MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Gets Full Season Pick-Up from ABC

     October 10, 2013


In a surprise to no one, ABC has ordered a full season of the new drama series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Though the show has shed a considerable amount of its audience since its record-breaking debut, S.H.I.E.L.D. still manages to pull in decent numbers and generates a fair amount of buzz for each episode.  In a moviegoing climate where comic book adaptations are king and Marvel is the overlord, ABC would be crazy to not at least see how a full season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pans out.

Critics have not exactly been kind to the series for its first three episodes, and its supporting cast has thus far failed to be anything close to compelling, but hopefully the show overcomes these growing pains in the weeks to come.  The full season pick-up ensures that audiences will be treated to at least 22 episodes of Coulson and Co. (or Clone Coulson and Co.), assuming some catastrophic ratings drop doesn’t arise.  Catch up on Evan’s recap of the show’s first three episodes here and hit the jump for the full press release.

marvels-agents-of-shield-clark-greggHere’s the press release from ABC:


ABC has picked up new hit drama “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” for a full season, it was announced today by Paul Lee, president, ABC Entertainment Group.

The series opened as TV’s highest-rated drama debut in nearly 4 years (since 11/03/09) and ranks as the No. 1 new show of the 2013-14 season among Adults 18-49 (4.0 Live + Same Day rating/5.7 Live + 3 Day rating). On average, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is No. 1 in its Tuesday, 8 o’clock time period, and has more than doubled the young adult delivery in the hour year-to-year (+150%).

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Skye, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz and Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons.

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Marvel’s first television series, was co-created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen (“Dollhouse,” “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”), who also serve as executive producers along with Jeph Loeb (“Smallville,” “Lost,” “Heroes”) and Jeffrey Bell (“Angel,” “Alias”). “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television, and is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound.

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  • ScratStitch

    Really sick of EVERY article about this show adding a “but dumbass critics don’t like it much, the cast hasn’t managed to become instantly beloved after ONLY THREE EPISODES”…it’s so freaking annoying! This is a fun show and I’m tired of how people seem to be almost rooting for it to fail.

    • IronMan3isaMess

      The only reason it’s getting picked up for an entire season is because people like you eat up everything Marvel does without question. Never mind that it’s a poorly written cash in with no identity. No matter though, there will come a time when even Marvel can’t oversaturate the market any further with their drivel.

      • ScratStitch

        Like I said…

  • victorinox126

    Technical question: When a network picks up a Series, it is already filmed or it’s until NOW that they can finish it?

    • ScratStitch

      Generally…and I could be dead wrong here, so don’t take this as gospel…I believe they shoot somewhere around the range of 8-13 episodes? Then if they get a full greenlight, they shoot the rest of the season. Other shows, however, don’t seem to have this issue, as Sleepy Hollow has already gotten a full second season confirmed.

    • Adam Chitwood

      When pilots are ordered to series, it’s for 13 episodes. They are in the middle of shooting that now, but a full season pick-up orders an additional 9 episodes to bring the total to 22, which means filming will continue through next March or so.

      In the case of Sleepy Hollow, Fox decided each season will only consist of 13 episodes, which is why it was renewed for season two and not picked up for an additional 9 season one episodes.

  • Captain Unknown

    It can’t last long on Tuesday against NCIS for long.

    • sideshowRaheem

      I think ABC aiming for a younger, more family oriented, audience then CSI. Were CSI is for the key 18 to 49 demo they want the male equivalent of the Once Upon A Time’s audience which is strong among both the 18 to 49 crowd and popular with young girls ages 2 to 11.

  • drachen

    It’s been THREE episodes what do people expect? I mean I loved Buffy but any honest review of it shows the first season and a half was probably the weakest part of the run.

    How about we let one of the best minds in TV/movies build a world?

    So sick of the impatient rush to ‘something’.

  • milo

    What record did the debut break? It did very well, the best rated new drama in four years…but that’s not a record.

    The show could definitely be better, not crazy about some of the cast but the show can still improve. Glad to see they’re giving it some time.

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