It’s that time of year when fans learn whether their investment in a year’s worth of a TV show will pay off in a second season or whether it was time well wasted. TV upfronts are next week, the annual announcement by the networks of what they’ll be showing next year and on what day of the week you’ll be able to watch it, but since news goes better in several doses and not just a single big dose, we’re getting some early renewal and cancellation notices going into the weekend. ABC, for instance, has been playing its cards pretty close to the chest, but Marvel fans can breath easier today because not only will Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. be back next year, but so will Agent Carter.
Both renewals were announced last night by Deadline along with 14 other ABC shows. Castle, Modern Family, Once Upon a Time, Fresh Off the Boat, Black-ish, Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, and How to Get Away with Murder are amongst the other ABC shows that will return next year. The Returned rip-off Resurrection and the immortal police procedural Forever were amongst the shows not returning.
Of course the big news (for us anyway) had to do with those Marvel shows. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been creatively better in its second season thanks in no small part to its introduction of the Inhumans and utilizing its comic book resources better. Agent Carter, meanwhile, although not as successful ratings-wise, was a hit with critics and fans thanks in no small part to its shortened episode order and star Hayley Atwell.
The one Marvel show not going forward is the proposed S.H.I.E.L.D. spin-off featuring the characters Lance Hunter (Nick Blood) and Bobbi “Mockingbird” Morse (Adrianne Palicki). Deadline gave no reason for the show not going forward, but not wanting to take two of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s more interesting characters out of the picture isn’t a bad notion. Realistically though, the renewal of Agent Carter probably put the kibosh on the Hunter/Mockingbird show. It’s also worth noting that Marvel still has another show in development with John Ridley, but that secret show may be on the back burner since Ridley’s American Crime was just renewed for a second season.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s two-hour season finale airs Tuesday on ABC. ABC’s upfronts presentation is also on Tuesday.