The number of Marvel TV shows is increasing in 2014-2015 by one. And yes, that means that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is coming back for a second season, regardless of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s status in the Marvel Cinematic Universe at the moment.
Number two? Well it’s another Agent, of course. Officially titled Marvel’s Agent Carter, the show is a period piece set in 1946, at the dawning of S.H.I.E.L.D., and stars Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, the first field agent for the organization. No word yet if Howard Stark will be recast for the series. The official description lists the character as a major player, though.
"It’s 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark, all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life – Steve Rogers."
The series will be executive produced by Michele Fazekas, Tara Butters, Steve McFeely, Christopher Marcus, and Jeph Loeb.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., meanwhile, was met by some critical and fan derision during the first half of the season. A mid-season turn-around in the ratings came thanks largely to a direct tie-in to Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The movie heavily featured S.H.I.E.L.D., and revealed Hydra as a sleeper organization inside the spy agency, completely changing the premise of the TV show.
ABC also picked up a slightly genre-bent series called Forever, featuring an immortal medical examiner, a scifi drama from EP Steven Spielberg called The Whispers featuring alien invaders who possess children to attack humanity, and a sitcom starring Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Who star Karen Gillan.
This of course all follows a busy week for DC Comics-based TV shows . After Gotham's early pick-up by Fox, three more DC shows came into being earlier on Thursday, with The CW picking up The Flash and iZOMBIE, and NBC picking up Constantine. Those join Arrow, which will go into its third season on The CW and share a universe with The Flash.