News of ABC bring a S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series to pilot was all well and good, but the inclusion of Clark Gregg’s character Agent Phil Coulson had us scratching our collective heads. Events that occur in The Avengers would make it rather difficult for Coulson to have a very active role in the series. This casting announcement led many to believe that the television show would be a prequel or, at the very least, a parallel story to The Avengers. Now ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee has confirmed that the series occurs after the battle in New York at the end of the Marvel mash-up and that Gregg is still going to be involved as Coulson. Hit the jump to find out just how that might work.
As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for ABC, President of ABC Entertainment Paul Lee took some time to talk about the network’s current and upcoming line-up. During this interview, he spoke about the network’s philosophy that TV should be made for bigger screens and how some of their new dramas (i.e. Red Widow and Zero Hour) fit that bill, what could happen with both Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23, why he feels 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort didn’t perform as well as expected, how they approach the handling of violence on the network, how they might position the Marvel series S.H.I.E.L.D. from Joss Whedon to attract both male and female viewers, if that moves ahead from the pilot stage (how could it not, right?!), and that they were able to give Shawn Ryan the opportunity to wrap up the story for Last Resort, once they made the decision to cancel the freshman thriller. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
This is a bit of a no-brainer, but now that Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm is complete, they are privy to a number of properties that have been developed by the George Lucas‘ former studio. One such project is the ambitious live-action TV series iteration of Star Wars that has been in development for a number of years. Produced by Rick McCallum, there are said to be 50 scripts written and completed for the show, but it has yet to go to the production stage because the effects-heavy series necessitates a larger-than-normal budget. Well, the wait for the Star Wars live-action TV show could possibly be over sooner rather than later, as Disney subsidiary ABC will now be taking a look at the project to see if it’s something they might want to bring to fruition. Hit the jump for more.
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.
As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for ABC, President of ABC Entertainment Paul Lee took some time to talk about their new Fall line-up of comedies and dramas, and some of their already existing series. During the interview, he spoke about what appealed to him about the new drama series Nashville (starring Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere), what they see for the future of Shawn Ryan’s drama series Last Resort, multi-camera versus single-camera comedies at the network, what happened with the Gotham pilot, and his thoughts on serialized storytelling. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
It’s upfronts week, and we’ve already gotten a look at the upcoming fall schedules for NBC, Fox, and ABC. However, we’ve now got word on a couple of comic book series that weren’t on any of said schedules. A Hulk television series has been in development at ABC for a while with Guillermo del Toro onboard as executive producer. ABC president Paul Lee had this to say regarding Hulk:
“Hulk is in development. It wasn’t going to be ready this season, but we hope it’s going to be ready for next season.”
With word that Marvel might be planning a new Hulk movie with Mark Ruffalo following the stellar reaction to the character/Ruffalo’s performance in The Avengers, many wondered what this meant for the TV series. It sounds like ABC is very much still game for the show, so I wouldn’t be surprised if a Hulk movie is held until the studio sees how the TV series fares. Hit the jump for more, including word on The Punisher TV series.
As part of the network’s TCA Press Tour presentation, President of ABC Entertainment Group, Paul Lee, took some time to talk about where things stand with some of their popular and long-running series, how some of their freshman series were received, and their hopes for some of their upcoming programs.
Lee said that the horror thriller The River (premiering on February 7th) is set for only eight episodes, but there is the plan to have it be a long-running series. He is also thrilled with the performance of Once Upon A Time, is optimistic about the future of Pan Am, and said that while they made a good attempt, he doesn’t think they quite breathed life into the Charlie’s Angels franchise through the recent series. And, while he has high hopes for how Cougar Town will play when it returns, Lee is still unsure of when exactly that return will be. Check out what he had to say about all the series after the jump:
As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for ABC Entertainment Group, President Paul Lee took some time to talk about their new high-concept dramas, Pan Am and Once Upon A Time, their slick reboot of Charlie’s Angels, their upcoming comedy series, and the announcement of the final season of Desperate Housewives. Here are the most interesting points:
- ABC currently has the #1 comedy in America with Modern Family, and Grey’s Anatomy is still their #1 drama series.
- Pan Am is a passion project for creator/executive producer/writer Jack Orman (E.R.) and executive producer/director Tommy Schlamme (The West Wing) and promises to be romantic, sexy and adventurous.
- Charlie’s Angels will capitalize on their built-in audience, while still modernizing the story in unexpected ways.
- Although Once Upon A Time is a very ambitious piece of storytelling, the network has been reassured in the ability to sustain it for series, after seeing Episodes 2 and 3. And surprisingly, the pilot was made for essentially the same cost as a normal pilot.
- The upcoming Season 8 will be the last season of Desperate Housewives, which will have its final arc built through 22 episodes. They have also started to redevelop Hallelujah with Housewives creator Marc Cherry, for a possible series pick-up.
- ABC is developing the Marvel properties The Incredible Hulk and Jessica Jones for possible TV series.
- The network is very pleased with their mid-season comedy and drama series, which include Apartment 23, Work It, Scandal, The River, Missing and G.C.B.
Hit the jump for more of what he had to say: