Just last month we learned that ABC was close to giving their second Marvel series “Agent Carter” a straight-to-series order, and the network confirmed that very news last night. But that’s not all they revealed.
In addition to renewing shows that aren’t really in our wheelhouse like “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” THR has word that ABC is also keeping “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” around for a second season. In fact, when “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” takes a break in the middle of their second season, that’s when “Agent Carter” will air, as it’s being called a “short-order series” with 13 episodes that will act as a “bridge show” between two halves of the contemporary Marvel series.
As for “Agent Carter,” here’s the official synopsis for those who may not be familiar with the Marvel One-Shot of the same name (found on the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray & DVD) that inspired the series and starred Captain America: The First Avenger co-star Hayley Atwell:
It’s 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.
Since “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” has focused on the organization that has now crumbled since Hydra was revealed to have corrupted the agency in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and subsequent episodes of the ABC series, it only makes sense to see how it all started. And we’ll probably even get to see how Hydra began infiltrating S.H.I.E.L.D.
“Agent Carter” comes from showrunners Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas (“Resurrection” and “Reaper”) with a script from Captain America scribes Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeeley. Take this new series into account along with the four Marvel series in development at Netflix, and the comic book studio is on top of the world on the big screen and the small screen (though the latter could use a little uptick in quality).
This news comes just after the Star Wars Day-themed episode aired earlier this week, and after plenty of episodes have been chock full of film geek references to films of the 80s like Ghostbusters, The Goonies, Aliens, and more.
Adam F. Goldberg created the series based somewhat on his own life as a young nerd with a unique family, and it’s found a solid audience despite being oddly placed after “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” And for what it’s worth, Goldberg was the only showrunner who didn’t have to pitch in order to receive an order for the back-nine episodes of the season.
However, Goldberg has been trying to get ABC to move the comedy to a more appropriate timeslot on Wednesday along with the network’s contemporary family sitcom “Modern Family.” Hopefully the network listens when the 2014-2015 season rolls around, and those who love that Emmy-winning series (which also got renewed) will find “The Goldbergs” and get all the eyes on the show that it deserves.
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