Last spring, as the networks were preparing their fall shows, there was an announcement that ABC was working on a spin-off for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that would focus on the Moonlighting-esque solo adventures of Bobbi ‘Mockingbird’ Morse (Adrianne Palicki) and Lance Hunter (Nick Blood). When the fall schedule was announced, this new show was not a part of it, and it was widely assumed that the renewal of Agent Carter might have had something to so with that. But since everything old is new again in Hollywood, it sounds like the spin-off is back on, only don’t call it a spin-off. It’s a continuation of their story, you see.
According to Variety, the series, which is to be called Marvel’s Most Wanted, is back on at ABC and Marvel Studios, at the very least in a provisional sense. The sticking point, according to the trade paper, is ABC’s frugalness, meaning they’re cheap. It’s understandable because both S.H.I.E.L.D. and Carter cost a lot to make, and neither are ratings juggernauts. Evidently, ABC also wanted to get a bit more juice out of having Palicki and Blood on S.H.I.E.L.D. where they are two of the most popular characters.
So the spin-off is back on once the duo puts in some more face time on S.H.I.E.L.D. Producers Jeffrey Bell and Paul Zbyszewski are part of the project now as they were back in the spring, but the network wants it known that Most Wanted is “not a spinoff, per se,” and rather “an entirely new project solely focused on the two characters to continue their story.” How that differentiates this from a typical spin-off is uncertain.
Most Wanted looks likely to go to pilot later this year. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., meanwhile, will return this fall on ABC.