Joss Whedon’s “Agents Of SHIELD” was the highest-rated new series NOT following NBC’s juggernaut “The Voice” this season, and has both earned a second season and unleashed a cavalcade of comic-book TV imitators for next season.
To wit. ABC has just greenlit to series “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” which will be set in the “Agents of SHIELD” universe and follow the 1946 adventures of the Hayley Atwell character from the “Captain America” movies.
The Carter-centric original short that appeared on the “Iron Man Three” Blu-ray served as pilot for the series.
Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas, the "Dollhouse" vets who scripted the CW’s excellent “Reaper” pilot way back when, will serve as "Agent Carter" showrunners.
"Avengers" writer-director Joss Whedon, of course, now oversees all projects set in the cinema/TV universe shared by Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Nick Fury, Phil Coulson, Senator Stern, Pepper Potts, The Falcon, Deathlok, etc. etc.
It’s 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark, all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life – Steve Rogers.
Streaming service Netflix has already greenlit five (!) fast-approaching live-action kinda-TV series based on Marvel characters Daredevil, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and The Defenders. These series will also be set in the "Agents of SHIELD" universe.
DC Comics meanwhile is getting into the act in a big way next season, with Fox’s “Gotham,” NBC’s “Constantine,” and The CW’s “The Flash” and “iZombie” all receiving series orders this week (and more than making up for Wonder Woman’s failure to launch in recent years).
Also just renewed is ABC’s “The Goldbergs,” which has been benefiting greatly, ratings-wise, from following “SHIELD” on Tuesday nights.