Updated April 6: ABC's S.H.I.E.L.D. has gotten a little longer new official title. According to ABC's All Access Media Planning website, the pilot/prospective series is now officially called Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Here's how ABC describes the series: "Joss Whedon (MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) shows us not all heroes are super with MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Fresh from his role in the summer’s box office smash, MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS, Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) returns to the worldwide law enforcement organization S.H.I.E.L.D. He puts together a small, highly trained, team of Agents to tackle the cases that haven’t been classified yet, the new, the strange and the unknown. That team consists of straight arrow Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), an expert in combat and espionage; pilot and martial artist Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen); and brilliant if socially awkward scientists Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge). They’ll be joined by civilian new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet). "Prepare for an epic adventure that showcases the hope and wonder of the human spirit. This is a world of Super Heroes, aliens and the unusual – of action, spectacle and world spanning stories. The show will speak to the human condition through the lens of our very human, non-powered S.H.I.E.L.D agents – that together we are greater than we are apart, and that we can make a difference in the world. "Executive Produced and co-written by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen (Dollhouse, Dr.Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), Jeffrey Bell (Angel, Alias) and Jeph Loeb (Smallville, Lost, Heroes) comes Marvel’s first live-action TV series, MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D." [Note: The title card is just a standard title card similar to all ABC shows in development.] Original story: A new cast member has reportedly been added to the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series, and it's someone very familiar to executive producer Joss Whedon. First reported by SHIELDtv.net and corroborated Friday by TVLine, the latest addition to the show looks to be J. August Richards, who played Gunn from 2000 to 2004 on Buffy the Vampire Slayer spinoff Angel. No specific role for Richards is yet known, and ABC has not commented on the news. The S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot wrapped in February, and whether or not it gets picked up as a series by ABC will likely be known by the network upfronts in May, if not earlier. The pilot was directed by Avengers director and screenwriter Whedon, and it's set in the same Marvel Cinematic Universe continuity as the Marvel Studios films. Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen and Jeffrey Bell will serve as showrunners if S.H.I.E.L.D. gets picked up as a series. Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's FACEBOOK and TWITTER!
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