Joss Whedon’s ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ TV Series Pilot Finishes Production

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One of the ‘Big Questions Facing Movie Geeks’ in 2013 concerns Marvel’s ability to build on the runaway success of Joss Whedon’s The Avengers. Impending Iron Man and Thor standalone movie sequels will provide a partial answer later this year, but the issue won’t be completely addressed until final results from Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D. television series are in – beginning with, whether or not ABC elects to acquire the pilot to series.

Network president Paul Lee remains publicly hopeful about S.H.I.E.L.D. going to series, but a final decision has yet to be made. In the meantime, though, we can confirm that production has indeed wrapped on the pilot episode, some 3-4 weeks after principal photography began (and the show’s social media campaign was launched).

The cast includes Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson (whose return in a post-Avengers universe remains unexplained for now), alongside Chloe Bennet (Nashville), Iain De Caestecker (Young James Harriot), Elizabeth Henstridge (Hollyoaks), Ming-Na Wen (Eureka) and Brett Dalton. Meanwhile, Samuel L. Jackson has indicated he’s game for showing up as S.H.I.E.L.D. head Nick Fury – in person or by providing opening voiceover – and Cobie Smulders says there are ‘definite talks’ for her to appear as Agent Maria Hill down the line (again, assuming the show is picked up).

Co-showrunner Maurissa Tancharoen posted an Instagram photo to announce the completion of production. Moving left to right in the image below, you can see the S.H.I.E.L.D. executive producers Jeph Loeb (Smallville, Heroes), Joss, Tancharoen and her husband/Joss’ brother Jed Whedon, and Jeffrey Bell (Angel, Alias).


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S.H.I.E.L.D. (if picked up) premieres this Fall and is one of the most anticipated TV shows arriving in 2013.

On the Marvel movie front: Iron Man 3 releases May 3rd, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8th, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4th, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1st, 2014, The Avengers 2 on May 1st, 2015 and Ant-Man on November 6th, 2015.

Source: Maurissa Tancharoen

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  1. Anybody no if Fury will still be played by Sam Jackson in this series? Or are we just assuming he is always on assignment? It seems people have forgotten about is character since all the speculation is about how coulson is still alive.

    • Third paragraph:

      “[…] Meanwhile, Samuel L. Jackson has indicated he’s game for showing up as S.H.I.E.L.D. head Nick Fury – in person or by providing opening voiceover […]”

  2. You’d have to be the worst TV exec not to pick this show up! Seriously!? How can ABC have not locked this in by now!?

    • TV can be kind of a different animal, but I agree with you. Right now we need more Marvel AND more Joss.

  3. Maybe I’m just to much of a movie/tv nerd but honestly my biggest concern when it comes to this show is if the cost to produce it be it’s biggest hurdle?
    Think about it…
    To justify the cost the show will need a minimum of about 10 million viewers a week. And now a days that’s a hard number to come bye. Especially for a Sci-Fi show which normally don’t attract a huge following.
    I hope it works out though because I’m really excited to see it.

    • They might be willing to lose money on the series if it means being able to introduce new characters on a quicker format than yearly movies. Their goal might not be viewers. If I was them I would see the Show and one big marketing tool.

      • the TV execs are different then the movie execs. They are not going to leave a show with sub-par ratings on the air so someone else can make money.

  4. If this is NOT picked up by ABC officially…it will the biggest mistake they ever made…think of it every Marvel fanboy an girl watching ABC…RATINGS!!!!! Hello!

    • That may not be enough. No chance it reaches walking dead ratings

  5. The idea seems like a good one. The question is how will they spin the drama. It can end up like Smalleville, which was very good and fun to watch, or it can end up like crap like all the other TV super hero series. I’ve discovered that super hero films and TV shows are either hit or miss, no matter how cheesy and cheap the special effects are. Take Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and Xena as examples. Both are underground hits, but super cheesy and super cheep special effects. Birds of Prey (I think this is the one about Batman’s daughter?) sucked. Spinoffs from Highlander TV series were heavily funded, but sucked…and there are many more. But then, there was Firefly, which was good, but not popular amoung the people and gained the title of “The Most canceled TV series”. So I guess we’ll have to see the pilot to see if the series is any good. It does have a lot of potential And I can see a whole back story being made later or as background events (i.e. story drivers and speech fillers) to explain Agent Carlson’s return.

    • I agree that Birds of Prey was disappointing; it could have been much better, I think. Smallville at its best was fantastic, although it kind of lost the plot in later seasons. Arrow, on the other hand, strikes me as dull. It may be more serious, but I have a hard time really being interested in watching it.

  6. I have a good feeling about this thing for some reason, possibly related to Joss Whedon.

  7. I wonder if Arrow will tie in to the Justice League continuity?? I’m not really a huge DC fan but it is a good show and I have a nerd stiffie for expanding comic book worlds.

  8. I’m of the opinion that Smallville sucked early on and got interesting from season 8 onwards (even if the writing and acting was terrible, at least there wasn’t as much ridiculous teenage drama).

    Anyway, SHIELD…..

    I’m with some of the comments in the “why hasn’t ABC picked this up already?2 vein but at the same time….I dunno.

    I guess I just don’t have much faith in Joss Whedon. The only thing he’s done that I didn’t think completely sucked is The Avengers and even then, it’s only good on first viewing and you only watch it again for the novelty of seeing superheroes teaming up.

    I hope this show works out because at the moment, I’m worried it’ll be like his other TV shows while I’m sitting here expecting it to be like a superhero based, light hearted version of 24 or one of the other great shows about a government organisation out to catch criminals and protect the world.

    • Have no idea why you would say “only thing he’s done that I didn’t think completely sucked is The Avengers.” What?! Buffy? Firefly? Cabin in the Woods? Toy Story? Dr. Horrible? They all sucked? Go find another website to troll on.

      • I like Alien Resurrection also… Unfortunately Joss Whedon DOES NOT

      • Im sorry but joss doesnt get that much credit for toy story or cabin in the woods. Drew goddard and john lasseter

  9. ABC might “pick it up” ??? Last time I checked DISNEY owns ABC. Disney also owns MARVEL and Joss Whedon too right now. If Disney PAID for the show pilot to get made, then DISNEY will surely put it on their own channel. PICKING IT UP as a series is based on US, THE VIEWERS, liking it and watching it enough to justify an ongoing series.

  10. I miss Firefly…

  11. Joss is a one hit wonder. Didnt enjoy the Avengers at all. This will probably prove how bad he is at writing.

    • So The Avengers, Buffy, Firefly, Serenity, Cabin in the Woods, countless comics and even the Toy Story screenplay proves Whedon is a one-hit wonder?

      I think you’ve just proven you have no credibility on the subject.

        • Mighty Thor,

          You know there is such a thing as paragraphs, right?

  12. I’m just glad it’s not going to be on FOX.