'S.H.I.E.L.D.' Is 'Very Joss Whedon,' ABC President Says


Not much is known about Marvel's "S.H.I.E.L.D." television series. It stars Clark Gregg as the maybe-resurrected Agent Phil Coulson, and it takes place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That's just about it.

Oh yeah, one other detail: "it's very Joss Whedon."

That's the word from ABC president Paul Lee, who spoke with TV Line about the developing pilot during a recent interview. "S.H.I.E.L.D." comes directed by Whedon and written by his brother Jed Whedon and Jed's wife Maurissa Tancharoen — but despite that high-caliber talent, it's still too early to say what the future of the "very Whedon" series will be, Lee cautions.

"We're optimistic, because Joss is a genius and we love the idea and we love what we've seen," said the ABC chief. "But it's early days, and it's a long way to go between now and a successful series. But we are very excited about it."

"S.H.I.E.L.D." features a growing cast that includes Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson, Ming-Na as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Agent Grant, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Gemma Simmons and Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz. The pilot starts filming early in 2013.

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