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  • Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD [includes speculation and spoilers]

    Joss's return to T.V. has been officially picked up to series by ABC.

    http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/201...by-abc/181851/

    'Marvel's Agents of SHIELD' OFFICIALLY Picked up by ABC (Updated)

    Written By Amanda Kondolojy
    May 10th, 2013

    SitcomsOnline.com @SitcomsOnline
    BREAKING: ABC has picked-up @AgentsofSHIELD. Promo to air during @OnceABC finale on Sunday!
    7:07 PM - 9 May 2013

    Update: Official word has not come down yet but a full series pickup is expected tomorrow, according to Entertainment Weekly

    The first promo for it is reported to air during the Once Upon A Time finale, according to a tweet from SitcomsOnline:

    Update (2): Star Clark Gregg has tweeted out a link to a supposed teaser for the show, featuring The Hulk. All bets are off as to its authenticity, but we'll let you decide for yourself.

    Update (3): Looks like the video linked to by Gregg has been pulled down. Make of this what you will.

    UPDATE (4) And Now it's officially official (for real)! Marvel's Agents of SHIELD has been picked up. See the first cast photo above.

    Marvel spin-off Agents of SHIELD has been reportedly picked up by ABC.



    http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/05/...cfba7d20000025

    It's Official: Joss Whedon and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Ordered to Series by ABC

    Marvel Studios' first TV series debuts this fall.

    by Eric Goldman
    May 10, 2013

    We all assumed it was a sure thing, but it's now finally official - ABC has picked up Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as a series, debuting this fall.

    Co-written by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen and directed by Joss Whedon, the S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot was filmed back in January - one of the earliest pilots to go into production this year. It was obviously a high profile project, both as an offshoot of the uber-successful Marvel movie series and specifically as a follow-up/spinoff of Whedon's amazingly huge Avengers movie, the third highest grossing film ever.



    Along the way, ABC cautioned they had not given the greenlight to the project beyond the pilot stage, but it would have been shocking if it hadn't been picked up, given all the factors involved. The massive success of Iron Man 3 only cemented the fact that a Marvel-centric TV series was a highly desirable commodity at this point.

    Clark Gregg reprises his role from the Marvel films as Phil Coulson in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., joined by a cast that includes Ming-Na Wen, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet and J. August Richards.

    TVLine notes that the first promo for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will air this weekend, during Sunday night's Once Upon a Time finale.

    http://tvline.com/2013/05/10/abc-new...-shows-shield/

    http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethe...-the-cast.html

    'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' officially picked up at ABC; get your first look at the castBy Rick Porter

    May 10, 2013



    ABC has ordered its pilot "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." to series, confirming maybe the most no-brainer decision of this upfront season.

    The show stars Clark Gregg as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson, reprising his role from "The Avengers" and several Marvel movies that preceded it. The cast also includes Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Elizabeth Henstridge, Chloe Bennet and Iain de Caestecker.

    "Avengers" writer-director Joss Whedon also directed the "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." pilot and co-wrote it with his brother Jed and Maurissa Tancharoen. All three will be executive producers, along with long-time Whedon writer-producer Jeffrey Bell and Jeph Loeb ("Smallville," "Heroes").

    Per ABC, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." will follow Coulson and his team as "they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary." The first teaser for the series will air Sunday (May 12) during the "Once Upon a Time" season finale.

    http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/05/10/s-h-i-e-l-d-logo/

    'S.H.I.E.L.D' gets shiny logo -- EXCLUSIVE

    by James Hibberd



    Marvel’s

    Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is a G.O. for next season on ABC, and below EW.com has the show’s official logo.

    It’s steely.

    It’s shiny.

    It’s got a little lens-flare action.

    It’s everything a gang of crime-stoppers facing a world of fantastic threats could want. And this marks just the beginning of the S.H.I.E.L.D. news coming your way over the next week. ABC will debut the first promo during the Once Upon a Time finale Sunday night. Here’s the logo:



    http://www.hitfix.com/news/abc-offic...of-s-h-i-e-l-d

    ABC officially picks up Joss Whedon's 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

    Now where will the comic adaptation land on ABC's schedule?

    By Daniel Fienberg Friday, May 10, 2013



    Try not to sound too shocked: ABC has officially picked up its TV series based on the most successful cinematic and comic franchise going.

    ABC announced late Friday (May 10) afternoon that "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." has been sent to series. The formal announcement came after several days of rumors and was followed by ABC saying "More to come next week..." at least hinting that additional series orders may not be coming before the weekend.

    The somewhat cumbersomely titled project -- Shawn Ryan's FX classic "The Shield" apparently presented nomenclatural problems -- was directed by "Avengers" helmer Joss Whedon and written by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen.

    Clark Gregg is anchoring the drama, reprising his big-screen role as Agent Phil Coulson. He's joined in the crime-fighting ensemble by Ming-Na Wen, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet and J. August Richards.

    While the series order for "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." has always verged on a foregone conclusion, one of ABC's biggest mysteries may not be answered until next Tuesday at the network's upfront presentation to advertisers: Where will "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." go on the ABC schedule?

    Stay tuned!
    Last edited by BAF; 11-05-13, 05:01 AM.

  • #2
    Good! If I had to guess I'd say it'll be on Sundays after OUAT. I think they'l move Revenge back to earlier in the week. There's also the question if they will pick up the OUAT spin-off about Wonderland with Espenson, then it would really be a Whedonverse night!

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    • #3
      http://www.comingsoon.net/news/tvnews.php?id=104142

      ABC Officially Picks Up Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
      First photo of the cast!

      Source: ABC
      May 10, 2013

      Rumors began to circulate last night that ABC would be officially ordering "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." to series today and they were right! The series has been picked up by the network for a full season and is expected to hit the airwaves this fall - no word on an episode count at this time. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that ABC will begin a "major marketing push" with the show this Sunday where a special look at the series will air before the season finale of "Once Upon a Time."

      Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel's feature films as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary.

      Coulson's team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage, Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) expert pilot and martial artist, Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker); brilliant engineer and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) genius bio-chemist. Joining them on their journey into mystery is new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet).

      From Executive Producers Joss Whedon (Marvel's The Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer); Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot co-writers (Dollhouse, Dr.Horrible's Sing-Along Blog); Jeffrey Bell (Angel, Alias); and Jeph Loeb (Smallville) comes Marvel's first TV series.  Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television.

      Click on the images for bigger versions!





      http://www.aintitcool.com/node/62341

      ABC Announces Series Order For Joss Whedon’s Big AVENGERS Spin-Off AGENTS OF SHIELD!!

      Published at: May 10, 2013



      I am – Hercules!!

      “Agents of SHIELD,” from “Avengers” writer-director Joss Whedon, is going to series, ABC announced late Friday.

      A big promo for the series will run during Sunday's seaon finale of "Once Upon A Time."

      Whedon co-wrote and directed the “SHIELD” pilot, in which Clark Gregg reprises his “Iron Man”/“Thor”/“Avengers” role: Nick Fury’s right hand, senior SHIELD agent Phil Coulson.

      Whedon, who wrote or co-wrote "Toy Story," "Speed," "Alien: Resurrection" and "Cabin in the Woods," wrote and directed "Serenity" and "Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog." He is also the creator of the acclaimed TV series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel," "Firefly" and "Dollhouse." His next big-screen directorial efforts are "Much Ado About Nothing" and "The Avengers 2."

      We still don't know if ABC will air it in the fall or make us wait till midseason. ABC announces its 2013-14 slate on Tuesday.

      ABC describes:

      Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. Coulson’s team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage, Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) expert pilot and martial artist, Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker); brilliant engineer and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) genius bio-chemist. Joining them on their journey into mystery is new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet). From Executive Producers Joss Whedon (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” ”Buffy the Vampire Slayer”); Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” pilot co-writers (“Dollhouse,” “Dr.Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”); Jeffrey Bell (“Angel,” “Alias”); and Jeph Loeb (“Smallville”) comes Marvel’s first TV series. “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television.



      http://www.comicbookresources.com/?p...ticle&id=45440

      OFFICIAL: Whedon's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." a Go on ABC. Logo, Cast Photo Revealed.

      ABC has officially picked up the "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." television show for its Fall 2013 season, revealing the new logo. UPDATED with cast photo

      Andy Liegl, Contributing Writer

      Yesterday the word was out that ABC was picking up Joss Whedon's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." TV series after a 7 second teaser of the pilot leaked online. Today the news became official as EW reports the show's a go for the network's Fall 2013 season, offering a first-look at the new logo



      "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is directed and co-written by Joss Whedon, along with "Dollhouse" veterans Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen as co-writers. Spinning out of events from "The Avengers" film, the show stars Clark Gregg who reprises his role as Agent Phil Coulson, and Marvel Universe newcomers Brett Dalton, Ming-Na-Wen, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge and Chloe Bennet.

      The first promo of the show airs during the "Once Upon a Time" finale, Sunday, May 12.

      UPDATE 6:04 PM PDT: The official Facebook page for the show has posted the full cast photo from "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."



      http://badassdigest.com/2013/05/10/a...e.l.d.-series/

      Published May 10, 2013 by Evan Saathoff

      ABC Officially Orders AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Series

      You can all breath a sigh of relief.



      We've known that Joss Whedon (working under the pseudonym, Jed Whedon) has been working on the pilot for a S.H.I.E.L.D. television show. But until today we had no idea whether or not Disney's television network ABC would pick it up and thus make all the money in the world. It was real touch and go there for a little while.

      But now THR is reporting that "Jed" Whedon's Marvel Universe pilot has been officially picked up. According to the US treasury, just after announcing the news Disney did in fact claim its check for all the money in the world, so there's no going back now.

      As a future fan of this show, I would just like to thank all the people who took the time to initiate and foster Kickstarters, write-in campaigns, and online petitions to help influence Marvel/Disney/ABC's decision. Without you, this would not have been possible.

      If you'd like to see a little footage from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., you can catch glimpse this Sunday just before the season finale of Once Upon a Time online.

      Here is synopsis:

      Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. Coulson’s team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage, Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) expert pilot and martial artist, Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker); brilliant engineer and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) genius bio-chemist. Joining them on their journey into mystery is new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet). From Executive Producers Joss Whedon (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” ”Buffy the Vampire Slayer”); Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” pilot co-writers (“Dollhouse,” “Dr.Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”); Jeffrey Bell (“Angel,” “Alias”); and Jeph Loeb (“Smallville”) comes Marvel’s first TV series. “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television.


      S.H.I.E.L.D‘s up! ABC greenlights superhero series!

      http://moviehole.net/201364474s-h-i-...perhero-series

      AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Gets Series Order

      http://www.newsarama.com/17775-repor...ies-order.html

      1st official look at the agents of Whedon's new S.H.I.E.L.D. series

      http://www.blastr.com/2013-5-10/1st-...-shield-series

      MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Ordered to Series; First Look on ABC This Sunday Night, Plus New Image and Logo Revealed

      http://collider.com/marvels-agents-o...-series-order/

      ETA

      http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansit.../news/?a=79340

      Official AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Character Badges; Possible Hint At “Rising Tide” Villainy?

      Hot off the heels of ABC Network giving the Marvel small-screen adaptation a series order, official character badges have been released identifying each core member of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..

      By DCMarvelFreshman - 5/10/2013

      Following ABC Network finally picking up the Joss Whedon-created television series based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s peacekeeping organization, official Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. badges have surfaced online, identifying each core member of the elite group and their roles. One character’s identification mentions a “Rising Tide,” which appeared on a mysterious video (with The Incredible Hulk’s Abomination) yesterday that ABC has yanked from the net … hinting at the show’s villains?














      http://shieldtv.net/characters
      Last edited by BAF; 11-05-13, 06:13 AM.

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      • #4
        This is so exciting! I can´t wait to see, first the promo, then the show.
        I am really excited to find out, mainly to see how it´s gonna be.

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        • #5
          Get a first look at Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #CoulsonLives

          https://vine.co/v/b0wnu2UgdeM

          youtube version.

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFZE3...ature=youtu.be

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          • #6
            The new Agents of SHIELD promo is online.

            http://www.aintitcool.com/node/62341

            UPDATED!!
            New 30-Second Promo!!
            ABC Announces Series Order For Joss Whedon’s Big AVENGERS Spin-Off AGENTS OF SHIELD!!

            Published at: May 10, 2013,

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySsw-...layer_embedded

            http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/05/...fe33ca1200001d

            Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Watch the First Promo

            A viral site also launches.

            by Eric Goldman
            May 12, 2013

            After a tantalizing six seconds released earlier today, the first full promo or Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. just made its debut during the Once Upon a Time finale. Check it out below!

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yg_j...layer_embedded

            That's not all - a new website for the show http://www.wearetherisingtide.com/ has a second, hidden blog level you can find here: www.wearetherisingtide.com/blog/, which is clearly meant to be website that exists within the Marvel Cinematic universe, from some people who are more than a bit suspicious of S.H.I.E.L.D...

            http://collider.com/marvel-agents-of-shield-trailer/

            “The Whole World Is in on the Action Now.” Watch the First Trailer for MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

            by Matt Goldberg
            Posted: May 12th, 2013

            Earlier today, we got a very brief look at Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and now the full trailer has been released. The new series takes place after The Avengers, and has Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) leading a new team of S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives against supernatural forces. Watching the TV spot, I was reminded of Heroes, not in terms of story, but in how far we’ve come in terms of special effects and network TV budgets. And while there will certainly be some cool action on display, the closing joke is a welcome reminder of Joss Whedon‘s influence.

            Hit the jump to check out the TV spot. The series also stars also stars Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, and Chloe Bennet. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres this fall on ABC.

            Via Bleeding Cool.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yg_j...layer_embedded



            http://www.comicbookresources.com/?p...ticle&id=45449

            Watch the full trailer for "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

            Following the teaser that came out earlier, ABC debuted the full trailer for "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." during the season finale of "Once Upon a Time."

            JK Parkin, Assistant Editor

            As noted earlier today, ABC premiered a trailer for next fall's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." during tonight's season finale of "Once Upon a Time." Check it out in all its glory below:

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySsw-...layer_embedded

            "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is directed and co-written by Joss Whedon, along with "Dollhouse" veterans Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen as co-writers. Spinning out of events from "The Avengers" film, the show stars Clark Gregg who reprises his role as Agent Phil Coulson, and Marvel Universe newcomers Brett Dalton, Ming-Na-Wen, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge and Chloe Bennet.

            http://www.hitfix.com/news/full-leng...-is-here-watch

            Full-length 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' teaser is here: Watch

            Check out the new 30-second spot for the upcoming ABC series

            By Chris Eggertsen Sunday, May 12, 2013

            Following the six-second "teaser for a teaser" that arrived earlier today, the full-length spot for ABC's forthcoming series "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." has arrived.

            "We work the cases that S.H.I.E.L.D. hasn't classified - the strange, the unknown," says Clark Gregg's Agent Phil Coulson in voiceover. "It's not just spy vs. spy anymore. The whole world's in on the action."

            Alright, Marvel fanatics - get your freeze-frame fingers ready. Teaser embedded below.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5ODn...layer_embedded


            Coulson Lives in First Epic ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ TV Spot

            http://screenrant.com/agents-of-shie...tv-commercial/

            http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/05/...and-lots-more/

            Agents Of SHIELD: The Viral Videos With Hulk, Iron Man, Stark Expo, And… Lots More

            Posted on May 12, 2013 by Mark Seifert

            Disney/Marvel has launched its promotion of Agents of SHIELD with some very ambitious marketing tonite. Hot on the heels of the release of the 30 second trailer (and with a longer version to follow depending on the conclusion of the #coulsonlives hashtag promotion), the We Are The Rising Tide blog is releasing a flurry of youtube videos with implications of many more to come. What does it all mean? Let’s start to figure it out…

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pumm1...layer_embedded

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=bcdxTyKwcKA

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=oRKEjhdY_eM

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=1Bf_Gg0vgFI

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=a8H11PaLUGc
            Last edited by BAF; 13-05-13, 04:10 AM.

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            • #7
              That promo makes this look pretty damn awesome. To be honest, I wasn't all that excited for this but this has definitely made me more enthusiastic. Looks like a freakin' movie.

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              • #8
                Agents of SHIELD to air on Tusdays at 8pm.

                http://www.hitfix.com/news/abcs-2013...d-on-thursdays

                ABC's 2013-2014 schedule puts 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' on Tuesdays, 'Wonderland' on Thursdays

                'Dancing with the Stars' drops to one night per week

                By Daniel Fienberg Tuesday, May 14, 2013



                ABC announced its 2013-2014 schedule on Tuesday (May 14) morning in advance of its upfront presentation to advertisers and, without delay, let's answer what may have been the biggest question of the entire upfronts week:

                "Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." will air on Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. starting this fall.

                ABC may be assuming that "S.H.I.E.L.D." will effectively promote itself, because the network will have its hands full with eight new shows premiering in the fall, including comedies "The Goldbergs," "Trophy Wife," "Back in the Game" and "Super Fun Night" and the dramas "Lucky 7" and "Betrayal," plus the somewhat surprising decision to air the "Once Upon a Time" spinoff "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" away from the Sunday mothership.

                "Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." will have to go against "NCIS," but it avoids NFL coverage on Sunday and the Thursday 8 p.m. death slot, so that's a win for the Joss Whedon drama. It will lead into comedies "The Goldbergs" and "Trophy Wife" and then into the lottery winner drama "Lucky 7," giving ABC the challenge of promoting an entirely new night of programming.

                TUESDAY:

                8:00 p.m. “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

                9:00 p.m. “The Goldbergs”

                9:30 p.m. “Trophy Wife”

                10:00 p.m. “Lucky 7”

                http://beta.abc.go.com/shows/marvels...eld-sneak-peek

                Sneak Preview: Pilot Episode







                Phil Coulson



                Melinda May



                Grant Ward



                Skye





                Leo Fitz



                Jemma Simmons













                http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/05/...54063975000008

                ABC Fall Schedule: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Airing on Tuesdays

                by Eric Goldman
                May 14, 2013

                ABC have just revealed the fall 2013 schedule. The info everyone will be looking for is where Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will air, and the answer is Tuesdays at 8pm. During a press call, ABC president Paul Lee said he felt S.H.I.E.L.D. could bring in new viewers, given it has a built-in audience thanks to the Marvel movies. As for airing against CBS's huge hit, NCIS, Lee said, "We don’t think it necessarily is the same [audience] as NCIS."

                http://www.newsarama.com/17798-marve...it-by-bit.html

                Update: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Finds Timeslot

                by Seth Robison, Newsarama Contributor
                Date: 13 May 2013



                Update: And now the series has a timeslot. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will air Tuesday nights at 8pm/7pm central in Fall 2013, thought its exact start date hasn't yet been revealed. The series will be a lead-in to an all-new night on Tuesdays, with two new sitcoms and a drama about lottery winners. Elsewhere on ABC's genre schedule, the Once Upon a Time spin-off Wonderland will air on Thursdays at 8pm, as a lead-in to stalwart Grey's Anatomy.


                'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.': Who Is J. August Richards Playing?

                http://splashpage.mtv.com/2013/05/14...gust-richards/

                Is J. August Richards Actually Luke Cage on "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?"

                There’s a lot of speculation that "Angel" alum J.. August Richards may be playing fan-favorite Marvel hero Luke Cage on ABC’s "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." SPINOFF has the details.

                http://spinoff.comicbookresources.co...f-s-h-i-e-l-d/

                Is J. August Richards Playing Rage In AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D?

                http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansit.../news/?a=79540
                Last edited by BAF; 14-05-13, 07:26 PM.

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                • #9
                  Well, football or not, they basically just got told "you aren't going to win your timeslot". Coulson may be many things, but Gibbs he is not

                  I certainly hope that Jay is playing Luke Cage -- I do think this show's success will depend on fully embracing the MCU and the Marvel superpowered story setting, and that includes on the good guys' side.
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                  • #10
                    http://www.comingsoon.net/news/tvnews.php?id=104272

                    Another Quick Teaser for Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
                    "Welcome to Level 7"

                    Source: ABC
                    May 14, 2013

                    Though you won't get to see "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." until this September, they're rolling out teasers for the show left and right. A TV promo and other viral videos made their way online Sunday, a quick look at Agent Coulson's "Lola" today, and now a six-second Vine video which you can see below. We've also updated our gallery for the series with several new images and character shots.

                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkiHmrfhxUc

                    http://www.comingsoon.net/news/tvnews.php?id=104277

                    Extended Trailer for Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Now Online!
                    Coulson Lives!

                    Source: ABC
                    May 14, 2013

                    As we've written previously, there have been countless other videos and images for the upcoming series "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." in just a few short days. This latest trailer though is happening because of you, the fans. After enough people used the hashtag "#CoulsonLives" on Twitter, the video has been unlocked and features brand new footage. Check it out below!

                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=PerIAuv27SQ
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                    • #11
                      Watched the YouTube trailer, holy crap that looks awesome. I wonder what superhero Jay is? Luke Cage? TV appearances might be a little beneath the pay grade for some of the Avengers movie stars, but it would be nice if we could get an occasional guest episode with Cap or Tony. I haven't been this pumped for a new TV show in a long time. I just hope the OC characters aren't annoying. I kinda hope Daredevil shows up in a movie and not this show, I feel that his origin deserves a better movie treatment than the previous movie. Maybe Punisher can show up at some point in the show? I don't imagine Disney would to do a Punisher movie that takes place in the MCU, so this might be a great chance to see how a violent, disturbed and realistic Frank Castle might fit into a world with super-heroes.

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                      • #12
                        In theory, the show is the perfect medium to field test all sorts of Marvel characters for movie viability by featuring them on the show. Luke Cage would be a great example. Cloak and Dagger leap to mind. What's more, I can't help but wonder... did Marvel give up TV rights for X-Men/Spider-Man/FF, or just film rights?

                        That trailer is just absolutely epic.
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                        • #13
                          I think one possible problem that the show might face is that a lot of people won't care about the Original Characters which will obviously be the main cast of the show. I think a lot of people will be inherently unsatisfied with a show set in the Marvel Universe that doesn't feature superheroes *all the time*. I think the acting and the writing with the OCs will have to be pretty great to get people to care more about the OCs as opposed to constantly whining "when is [insert superhero] going to appear?"

                          I really hope the show doesn't rely too much on MOTW. That forumla worked okay in the 90's with Buffy, but times have changed. I really hope the cast isn't just facing a new, unmemorable superpowered bad guy each week like the early seasons of Smalleville.

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                          • #14
                            Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Rewind Theater

                            http://www.ign.com/videos/2013/05/14...rewind-theater

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                            • #15
                              Longer trailer for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

                              http://moviehole.net/201364549longer...of-s-h-i-e-l-d

                              http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/05/14/cl...hield-coulson/

                              'SHIELD': Clark Gregg on how Agent Coulson lives

                              by James Hibberd



                              How was Clarke Gregg’s fan-favorite doomed character Agent Coulson resurrected for ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?

                              Well, you won’t learn the answer to that burning question in the show’s first episode. You get some of the answer. But not everything right away.

                              “I thought they were pranking me a little bit because there was so much blood on the set of The Avengers,” said Gregg while on the carpet of EW and ABC’s party in New York City on Tuesday. “I kept waiting to see, are we going to shoot a version where [Loki] misses? And they didn’t, so I was really surprised to get that call and I wanted to make sure it didn’t do anything to undermine what we achieved there and when [writer-director Joss Whedon] explained the mystery and how they planned to deal with it, with Agent Coulson being around, I was very sold.”

                              Asked specifically how Coulson comes back, Gregg said: “He’s back. He’s thinks he knows how he’s back. We’ll have to see.”

                              But even brought back from the dead once to star in S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn’t have Gregg feeling too cocky — Whedon could always kill him again. “I have a feeling if they killed me off again it would be for good so I’m very careful to read the end of the script every time I get one. It’s like getting struck by lightning. I kind of hope it hits somebody else first before it comes back to me.”

                              Gregg added: “Agent Coulson represents the people who don’t have superpowers, the guys who actually can be killed — or at least seem to be and yet come back sometimes … Marvel has such a lock on how to do really incredibly visual affects and stunts that we’ve got stuff on our show that I just don’t think we’ve seen on TV before.”

                              Added co-star Chloe Bennet about the appeal of the show: “If you love The Avengers, if you love any of Joss Whedon’s work, you’re going to absolutely love the show. It’s about these people living in a super world dealing with being human. You see these superhero movies and you see the superheroes struggle but you don’t see how humans do in a world like that. That’s what will draw people in. It’s so human. And it’s so super and awesome still.” – With reporting by Samantha Highfill


                              10 Characters We'd Like to See on AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

                              http://www.newsarama.com/17811-10-ch...h-i-e-l-d.html

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                              • #16
                                http://www.comingsoon.net/news/tvnews.php?id=104312

                                Clark Gregg Talks Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
                                "You're going to absolutely love the show"

                                Source: EW
                                May 15, 2013

                                The official announcement that "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." had been ordered to series came last Friday, and since then there has been a flurry of promotional images, teasers, and trailers. If all of that material didn't convince you to watch the show, maybe a word from its star will. Clark Gregg spoke with EW about the upcoming series and how Coulson fits into the grand mythos of the Marvel universe.

                                Agent Coulson represents the people who don't have superpowers, the guys who actually can be killed or at least seem to be and yet come back sometimes Marvel has such a lock on how to do really incredibly visual affects and stunts that we've got stuff on our show that I just don't think we've seen on TV before.

                                Gregg doubled down on his bet that you'll love the show too.

                                If you love The Avengers, if you love any of Joss Whedon's work, you're going to absolutely love the show. It's about these people living in a super world dealing with being human. You see these superhero movies and you see the superheroes struggle but you don't see how humans do in a world like that. That's what will draw people in. It's so human. And it's so super and awesome still.

                                If there's one person we've learned we can trust in the Marvel universe, it's Phil Coulson.

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                                Clark Gregg Promises 'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Will Be Great

                                by Terri Schwartz



                                Get ready to see a whole new side to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." ABC premiered a trailer for the upcoming fall series during their New York upfronts, and the show looks like a fitting addition to the world Marvel has worked so hard to create. In fact, Deadline reports that the show owes it's entire existence to bonus footage from "Marvel's The Avengers," according to ABC Entertainment Group chief Paul Lee.

                                "Last spring, [Disney chairman] Bob Iger sent us some bonus footage from 'The Avengers' with a simple question, 'Is there a show here?'" said Lee during ABC's upfront.

                                One of the most exciting elements of the upcoming show is that it marks the return of Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson. Though he was thought to have died during the events of last summer's "Marvel's The Avengers," Coulson is back and better than ever for... some unexplained reason. ABC might not be revealing that plot point any time soon, but Gregg has no problem promising people that "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is a show they should tune in for.

                                "Agent Coulson represents the people who don’t have superpowers, the guys who actually can be killed -- or at least seem to be and yet come back sometimes," he told Entertainment Weekly. "Marvel has such a lock on how to do really incredibly visual affects and stunts that we’ve got stuff on our show that I just don’t think we've seen on TV before."

                                As the trailer so proudly touts, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." comes from Joss Whedon. Though his brother Jed Whedon and Jed's wife Maurissa Tancharoen are actually showrunning the series, Gregg promised that "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." has the appeal of any Joss Whedon show.

                                "If you love 'The Avengers,' if you love any of Joss Whedon's work, you're going to absolutely love the show," he said. "It's about these people living in a super world dealing with being human. You see these superhero movies and you see the superheroes struggle but you don’t see how humans do in a world like that. That's what will draw people in. It's so human. And it's so super and awesome still."

                                Joss Whedon praised Gregg's portrayal of Agent Coulson during the upfronts, saying that Gregg is "an actor so talented even I couldn't kill him." When Whedon spoke to the central theme of the show, he said he "had a story to tell [about how] to be an ordinary person in an increasingly extraordinary world."

                                Hey, we're just happy that we get to watch Phil Coulson fight bad guys every week starting this fall. "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." will air Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

                                [via Deadline and Entertainment Weekly]

                                What do you think of our first look at "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."? Tell us in the comments section below or on Twitter!


                                Executive Producer Jeffrey Bell Talk Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Reveals Luke Cage is Not the Mystery Character

                                http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/05/...b8814b77000023

                                J. August Richards Is Not Luke Cage in "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

                                In a recent interview, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." executive producer Jeffrey Bell denied the theory that "Angel" alum J. August Richards is playing fan-favorite Marvel hero Luke Cage.

                                Steve Sunu, Staff Writer/Reviews Editor



                                Despite speculation to the contrary, it looks like "Angel" alum J. August Richards is not playing Luke Cage in Marvel's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.", despite displaying a similar powerset in the show's trailer. In an interview with IGN, executive producer Jeffrey Bell denied that Richards would be playing the hero with unbreakable skin.

                                "[He] Killed it! He’s so good," Bell told IGN in response to a question about Richards. "He’s so good, because we were looking for this character M-- I almost said his name. It’s not the one people are talking about. … I’m going to say that’s an interesting Marvel character, but no. But he came in and killed it. Honestly, we were looking for this part, and we just said, look, all our parts are open to all diversity. So the fact that we have a black dude who is awesome and it's J, was just because he was the best actor. It wasn’t like, 'You know who…!'"

                                (IGN noted that the "M" sound Bell made could very well have been a strong "Hmm" sound when he stopped himself, rather than actually starting to say a name.)

                                The executive producer went on to say that the character may "not necessarily" be familiar to those who read Marvel comics.

                                "We’re going to draw from it, but Marvel has its thing, and we’re also going to be expanding forward, and this world is different since 'The Avengers,'" Bell said. "So I think there will be people showing up, some from the Marvel Universe and some not. But to commit to anything more would be telling."

                                "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." premieres this fall on ABC.

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                                • #17
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                                  Cobie Smulders joins 'SHIELD'! First photo

                                  by James Hibberd on Jul 19, 2013



                                  It’s official: Cobie Smulders is reprising her Avengers role in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

                                  In fact, the How I Met Your Mother star appears in the very first episode, re-teaming her with Clark Gregg’s resurrected Agent Coulson, in a pilot that’s been kept under wraps by the network.

                                  “I wanted very much to have Cobie in the pilot because as much as anyone else, she IS SHIELD,” says the pilot’s writer-director Joss Whedon in a statement to EW. “She’s cool and commanding, and has the dry humor that plays so well with Clark’s. Also, if she’s in it I get to hang out with Cobie.”

                                  Smulders played the super-serious and super-capable Agent Maria Hill in the 2012 Avengers blockbuster. She’s expected to occasionally appear in ABC’s TV spinoff — it’s tricky because of her HIMYM commitment on rival network CBS. But with her hit comedy entering its final season … who knows? Perhaps, Smulders will join the S.H.I.E.L.D. team full time if the ABC series returns for a second year.

                                  The heavily buzzed Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is making its Comic-Con debut at this very moment — and fans in the room are going to get a big surprise. Stay tuned for our full coverage of what’s about to go down… and in the meantime, here’s 5 other things we know about the pilot.

                                  http://www.comingsoon.net/news/tvnews.php?id=106705

                                  Comic-Con: Cobie Smulders to Appear on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
                                  In the pilot and potential guest role throughout

                                  Source: EW
                                  July 19, 2013

                                  Entertainment Weekly has just answered a question that many fans have been wondering about for "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." since the start: The Avengers' Cobie Smulders will in fact reprise her role as Maria Hill in the upcoming series! Smulders is set to appear in the pilot of the series and will likely guest star in a few episodes of the show's first season.

                                  I wanted very much to have Cobie in the pilot because as much as anyone else, she IS SHIELD, said writer-director Joss Whedon. She's cool and commanding, and has the dry humor that plays so well with Clark's. Also, if she's in it I get to hang out with Cobie.

                                  Head on over to our live blog for the "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." panel to get the scoop on everything else they've revealed!

                                  Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel's feature films as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents including: Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May and Chloe Bennet as the mysterious computer hacker Skye."Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." will premiere on ABC on Tuesday, September 24 at 8 p.m.



                                  http://www.newsarama.com/18421-sdcc-...-l-d-live.html

                                  AVENGERS Character in AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Pilot [SPOILERS]

                                  by Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer
                                  Date: 19 July 2013



                                  ***This article contains spoilers for Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot, airing this fall on ABC.***

                                  Marvel is screening the full pilot for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. at the show's currently ongoing panel Friday afternoon at Comic-Con International in San Diego, and with it came the revelation of an Avengers movie character appearing in the initial episode — beyond Clark Gregg's Agent Coulson.

                                  As further detailed in an article on The Hollywood Reporter, Cobie Smulders is reprising her role as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill in the show's pilot, though it's described at this point as a "one-off cameo role." Smulders is under contract to CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, which starts its ninth and final season this fall. Yet the article does state that there's a possibility she'll return in a similar capacity in the future.

                                  As stated on Marvel's live blog of the presentation, Hill appears in one of the pilot's opening scenes, interviewing Agent Ward (Brett Dalton), one of the show's main characters.

                                  Keep reading Newsarama for the latest. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which takes place in the same continuity as the Marvel Studios films, debuts this fall on ABC.

                                  http://www.comingsoon.net/news/tvnews.php?id=106645

                                  Comic-Con: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Panel Live Blog
                                  Updates on the first Marvel live-action TV series

                                  Source: ComingSoon.net
                                  July 19, 2013

                                  Jeph Loeb (Marvel's head of television), Joss Whedon (Marvel's The Avengers), and surprise guests reveal top-secret new information about the first live-action television series from the House of Ideas.

                                  Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel's feature films as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents including: Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May and Chloe Bennet as the mysterious computer hacker Skye.

                                  "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." will premiere on ABC on Tuesday, September 24 at 8 p.m.

                                  http://www.hitfix.com/the-fien-print...ield-live-blog

                                  Comic-Con 2013: 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Live-Blog

                                  Who will join Joss Whedon in talking about 'S.H.I.E.L.D.'?

                                  By Daniel Fienberg Friday, Jul 19, 2013



                                  It's an afternoon of Joss Whedon in Comic-Con's Ballroom 20.

                                  At 1:45, we have Joss and potential special guests for "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

                                  Then at 6:15, we'll have a Dark Horse-sponsored All-Joss panel. I'll be live-blogging both... Don't worry!

                                  1:48 p.m. Marvel TV's Jeph Loeb takes the stage wearing a "Coulson Lives" shirt. He leads a group chant of "September 24" to prove that we know when "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is premiering.

                                  1:50 p.m. Out first are writer-producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, followed by another writer-producer, Jeff Bell.

                                  1:52 p.m. Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge are the first stars out. Jeph Loeb makes them prove that they actually talk with foreign accents. They're joined by "Nashville" veteran Chloe Bennet. Brett Dalton comes out next. "We've got a really unattractive cast," Loeb cracks. The next unattractive person in Ming-Na, who "kicks ass," Loeb promises.

                                  1:54 p.m. Loeb turns around again so that we can cheer his tee-shirt. "Ladies and gentlemen, the reason why Coulson Lives... Clark Gregg," Loeb says. Out he comes.

                                  1:56 p.m. "He needs no further introduction other than... Joss," Loeb says. Out comes Mr. Whedon to at least a partial standing ovation.

                                  1:57 p.m. Loeb says that we're taking questions. Already? It's Jonah from the "Big Bang Theory" panel. He's a Make-a-Wish kid, which he reminds us amidst much cheering. "Thank you," he says. His first question is about heroes and villains from the Marvel cinematic universe.

                                  1:58 p.m. "Which ones are those?" Joss asks. "Bane?" We laugh. "We may see some people and we may see some new people from the Marvel Universe who are not cinematic," but he adds that he can't say when, because he wants to concentrate on the cast.

                                  1:59 p.m. Our second questioner is from Waldo Deadpool asking if there might be room for Deadpool. "That's Level Seven," Jed Whedon says. "I'm gonna go there and say, "Probably not," Loeb says.

                                  2:00 p.m. "I was kinda wondering if I could see a clip," a question asks. "We can't show you a clip. We're just gonna show you the episode," Joss says. WHEW. Back in 44 minutes!

                                  2:45 p.m. And... we're back!

                                  2:46 p.m. What was it like for Clark to put the suit on again? "I didn't love being dead, but I really liked my death," Gregg says. "You're my favorite person in Avengers," somebody in the audience yells. "You're my favorite person at the Con. Except for Joss," Gregg says. "I thought I was done and I was really pleased and proud with the run that the guy had. And then bad-ass geeks around the world were just not trying to hear that, see?" Gregg says. "That just means everything to me, everything to me about this, that this is something that you guys asked for," Gregg adds.

                                  2:47 p.m. What did Iain and Elizabeth think when they were brought in? "It's amazing. This is an absolutely dream," Henstridge says, adding that the accent helps them sound more intelligence than they actually are.

                                  2:50 p.m. "I went in about six times for the part," Bennet says, adding that she got pulled over, but didn't get a ticket the first time she went in to see them. "It was amazing and then I get to go to set and work with these actually amazing people. And that's not bulls***," Bennet says.

                                  2:51 p.m. Ming-Na can't tell us anything about her character's past. "I don't talk much," she says, before flexing for us.

                                  2:51 p.m. Brett Dalton admits that this is his first big thing and his first Comic-Con.

                                  2:52 p.m. Maurissa Tancharoen has been in a cone of silence for months. "It's overwhelming," she says of watching people actually watch the show. "I got goosebumps and chills just hearing your reactions. I've never been in a sorority or frat, but I just feel like this is the best party EVER."

                                  2:54 p.m. How are they going to keep things up? "We're spending way too much money to make the following episodes," Jeff Bell promises. "We'll be passing out a donation cup," Ming-Na teases.

                                  2:54 p.m. He's very pleased with Bear McCreary's contributions as composer.

                                  2:54 p.m. "I have been to a Con before, but it's very different every time. I have that feeling that I have not have for a long time," Joss says, raving about his ensemble. "This is a show that has so much history and so much to make. I guess I'm a little excited."

                                  2:55 p.m. Now Jeph Loeb is leading us in cheers of "September 24 on ABC."

                                  2:55 p.m. Geez. That's it?!? I guess we're not talking about some of the special people in the pilot?

                                  2:56 p.m. Don't worry. I'll do a Take Me To The Pilots on this one tonight. OK?

                                  That's... all.


                                  We Have Our First Marvel Movieverse Cameo In Agents Of SHIELD

                                  http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/07/...nts-of-shield/

                                  We Finally Know Who J. August Richards’ Mystery Character In Agents Of SHIELD Is

                                  http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/07/...-of-shield-is/

                                  SDCC: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. LIVE!

                                  "Avengers" mastermind Joss Whedon, Clark "Agent Coulson" Gregg, executive producer Jeph Loeb and more bring fans a first look inside "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." at Comic-Con, and CBR is on hand LIVE!

                                  http://www.comicbookresources.com/?p...ticle&id=46758

                                  http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/07/19/sh...at-we-thought/

                                  "SHIELD' pilot screens at Comic-Con: Here's what we thought

                                  by James Hibberdon Jul 19, 2013

                                  The room exploded. When Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb revealed the “clip” of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was the entire pilot, Ballroom 20 broke into cheers. Comic-Con got to be the first audience to watch the eagerly awaited show’s first episode, a pilot that even industry reporters and many Hollywood insiders had not yet viewed.

                                  So how was it?

                                  In a way, judging a pilot from this screening is really tough. Because there is arguably no better audience for S.H.I.E.L.D. than this crowd. As I’ve pointed out before, the action-drama seems like it was conceived by fans waiting in line at Hall H — Marvel comics plus hit movie franchise plus Joss Whedon plus, uh, let’s resurrect Agent Coulson!

                                  This is not EW’s official review. That will come later. But here’s our first impressions:
                                  – Pilot story: A couple new S.H.I.E.L.D. team members are recruited as the government organization tries to stop a man (J. August Richards) who was the victim of an experiment that gave him super-powered yet dangerously combustible strength (like the Extremis technology that powered the villains in Iron Man 3). The first episode was very much a weekly procedural drama, with plenty of little character teases to keep you interested.

                                  – The dialogue was, to give a shout out to a certain fan site, Whedonesque. It was the best aspect of the pilot, and precisely what you expect from this team. Smart, witty, self referential, with lines playing off your expectations (such as a riff on Spider-Man’s “with great power comes great responsibility” line).

                                  – Clark Gregg grounds the drama. I’m not a fan of bringing back firmly and explicitly killed-off characters. But watching the pilot you realize the wisdom of having Agent Coulson. Though a minor role in the films, he’s a very TV-friendly presence here. The character believes he was only dead for eight seconds or so after Loki shot him in The Avengers then spent time recovering in Tahiti. But we’re told by his colleagues, “He really doesn’t know does he?” and “He can never know.” So, it’s a nice tease for the ongoing storyline. Also, as EW.com reported earlier today, Cobie Smulders has joined the cast too.

                                  – The rest of the S.H.I.E.L.D. cast: There’s several young actors who are relatively new to TV audiences. Chloe Bennett as a “pseudo anarchist hacker type” Skye seemed to pop the most. I suspect her hyper-sexy adorkable-ness (think Olivia Munn back in her Attack of the Show days) will have plenty of young male fans thinking “yes, a girlfriend like that would do nicely,” while perhaps annoying some others. The rest of the cast didn’t have as much of a chance to really define themselves, so it’s tough to say, but there is potential here.

                                  – Action: Trying to pull off a cinematic idea on a TV budget is one of the show’s big challenges. If anything, S.H.I.E.L.D. was less lavish and action-driven than I expected (Fox’s Almost Human looked more pricy). That’s not necessarily a bad thing. It can be a mistake to make a costly pilot if it means that regular episodes look dinky by comparison. You want the first episode to impress, but not set expectations too high.

                                  — My TV-business side wondered this a few times: Is this show accessible enough to be a hit? When you have a joke referencing “the sweaty cosplay girls crowding around Stark Tower,” okay, that’s funny if you’ve seen the Iron Man films and you know what cosplay is. I suspect that’s 80 percent of EW readers. Yet I bet it’s a much, much lower percentage of ABC viewers. Love or hate The CW’s Arrow pilot, you could understand every line without knowing anything about DC Comics or clocking time on Reddit. But S.H.I.E.L.D. does have one aspect that’s sure to meet with ABC’s approval: Everybody in the cast is hot looking.

                                  – Here’s the question: If you strip away all the hype and history. Forget The Avengers, ignore that it’s Marvel, and somehow delete from your brain this is Joss Whedon’s TV return … if you do all that and just watch this pilot as a regular TV show … it still works. You can still imagine it on the air — though perhaps on Fox, not Marvel’s corporate cousin ABC. There’s been a lot of shows that have tried to resurrect the 1980s-style broadcast primetime procedural action hour in recent years. This one could really pull it off.

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                                  • #18
                                    Tonight at 8pm is the series premiere of Joss's new TV series,Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD.

                                    Joss co-wrote/directed tonight's Pilot episode.

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                                    • #19
                                      I enjoyed it quite a bit actually. At times the episode dragged*, but when it was working it was really working and I found myself immensely entertained. A promising start. Also, I love Skye! She was my favorite actually. I think the episode wouldn't have worked so well without her zippy energy (something I was worried about when I felt *the beginning of Avengers dragged with the heavy emphasis on super serious SHIELD time).

                                      I thought the climax was very moving with JAR/Mike Peterson's crisis -- how the little guy's never enough nowadays, how being simply human is somehow subpar. I thought it did wonderful things for positioning SHIELD as genuine defenders of humanity as opposed to scary, secretive suits. Just like when Coulson truth-serum'd Grant instead of Skye -- the people on the ground are the priority, the ones the Agents of SHIELD answer to.

                                      I couldn't help but notice similarities to Gunn's arc in AtS Season 5: being juiced up to be something more, trying desperately to stay relevant/keep his job on the team. Only here, JAR's character gets to have a happy ending -- the SHIELD agents arrive to defend humanity just in the nick of time, whereas tragedy reined on AtS and well...

                                      SHIELD then is the fantasy where the secret organizations are actually working for the common good of people (as opposed to orchestrating the Apocalypse). It's a hopeful ideal. Or at least, it is when Coulson's in charge.
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                                      • #20
                                        I enjoyed it too.It was a good thing I watched the Iron Man 3 Blu Ray right before this since the pilot brought in Extremis.

                                        I loved all the characters and I think now Coulson is a LMD.

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