Well, genre fans can breathe a sigh of relief. Despite a steady dip in ratings, ABC has renewed “bubble” show ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ for a second season. The highly-anticipated series was spun-off from Marvel/Disney’s superhero movie franchise and debuted huge with a 4.7 rating and 11.9 million viewers beating out ‘The Voice’ and ‘NCIS’. The celebration was short-lived, unfortunately, as the show lost 1/3rd of its audience in its second week. Ratings steadily decreased, but the show got a boost after ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and when DVR viewing numbers were factored in, it still scored 4.1 million viewers in the desired 18-49 year old male demographic and is ABC’s highest ranked drama in that category. (ABC is owned by Disney.)
Joining ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ is another Marvel series, ‘Agent Carter’, which the network picked up straight to series, bypassing the pilot process. Agent Peggy Carter was Captain America’s love interest in the ‘The First Avenger‘ before starring in her own ‘Marvel One-Shot’ which appeared on the ‘Iron Man 3’ BluRay. She also appeared in ‘The Winter Soldier’ under heavy prosthetics to add 70+ years to her age.
Check out a clip from her ‘One-Shot’ below:
Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas (‘Resurrection’, ‘Reaper’) serve as showrunners, with Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeeley who penned both Cap movies also handling scripting duties on ‘Agent Carter’. Marvel TV’s Jeffrey Bell and Jeph Loeb serve as executive producers. And fans will be happy to hear that Hayley Atwell will be reprising her role as Peggy Carter in the series.
The show will take place a year after the events of ‘Captain America: The First Avenger‘ ane follows Peggy as she builds her career as a secret agent while still pining over the loss of her love. Here’s the synopsis:
The story is set in 1946 and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life — Steve Rogers.
‘Agent Carter’ appears to be a short order “bridge show” that will premiere during the hiatus of ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ and run for a limited number of episodes before finally tying in with the Joss Whedon show.
If the lack of actual super heroes in these shows frustrates you, keep in mind, Netflix is bringing us FOUR superhero shows, ‘Daredevil‘, ‘Luke Cage‘, ‘Iron Fist’ and ‘Jessica Jones‘ plus a miniseries starring all four titiled ‘The Defenders’. These shows will also exist within the same universe as the ABC shows and the Marvel movies!
Are you glad that ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ got a renewal? Will you also be checking out ‘Agent Carter’?