TVLine Items: Bill Paxton Joins S.H.I.E.L.D., New Drag Race Judges, 2 Renewals and More!

Marvel's Agents of SHIELD Season 1 Cast Bill PaxtonAgent Coulson is about to bring in a real plot-Twister.

Bill Paxton, who famously steered around flying bovines in the 1996 weather thriller, is joining ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as an old colleague of Coulson’s, TV Guide Magazine reports.

The Big Love star will play Agent John Garrett, a high-ranking, cigar-smoking operative who’s not content to sit behind a desk all day and who’ll be thrown into the action alongside May and Ward.

Paxton’s at least four-episode run will begin in late February or early March.

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Elsewhere in today’s TV news…

• Dust off those platform heels, hunty: The sixth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race will debut on Monday, Feb. 24 at 9/8c. This round’s guest judges include How I Met Your Mother‘s Neil Patrick Harris, American Idol‘s Adam Lambert and Paula Abdul, Moesha alum Sheryl Lee Ralph, fashion designer Bob Mackie and Keeping Up With the Kardashians sib Khloe Kardashian.

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• Disney Channel has doubled the fun by renewing its twin-sisters comedy Liv and Maddie for a 13-episode second season slated to premiere this fall.

• Frank Tagliano is fixing for another go-around: Netflix has renewed its Steven Van Zandt-starring series Lilyhammer for Season 3, to premiere later this year.

• Missed the Girls premiere on Sunday? HBO is giving you a chance to catch up by putting Episode 1 and Episode 2 online for free.

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11 Comments
  1. Steven says:

    “a high-ranking, cigar-smoking operative”. Hmm The Cigar Smoking Man perhaps?

  2. Alan says:

    game over man, game over.

  3. Tran 2.0 says:

    Really enjoy Bill Paxton’s work from movies such as True Lies, Twister and Titanic not to mention ALIENS. He really has a great relationship with the great director known as James Cameron. Can’t wait to see how his new role on Agents of SHIELD is going to played out. Don’t want SHIELD to get canceled before the season is over.

    • Alan says:

      why would it get cancelled? its still the highest rated new show abc has this season and the ratings have leveled off pretty much where they were expected to after the initial “this isnt the avengers so i wont watch it even though it was never marketed as that” people left.

  4. The Rookie says:

    The need to accept Skye and Ward and are weakest links and make the required changes on the show for S2.

  5. canadian ninja says:

    He better not drive a black suv and have corporate sponsors!

  6. Randy says:

    I like Lilyhammer.

  7. Trenton says:

    He seems the perfect type to be a big bad regarding Shield. All great stories have a big bad to drive stories and steal scenes. Spike from Buffy, anyone from Justified… No idea if he is this, but seems a waste if he is only a one off character for someone with his resume to portray

  8. JayBone says:

    John Garrett is an established character in the comics. Also nice in joke by Marvel to have Paxton play him.

  9. Kaye says:

    I cannot stand bill paxton! He sounds like he is reading he lines. I am so bummed.