Friday, January 17, 2014

Jaimie Alexander Reprising Sif on AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

Well, she does have some time to kill before Thor 3 arrives...

Zap2it has reported that Thor actress Jaimie Alexander is going to reprise her role of Asgardian warrior Sif in episode 15 of ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  According to the article, ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee revealed the cameo during ABC's TCA winter press tour.

"We're shooting it now," Lee said to reporters.  "Jaimie Alexander is there.  That's going to be absolutely integral to that hour of television."  According to Marvel's website, "Sif has come to Earth with a very specific mission.  Unfortunately, we can’t tell you just what brings her to our neck of the woods just yet."

Alexander was last seen as Sif in 2013's Thor: The Dark World, in a bonus scene during the closing credits where she and Volstagg leave the mystical MacGuffin called The Aether in the care of upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy villain The Collector.  She was reportedly in talks with Warner Bros. for the role of Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder's upcoming Man of Steel sequel, but the role instead went to Gal Gadot.  Last November, Alexander was very open to the idea of reprising Sif in a spinoff film, remarking "I would love for there to be a spinoff film.  I would absolutely say ‘Yes!’ If the fans want it and there’s a strong enough desire for it, it will happen. So, fingers crossed!"

The move comes at a time when Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues to try and rebuild its ratings, which Paul Lee commented on during the press tour.  He admitted the show's initial fall after the premiere was disappointing, but said ABC is feeling "very, very good" about its stability creatively and ratings this season.  This week's episode (which earned a 2.2/6 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall) was in line with the previous week, and once again the night’s No. 3 program in the 18-49 demographic and No. 1 among males 12-34 (1.7/6).

"It took us a little bit of time to find our sea legs," remarked Lee.  "Creatively, we're loving what we're seeing for that night."  He added that he thinks Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. could be around "for a very, very long time."

The next new episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is scheduled for February 4th at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.  Barring any additional repeats, Jaimie Alexander's episode should air on February 18th.


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