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ABC to Deploy Joss Whedon’s “S.H.I.E.L.D.” Pilot

Prepare yourselves, True Believers, because Nick Fury and the Helicarrier are touching down on ABC this fall. Deadline has confirmed that ABC ordered a live-action pilot entitled S.H.I.E.L.D. from some guy you may have heard of named Joss Whedon. The Avengers director is set to write the script with frequent collaborators/awesome family members Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen and will possibly direct the pilot. Given how busy ol’ Joss is making big-budget films about Earth’s Mightiest Heroes for Disney and Marvel, it’s likely that his involvement in the project will scale back after filming the pilot, but considering that his brother Jed and Tancharoen are the official showrunners, we’re confident that the project is in good hands. Who knows – maybe without Joss Whedon’s name as firmly attached to the project in the long term, it won’t get immediately cancelled by those pesky TV executives.

The show, the first green-lit project from Marvel TV (who also have a Hulk series in development), will operate autonomously from the film universe, focusing more on the day-to-day operations of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division. At long last, you’ll see how HR files workmen’s compensation claims! Watch Bill from accounting tackle a particularly nefarious Excel spreadsheet! See Dum Dum Dugan slowly eat all of the doughnuts in the break room over the course of the day! Finally, we’ll get a chance to see the true heroes who keep the Helicarrier afloat (both literally and metaphorically).

What would you like to see from the S.H.I.E.L.D. television series? Quemment below and let us know! Excelsior!

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10 comments

  • I would like to say that I enjoy Sam Jackson as Nick Fury. He is very entertaining to watch. But, I really think the show should get back to the Nick Fury that the long time comic fans have known for years. A lot of people don’t even realize that the original Nick Fury was a white guy. Now skin color doesn’t really matter to me, but staying true to the original character does. When Nick Fury became a black man, that was in the Ultimate line of comics, an alternate reality. I just think it makes more sense to stay with the original idea.

  • With the Marvel having so many diverse genres in one universe, I wouldn’t mind seeing a Community like style (different genre per episode) (replace Community with any TV show that did it first). Either way, anything Joss Whedon makes me have a nerd boner. :D excited about this.

  • I would love to see it be kinda like an X-Files show. It would be good to see Nick Fury send them out on cases, all of which Sam Jackson could shoot for like a week every season. I think it could really work out, the networks are lacking in their nerd shows at the moment.

  • I’ll take just about anything that Marvel is directly endorsing on screen right about now. I think it would be cool to see C and D list villians pop up in scenarios that SHIELD agents can handle just to get more unique characters on screen. The movies can only do so much and have to be particularly focused but a show like this can go in so many directions… even if it’s lacking super powered characters leading the way.