Today's News: Our Take - ABC Orders Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Once Upon a Time Spin-Off and Rebel Wilson Comedy
ABC's fall schedule is starting to look pretty super.
The network has picked up Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. from Avengers director and Buffy creator Joss Whedon. The series is based on Marvel Universe's fictional and secret law-enforcement agency, Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistic Directorate.
Clark Gregg will reprise his Avengers role as Agent Coulson, with Ming-Na, Brett Dalton, Elizabeth Henstridge, Ian De Caestecker and Chloe Bennet also starring. Whedon will write and executive-produce the drama, which made TVGuide.com's most promising pilots list, along with Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen.
Considering The Avengers' impressive box office take last summer, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. seemed to be an easy slam dunk for ABC thanks to its built-in fan base. ABC is owned by Disney, which bought Marvel in 2009. This is ABC's first series order for the 2013-2014 TV season.
ABC also picked up another show with a built-in fan base - the Wonderland-set Once Upon a Time spin-off. The drama is told through the eyes of Alice (Sophie Lowe), who has a generous heart, but carries the scars of a long and hard life. Once producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz will write and executive-produce alongside Zack Estrin and Steve Pearlman. Emma Rigby, Michael Socha, Peter Gadiot and John Lithgow will also star.
The network picked up five more dramas. Mind Games, formerly Influence, comes from Awake's creator Kyle Killen. The project is a provocative workplace ensemble about the complicated relationship between two brothers - Steve Zahn and Christian Slater - who head an agency that uses the real science of human motivation and manipulation to solve its clients' problems. Megalyn Echikunwoke, Gregory Marcel, Wynn Everett and Cedric Sanders will also star. Ron Rifkin will guest-star.
Steven Spielberg's Lucky 7 centers on seven employees of a service station - Isiah Whitlock Jr., Stephen Louis Grush, Summer Bishil, Anastasia Phillips, Lorraine Bruce, among them - in Queens whose lives are changed in many unexpected ways when they win a lottery jackpot. David Zabel (ER) and Jason Richman (Detroit 1-8-7) will write and executive-produce with Spielberg, Smash's Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. Christine Evangelista and Luis Antonio Ramos will also star.
The Revenge-esque Betrayal focuses on a beautiful, unhappily married female photographer (Hannah Ware) who begins a torrid affair with a lawyer (Stuart Townsend) for a powerful family. When he turns out to be defending a murder suspect who is being prosecuted by her husband (Chris J. Johnson), the relationship and the case begin a spiraling series of betrayals with cataclysmic results for everyone involved. Zabel will write and executive-produce. Henry Thomas, James Cromwell, Wendy Moniz, Elizabeth McLaughlin and Braeden Lemasters will co-star.
Battlestar Galactica alum Tricia Helfer stars in Killer Women. Helfer plays Molly Parker, the only woman in the Texas Rangers, who is a ballsy, beautiful badass who knows how to get to the truth and isn't afraid to ruffle a few feathers along the way. Based on the Argentine series Mujeres Asesinas. The Playboy Club's Hannah Shakespeare will write while Modern Family's Sofia Vergara and Casino Royale's Martin Campbell will executive-produce. Michael Trucco, Alex Fernandez, Marc Blucas and Marta Milans will co-star.
What happens when the people you have mourned and buried suddenly appear on your doorstep as if not a day's gone by? That is the question posed by Resurrection in which the lives of the people of Arcadia are forever changed when their deceased loved ones... return! Based on the novel by Jason Mott, the pilot is written by Criminal Minds' Aaron Zelman. Matt Craven, Frances Fisher, Samaire Armstrong, Sam Hazeldine, Nicholas Gonzalez, Devin Kelley, Mark Hildreth, Landon Gimenez, Omar Epps and Kurtwood Smith will star.
ABC also picked up five comedies, including the Rebel Wilson project, Super Fun Night. Series is about a girl named Kimmie (Wilson) and her two best friends (Lauren Ash and Liza Lapira) who worry that their Friday-night tradition of staying home in their pajamas will be threatened when Kimmie gets a big promotion at her law firm and is invited to a party by a cute co-worker (Kevin Bishop). Wilson will write and executive-produce the comedy with Conan O'Brien and Conan's Jeff Ross. Super Fun Night also made TVGuide.com's most promising pilots list.
James Caan returns to the small screen in Back in the Game. When Terry Gannon (Maggie Lawson), a divorced single mother, moves in with her estranged father (Caan), a beer-swilling former baseball player, she reluctantly starts coaching her son's (Griffin Gluck) Little League team and is drawn back into the world of sports she vowed to leave behind. Las Vegas writersMark and Robb Cullen will write, while The Neighbors' Aaron Kaplan will executive-produce. Ben Koldyke, Lenora Crichlow, Cooper Roth, J.J. Totah and Kennedy Waite will also star.
A multigenerational, dysfunctional Wonder Years set in simpler times, The Goldbergs is inspired by Adam F. Goldberg's own experience growing up in the '80s in a screwed-up but loving family, including Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeff Garlin, George Segal and Hayley Orrantia. Breaking In's Goldberg will write and executive-produce. Darien Provost, Sean Giambrone and Troy Gentile will also star.
Following her Suburgatory gig last season, Trophy Wife marks Malin Akerman's first regular TV gig. In the comedy, reformed party girl Kate finds herself with an instant family when she falls in love with a man, Brad (The West Wing's Bradley Whitford), who has three manipulative kids and two judgmental ex-wives (Marcia Gay Harden and Michaela Watkins). Private Practice's Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins will write and executive-produce with Bad Teacher producers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg. Natalie Morales, Albert Tsai, Gianna LePera and Ryan Lee will also star.
Set in a sexy Manhattan bar, Mixology is a high-concept comedy from the writers of The Hangover. The comedy chronicles the exploits of singles in search of love all over the course of one night. Jon Lucas and Scott Moore will write and executive-produce. Kate Simses, Sarah Bolger, Adam Campbell, Vanessa Lengies, Alexis Carra, Ginger Gonzaga, Craig Frank, Blake Lee, Adan Canto and Andrew Santino will star.
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