O.R. is stupid. Can’t say about the recent quality, but man did it start out terrible. CW’s Arrow breaks Agents of SHIELD’s back and wipes the floor with it.

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  • the king of comedy

    thanks I`ll take a look and judge by myself

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