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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
Netflix is certainly hitting the ground running with regards to its foray into the original series game. House of Cards was the big gamble earlier this year, and it paid off in spades. The new season of Arrested Development was subsequently a success as well, and now Netflix is ordering a second season of the comedy series Orange Is the New Black before the first season has been released. From Weeds creator Jenji Kohan, the show stars Taylor Schilling as a Brooklynite whose decade-old relationship with a drug-runner (Laura Prepon) lands her in a federal penitentiary. The first trailer was incredibly promising, and Netflix has announced that a second season of the series will debut in 2014. All 13 episodes of season one will be available on Netflix starting July 11th.
Additionally, ABC has extended the order for its spinoff series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland from 13 episodes to an unknown quantity that’s less than 22. Originally intended as a one-off limited series, the network is now mulling over the idea of turning Wonderland into an anthology. Hit the jump for more.
While it was a bit of a no-brainer, ABC has confirmed that the anticipated new series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will indeed have a panel at Comic-Con next month. Executive producer/writer/director Joss Whedon will appear alongside Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb on the panel, which is also a strong indicator that Whedon will make an appearance during Marvel’s Hall H panel as well. While the studio’s big movie panel will likely focus on Thor 2 and Captain America 2, I wouldn’t be surprised if the full character lineup for The Avengers 2 is revealed during the presentation. Either way, Collider will be at Comic-Con in full force to bring you extensive coverage from all the panels. Hit the jump for more, including the full press release.
As someone whose only firsthand experience with the Star Trek franchise comes by virtue of J.J. Abrams‘ two Trek films, I know I’m in over my head when the topic presents itself. When you mention Trek, you’re referencing (either directly or indirectly) a rich legacy filled with peaks and valleys, genre-defining characters and moments, and an international fanbase that rivals any of pop-culture’s most enduring titles. And yet here I am, with two films under my belt (both of which I enjoyed), talking about it. Obviously, I have nothing at stake with regards to Star Trek Into Darkness. Whether you like it or dislike it is of no consequence to me. My only aim today is to extend a humble word of caution to the Trek fans who have years of equity built-up in their beloved franchise: be careful not to dismiss or begrudge it solely because it’s trying to appeal to the largest possible audience. Abrams’ Trek films aren’t above reproach, but they also aren’t void of redeeming qualities. Try to at least acknowledge some of those qualities when tearing into them or risk coming off as someone whose real issue is that a bunch of people now enjoy this thing that you once considered yourself unique for liking.
All preachiness aside, this week’s Top 5 includes several interviews from Star Trek Into Darkness, rumors surrounding Christopher Nolan being approached to direct James Bond 24, the first trailers for Marvel’s new ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a new trailer for Guillermo Del Toro‘s Pacific Rim, and new photos and a video from the set of director Jose Padilha‘s RoboCop remake. If I haven’t lost you yet, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.
Fresh off the announcement of its primetime 2013-14 schedule this morning, ABC has released first-look trailers for all of its new series. We already shared the full trailer for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but here are the other new shows that we’ll be looking at today:
- Once Upon a Time in Wonderland – The spinoff series of the network’s fantasy show stars Sophie Lowe as the titular Alice and features John Lithgow as the voice of the White Rabbit.
- Trophy Wife – A mixed family comedy starring Malin Akerman as a reformed party girl who must contend with her new husband’s (Bradley Whitford) numerous ex-wives.
- Betrayal – A drama series starring Hannah Ware and Stuart Townsend as new lovers who find themselves on opposite sides of a murder investigation.
- Killer Women – A midseason drama series starring Tricia Helfer as the only female Texas Ranger patrolling the Texas frontier.
- Mind Games – Steve Zahn and Christian Slater star in this midseason drama procedural about two brothers who use the hard science of psychological manipulation to solve clients’ problems.
- Mixology – From the screenwriters behind The Hangover, this ensemble comedy stars Blake Lee and Andrew Santino and centers on ten single people who cross paths in a bar.
- Resurrection – The people in a small Missouri town are forever changed when their deceased love ones suddenly start to return. Omar Epps stars in this midseason drama series.
- Lucky 7 - A drama series about seven friends who unexpectedly win the lottery. Isiah Whitlock Jr. stars.
- And the new comedies Super Fun Night (starring Rebel Wilson), The Goldbergs (starring Jeff Garlin), and Back in the Game (starring James Caan).
Hit the jump to watch the trailers and to check out some images from the new series.
And the upfronts madness continues. ABC has announced its schedule for the 2013-14 TV season, and there are a few shakeups to be found. Here are some of the highlights:
- The highly-anticipated Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will kick off Tuesday night’s programming at 8pm ET, followed by a block of entirely new series including The Goldbergs, Trophy Wife, and Lucky 7.
- The Once Upon a Time spinoff Once Upon a Time in Wonderland will run concurrently with the original series, as it will air Thursday nights at 8pm ET.
- Rebel Wilson’s new series Super Fun Night will air in the coveted post-Modern Family slot on Wednesday nights.
- The reality competition show Dancing With the Stars has been cut back to one night a week, with the results show scrapped entirely.
- The Neighbors has been moved from Wednesdays to Fridays, where it will air after Last Man Standing at 8:30pm ET.
- Returning comedy series Suburgatory is being held for midseason, so don’t expect to see it until after the new year.
- As previously reported, the Pixar special Toy Story of Terror will air later this year.
Hit the jump to take a look at the full lineup, and check back on Collider soon for some images and trailers for all of the new series.
It’s almost like this weekend is a national holiday with regards to all the hoopla surrounding the release of Marvel’s first Phase Two film, Iron Man 3. We’ve already shared details and images for Thor: The Dark World and Ant-Man as well as new info and concept art for Guardians of the Galaxy, and now it’s time for some updates on Marvel’s foray into television: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The pilot for the S.H.I.E.L.D.-centric potential series has already been shot (Joss Whedon co-wrote and directed), and now the series awaits an all-but-guaranteed greenlight from ABC.
We know that Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson returns as the star of the show (under some strange circumstances) and the series takes place after the events of The Avengers, but further details about how Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would fit into the larger Marvel universe have thus far been unclear. EW’s recent cover story on Phase Two provides a closer look at the show, however, with Marvel’s Kevin Feige addressing the possibility of using the series to introduce new characters and Robert Downey Jr. talking about a possible appearance on the show. Hit the jump to read on.
From Melissa Rosenberg (screenwriter of the Twilight Saga films), the ABC drama series Red Widow illustrates just what lengths a single mother will go to, to protect her children when she feels as though their lives are threatened. When Marta Walraven’s (Radha Mitchell) husband Evan (Anson Mount) was brutally murdered in their driveway, it changed her idyllic life, in an instant. As a result, she now finds herself navigating the criminal underworld, in order to repay his debt to the formidable international crime boss, Nicholae Schiller (Goran Visnjic), and keep herself and her family alive. The show also stars Rade Serbedzija, Luke Goss, Lee Tergesen, Wil Traval, Jaime Ray Newman, Clifton Collins Jr., Suleka Mathew, Sterling Beaumon, Erin Moriarty and Jakob Salvati.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, executive producer/writer Melissa Rosenberg talked about what immediately stood out for her when she watched the original Dutch series that the show is based on, what made Radha Mitchell the perfect actress to center this story around, the challenges of making a flawed and slightly morally ambiguous character likeable to audiences, and how many of the questions will be answered by the end of this season. She also talked about what made her want to sign on as executive producer for Big Thunder, based on the Disney roller coaster ride and set in a frontier mining town run by a powerful but mysterious tycoon, how much she’d still love to see AKA Jessica Jones make it to series, and that she’s still developing the feature film Earthseed, adapted from a young adult novel, at Paramount. Check out what she had to say after the jump.