Three cheers for our favorite returning shows.
Besides the five new series on ABC’s roster this season, the network is also renewing a number of its hit shows. Returning favorites include the Shonda Rhimes-penned Scandal (Rhimes is also debuting the thriller How To Get Away With Murder this fall).
The renewal notices came pouring late on Thursday to rescue a number of rookie shows from broadcasting limbo. The lucky winners include Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Resurrection and The Goldbergs as well as established hits Once Upon a Time (for Season 4), Castle (for Season 7), Scandal (for Season 4)and Grey’s Anatomy (for a record-breaking Season 11).
The series will air a full 22-episode run on ABC.
Good news for hardcore Joss Whedon fans and those impressed with his newest show, Agents of SHIELD – the Marvel series has gotten a full-season pickup from ABC. This means that the company has bought the rights to the second half of the season, rounding out Agent’s first run to a full 22 episodes. The show is the third new fall show to get a full-season pickup and so far it’s ABC’s premiere investment.
Whedon has practically struck gold with this one.
While SHIELD opened to smashing ratings, having the best opening for a drama series in the past four years, the switch from its Thursday premiere to a less profitable Tuesday 8pm slot caused a notable dip in ratings. Nevertheless, last week’s episode averaged a respectable 7.9 million viewers, making Agents of SHIELD the second highest rated show of the hour. In addition, the show averaged 2.9 million in that mythical, oh-so-coveted by advertisers 18-49 age range.
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With a few minor exceptions, Tuesday was not a good night for the networks.
On a night, when almost all network shows slipped in terms of ratings, ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D ended up being the biggest loser, with a 34% drop. The show, which could have become the network’s brand new flagship series, delivered 11.9 million viewers on its premiere last week, but it failed to retain that audience this time.
Agents didn't quite manage to take a stand against traditional network favorites.
The night’s runner-up was The Voice, attracting a total of 14.2 million viewers to NBC’s 8-10pm slot, according to preliminary ratings, courtesy of The Wrap. It had to take second place to a special episode of CBS’s NCIS, which, despite a minor slip, still managed to dominate Tuesday ratings. An unexpected boost in viewers was measured for NBC’s Chicago Fire, while The Mindy Project on Fox managed to stay flat from its previous episode.
By all standards, the show's debut was a success.
Finally, after months of anticipation, ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. aired tonight. Now, as the dust settles and Tumblr quickly gets flooded with Episode 1 gifs and stills, it is about time for a headcount. The episode attrackted nearly 12 million viewers, according to Reuters – easily making it the biggest debut of the past four years. This according to Nielsen data from ABC. In addition, Agents became the most viewed in the 18-to-49 age group, which is typically the most attractive market segment to advertisers.
Nearly 12 million tuned in to watch Clark Gregg reprise his role as Phil Coulson.
Despite spawning gifs in the thousands, S.H.I.E.L.D. still didn’t manage to top the Tuesday ratings winner. Once again, NCIS dominated the air with 19.5 million tuning in, according to Nielsen data from CBS.
Continue reading: Agents Of SHIELD Premieres To Good Ratings And Even Better Reviews
After months and months of careful promotion, tonight is finally the night!
The premiere of Marvel’s eagerly anticipated series Agents of SHIELD is fast approaching – the show will air tonight, September 24th at 8PM. Agents will focus on the work of the non-superhero part of Marvel comics – the men and women working for the fictional organization SHIELD, which we’ve gotten a glimpse at with Nick Fury, Maria Hill and, of course, Clark Gregg’s agent Phil Coulson within the Avengers franchise. Agent Coulson will be a central character in this adaptation of the Marvel universe, the brainchild of Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and the latter’s wife, Maurissa Tancharoen. The trio has already achieved a lot of success together with the Emmy-winning web musical, Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, as well as the FX series Dollhouse.
Gregg is no stranger to the Marvel Univers, nor to working with Joss Whedon in particular.
Before the highly anticipated premiere, Jed Whedon and Tancharoen spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about working on Agents this time. The two spoke about their experiences of working within the sci-fi genre in general and within the Marvel universe specifically. One thing even casual Marvel fans know is that the company generally adheres to a very strict code of discretion across all its platforms. However Agents of SHIELD has so far been kept under especially tight wraps. Of course, fans at Comic-Con and, more recently, those tuning into ESPN have been treated to special previews of the season and there have been some unclear hints as to the characters, villains and overall plot. However, Marvel wouldn’t be the marketing machine that it is, if its marketing execs didn’t know to keep the most crucial information secret, sometimes even requiring blood oaths, according to Tancharoen.
Continue reading: The Buildup Is Almost Over For Marvel And ABC's "Agents Of SHIELD"
'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' premieres tonight (Tuesday 24th September) on ABC. The show, based on the group of comic book heroes, has been written by Joss Whedon.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will premiere on ABC tonight (24 September). The show sees Clark Gregg reprise his role as Agent Phil Coulson. Gregg will be supported by Ming-Na Wen (ER); Chloe Bennet (Nashville); Iain De Caestecker (The Fades); and relative new comers Brett Dalton and Elizabeth Henstridge. For UK readers, the show will premier on Channel 4 on Friday, 27 September.
Joss Whedon co-wrote the pilot.
The pilot picks up the story from where the Avengers: Assemble film ends, sometime after they've trashed New York. However, there's a distinct lack of superheroes as the series focusses on the special agents, according to the NY Times.
Adele Wheeler is the single mother of 13-year-old Henry and suffers from depression, rarely leaving her house except for reasons she can't avoid. One of those reasons arises when she has to take Henry last minute school shopping over the Labor Day weekend at the end of the summer. Whilst out, they bump into Frank; a not so cuddly looking man who is bleeding profusely and asks for their help. Adele and Henry are hesitant to come to his aid, but eventually drive him to their home where the situation takes a strange turn when they become his hostages. It turns out that Frank is a convicted killer who has escaped jail and is desperate to get on the move in spite of his injuries. Initially terrified, Adele and Henry soon realise that they are not in any danger and help him win freedom once again.
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Joss Whedon intends 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D' to be accessible to an audience who have no previous knowledge of the Marvel feature films, despite crossovers including Clark Gregg's reprisal in the role of Agent Phil Coulson.
Joss Whedon has spoken about Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the pilot of which he has co-written and directed.
Joss Whedon at the premiere of Much Ado About Nothing at the Apollo Theatre in London.
Whedon has co-written the pilot episode with his brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen (Jed Whedon's wife). The pilot was revealed to fans at the San Diego Comic-Con last month. Whedon not only co-wrote the pilot but directed it. It is unknown how much input Whedon will have should the series go ahead, however he is confident that "I've got the best writers and actors I could so I could do this, and that's the best way to run a show."
Continue reading: Joss Whedon On 'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'
Shot in Whedon's own home, this movie was more a pet project, than a money-making machine.
These days Joss Whedon is known as the clever writer/director behind Marvel’s giant, over-produced “Avengers” But before all that, he was known to fans as the mind behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the DIY viral sensation Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Much Ado About Nothing, Whedon’s present-day adaptation of the Shakesperean play, sees the director return to his roots with a film, which relies not on a huge budget and, admittedly, well-executed action scenes, but on sheer wit and goodwill. We see some familiar collaborators of Whedon’s – Clark Gregg, aka agent Phil Coulson, plays governer Leonato, while Nathan Fillion does a hilarious job as Constable Dogberry.
The film opens with the brave and accomplished officer Benedick (Alexis Denisof) arriving at the home of governor Leonato (Clark Gregg), whose daughter Hero (Jillian Morgese) soon comes into the sights of Benedick’s comrade, Claudio (Fran Kranz). Benedick himself is quite the ladies’ man, however he meets his match in Hero’s witty and willful cousin Beatrice. And, as the phrase “meets his match” usually bids, it doesn’t take long for the two to fall in love. It’s a classic Shakespearean tale, retold in Whedon’s incredibly appropriate style. What’s more, Whedon’s adaptation finds poetic resonance with many current issues. Modern society’s rampant abuse of technology, for example is satirized by way of the messengers delivering plot twists via iPhones instead of scrolls, and the occasional clever wordplay (“Forsooth! A Bluetooth!”). Whedon manages to take good ol’ Shakespeare, put him through the mill of his own humor and what comes out is, unsurprisingly, a brilliant, if low-key, adaptation.
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This new version of Shakespeare's romantic farce looks like it was shot on video in the filmmaker's house with his friends over the course of about two weeks, which is exactly the case. It's lively and funny, and occasionally also warm and emotional, but the uneven tone never quite comes together to bring out the passion in the characters. An enjoyable experiment, the film keeps us entertained but refuses to spring to life.
Set in present-day suburbia, the story opens as Don Pedro (Diamond) and his henchmen Benedick and Claudio (Denisof and Kranz) deliver rival gang leader Don John (Maher) to his mob boss brother Leonato (Gregg). A confirmed bachelor, Benedick continues his verbal sparring with Leonato's feisty love-rejecting daughter Beatrice (Acker), while Claudio seeks help in wooing her sweet cousin Hero (Morgese). But Leonato decides to have some fun here, tricking Benedick and Beatrice into falling in love with each other. Meanwhile, the imprisoned Don John is plotting to destroy his brother, while a bumbling detective (Fillion) tries to figure out what's up.
Filmmaker Whedon assembles his cast from actors he worked with in everything from Buffy to The Avengers, creating a loose, relaxed atmosphere that makes the film easy to watch, even though it's in black and white and is spoken in Shakespearean dialect. On the other hand, this kind of mutes the play's romantic highs and tragic lows, evening everything out into a gentle comedy of manners with slapstick touches. Part of the problem is that, if you're unfamiliar with these actors, it's not easy to tell them apart as they are dressed in identical black suits. But the cast is excellent, delivering the dialog with off-handed precision.
Continue reading: Much Ado About Nothing Review
The Avengers is coming to the small screen and so are a number of other potentially cool shows.
Finally, after weeks of anticipation, ABC is the last of the major networks to announce their series pickups and renewals for fall 2013. But oh boy was it worth the wait. Without a doubt the crowning jewel in ABC’s roster this year has to be Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Yes, that’s S.H.I.E.L.D. as in The Avengers, as in the phenomenally successful Marvel franchise. The story is now coming to the small screen and, to the delight of geeks everywhere, it will be penned by the golden trio of Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. Fans of Whedon’s work will know that the trio have previously worked together on the three-part musical Dr. Horrible. Joss Whedon has also directed the pilot and has a producer’s credit on the entire season. So hopes are definitely running high for this one. But wait, this isn’t even the best part. The best part, in our humble opinion is that Clark Gregg will be reprising his role as fan favorite agent Phil Coulson. Who said we were never seeing him again after he died in Avengers?
Of course, Agents is far from the ABC pickup for next season, but it is by far the most talked about. Some other additions to the network’s roster include Super Fun Night, which stars the hilarious Rebel Wilson, and The Goldbergs. Some of the renewals for next season include (as expected) Modern Family, The Middle, Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, Castle, Nashville, Once Upon a Time, Last Man Standing, Revenge and Suburgatory, but the full list hasn’t been announced yet.
Gregg will reprise his role as the endearing Phil Coulson, this time on the small screen.
Nick Fury is the director of law enforcement and espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D, which deals with superhuman threats. One day, an unexpected enemy targets global security and safety. The enemy turns out to be Loki, who was banished from Asgard. This is made known to Nick, who decides to assemble a team of the world's strongest superheroes to tackle this problem.
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As part of its bid to make 24-hour news an institution, CNN sent producers Robert Wiener (Michael Keaton) and Ingrid Formanek (Helena Bonham Carter) to Baghdad in August 1990 to cover the brutal Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. The HBO film Live from Baghdad is the story of how Wiener and CNN overcame adversity to become the only network to continue broadcasting from Baghdad during the U.S. air strikes.
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