The success of The Avengers feature is set to continue in its transition onto the small screen if ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee can be believed. At the ongoing Television Critics Association event, Lee spoke about the upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot at length and seemed confident that the TV series would be taken to order. Screenwriter Joss Whedon has reportedly gone beyond writing just the pilot and ABC is coordinating his schedule around the upcoming Marvel movies even though no official series order has come in just yet. You’ll find lots more on the S.H.I.E.L.D. series after the jump.
Fred Topel over at Crave Online managed to get a good amount of quotes from Lee, so be sure to check out his write up for the full story. We have some of his highlights below, staring with Lee’s comment on Whedon’s progress:
“He’s already working on the scripts for the series. We will have to work. We shot it in Los Angeles to make sure that he is free to work across his feature life and his television life, but I love to see Joss who of course has made many great television shows in his day, enjoying television as much as movies. That’s flattering for us. We love that.”
Nice to hear that Whedon is enjoying his time writing for the small screen again, considering his past career in television is an emotional minefield. Budgets have certainly been an issue in the past and Lee addresses that concern moving forward:
“On the one hand, we have to make shows that can sustain for many, many years and we’d love to see ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ go not just from pilot but to series, and not just from series but to last a long time. We’re a long way from that. We’d love to do that and we’re able to be much more ambitious on television because of the technology available. At the same time, look, we are ambitious with the show and we’re certainly investing to the levels of ‘Once Upon a Time’ and that’s an ambitious show.”
Lee, who hasn’t seen the pilot yet, said he’s very excited to watch it and it’s the first project he’s looking forward to this fall. He also spoke at length about the synergy between the Marvel movies and the S.H.I.E.L.D. series going forward. For fans of Whedon, it sounds like the pilot, at least, will have everything you’d expect:
“The truth about Joss is he has some great relationships in it so there are a lot of really funny male/female relationships that go through it. But it’s also Joss too and there’s a lot of action. Look, what we do do, I talk about the emotion of the network, that it’s smart with heart. There is something which I talk less about, that’s very real about this network, is we have more co-viewed shows. Absolutely Marvel has the ability to bring the whole family around it.”
Be sure to stay tuned for more news and to check out the S.H.I.E.L.D. series this fall on ABC.