ABC Announces Full Season Pickup of MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD

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In what must be the least surprising move by ABC since it announced it had picked up the pilot of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to series, ABC today announced that it has picked up Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for a full season. In its premiere it brought in the highest ratings for a debut in four years. Well done, we viewers!

Most if not all series these days are picked up initially for only what is traditionally considered a half season, generally 13 episodes. Sometimes series get a “back nine” episodes pickup to make it to a full, 22-episode season. Other times series are renewed for another season but not a back nine, leaving them at a 13-episode season, as happened recently with Fox’s Sleepy Hollow.

Yet other times, of course, series wait to no avail for any pickup at all, and it’s 13 episodes (or fewer) and out. No such fate, however, is in store for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Here’s the announcement:


ABC has picked up new hit drama “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” for a full season, it was announced today by Paul Lee, president, ABC Entertainment Group.

The series opened as TV’s highest-rated drama debut in nearly 4 years (since 11/03/09) and ranks as the No. 1 new show of the 2013-14 season among Adults 18-49 (4.0 Live + Same Day rating/5.7 Live + 3 Day rating). On average, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is No. 1 in its Tuesday, 8 o’clock time period, and has more than doubled the young adult delivery in the hour year-to-year (+150%).

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Skye, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz and Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Marvel’s first television series, was co-created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen (“Dollhouse,” “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”), who also serve as executive producers along with Jeph Loeb (“Smallville,” “Lost,” “Heroes”) and Jeffrey Bell (“Angel,” “Alias”). “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television, and is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound.

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Congratulations to all who are involved in the production of the show, and to we the fans!

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., starring Clark GreggBrett DaltonMing-na WenIain De CaesteckerElizabeth Henstridge, and Chloe Bennet, airs Tuesdays at 8/7c, on ABC.

Erin Willard
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