S.H.I.E.L.D. gets a full series order, Defiance clinches a second season

Posted by David Konow

Marvel mania is absolutely back, and bigger than ever. Iron Man 3 looks to be the biggest movie of the summer, if not the year, and with a number of TV shows getting the green light, renewed or cancelled this week, the upcoming Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. series has won a full season order for ABC. 

We’re willing to bet that this development comes on the heels of the incredible success of Iron Man 3, and the pilot has been finished, but at this point having an Avengers spin-off on TV is a pretty sure bet to make. Marvel is apparently going to have the upcoming Phase Two superhero movies storyline intertwine with the Avengers, and we have the feeling that fans will tune in to see how the story will continue beyond the big screen.
 
Entertainment Weekly also tells us that the teaser commercial for S.H.I.E.L.D. has a glimpse of the Hulk. There’s been talk of bringing the Hulk back to TV, Guillermo Del Toro was involved at one point, and it would be cool to see him back again, even if he’s part of an ensemble. With The Avengers, Joss Whedon felt the Hulk worked best as part of a group, and we’re hoping this could happen again cause we love the big guy, and still have fond memories of the Bill Bixby series of the ‘70s.
 
We haven’t been able to locate an air-date yet, there probably isn’t one nailed down at the moment, but S.H.I.E.L.D. will be debuting in the Fall TV season. While a show like S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn’t seem like a big risk these days, a much riskier show, Defiance, is apparently doing well enough to get a second season greenlight. 
 
While the gaming business is usually in a state of flux, there are a number of big screen game adaptations currently in the works, including Assassin’s Creed and World of Warcraft, and Defiance is an interesting experiment where the show and the game are interconnected. As the New York Times reports, “Each is designed to be a stand-alone piece of entertainment. Yet they also intersect. Events in the show will influence the game. And events in the game will influence the show.”
 
Where usually the game comes first, then the movie or the TV show, both the game and the show of Defiance came out at the same time, and the Times felt the whole package has a lot of potential. Now as Deadline tells us, a second season of Defiance has indeed gotten the green light, and it will shoot in August for airing next year.