Joss Whedon Returns to TV On a Network That's Not Fox and With a Show No One Would Dare Cancel

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Joss Whedon Returns to TV On a Network That's Not Fox and With a Show No One Would Dare Cancel

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | August 29, 2012 | Comments ()


This is impressively huge news in the television world, especially for those among us who thought that a live-action television series set in The Avengers universe was mostly idle talk for the fanboys and not something likely to ever materialize.

We were wrong.

ABC has ordered a pilot for "S.H.I.E.L.D.", the peace-keeping organization set in The Avengers universe, both in the feature film and in the Marvel comics. Joss Whedon is set to write the pilot, along with his frequent collaborators Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen (Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog). Schedule permitting, Whedon will also direct the pilot.

It doesn't mean the pilot will be greenlit to series, of course, but given the talent behind it, the amount of money likely to go into the pilot, and the obvious popularity of anything The Avengers-related right now, it seems highly likely that we could see an energetic, witty, and geeky action-hero show on our televisions by 2013. It would have to be David E. Kelley's "Wonder Woman" levels of bad not to get a series order.

It would also seem unlikely that Sam Jackson's Nick Fury would appear in anything more than a cameo role, but it would be a great opportunity for Whedon to bring back some of his regulars, like Alan Tudyk, Summer Glau, and Eliza Dushku. I could also easily see Bradley Whitford take a role in the series, and even Cobie Smulders reprise her role as Maria Hill should "How I Met Your Mother" ends its run after this season.

(Source: Deadline)

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  • There's plenty to do without Fury. And hopefully Whedon will cast Alexis Denisof, Fran Kranz, and Amy Acker.

  • space_oddity

    Or it could follow the lines laid out in the Marvel universe by Jonathan Hickman in the last few years, where S.H.I.E.L.D. is an organization founded thousands of years ago when aliens tried to dominate the earth. Like the time Galileo stopped Galactus. Copernicus and Leonardo da Vinci were members, too. Actually... kind of sounds like the plot of Assassin's Creed.

  • Green Lantern

    I'm reminded of the ST:TNG episode "Lower Decks", were the spotlight is on a group of crewmen rather than the standard bridge officers. It's been a while since I've seen it, but even though the emphasis was on Huey, Dewey and Red Shirt, we still saw Riker and Data (I think) at a minimum.

    It worked for an episode. It would NEVER work for a series.

  • Anonyficcer

    Or, you know, for all the fans, both boy and girl. I know it's mainly reflex to say "fanboy," but can we please remember that erasure of women in nerdy communities is not only a Real Thing but both persistent and upsetting?


  • mrsv

    Thank you, this. Fan girls--and their money--exist too.

  • Bouj

    This could absolutely work without Fury. Is the director of the FBI involved in every little thing the FBI does on a daily basis? No, of course not. The show could show the non-superhero-related issues that S.H.I.E.L.D. faces. It'll be no different than L&O, or CSI, or NCIS.
    If S.H.I.E.L.D. is akin to a DHS-style agency, there is plenty of room there. You'd basically be remaking NCIS with a brand name, but still.

  • so, a generic military comedy drama?

  • Vi

    Still think a Runaways tv show has more potential (also, probably a smaller budget too)

  • Badlands

    So this'll air for 6 episodes, start bouncing around the schedule, get pulled for sweeps, fans will send thousands of pairs of various superhero underoos to the network which will bring it back at the end of the season to even lower ratings at which point it will be pulled again, officially cancelled and then have the remaining episodes burned off over the course of the summer.

  • I remain, as ever, cautiously optimistic.

  • Mr_Zito

    David Hasselhoff!!!

  • Mr_Zito

    I still don't think this is gonna happen, but would it be so hard for them to convince Samuel L. Jackson to star in it? It's not like he has the greatest movie career going, he could use the steady paycheck.

  • Jannymac

    Might least it's not a Doctor/Lawyer/Police Procedural and viewers keep asking for something different... Also, I wish they would take a page from the BBC or cable and only do 13 really tight episodes, rather than 22 mediocre ones.

  • hater from siloam springs

    There's nowhere to go with a S.H.E.I.L.D. series without Nick Fury. It would be utterly meaningless.

  • Vi

    well, they could have a 'younger' FURY starting SHIELD after WWII, that might work....

  • Jannymac

    Oh, oh...maybe Sam J would be willing to do voice work and he could be conferenced called like Charlie... I can just hear it now -- "Why you Mo'fo's calling me?" And the silly ensues.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    No it isn't, it could be a series like the One-Shots, the S.H.I.E.L.D. not quite primetime people who are still up to important stuff behind the scenes.

  • Hater from Siloam Springs

    Aaaand then it would be what? Chuck?

    Stop it. Nick Fury is S.H.I.E.L.D.

  • hapl0

    Hell to the no.

  • wojtek

    That is a perfectly phrased headline. By which I mean: those were the two first things that popped into my head when I read the news.

  • Blake

    Is this a pool? I say doesn't make it past the pilot... And Alan Tudyk has a job on Suburgatory,

  • beartato

    Oh god no not Summer Glau. Not if they plan on giving her things to do or say.

  • John G.

    Wow! That's maybe the most wrong thing I've ever seen anyone say. I'm stunned by how wrong that is.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I swear to godtopus I will fight you.

  • Will

    Better her than Eliza Dushku

  • Fabius_Maximus

    A thousand times better.

    Glau was pretty good in the last episode of Alphas. Maybe she took lessons?

  • Green Lantern

    Fab - Interesting comment. She WAS rather good, I just thought the episode as a whole was too choppy and disjointed. I put that down to the director.

    But no, Glau played "supergenius single mom" rather well. She looked both brilliant *and* slightly weary all the time.

  • Ley

    Yes, please.

  • POINGjam

    They could bring back Coulson as whatever the Marvel equivalent of the Phantom Stranger or the Spectre is.

  • BlackRabbit

    Ooo, toughie. There were rumors that he'd be the basis for the Vision android for the next one; if they're not gonna do that they could bring him in for the show. He'd get a kick out of being a hero and if he does well introduce him in the next film.

  • POINGjam

    Oh right, Vision. That could work too. Speaking of all things Ultron, I feel like Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne would work better on the show than in a movie. They could be scientists working for SHIELD or something. Pym at least would be difficult to make sympathetic in a movie, but as characters in a long-running show, you'd have time to get attached to both of them before he starts beating her.

  • googergieger

    I don't think it will succeed in this day and age. Maybe in the day and age of your Xena's and Hercule's.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    It might succeed, but not at this budget level.

  • Melissa

    Oh, that sounds amazing, at least for the first episode...hopefully it wouldn't go batshit after that, though. *cough*Bunheads*cough*

  • Or get better and better through the season, like Bunheads.

  • Melissa

    The first and last episodes of Bunheads were great...but the middle eight were fraught with issues, from plot, to character development, to acting ability...I'm optimistic for the winter pickup, though.

  • BlackRabbit

    Mmm, I am hopeful, yet suspicious. This could tank sooo easily, especially since a lot of people will tune in hoping to see the stars and will turn it off if no Downey is forthcoming (though maybe they could show for the first episode?

  • Too many superhero.

    Bring back sassy midgets.

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