[[wysiwyg_imageupload:4984:]]With the success of The Avengers and Joss Whedon you would think that the new S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series thought set to air this Fall on ABC would be given a full series.
However, that doesn't appear to be the case as ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee let it be known at a Television Critics Association event that it's their hope that it will go from a pilot to a series to a long-term show.
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.
The good news is the process most likely seems to be a norm for television as Lee also informs us (via craveonline) that Joss Whedon is, indeed, working on scripts for the rest of the series.
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.
We also learn that Disney and ABC have put the new S.H.I.E.L.D. series ahead of everything else, which of course is another good sign.
We haven’t seen the pilot. We fast tracked that before the others. We’re going to see it before the others. We’re very hopeful that goes to series and we’re going to market it. We hope it will get both males and females. By the way, the script’s great. I don’t want to jinx it.
The S.H.I.E.L.D. series also stars Clark Gregg reprising as Agent Phil Couslon from The Avengers movie.