ABC loves Marvel! The Disney-owned network has given a full-season order to Marvel’s first primetime scripted drama, “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.” How fun!
I’ve only watched the pilot (so many shows, so little time), but our recapper Connie Wang is still loving the show after several episodes. Read her recaps here.
The Joss Whedon co-created drama is based on the Marvel Comics’ secret intelligence organization that has appeared in countless titles since being introduced in the 1960s, including Iron Man, Captain America and The Ultimates.
The military law-enforcement agency’s moniker stands for Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistic Directorate, which also has evolved over time in the comics.
The series, in which Clark Gregg reprises his role from “The Avengers,” debuted Sept. 24, 2013, and it had some good competition in “The Voice” (NBC) and “NCIS” (CBS). It premiered to a 4.7 rating among adults 18-49 and 11.9 million viewers, making it the top network drama premiere since ABC’s “V” in 2009.
The second episode was a little different story, but it had good reason for losing a third of its premiere haul, going head to head with Cote de Pablo’s final “NCIS” episode. That night, SHIELD landed a 3.1 rating and 8.4 million viewers.
In the first three episodes, the Joss and Jed Whedon-created series has featured two cameos from Marvel’s big-screen features: Cobie Smulders appeared in the pilot as Agent Maria Hill from “The Avengers” and Samuel L. Jackson reprised his role as Nick Fury at the end of episode two.
“SHIELD” is ABC’s first full-season order of the season. It joins NBC’s “The Blacklist” and Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow,” the latter of which received an early season two renewal for another limited run next year.