AGENT CARTER Close to Getting a Straight-to-Series Order from ABC

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I’ve mostly written off Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. even though it appears the show has improved post-The Winter Soldier.  The characters—aside from Coulson—have never been that interesting to me.  However, I’m still excited for the prospect of a weekly Marvel TV series, and have high hopes for Agent Carter.  A sci-fi/action series set in the 1940s with a female lead (Hayley Atwell has expressed her interest in reprising the titular role, but it hasn’t been officially cast for the TV series) is drastically different than anything else on network television (or even cable for that matter), but ABC seems to have sparked to the idea.  According to Deadline, the network might go straight-to-series since the Marvel One-Shot of the same name functioned as an unconventional pilot.

Hit the jump for more on a possible Agent Carter TV series.

Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely Talk AGENT CARTER TV Series; Reveal Timeline, Plot and Planned Episode Count

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While Marvel has done a lot of smart things, one of the best decisions they made was casting Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger.  Unlike some of the Marvel movies where the love story feels forced and unrealistic (see: Thor), the relationship between Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Peggy Carter (Atwell) was fantastic thanks to the actors’ chemistry and a great script.  With her character becoming an instant favorite after the film’s release, it was no surprise Marvel asked her to appear in one of their One Shot short films, Agent Carter, which was included on the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray.  The short picked up where the events of Captain America: The First Avenger left off—right as Carter joins this new organization called S.H.I.E.L.D.: “As she searches for the enigmatic ‘Zodiac’ key, Agent Carter also battles her sexist, bureaucratic boss, Agent Flynn (Bradley Whitford), who thinks women have no place in the secret-agent business.”  Dominic Cooper also reprised his role as Howard Stark.

Almost immediately after fans got a look at the short at Comic-Con, people began asking about a possible Agent Carter TV series.  I was one of them.  Thankfully, ABC thought it was a good enough idea that they started developing it with Captain America screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.  Yesterday at the Winter Solider junket, I asked them the status of the pilot, what the show would focus on, its timeline, whether Atwell is still interested in playing the character, and more.  They also revealed that the show is envisioned as more of a limited series with 13-episode seasons or less.  Hit the jump to see what they had to say.

ABC to Air Sneak Peek at THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON on One-Hour Special MARVEL STUDIOS: ASSEMBLING A UNIVERSE

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All hail corporate synergy!  Because Disney owns ABC and Marvel, next month the network will air a one-hour special, Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe, which “goes behind the scenes of the comic-media empire.”  It basically sounds like an hour-long commercial for their own product, but I doubt fanboys will mind.  The special will provide ‘a “sneak peek” of an undisclosed nature from next year’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” as well as new footage from Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy.  There will also be some promotion of the deeply disappointing Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which will include footage from upcoming episodes.

Hit the jump for more.  Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe will premiere Tuesday, March 18th at 8:00pm.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens April 4th; Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1st; and The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.

ABC Orders 13 Episodes of Country Club Soap from David O. Russell and Susannah Grant

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ABC has ordered an untitled drama executive produced by David O. Russell (American Hustle) straight to series.  The story by Russell and Susannah Grant (A Gifted Man) is described as “an upstairs/downstairs soap” set at a private country club.  The Live Feed reports Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman (Justified) are on board as executive producers.

FX ultimately passed on Russell‘s previous effort on a TV series starring Connie Britton, so this is his first TV drama.  I don’t know how involved Russell will be given his busy feature career (5 Oscar nominations in 3 years!), but I hope he at least directs the pilot to set in motion a few sure-to-be crazy plots.  ABC give Russell and Grant 13 episodes to play with in the initial order.

ABC Network President Paul Lee Talks MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., AGENT CARTER, GALAVANT, ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND and REVENGE

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As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for ABC, Network President Paul Lee took some time to talk about the network’s current and upcoming line-up, as well as some possibilities for the future.  During the interview, he talked about how he feels about where things are at creatively with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., why it took them some time to find their sea legs, the chances of an Agent Carter TV series, the status of Dan Fogelman’s musical comedy pilot Galavant, his regrets about Once Upon A Time In Wonderland, and how much longer he thinks Revenge can run.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

ABC Announces New Disney-Pixar Holiday Special TOY STORY THAT TIME FORGOT, Plus Premiere Dates for BLACK BOX, THE BACHELOR, MIND GAMES and More

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Even though Pixar won’t be fielding a feature film this year, Disney-Pixar had such success with last year’s Toy Story holiday short that they thought they’d do it again this year.  ABC announced a new holiday special titled Toy Story That Time Forgot, which will air during the holidays late this year.  During a play date, the toys meet up with a set of too-cool action figures who turn out to be dangerously delusional.

The short features Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz, Kristen Schaal as Trixie, Kevin McKidd (Grey’s Anatomy) as Reptillus Maximus, Wallace Shawn as Rex, Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants, Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head and Joan Cusack as Jessie.  Hit the jump for more on the special, as well as premiere dates and info on more ABC series.

Collider Goes to the Set of ABC’s KILLER WOMEN; 13 Things to Know About the Show

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There have only been two female Texas Rangers in history, but now we’re about add a third – well, on TV.

ABC’s Killer Women stars Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica) as Molly Parker, a feisty, determined Texas Ranger with a knack for figuring out why women kill. In the pilot episode, when a woman is murdered right in the middle of her wedding, Molly’s assigned to catch the culprit. Trouble is, it isn’t just about putting this high-heeled killer behind bars; Molly’s got to pinpoint her motives and those aren’t as cut and dry as the San Antonio Police Department would like to think. Hit the jump for all the details on our trip to the set.

Disney CEO Bob Iger Says Newly Announced Netflix Shows Could Become Movies; ABC Developing another Marvel Series

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Yesterday, during the Walt Disney Company’s quarterly Earnings Call, Chairman and CEO Bob Iger commented on the exciting news about Marvel teaming up with Netflix to release four superhero series that will culminate in a mini-series.  Iger explained that they chose to put these heroes—Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones—for the small screen because they were “not among the most popular”, but added that if the series’ were a major hit on Netflix, then a feature film for the individual character could be possible.

But these four Netflix series and ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. aren’t the only Marvel TV programs in development.  Hit the jump for more.

November Episode of AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Will Pick Up Where THOR: THE DARK WORLD Leaves Off

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Ladies and gentlemen, we have our first crossover between Marvel’s TV show and feature film divisions.  Just in time for sweeps, the November 19th episode of ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is set to deal directly with the aftermath of Thor: The Dark World, picking up where the feature film leaves off.  In an effort to make this whole thing as nerdy as possible, Star Trek alum Jonathan Frakes is directing the episode.  The official logline for “The Well” is as follows:

“In the aftermath of the events chronicled in the feature film Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, Coulson and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pick up the pieces–one of which threatens to destroy a member of the team.”

Hit the jump for more on the crossover, including whether any Thor castmembers will be popping up.  Thor: The Dark World opens in U.S. theaters on November 8th.

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

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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.

First Clip from MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 2

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ABC has released the first clip from next week’s episode of the new drama series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Developed by Joss Whedon, the show premiered last week to impressive ratings, scoring the best debut of a new drama in all of television since 2009’s V.  In this new clip, we see “hacker” Skye (Chloe Bennet) officially joining the S.H.I.E.L.D. team as Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson debates the decision with his cohorts.  Our recapper was quite taken with the premiere episode, but personally I found it to be wholly underwhelming.  The production value is surprisingly cheap and the plot development felt more like an episode of NCIS than a comic book series.  That being said, pilots aren’t always a great judge of a show’s quality, so I’m hoping that the character development improves in subsequent episodes.

Hit the jump to watch the clip and sound off in the comments with your first impressions of the show.  Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs on ABC Tuesday nights at 8/7c.

Joss Whedon Talks the Imperfections of THE AVENGERS, His Plans for THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, and AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Joss Whedon is having a very good past couple of years.  He wrote and directed The Avengers to $1.5 billion worldwide, he put together a successful modern day adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing that he shot in his own house, and his latest television show Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. just had the biggest debut for a TV drama in four years.  Whedon is currently busy prepping the sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron for a March 2014 shoot, but he recently sat down for an extended interview in which he discussed basically his entire career.  Whedon talks about the “haphazard” structure of The Avengers and how his feelings towards the first film have impacted his approach to the follow-up, and he noted that he plans on doing something original after he completes the Marvel sequel.  He also discussed his involvement with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Hit the jump to read on.

New Trailer for Pixar’s TV Special TOY STORY OF TERROR!

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A new trailer has surfaced for Pixar’s very first TV special Toy Story of Terror!.  The half-hour short film finds the Toy Story gang staying in a motel after Bonnie takes them on a road trip only to have the car break down along the way.  Once inside the spooky motel, one of the toys goes missing, and the rest of the group is suddenly caught up in “a mysterious sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate.”  Dave caught 10 minutes of the special at D23 and deemed it a “must-watch,” and I look forward to catching up with the Toy Story characters next month.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  Toy Story of Terror! will premiere on ABC October 16th.

ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee Talks about Network’s Relationship with Marvel, Conversations with LucasFilm, and More

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While at the ABC portion of the TCA Press Tour, ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee discussed the status of some of their current shows, as well as some of their upcoming projects.  During the interview, he talked about the networks relationship with Marvel, future plans to develop other Disney IPs, that they’ve started conversations with Lucasfilm about possibilities, whether they’re considering any other Once Upon A Time spin-offs, the expectations for Season 3 of Revenge, their hopes for Betrayal, how much longer Grey’s Anatomy could run, and the future of Suburgatory.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

ABC Announces Fall Premiere Dates; MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Debuts September 24th

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ABC has announced premiere dates for its Fall 2013 slate.  The highly anticipated Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will kick off on Tuesday, September 24th at 8pm ET/PT, at which point we will officially have a new Joss Whedon show on television.  The spinoff series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland won’t premiere until Thursday, October 10th, and other staggered debuts include the Rebel Wilson comedy Super Fun Night on Wednesday, October 2nd and the return of Scandal on Thursday, October 3rd.  Additionally, the hit comedy Modern Family gets an hour-long season premiere on Wednesday, September 25th, and Grey’s Anatomy’s two-hour premiere debuts on Thursday, September 26th.  Hit the jump to take a look at the full schedule.

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