Elizabeth Henstridge and Brett Dalton Talk AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., Season 2, Fitz and Simmons, Ward’s Secret, and More

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The ABC drama series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is back for Season 2, with Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) as the new Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., and having to rebuild the organization torn apart by Hydra won’t be easy.  With the team in shambles, Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), Skye (Chloe Bennet), Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) and Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), must decide where their loyalties lie.

During this recent roundtable interview to discuss the direction of Season 2, co-stars Elizabeth Henstridge and Brett Dalton talked about the dynamic between Fitz and Simmons, not knowing about Ward’s secret too far ahead of time, the little details that the fans point out, whether they think Ward shot the dog, how captivity will affect Ward, and how the destruction of S.H.I.E.L.D. continue to affect the position of everyone left on this team.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Watch the Agent Carter and Howling Commandos Cameo from AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

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If you’re still watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (and judging by the negligible ratings change from the season one finale to the season two premiere, you’re in this for the long-haul), then you caught a preview of Marvel’s next TV series Agent Carter earlier this week during the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season two premiere.  A flashback sequence during the episode featured a cameo from Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter as well as the Howling Commandos, as the group raided a Hydra outpost and obtained a MacGuffin object of sorts.  I was not a fan of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but I’m curious to check out Agent Carter when it premieres due to its period setting and the involvement of screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.  My hope is that Agent Carter doesn’t just feel like a S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff and is able to stand out as its own series.  Given the heavy focus on interconnectedness with all things Marvel, though, I remain cautious in my optimism.

Regardless, if you didn’t watch S.H.I.E.L.D. season two premiere but want to see the Carter & Commandos scene, it has now landed online.  Take a look after the jump.  Agent Carter is expected to premiere on ABC sometime in January.

Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 Premiere Recap: “Shadows”

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We’re back, true believers!  The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have returned with a new purpose and some new cast members to lead the way. Following the dismantling of S.H.I.E.L.D., during both last season and in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, its up to Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and the rest of his team to pick up the pieces.  The team however now finds itself without the extensive resources of S.H.I.E.L.D. at its fingertips and must battle old foes, and new, in order to carve out a new place for themselves, and their new organization.  Along with the old teammates, the team is joined by Hartley, Lucy Lawless, as well as the returning Patton Oswalt as Agent Koenig.  What new threats face the team this season?  How many Marvel characters will make their first televised appearance?  Who will survive?  Hit the jump for our Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2 premiere recap entitled, “Shadows”….

Marvel Television to Bring AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. and DAREDEVIL to New York Comic Con

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San Diego Comic Con still feels like just yesterday, but New York Comic Con is only a month away now.  Disney already announced that it’s bringing Big Hero 6 and Tomorrowland to the event, and now Marvel Television is revealing its plans as well.

Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel Animation will all make their way into the Javits Center this year.  It all begins on Friday, October 10th with the Marvel Animation presentation featuring an exclusive first look at Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. season 2.  Shortly after that Marvel’s Head of Television, Jeph Loeb, will take the stage to introduce the world premiere of an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode and then the next day, the cast of Daredevil will make their very first public appearance.  Hit the jump for more.  NYCC 2014 begins on October 9th and wraps up on the 12th.

Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen Talk AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2, Easter Eggs, Funny Behind-the-Scenes Moments, Lucy Lawless, and More

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The ABC drama series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is returning for Season 2 on September 23rd with Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) as the new Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., and rebuilding the organization torn apart by Hydra won’t be easy.  In the meantime, you can either catch up or relive the action-packed twists and turns of the first season’s 22 episodes, and all of the behind-the-scenes features and deleted scenes, on Blu-ray/DVD.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen talked about what they were most proud of with the first season, stand-out fight scenes, whether they always knew the twist with Agent Ward (Brett Dalton), viewing Season 2 as a sequel where they can just pick up where they left off, that the questions asked last season will be answered soon, the journey of the new wild card Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., what Lucy Lawless is bringing to the show, Easter eggs, funny behind-the-scenes moments, deciding which comic book characters to introduce, the dog controversy, and the new later time slot.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

J. August Richards Talks AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., Seeing His Childhood Fantasy Come True, Reuniting with Joss Whedon, Deathlok’s Future, and More

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Throughout the first season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (available on Blu-ray/DVD on September 9th), audiences were able to see the evolution of Mike Peterson (J. August Richards), an ordinary man who has been given superhuman strength and abilities, into the comic book character Deathlok.  He became something scary and dangerous, but above it all, he’s still a man who only wants to do what’s best for his son.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor J. August Richards talked about how being a part of the Marvel universe is a childhood fantasy come to life, that he has over a thousand comic books in his own collection, reuniting with both Joss Whedon and Jeff Bell, what it’s like to be involved with the show’s fandom through social media, how he only originally signed on for the pilot episode with no idea of what was to come, his reaction when he found out that he’d be evolving into Deathlok, that he likes totally relinquishing control and putting yourself in the hands of the writers, where he’d like to see the character go next, who he’d like to see Deathlok go up against and who he’d like to see him team up with, and a stunt mishap that he thinks ended up on the gag reel.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Two New TV Spots for AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Remind Us It’s a “Make or Break Moment”

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I heard that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. improved once the show was transformed by the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and I hope that the new season is good enough to bring back those who abandoned the show earlier in season one (myself included).  As Coulson points out in one of two new TV spots, “This is a make or break moment.”  Perhaps working “in the shadows” is a better approach for the series and now that expectations have been lowered, it can bounce back.  And if not, there’s still Agent Carter to look forward to.

Hit the jump to check out the new Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV spots.  Season two premieres Tuesday, September 23rd at 9pm, and stars Clark Gregg, Chloe Bennet, Brett Dalton, Ming-Na Wen, Iain De Caestecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge.

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Hires Adrianne Palicki to Guest Star as Bobbi Morse a.k.a Mockingbird

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After the incredibly disappointing first season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. the series is returning with a new gameplan: guest stars, guest stars, and guest stars.  Kyle MacLachlan is playing Skye’s father; Lucy Lawless is playing veteran S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Isabelle Hartley; and Reed Diamond is playing Hydra baddie Daniel Whitehall (a.k.a Kraken).  THR is now reporting that Adrianne Palicki will be making an appearance this season as Bobbi Morse, a.k.a. Mockingbird.  According to THR, Morse “will appear in the fifth episode of the Marvel procedural with the potential to return; the episode will find her popping in perhaps not as an ally to Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team.”  While Palicki is a likable presence, her casting and the casting of other guest stars doesn’t address the show’s larger problem like the bad writing, dull main characters, and crummy special effects.  Hopefully, season two is where Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. comes into its own instead of being that TV thing Marvel does.

Hit the jump for the Comic-Con video where agents Billy Koenig and Sam Koenig (Patton Oswalt and Patton Oswalt) teased the appearance of Morse in the new season.

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 Set Video Might Confirm a Plot Rumor

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Admittedly, I gave up on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. four episodes in so have little to no clue about what went down towards the end of season 1, but apparently something popped up to make viewers think that a new element of the Marvel Universe could be joining the show.  In fact, someone shot a video of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2 set and caught a glimpse of a certain something that could prove the rumors true.

Hit the jump to check out the video for yourself.  Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is making its way back to ABC for season two on Tuesday, September 23rd at 9pm and stars Clark Gregg, Chloe Bennet, Brett Dalton, Ming-Na Wen, Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth HenstridgeWarning! There are plot spoilers in this article.

Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Have Fun Despite the Best Efforts of Hydra in This Season 1 Blooper Reel

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Season one of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is all wrapped up for the year, but the super spies have one last treat for their faithful viewers.  While the show definitely had some growing pains (chronicled by our own Evan Valentine’s weekly recaps) and plenty of unintentionally hilarious moments, this new blooper reel is an absolute delight.  Watch Clark Gregg get attacked by a rogue fly, Ming-Na Wen get tongue-tied, and Chloe Bennet welcome you to Chloe’s Corner.  Co-stars Brett Dalton, Iain De Caestecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge get their own share of the giggles in this behind-the-scenes look.

Season one of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will debut on Blu-ray/DVD on September 9th.  Hit the jump to watch the season one blooper reel.

Comic-Con: Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Clark Gregg, Cast and Producers Talk Season 2, Existing within the MCU, AGENT CARTER Connections, and More

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Shortly after the Marvel TV panel at Comic-Con on Friday, I was able to participate in a roundtable interview with cast members Clark Gregg, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain de Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, and executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, Jeph Loeb, and Jeffrey Bell. If you watch Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., you know there was a huge revelation about Brett Dalton’s character, Grant Ward. Many had wondered if Dalton would be returning for season two, but with his appearance at Comic-Con and having participated in interviews for the show, it’s safe to assume that he will be back. Also, with the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, S.H.I.E.L.D. has all but been completely obliterated.

During the roundtable interviews, the actors and producers talked about how The Winter Soldier will affect the show going forward, when the rest of the Avengers will discover that Agent Coulson is still alive, the show’s relationship to the new ABC series Marvel’s Agent Carter, and so much more.  Hit the jump to read the full interviews.

Marvel TV Comic-Con Panel Recap: AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 and AGENT CARTER Teased; CAPTAIN AMERICA Film Directors to Helm Episodes

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Marvel announced exciting details about its new show Agent Carter and confirmed a variety of guest stars for the second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in front of a packed Ballroom 20 crowd at Comic-Con. Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel TV, revealed that they’re bringing back in-house favorites to direct the first four episodes of Agent Carter’s eight-episode run, which debuts in 2015. Louis D’Esposito, who directed the Agent Carter one-shot, will direct the first episode, while Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo are tapped to helm episodes two and three. Joe Johnston, the director of Captain America: The First Avenger, “wants to do episode four if his schedule allows,” Loeb said.

Hit the jump for more on the Marvel TV panel from Comic-Con.

Composer Bear McCreary Talks DA VINCI’S DEMONS, THE WALKING DEAD, Composing Main Title Themes, Scoring Weekly Episodes, and Composing Challenges

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Emmy Award-winning composer Bear McCreary is one of the leading and most innovative musical composers today, with his work currently featured in Starz’s Da Vinci’s Demons and Black Sails, as well as the AMC series The Walking Dead and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  He works in the mediums of film, television and video games, always bringing something new, interesting and different to the table.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, he talked about the differences in process for all of the projects he’s working on, composing a main title theme versus the score for weekly episodes, changing his style to fit the narrative structure of the project, collaborating with the showrunner, being attracted to the challenge of a project, why he’s in it for the long haul, when it comes to the TV shows he works on, how much he can take on, at one time, and when he realized this was what he wanted to do with his life.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

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. 

Tuesday TV Ratings: AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Finale Holds Steady; GLEE Finale Falls to Series Low

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TV ratings are in for Tuesday, May 13th, including a number of season finales.  Briefly:

  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. closed out its uneven freshman season with a 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 5.23 million viewers, which matches last week’s performance.  ABC has already renewed the show for a second season, so Agent Coulson and Co. will return this fall.  Read Evan’s recap of the episode here.
  • On the flipside, Fox’s Glee closed out its fifth season with a series low 0.6 rating and a mere 1.92 million viewers, dropping 25% from last week’s numbers.  Though Fox has already ordered a sixth and final season, don’t be surprised if the episode count for next year is lower than normal.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Tuesday, including Person of Interest, Supernatural, About a Boy, and more.

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