Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.: The H.I.G.H.S. and L.O.W.S. of the ABC Series’ Freshman Season

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And so ends the initial chapter of Marvel Studios’ first foray into the world of network television.  Whether you liked the so-called Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or they weren’t your cup of tea, you have to admire Marvel for attempting to create a running television show that reflected the events of the movie universe that they currently have running.  Since I’ve been with you true believers since the beginning of this season, who better to diagnose the best, and worst, parts of the first season?  Go ahead and grab your level 7 clearance, rock your finest suit, and hop on the “Bus” as we walk you through what aspects the show can focus on for season two and which can be avoided. 

First Trailers for New ABC Series HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, AMERICAN CRIME, SELFIE, BLACK-ISH, and More

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Fresh off unveiling its 2014-15 schedule this morning, ABC has released trailers for some of its upcoming new series.  Briefly:

  • How to Get Away with Murder – The legal drama from creator Shonda Rhimes stars Viola Davis as a seductive professor who gets entangled with law students from her class.
  • American Crime – A gritty drama from creator John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) about how an attack on a young couple shakes up racial tensions throughout the country.  Felicity Huffman and Timothy Hutton star.
  • Galavant – A midseason musical comedy fairy tale with songs by composer Alan Menken.
  • Forever – A new drama starring Ioan Gruffudd as an immortal medical examiner trying to uncover the secret to his power.
  • Secrets and Lies – A drama starring Ryan Phillippe as a good Samaritan-turned murder suspect, also starring Juliette Lewis.
  • Black-ish – A new comedy starring Anthony Anderson, from executive producer Larry Wilmore.
  • Selfie – A loose comedic adaptation of My Fair Lady starring Karen Gillan as a social media-obsessed woman who asks a marketing guru (John Cho) to help make her over.

Hit the jump to watch the trailers for these and other shows, and click here to see ABC’s full schedule.

ABC Unveils Fall 2014 Schedule; Moves MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. to Tuesday at 9:00 PM

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Following the schedules for NBC and Fox, ABC has now unveiled its schedule for the 2014 fall season.  Here are the highlights:

  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will remain on Tuesdays, but has been pushed back one hour.  It will now play behind the half-hour comedies Selfie and Manhattan Love Story.
  • Thursday night will belong to Shonda Rhimes as her shows Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal will now be followed by her new series How to Get Away with Murder starring Viola Davis.
  • Marvel’s Agent Carter and the musical comedy Galavant will serve as bridge programming between the fall finales and winter premieres of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Once Upon a Time, respectively.

Hit the jump for the ABC fall 2014 schedule and the press release.

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.

ABC Renews ONCE UPON A TIME, RESURRECTION, SCANDAL, and More; Orders HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER and Others to Series

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It’s ABC’s turn to get in on the renewal/pilot order fun, as the network has renewed three dramas and ordered a few others to series.  Briefly:

  • ABC has renewed the drama series Scandal (duh), Modern Family (more duh), Once Upon a Time, Grey’s Anatomy, Castle, Revenge, The Goldbergs, The Middle, and freshman show Resurrection to return next season.
  • The network has also ordered three new dramas to series: the Viola Davis-fronted legal thriller How to Get Away with Murder from creator Shonda Rhimes, the racially charged American Crime from 12 Years a Slave scribe John Ridley, and the alien-invasion show The Whispers from executive producer Steven Spielberg.
  • On the comedy side, the pilots for Anthony Anderson’s Black-ish, the Karen Gillan-fronted Selfie, the romantic comedy Manhattan Love Story, and creator Dan Fogelman’s (The Neighbors) musical fairy tale Galavant have been ordered to series.

Hit the jump for synopsis and casting info for the new series.

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.

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