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Friday, May 8, 2015

AGENT CARTER Gets Season 2, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Spinoff Dead


ABC has some good news and some bad news for Marvel Comics fans.

The good news is, according to The Hollywood ReporterABC has renewed Agent Carter for a second season and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for a third season, even though neither show is a ratings powerhouse.

Agent Carter, starrting Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, debuted earlier this year with an 8-episode series that averaged 5 million total viewers and a 1.8 in the demo and almost doubled its returns when factoring in seven days of DVR viewing.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. meanwhile, averaged a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49 for its second season.  The drama starring Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson and Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May is a reliable performer when adding DVR and grew to 7.3 million total viewers and a 2.8 in the demo.

And now the bad news...Deadline reports that the proposed Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff starring Adrianne Palicki as Mockingbird/Bobbi Morse and Nick Blood as Lance Hunter is not moving forward.  The project had been developed by S.H.I.E.L.D. executive producer Jeffrey Bell and co-executive producer Paul Zbyszewski.

As mentioned in the article, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fans were divided by the spinoff, with some backlash to the idea of taking some of the strongest new characters on S.H.I.E.L.D. away from the main series.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. should return to ABC in the fall, with Agent Carter presumably filling the show's winter hiatus in January 2016.

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