Superhero fans everywhere are eagerly awaiting the pilot episode of Joss Whedon’s upcoming television show, S.H.I.E.L.D. that catapulted from the blockbuster movie The Avengers. Will the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D kick-ass and take names? Will the show rule? Of course, it will because Whedon’s involved. In Whedon we trust, it’s in the Nerd Handbook, and if there are still any doubters out there, ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee is here to sway you from the Dark Side.
Fred Topel from Crave Online managed to secure a number of quotes from Lee, as he took questions at the Television Critics Association in response to his confidence on the success of the pilot.
S.H.I.E.L.D marks Whedon’s triumphant return to the small screen after his movie success. One might expect him to be a bit rusty, but Lee says it isn’t so. Joss and ABC are coordinating the his schedule around the upcoming Marvel movies so Whedon can supervise the films and still have time to write scripts for S.H.I.E.L.D. Lee has plenty of faith in Joss’s talent saying:
“He’s already working on the scripts for the series. We will have to work. We shot it in Los Angeles to make sure that he is free to work across his feature life and his television life, but I love to see Joss who of course has made many great television shows in his day, enjoying television as much as movies. That’s flattering for us. We love that.”
Those are some kind words from the president although he hasn’t even seen the pilot himself yet. How this will blend into the Marvel universe is uncertain, but we can expect Whedon to have fan’s backs on this one while keeping the executives happy. When asked about what to expect, Lee assured people that this has everything in a show that we’ve come to expect from Joss saying:
“The truth about Joss is he has some great relationships in it so there are a lot of really funny male/female relationships that go through it. But it’s also Joss too and there’s a lot of action. Look, what we do do, I talk about the emotion of the network, that it’s smart with heart. There is something which I talk less about, that’s very real about this network, is we have more co-viewed shows. Absolutely Marvel has the ability to bring the whole family around it.”
One of the few worries for the pilot, and eventually the series should ABC approve and move forward, is the budget. Those that have tracked Whedon’s shows on television know the scale on which he operates and it’s cost him once or twice in the past. Lee assured attendees of the event though that everything is, and will remain under control as time goes on:
“On the one hand, we have to make shows that can sustain for many, many years and we’d love to see ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ go not just from pilot but to series, and not just from series but to last a long time. We’re a long way from that. We’d love to do that and we’re able to be much more ambitious on television because of the technology available. At the same time, look, we are ambitious with the show and we’re certainly investing to the levels of ‘Once Upon a Time’ and that’s an ambitious show.”
Read Fred’s entire article over at Crave Online it’s a great read, but stay with us for any new news before the Fall release of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC.