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S.H.I.E.L.D. TV Series Is A Go
Joss Whedon co-writing the pilot

29 August 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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S.H.I.E.L.D. TV Series Is A Go

Earlier this month, alongside the great rejoicing that came with the news that Avengers writer-director Joss Whedon would return for the sequel, there was the announcement that part of the creative maestro’s big deal with Marvel was to oversee a long-gestating TV series set in the studio’s universe. Well, we now know that the show will be focused on S.H.I.E.L.D and US network ABC has ordered a pilot.

The show will, as many have predicted, follow what the movies call the "Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division" and will chronicle the organisation’s activity, albeit on a lower budget (think X-Files instead of X-Men) and almost certainly without appearances from the super-powered likes of Captain America (though some of the characters may crop up come ratings sweeps time). Is it too much to hope that it’ll take place in a pre-Avengers universe so Clark Gregg’s Coulson will enjoy some more screen time? The plot specifics, however, remain under wraps.

To say that Whedon has some experience with TV is sort of like saying Usain Bolt knows how to run a bit. So it’s heartening to hear that the Buffy / Angel / Firefly mastermind will be involved as much as he can, given that he’s also going to be busy overseeing phase 2 of the Marvel cinematic master plan and the Avengers’ next adventure. The show's early details currently call for him to direct the pilot, but that’s assuming he has time.

He’ll have some truly qualified help on the scripting front, with Dr Horrible co-writers (and brother / sister-in-law) Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancheroen on board to act as writer-producers along with Jeffrey Bell (who has worked on Alias and V, but was also a part of the Angel staff). Marvel’s Jeph Loeb, himself no stranger to the Whedonverse having worked on the short-lived Buffy animated series, is also overseeing things.

Exciting, no? So come on people: what do you want to see in a S.H.I.E.L.D show? (All together now: “COULSSSOOOOONNNN!”) 


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Yup! Coulson!
And Maria Hill! Also, they'd be unwise to not feature at least a few Nick Fury cameos now and then. Not a per-episode appearance, of course, but enough so that fans will be happy. Then, as viewers get used to SHIELD operatives working without him, scale him back more and more. But if they don't at least feature him in the pilot, there will be blood. Er--grumbles! I meant to say grumbles! More

Posted by HighwayJoe at 23:39 on 31 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Sounds good
L: Gordy Please God let someone somewhere re-commission Firefly, adly that is one thing that will never happen. It has been ten years since Firefly came and went and most of the cast are on new shows so even if they wanted to, they couldn't do it. Joss Whedon has stated that it will never return but he was glad he had the opportunity to end the story of River in Serenity. More

Posted by Shifty Bench at 17:18 on 30 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Jeff Loeb will ruin it.
L: ahaig He did a good job with Smallville and Heroes though. Surely everyone is excited to see what Whedon, Loeb et al will come with? A good team in my opinion. No JLA though! have a habit of judging people based on their recent work. Also, Heroes was only good for the first season. He also didn't have the level of control on those shows as he has now. We'll have to agree to disagree and wait and see. More

Posted by rainbowblackout at 14:44 on 30 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Jeff Loeb will ruin it.
He did a good job with Smallville and Heroes though. Surely everyone is excited to see what Whedon, Loeb et al will come with? A good team in my opinion. No JLA though! More

Posted by ahaig at 13:10 on 30 August 2012 | Report This Post

Sounds good
It sounds good, loved Coulson's scenes. Please God let someone somewhere re-commission Firefly, it would be awesome, to find out what happened after Serenity. Saw that again on TV the other day and I realised I had forgotten how good Firefly was, will have to watch the boxed set again.... More

Posted by Gordy at 10:39 on 30 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Jeff Loeb will ruin it.
L: ahaig Oh and it's Jeph. owever it's spelt and however many great comics he's written, it still doesn't forgive his actions with the animated division of Marvel. Tell me you've seen Ultimate Spiderman and liked it, or that EMH wasn't better before he got involved. He cancelled it to make a more kid friendly Avengers, as if kids are too dumb to understand EMH. I think I have reason to be worried based on his TV MO. More

Posted by rainbowblackout at 20:15 on 29 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Jeff Loeb will ruin it.
Oh and it's Jeph. More

Posted by ahaig at 18:27 on 29 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Jeff Loeb will ruin it.
I disagree Jeph Loeb will make it awesome. He has created some of the best superhero stories ever. Batman, Hulk, Daredevil, and Superman he absolutely nailed. And Spiderman Blue is probably the best origin comic for that character. Probably :) More

Posted by ahaig at 18:26 on 29 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: I will watch the hell outta that show
L: chris kilby L: kisswithatear And demand everyone I know the same so it won't disappear... like our brethren who we still love *looks longingly at Firefly boxset*. But yes, Clark Gregg should make a come back as everyone on the internet are howling "COULSOOOON" and the "Coulson Lives" thing is growing some steam. So who knows. I just want more Hulk. More Hulk will be ace. dunno. Won't this basically be The Avengers engers...? o basically a show about S.H.I.E.L.D then More

Posted by Dirk Miggler at 18:18 on 29 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: I will watch the hell outta that show
L: kisswithatear And demand everyone I know the same so it won't disappear... like our brethren who we still love *looks longingly at Firefly boxset*. But yes, Clark Gregg should make a come back as everyone on the internet are howling "COULSOOOON" and the "Coulson Lives" thing is growing some steam. So who knows. I just want more Hulk. More Hulk will be ace. dunno. Won't this basically be The Avengers engers...? More

Posted by chris kilby at 18:00 on 29 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE:
L: neil_hill_1 this does snot need to be made at all. just watch the hoff's 90's tv version that should fill any hole that needs filling. he Hoff IS Nick Fury! (Nick Grumpy, actually. I saw that. It was usot half bad, truth be told. Not half good either, mind...) More

Posted by chris kilby at 17:59 on 29 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: S.H.I.E.L.D TV Series Is A Go
Uh-oh! OVERKILL ALERT! Isn't Marvel in danger of getting greedy and killing the goose that lays the golden eggs? You have too much of a good thing, you know. Like ek 90s. Well, I say "good..." More

Posted by chris kilby at 17:56 on 29 August 2012 | Report This Post

Jeff Loeb will ruin it.
Jeff Loeb ruined the great Avengers Earths Mightiest Heroes by stopping story arcs. He then canceled it. He then made Ultimate Spiderman, the worst thing to happen to Spiderman ever. The man should stay away from television. More

Posted by rainbowblackout at 16:03 on 29 August 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Huge Marvel fan
I wonder if this will follow on from the "Item 47" one shot in some way. I've managed to see that and it does kinda work as a mini pilot - that would preclude any involvement from Coulson though. More

Posted by Scruffybobby at 14:54 on 29 August 2012 | Report This Post

Huge Marvel fan
...but i feel the universe is expanded out enough alreday. Its in danger of going overly meta. More

Posted by spideed2 at 13:34 on 29 August 2012 | Report This Post

wrapped in plastic
this is awesome news indeed... i just hope we dont have to wait 5 seasons for the musical episode, they should OPEN with it... (it need not be set pre Avengers movie tho... Coulson isn't dead... LifeModelDecoy baby...) More

Posted by theConundrumm at 13:29 on 29 August 2012 | Report This Post

this does snot need to be made at all. just watch the hoff's 90's tv version that should fill any hole that needs filling. More

Posted by neil_hill_1 at 10:55 on 29 August 2012 | Report This Post

Yeah, proper excited.
kisswithatear, I too will watch the hell outta this show. Hell, seeing as I'm just back at college I'm going to watch the shit out of seasons 4 & 5 of Buffy to tide me over a bit. Could we see SMG back in baby's arms?! More

Posted by partybee at 07:25 on 29 August 2012 | Report This Post

Let Nathan Fillion appear. Please let Nathan Fillion appear. More

Posted by Whistler at 04:33 on 29 August 2012 | Report This Post

I will watch the hell outta that show
And demand everyone I know the same so it won't disappear... like our brethren who we still love *looks longingly at Firefly boxset*. But yes, Clark Gregg should make a come back as everyone on the internet are howling "COULSOOOON" and the "Coulson Lives" thing is growing some steam. So who knows. I just want more Hulk. More Hulk will be ace. More

Posted by kisswithatear at 04:24 on 29 August 2012 | Report This Post

I will watch the hell outta that show
And demand everyone I know the same so it won't disappear... like our brethren who we still love *looks longingly at Firefly boxset*. But yes, Clark Gregg should make a come back as everyone on the internet are howling "COULSOOOON" and the "Coulson Lives" thing is growing some steam. So who knows. I just want more Hulk. More Hulk will be ace. More

Posted by kisswithatear at 04:24 on 29 August 2012 | Report This Post

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