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ABC Orders Agent Carter TV Series
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12 May 2014  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: ABC / The Hollywood Reporter

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There's been talk of Marvel parachuting Hayley Atwell's Agent Carter into her own solo stories for some time. The studio first mused further One-Shots like the one on the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray. Then, last autumn, there were rumblings of a developing TV series. The latter is now officially a going concern, with US channel ABC ordering the Captain America spin-off straight to series with Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas named as showrunners. They've also renewed Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. for its second season.

The Agent Carter One-Shot has served as a pilot of sorts, with the full series picking up Peggy's adventures immediately afterwards. It's set in 1946, and sees Peggy dealing with the emotional fall-out of losing Steve Rogers to his icy 'grave', while also battling workplace sexism and finding herself marginalised as the guys return from WWII. She is stuck juggling admin for the Special Scientific Reserve while taking secret missions for Howard Stark (played in the films by Dominic Cooper, although his involvement here isn't yet confirmed).

The official synopsis reads thusly:

"Marvel’s Agent Carter, starring Captain America’s Hayley Atwell, follows the story of Peggy Carter. It’s 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalised 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."

THR's sources suggest that Agent Carter will be a 'short order' series, which means 13 episodes or fewer, compared to a full series' 22. The plan is for Atwell and co. to slot into the schedules when S.H.I.E.L.D. is on its between-season hiatus. She'll step into action following S.H.I.E.L.D.'s second season, with current intelligence suggesting the two shows will be linked in some way.

SPOILERS It would make sense, given the revelations of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and recent S.H.I.E.L.D. episodes, that it involve the shadowy build-up of Hydra, because it would all be a bit odd if super-Agent Carter was entirely insensible to that. Surely she has to at least be trying to engage with that danger, even if she ultimately fails to defeat it and, unawares, leaves it to grow. END SPOILERS

Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., meanwhile, may not yet have become the must-see blockbuster ABC had hoped for, but it has still been performing solidly. It shed viewers following its hugely successful pilot (the biggest network drama premiere since 2009), but it remains ABC's highest-rated first-year series, and was given a serious shot in the arm by the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. If it continues to improve in season two, we might well be on to something.

S.H.I.E.L.D. is still playing in the UK on Friday nights on Channel 4, with a few weeks of the season left to run.


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RE: Where's the Son of Coul gone?
Well, I liked the Marvel One Shot about Agent Carter. Let's see what they make of it. More

Posted by Pandora at 11:08 on 13 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Where's the Son of Coul gone?
Agents has gradually improved over the season and it's on my "watch as quickly as possible" weekly time-shifted rota (one step down from "wait twenty minutes before watching so I can fast-wind all the adverts", a-la GoT). My problem with it has always been its bubble-gum levity and hyper-young cast. I just couldn't shake the feeling that I was watching a big-budget version of utter garbage like Tomorrow People. This is not to say that the cast aren't good, because they are, but now that th More

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RE: Where's the Son of Coul gone?
Exactly. The problem is that they're not letting any of their established heroes (or villains) show up in case they subsequently want to use them for the movies. And yes, the whole point of the show may to highlight how the agency handles problems they don't need the Avengers for, but it wouldn't hurt for them to maybe cross paths with a superhero or two in the course of a season. More

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RE: Where's the Son of Coul gone?
I think the point of Agents of SHIELD is that it focuses on the human aspect of the Marvel universe, rather then the superhuman aspect. Its meant to be about the normal people doing what they can to save the planet in the face of the various otherworldly and enhanced threats to it. Putting in super powered agents, you might as well just make 'The Avengers: The Series' rather then Agents of Shield. The said, a few more cameo's and short term roles would help the series more... but you can't More

Posted by GrizBe at 10:37 on 10 May 2014 | Report This Post

Where's the Son of Coul gone?
The T.V. iteration of Coulson has spent too much of this season whining and emoting over nasty Nick Fury bringing him back to life. The writers need to go watch the movies again and give us more of THAT Agent Coulson. Also, Marvel need to be persuaded to sacrifice some of their superheroes to the small screen, not just have the characters refer to the Avengers and Fury whenever the audience need reminding that they're watching a Marvel show. Wasn't spider-woman involved with SHIELD at some point More

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Agents of Shield suffered from people not knowing what it was and the expectation that it was going to be 'The Avengers: The Series' rather then a show in its own right. I'll admit, after a good start, it did take some time to find it's feet and get going again with a mid section slump, but the show's now much improved and definatly is deserving of its second season. Agent Carter however needs to have its roots set early. It makes sense for it to be an establish link between Captain Ameri More

Posted by GrizBe at 16:51 on 09 May 2014 | Report This Post

Good show
Good to hear S.H.E.I.L.D getting renewed. I think it suffered from the usual 'threat of the week' in it's early days, but the focus on a wider story arc we're seeing now has improved it. Also expanding the cast to include more seasoned (i.e. older) characters has helped strengthen it. More

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