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ABC Greenlights ‘S.H.I.E.L.D’ Marvel Pilot, Joss Whedon To Co-Write & Possibly Direct

By NELLIE ANDREEVA | Tuesday August 28, 2012 @ 6:14pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: ABC has ordered a pilot for S.H.I.E.L.D, a live-action series from The Avengers writer-director Joss Whedon, Marvel TV and ABC Studios. The project is based on Marvel’s peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D (which stands for Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate) found in both the Marvel comic book and feature film universes, including the blockbuster 2012 movie The Avengers, in which S.H.I.E.L.D director Nick Fury, recruits Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, and Thor to stop Thor’s adoptive brother Loki from subjugating Earth.

S.H.I.E.L.D. will be written by Whedon and frequent collaborators, his bother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. Joss Whedon also is set to direct the pilot, schedule permitting. Production on the pilot, which marks the first live-action Marvel TV project to get a green light, will start immediately. Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Tancharoen executive produce with Jeffrey Bell and Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb.

The project had been in the works at Marvel TV and ABC Studios for some time. Earlier this month, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that it had signed an exclusive film and TV deal with Joss Whedon, which included him writing and directing The Avengers sequel and develop a live-action series for Marvel TV and ABC, both owned by Disney.

This marks a return to series television for Joss Whedon, creator of cult favorites Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Firefly and Dollhouse. Husband and wife writing duo Jed Whedon and Tancharoen co-penned with Joss Whedon Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and also have worked on Dollhouse and Spartacus. In addition to S.H.I.E.L.D, Marvel TV has a couple of other projects in development at ABC Studios, including a Hulk series.

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I am totally stoked and completely want to see this NOWNOWNOWNOWNOWNOWNOWNOW!!!!!!!!

<deep breath>

OK, back to reality. As awesome as this sounds and as much as I want it to succeed... I can't see this lasting any longer than a season. Decent superhero-based shows always get cancelled quickly.

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Honestly? For this, I'd love to see a combination of an office comedy (a la Office/Parks and Rec) and action show. Think it's something Whedon could pull off well.

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The casting sheet:

SKYE: This late-20s woman sounds like a dream: fun, smart, caring and confident – with an ability to get the upper hand by using her wit and charm.

AGENT GRANT WARD: Quite the physical specimen and “cool under fire,” he sometimes botches interpersonal relations. He’s a quiet one with a bit of a temper, but he’s the kind of guy that grows on you.

AGENT ALTHEA RICE: Also known as “The Calvary,” this hard-core soldier has crazy skills when it comes to weapons and being a pilot. But her experiences have left her very quiet and a little damaged.

AGENT LEO FITZ and AGENT JEMMA SIMMONS: These two came through training together and still choose to spend most of their time in each other’s company. Their sibling-like relationship is reinforced by their shared nerd tendencies – she deals with biology and chemistry, he’s a whiz at the technical side of weaponry.

These may or may not be fake since Whedon admits he does use fake characters for auditions.

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I'd never condemn a film based on its casting sheet, but I'm not any more looking forward to it.

I want me some GW Bridge!

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I really doubt they're going to set a multiple-season TV show chronologically before Avengers, especially if it's aimed at a mainstream audience. The idea that he's not dead seems more likely.

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If Fury lied about the bloody cards, he just as easily could have lied about Agent Coulson's death. Or, the one who died was an LMD. That might seem farfetched, but early in The Avengers, Tony mentions LMDs. Furthermore, the scene in which they're mentioned features Coulson. So an out was established.

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If Coulson is alive, LMDs become a massive plot hole. Why would they even send a real person into a firefight if they can build LMDs at that level? Fury lied about Coulson's death, it makes SHIELD and Fury a little more deceptive.

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Clark Gregg even mentioned LMDs during the conference. It's completely believable that Fury lied.

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That whole conversation between him and Hill makes me think he was lying through his teeth and he just sent Coulson somewhere off quiet to keep up the charade.

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Coulson being off on a secret mission within Shield would be a good starting storyline for the show, have one of the new recruits be a mole and this be Fury's way to find out

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Maybe THIS Coulson will be the LMD, and they can have wacky hijinks with his malfunctioning all the time, and having to keep the neighbors from finding out he's secretly a robot.

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Well, if I'm recalling my continuity correctly, Coulson was given the "Super Middle Management Serum" sometime in the mid-nineties. Then, sometime during the second Clinton term, he entered a state of suspended animation after being accidentally locked in the SHIELD Canteen's walk in freezer. He was thawed out just after the emergence of Iron Man. Since the formula for the serum is lost, I'd imagine this Coulson will actually be the Original Coulson's former sidekick, Plucky: The Boy Bureaucrat, taking up his mentor's suit and shades.

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Well, if I'm recalling my continuity correctly, Coulson was given the "Super Middle Management Serum" sometime in the mid-nineties. Then, sometime during the second Clinton term, he entered a state of suspended animation after being accidentally locked in the SHIELD Canteen's walk in freezer. He was thawed out just after the emergence of Iron Man. Since the formula for the serum is lost, I'd imagine this Coulson will actually be the Original Coulson's former sidekick, Plucky: The Boy Bureaucrat, taking up his mentor's suit and shades.

And that's Post of the Day! :bowdown:

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