Fall TV Preview

Fall TV Scoop: ABC Picks Up Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D., Rebel Wilson's Super Fun Night, Psych Star's Comedy, Kyle Killen Drama and 7 Others

CHLOE BENNET, ELIZABETH HENSTRIDGE, IAIN DE CAESTECKER, CLARK GREGG, MING-NA WEN, BRETT DALTONOne of pilot season’s easiest calls is now official: ABC has picked up Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., geek god Joss Whedon‘s TV offshoot of the Avengers feature films.

What’s more, the first promo for the brand-new series is set to air this Sunday during the Once Upon a Time season finale.

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The cast for S.H.I.E.L.D. — which follows a worldwide law enforcement organization that polices the new, the strange and the unknown — includes ER alum Ming-Na (as former soldier Melinda May), Clark Gregg (reprising his big-screen Avengers role as Agent Phil Coulson), Nashville’s Chloe Bennet (as superhero culture-obsessed Skye), British beauty Elizabeth Henstridge (science expert Gemma Simmons), Scotsman Iain De Caestecker (tech whiz Leo Fitz) and Brett Dalton (rising star Agent Grant).

Other new shows ordered by ABC — in addition to the Once Upon a Time spin-off — include:

Super Fun Night (Comedy)
EPs | Rebel Wilson, Conan O’Brien, John Riggi
CAST | Wilson (Bridesmaids, Pitch Perfect), Lauren Ash (Lost Girl), Liza Lapira (Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23), Kelen Coleman (The Newsroom)
Three nerdy female friends embark on a quest to have super fun every Friday night in the single-cam project (which was originally developed as a multi-cam comedy last spring at CBS).

Back in the Game (Comedy, fka She’s Got Balls)
EPs | Mark and Robb Cullen (Las Vegas), Aaron Kaplan, John Requa, Glenn Ficarra
CAST | Maggie Lawson (Psych), Jr., James Caan (Las Vegas), Sr., Lenora Crichlow (Being Human), Griffin Gluck (Private Practice), Ben Koldyke (Big Love), Kennedy Waite, J.J. Totah, Cooper Roth
When Terry Gannon (Lawson), a recently divorced, single mother, temporarily moves in with her estranged father (Caan), a beer-swilling former baseball player, she reluctantly starts coaching her son’s Little League team and is drawn back into the world of sports she vowed to leave behind.

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The Goldbergs (Comedy)
EP | Adam Goldberg
CAST | Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids), Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm), George Segal (Don’t Shoot Me), Hayley Orrantia (The X Factor), Sean Giambrone and Troy Gentile (Good Luck Chuck)
This ’80s-set series revolves around an overbearing, hyper-emotional shopaholic with no sense of boundaries and a big mouth. Nonetheless, she’s a very dedicated mom.

Mixology (Comedy)
EPs | Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (The Hangover, The Change-Up)
CAST | Blake Lee (Parks and Recreation), Andrew Santino (Punk’d), Kate Simses (What’s Your Number), Adam Campbell (Epic Movie), Craig Frank, Vanessa Lengies (Glee) as Kacey, Alexis Carra (Incredible Girl), Sarah Bolger (Once Upon A Time) as Janey, Ginger Gonzaga (Legit), Adan Canto (The Following)
Set in the world of a sexy Manhattan bar, the high-concept single-cam comedy chronicles the exploits of singles in search of love — all over the course of one night.

Trophy Wife (Comedy)
CAST | Malin Akerman (Suburgatory), Bradley Whitford (The West Wing), Marcia Gay Harden (Damages), Michaela Watkins (Saturday Night Live) as Jackie, Natalie Morales (90210), Ryan Scott Lee (Super 8), Albert Tsai, Gianna LePera
They say the third time’s the charm — and reformed party girl Kate (Akerman) is hoping that’s true when she becomes Pete’s (Whitford) third wife. Harden and Watkins plays wives No. 1 and 2, Morales is Kate’s BFF.

Betrayal (Drama)
EP | David Zabel (ER)
CAST | Hannah Ware (Boss), Stuart Townsend (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) , James Cromwell (American Horror Story), Henry Thomas (E.T.), Chris Johnson (The Vampire Diaries), Wendy Moniz (Guiding Light), Elizabeth McLaughlin (The Clique), Braeden Lamasters (Men of a Certain Age)
A beautiful but unhappily married female photographer begins a torrid affair with a lawyer for a powerful family. When he turns out to be defending a murder suspect who is being prosecuted by her husband, the relationship and the case begin a spiraling series of betrayals with cataclysmic results for everyone involved.

Killer Women (Drama)
EPs | Hannah Shakespeare (The Playboy Club), Ben Silverman, Sofia Vergara, Luis Balaguer, Martin Campbell
CAST | Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica), Mark Blucas (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Marta Milans (Shame), Alex Fernandez (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), Michael Trucco (Battlestar Galactica)
Based on the Argentine series Mujeres Asesinas, it centers on the only woman (Helfer) in the notoriously male Texas Rangers — a ballsy, beautiful badass who knows how to get to the truth and isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers.

Lucky 7 (Drama)
EPs | David Zabel (ER), Jason Richman
CAST | Isiah Whitlock, Jr (The Wire), Matt Long (Private Practice), Stephen Louis Grush (Detroit 1-8-7), Lorraine Bruce (Eden Lake), Anastasia Phillips (Stoked), Summer Bishil (Towelhead), Luis Antonio Ramos (The Ruins), Christine Evangelista (The Joneses)
A show about seven employees of a service station in Queens whose lives are changed in many unexpected ways when they win a lottery jackpot.

Mind Games (Drama, fka Influence)
EP | Kyle Killen (Awake, Lone Star)
CAST | Steve Zahn (Treme), Christian Slater (True Romance), Megalyn Echikunwoke (CSI: Miami), Cedric Sanders (The Social Network), Gregory Marcel (The Good Shepherd), Wynn Everett (The Newsroom)
A workplace ensemble centered on the relationship between two brothers — a bipolar genius in human psychology and a slick ex-con — who head a unique agency designed to solve problems using the real science of human motivation and manipulation.

Resurrection (Drama, fka The Returned)
EPs | Aaron Zelman (The Killing), JoAnn Alfano (30 Rock), Jon Liebman (Ringer), Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner
CAST | Omar Epps (House), Matt Craven (Crimson Tide), Devin Kelley (The Chicago Code), Frances Fisher (Titanic), Kurtwood Smith (That 70s Show), Sam Hazeldine, Samaire Armstrong (The O.C.), Nicholas Gonzalez (Off the Map)
This series asks the provocative question, “What happens when the people you have mourned and buried suddenly appear on your doorstep as if not a day’s gone by? The lives of the people of Arcadia, Missouri are forever changed when their deceased loved ones return.”

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  1. rowan77 says:

    Was there any doubt this was getting picked up? The question is can the network let Joss and gang do their thing and not give the kind of dumb notes Fox gave them at Dollhouse that’ll kill the show?

    • Alan says:

      since the avengers became a license to print money thanks in part to joss’ writing i suspect they are going to give it the space it deserves.

      • rowan77 says:

        That’s what everyone thought about Firefly (with Buffy and Angel being hits), but Fox put their hands all over it with stupid notes like “no horses.” And their marketing department had no idea how to sell it, so instead of working on a great way to sell an original program, their ads didn’t reflect the show at all. Disney tends to like to give lots of direction – so I’m skeptical about the idea that they’d let Joss be Joss. We’ll see.

    • Mikael says:

      I could see them giving Joss leeway, but possibly interfering when he inevitably wants to kill off the most popular character which has become his signature move.

      • canadian ninja says:

        So in your mind Agent Coulson, Tara, Quinn, Jenny Calendar, Fred, Book and Wash are “the most popular” characters in their respective series? Fred maybe but c’mon.

        And he’s already starting with a zombie Coulson or a guy whose future is known to us if the show is starting pre-Avengers.

        Not saying he won’t be trying to kill off someone but then I see that as a good thing.

        • Paul says:

          If you are familiar with the Marvel universe, then you know that at some point that Tony Stark developed the LMD’s, which were shown on a monitor when Nick Fury was interviewing Tony Stark. The LMD stands for Life Model Decoy, which were literally androids designed to simulate a person to the point that they even thought, reacted and “bled” like them. Key agents had several of these units copied of them to allow them to have easy alibis if necessary, or to protect the cover. It is not a stretch to either say that the Coulson in the series is either the real one, with the LMD having been dispatched by Loki in the movie, or that this Coulson is an LMD operating to continue the legacy of the original.

          My take is that it is an LMD in the series, and that it will be a subplot running in the first season.

  2. Matt says:


  3. Peter Williams says:

    Woo hoo!!!!

  4. Mike says:

    Great news, totally expected, but great news nonetheless, like I needed another reason to tune in for the OUAT finale.

  5. Strange and unknown? I hope this will be something like the X-Files

  6. Um, Best day ever!!
    I heard a rumor that it got a full season order instead of the usual 13 episodes ‘wait to see how the ratings are before we order more’ order, is that true?

  7. ScarletM says:

    Is Cobie Smulders going to be in it at all?

    • Mike says:

      Perhaps, but not in any regular role, she has HIMYM for one more year, there is a chance she’ll fest star next year.

    • Teag says:

      Guest appearances during the first season. If there’s a second, she’ll likely be a regular.

      • Russ says:

        I don’t know. I think she will occasionally guest star because Cobie is gonna be in a couple of Marvel films.

    • Sokratis says:

      Please please be good so cobie can be in season 2!

    • Alan says:

      not a regular during the first season but she has said that she has cleared it with the how i met your mother people to make a few appearances if i remember correctly.

  8. Kelly says:

    So happy. Obviously this was expected news but the longer it took the more nervous I got anyway. Nice to finally have confirmation.

  9. Sarah says:


  10. cal says:

    let’s see how they manage to treat this male-skewing show. thursday at 8pm again?

    • wordsmith says:

      I think the box office proved that the Avengers property has four quadrant appeal – as does Whedon’s work in general. But you’re right, it does seem a little bit off-brand for ABC.

      • ragincajun says:

        Don’t worry! Absent Ball & Cock will find a way to screw it up. By midseason, the characters will all be screwing each other, and Twitter and this site will be posting articles like SHIELDalicious this and McSHIELD that.

        • wordsmith says:

          You say that like it’s a bad thing. There’s no law saying that dudes can’t like romantic drama too.

    • Babygate says:

      No. Not Thursdays. It would be in direct competition with CBS’ most powerful show. I think that Sundays at 9 would be best. Preceded by OUAT and followed by Revenge. This would be a nice action-packed evening.

      • cal says:

        i was only joking that they seem to put previous male-skewing shows in that slot (lost, last resort, etc.). i am hoping that they will treat this one well.

        • Sg. Grant says:

          ABC would be better served moving an establish show to the first hour of Thursday. I wouldn’t be shocked if Castle were moved there, and The Shield aired on the already crowded Monday night opposite Revolution and Hawaii 5-0.

      • Nellie C. says:

        So it would go up against Sunday Night Football? That makes no sense. I do wonder where it will end up. It’s so off-brand for ABC that I wonder if it can find more than a very niche network. It doesn’t help that Sunday, Monday and Thursday are bad options because of football.

  11. mia says:

    OUAT finale *and* the first promo!?! Awesome Sunday!

  12. Tru says:

    Very cool they order “Super fun night.” Part of me think Rebel should focus on her movie career instead but I can’t wait to see it. I love HER

    • Sarah says:

      I feel the exact same way. LOVE her, but she’s so popular right now you would think she’d focus on movies. Either way, I’m THRILLED we’ll be able to enjoy her awesomeness on a weekly basis!!

  13. mia says:

    Anyone else really happy for Clark Gregg? He’s worked *so* long as a character actor – he was always that guy you recognized. And now here he is, a lead on a show and one of the most beloved characters in the biggest movie franchise. Congrats to him!!

    • Teag says:

      Yes! Phil Coulson is so awesome.

    • Alan says:

      its very good to see him finally get something big after putting in the hard yards for so long. it really is a dream combination of character and actor, who knew back before iron man 1 came out that we would care so much about a random shield agent who wasnt even in the comics?

  14. Babygate says:

    I think Super Fun Night was kind of a given. Happy that it was picked up. I think that the best slot would be Thursdays at 8:30. Dramas and reality shows have not worked here, I think a female-driven comedy would give non-CBS viewers an option and Rebel Wilson is a great vehicle for that.

  15. William says:

    Any word on Gothica? The description to that pilot immediately grabbed my attention.

  16. Zorkel567 says:

    So happy for SHIELD. Now to hope for Once Upon a Time in Wonderland…

  17. Truth says:

    I can’t even with Agent Coulson. He is literally the most generic, boring, one-dimensional character ever. Pretty much every procedural drama ever created has an Agent Coulson: a stoic white guy who never shows any emotion. There are so many more interesting characters in the Marvel universe to pull from, and they make a show based off the guy who looks and acts like all the other guys that are already on TV. Why even bother? It’s pretty much NCIS or Law and Order or CSI insert-city-here, but with superheores. People are so unoriginal in their tastes.

    • Jumped Conclusions says:

      I think the point is that with a show, Coulson will now be able to undergo this character development you speak of. Anyway, Coulson wasn’t Whedon’s creation. I’ll at least see what he plans on doing with the character before passing judgment.

    • Alan says:

      if you watch the “marvel one-shot” things they did with him in it he comes across as a character perfect for something like this, the only reason why he hasnt gotten more development already is because as a side character he never was going to get it. i would really recommend “a funny thing happened on the way to thor’s hammer”, its only about 5 minutes long buts its the best thing they have done with coulson; and “the consultant” really shows off how he can understand a situation and manipulate it to help his own agenda, something which i suspect could become a major feature of the character in tv.

  18. alexjones says:

    mind games is the only show listed here that could be interesting.

  19. bklyngirl says:

    Joss Whedon. I’m there. :)

  20. DreamRose311 says:

    Super excited about SHIELD, but also excited about Mind Games, sounds pretty interesting

  21. Tiffanie says:

    Does anyone know if the pilot the advocates got picked

  22. Babygate says:

    OMG, these other pick ups? No, no, no. no. and no. Back in the Game with James Caan. Something that sounds like its appropriate for a CBS audience. The Goldbergs, set in the 80’s? When was the last time any period show succeeded? Trophy Wife: the name alone objectifies women. Mind Games, similar to Lie to Me from Fox and that other failed Christian Slater show. Lucky 7 doesn’t sound interesting at all. It may be, but it doesn’t sound like it. These picks from the people that brought us Red Widow, Zero Hour, The Neighbors and Family Tools. Good grief! At least they have SHIELD. Let’s hope they know how to capitalize on that opportunity.

  23. JimC says:

    Its freakin ABC. Don’t get too excited about anything on that network. You better blow them away right out of the box or your show will be history. They’ve done it before, they WILL do it again.

  24. JC says:

    I wonder what the Back In the Game pickup means for Maggie Lawson’s character on Psych.

  25. Lyss says:

    Excited about still being able to watch Maggie Lawson on tv, but crying about the inevitable end of Psych! One good thing that might happen is James might finally propose to her and they could get married! (Jaggie problems!)

    • Meg says:

      So agree about Jaggie, James needs to put a ring on it and the end of Psych (tears) may finally give us what we want!

      • Megan says:

        I am so not looking forward to the end of Pysch either. :( But if Maggie has another show now, I really can’t see it going past season 8. I hope she has time to film all 13 episodes. I can’t imagine the final episode(s) without a happy Shules!

        • Rachel says:

          Well they are filming the second half of season 8 now and Maggie will start filming Back in the Game probably like late July or early August. So if there is a season 9 of Psych, it is possible if they really schedule well it will work out!

  26. Boone says:

    Yay for SHIELD, Mind Games and The Goldbergs.

  27. JC says:

    I’m glad the Tricia Helfer show got picked up, though I kind of expected a name change.

  28. Meredith says:

    With the exceptions of Super Fun Night and *maybe* Mixology all of those comedies sound TERRIBLE. Can’t be belive they cancelled Happy Endings to pick up that crap.

  29. Caro says:

    What a trashy line up ABC has for fall! Do they think everyone is a 17 year old boy, a teenage girl or an airhead?

  30. brandon says:

    Super Fun Night would’ve been great with Happy Endings. :(

  31. ben says:

    The Playboy Club was written by Shakespeare?

  32. xx says:

    Jossssssssssssssssss :)

  33. CJ says:

    Wasn’t Clark Gregg’s character Agent Phil Coulson killed in the Avengers movie? Does this take place before the movie or does it not have any relation?

    • Nellie C. says:

      Because Fury is such a trustworthy source? They “needed a push,” and he provided one.

      The show takes place after the movie, and interviews make it sound like they’re choosing the most obvious explanation (as opposed to the Vision or a life-model decoy, to name two other theories that were very popular after the movie came out).

    • Jay says:

      Coulson’s going to wake up with a machine in his chest that’s keeping him alive. Marvel is science fiction, they can do that kind of thing!

  34. GK says:

    YES! To SHIELD and Resurrection!

  35. Aleksa says:

    Resurrection was the only one that sounded intriguing to me.

  36. Alex says:

    Every single one except the one with Trisha Helfer sounds like a total bomb. And yes, even SHIELD. Why would I want to watch a TV set in the world of superheroes but didn’t have any actual superheroes in it?

    • Alan says:

      there have been many comics dealing with just that situation and they have been fantastic, dont pass judgement until youve seen it.

  37. emma says:

    I hope TBS pick up Body of Proof ABC u SUCK for cancel a good show

  38. Mikael says:

    I hope they don’t stick with the “no superheroes” thing for too long. It’s already getting old on Arrow. If the show is going to fit with the MCU, they’re going to need to reference superheroes. Maybe not the big ones from the films, but what about lesser known ones that won’t get their own movie, like Moon Knight, Spider-Woman, Iron Fist, Luke Cake, etc.? They could actually do Elektra justice, or Daredevil, Blade, The Punisher.

  39. TrashBash says:

    All I see is another All White prominent cast. SMH.

  40. Teag says:

    I don’t understand Mixology’s plot. Every episode takes place on ONE night?

    • Zachary says:

      Every season takes place over the course of 1 night. Each episode takes place over the course of 22 minutes.

  41. William says:

    Killer Woman and Betrayal cancelled after 1 month….Resurrection sounds good…

  42. Jeff says:

    S.H.I.E.L.D…fine, but let me know when ABC has added another show with a darn to its fall lineup?!?

  43. Matthew says:

    I don’t know about this one. I’m glad to see Agent Coulson back from the dead–can’t wait to find out how they did it–but the plot just doesn’t sound right to me. I mean, they’re setting it in the Marvel universe, but they’re assembling a team of non-super heroes. I’m afraid it will seem too uneventful of a storyline for such a dynamic universe chock full of mutants, gods and super humans.

  44. Ram510 says:

    Is Bad Management still in contention? I need my Rules of Engagement alum back on the small screen