Thursday, December 20, 2012

ABC green lights Marvel Comics S.H.I.E.L.D. TV Pilot with Joss Whedon


It looks like the success of Marvel's Avengers movie has earned director Joss Whedon a TV spin-off.  S.H.I.E.L.D. (or the Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistic Directorate as the acronym is now currently known) has been a mainstay in the Marvel Comics universe since it was introduced along with super-spy character Nick Fury in the 60s and has recently branched out to the Avengers and various related Marvel Movies.  Now it seems the spy team will be infiltrating your boob tubes in the near future as well.

The series is said to be 'autonomous' in it's storylines, although it is likely that there will be at least some connection to the S.H.I.E.L.D. seen in the various Avengers movie franchises. Today it was announced that actress Chloe Bennet of tv series Nashville will join ER's Ming-Na who will play Agent Melinda May, Clark Gregg (reprising his role as Agent Phil Coulson,) Killing Lincoln's Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward, Elizabeth Henstridge as science whiz Agent Gemma Simmons and Ian De Caestecker as tech expert Agent Leo Fitz.

Joss is set to co-write the pilot alongside his brother Jed Whedon and Jed's wife Maurissa Tancharoen.  Joss Whedon has had success with the tv shows in the past, having created the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly and Dollhouse, so I expect this upcoming ABC pilot to get picked up fairly easily and to be a huge hit.  This month he signed a three-year exclusive deal with Marvel Studios for film and television. ABC is also developing another Marvel property based on The Hulk

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