ABC renews Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and has a mission for Agent Carter
And with that, we’ve got yet another television series based on comic books coming to television. ABC has announced that it is renewing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for a second season. Joining that series will be Agent Carter.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had a rocky first year, debuting strong with a 4.7 rating among the key 18-49 demographic and 11.9 million viewers. That made it the top drama premiere for ABC since 2009. from there the ratings slipped as the novelty wore off, and reviews turned south. Since the debut of the second Captain America film the series has seen a rejuvenation in creativity and an uptick in story telling. The series is still ABC’s top rated freshman drama in the 18-49 demo.
The new series will star Hayley Atwell, and take place a year after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger. The focus will be Agent Carter as she builds her secret agent career while Captain America is frozen. The show has been whispered about, but the fact it was coming to series has been kept pretty quiet, as no pilot was announced. Agent Carter did have a short that was featured on the Iron Man 3 DVD.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Agent Carter will be a short-order series and likely used as a “bridge show” to air during the second season hiatus of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Eventually the two series will be tied together.
That’s two series for Marvel, who also has a slate of shows being prepared for Netflix including Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage. They’ll eventually come together as The Defenders. The first of these will debut in 2015.