Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Renewed For Second Season


ABC has renewed Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for a second season ahead of their network upfront presentation on May 13. The move comes at the same time as an announcement that they will roll out Marvel's Agent Carter for a full season. Most experts had expected that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s renewal was a foregone conclusion because it performs better in the Tuesday, 8 p.m. time slot than anything ABC has been able to schedule there for years -- and it performs well with young men, an audience that ABC doesn't typically attract. In that way, Agent Carter may be a good companion series in that it can appeal to women as well and help bring the Revenge crowd to Marvel. The series debuted to monster numbers back in September, but cooled significantly, averaging between 5 million and 7 million viewers weekly compared to over 17 million for the Joss Whedon-directed pilot. Critics weren't kind to it at first, either, although it's been getting glowing reviews since Captain America: The Winter Soldier was released in April and the showrunners could finally reveal what it was that the season had been building toward. The consensus seems to be that the post-Winter Soldier episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are some of the best TV on right now. No word yet on who will return as series regulars in the second season; a number of characters' fates are up in the air ahead of Tuesday's season premiere, including Brett Dalton's Grant Ward, B.J. Britt's Antoine Triplett and Bill Paxton's John Garrett. Currently, Dalton is the only series regular of the three, but all three of them could be moved up, down or out next week.