So far, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has seen its fair share of notable Marvel guest stars — Avengers actors Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders have both made appearances in the series, and Thor warrior Jaimie Alexander is set to appear later this month. But Tuesday’s episode includes a cameo that may be its most important one yet: comic legend Stan Lee. Known for his brief but memorable appearances throughout multiple Marvel movies, the 91-year-old brings that honor to the ABC series in a role that he teases may be more than just a cameo. EW chatted with the Marvel icon about his guest appearance, creating the S.H.I.E.L.D. universe, and keeping busy at 91 (he might as well be a superhero in his own right!) READ FULL STORY
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Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD is notoriously one of the most tight-lipped shows on TV. But on Thursday, a trip to the show’s top-secret homebase location revealed a few juicy scoops that are sure to excite fans.
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Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD is doing another crossover with a big-screen Marvel property: Thor heroine Lady Sif is coming to the 15th episode of the season, ABC president Paul Lee told reporters at the TCA press tour Friday.
Jaimie Alexander, who played the Asgardian goddess in both Thor films, is shooting her appearance on the show. Unlike the tacked-on throw-away addition of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury last fall, Lee assured that Lady Sif’s role is “integral” to the episode.
Lee also teased that fans will find out who the Clairvoyant is this year, and that producers have a “very cool” plan for the back half of the season. Though the show’s initial ratings plummet was worrisome, the executive said he’s feeling “very good” about the show creatively.
So SHIELD, which returns Feb. 4, is one new ABC drama this season that’s sure to return next fall. Lee noted that the network’s latest struggling drama effort Killer Women will end its run early and will be replaced by newcomer Mind Games, about two men (Christian Slater and Steve Zahn) who can tailor a plan to influence any life-altering situation.
The world of Marvel is about to get a dose of big love.
Bill Paxton will join the cast of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for an arc of at least four episodes beginning in late February. Paxton will play Agent John Garrett, who will work alongside agents Ward (Brett Dalton) and May (Ming-Na Wen). “He is the type who wants to stay out in the field no matter how high-level he gets,” executive producer Maurissa Tancharoen told TV Guide, which first reported the news.
“We wanted to bring in a rough-and-tumble former cohort of Agent Coulson [Clark Gregg] with a little bit of attitude and cigar-smoking swagger,” added executive producer Jed Whedon. Some of Garrett’s backstory is mentioned in the comic Elektra: Assassin, but all that Whedon will say is ”when Garrett got his promotion to Level 7, he refused to sit behind a desk and doesn’t like the formalities of S.H.I.E.L.D. He’s going to help Coulson solve some mysteries and is not afraid to rig an explosive or two.”
'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.': Clark Gregg talks Agent Coulson's 'soul-altering' answers, the Clairvoyant, and more
When Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. left us in 2013, Centipede had (maybe) killed Mike Peterson just before they took Coulson captive in order to find out what happened to him the day after he died. So what’s next for the Coulson? And what will his absence do to his team? We caught up with Clark Gregg to talk all about the show’s return, Coulson’s dark secrets, Victoria Hand’s intentions, and whether we should hold out hope for Mike:
'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' sneak peek: Edison Po joins the war between Centipede and S.H.I.E.L.D. -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s mid-season finale will feature a few familiar faces. From Mike Peterson, the first Centipede case the team investigated, to Raina, the girl in the flower dress, it seems the war between Centipede and S.H.I.E.L.D. is about to explode, literally and figuratively.
We have an exclusive clip from the episode, which shows the return of Cullen Douglas’ Edison Po, a.k.a. the man Raina visited in jail not long ago. It looks as though Centipede decides Po would be more useful outside of those pesky prison walls.
Watch the sneak peek below:
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After last week’s excursion to The Hub, in which Skye learned all about S.H.I.E.L.D.’s many clearance rules, it’s finally time for the episode comic-lovers have been waiting for: The Thor crossover!
This week’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. places our favorite agents in the direct aftermath of Thor: The Dark World. What ensues is a mix of Asgardian mind tricks, a discovery or two, and an internal battle for the straight-faced Agent Ward. We caught up with Chloe Bennet to talk about Asgardian relics, Skye’s past, and all things Skyward:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: For someone who hasn’t seen Thor 2, what’s going on in this episode?
CHLOE BENNET: Well, the episode that airs on Tuesday is the aftermath of Thor 2, so our team goes to [an] undisclosed location to try and clean up the mess that these Asgardian gods came down and made. And then when we’re cleaning up this mess, we happen to find certain Asgardian relics and that leads us to another story line. Basically, there’s this relic, and if you touch it, it makes you have this unbelievable amount of rage and that causes a lot of drama and a very good episode.
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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was the biggest drama premiere in four years last month. But ABC’s ambitious action drama series is increasingly starting to look a bit more like its time-slot rival, The Biggest Loser.
On Tuesday night, S.H.I.E.L.D. had 7.1 million viewers and a 2.6 rating among adults 18-49 at 8 p.m. This is still a good rating in this slot, especially when ABC has also recently launched freshman dramas that are much weaker, like
Lucky 7, Betrayal and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. Yet here’s how the Marvel series has tracked so far in the adult demo: A 4.7 rating for the show’s premiere, then 3.3, 2.9, 2.8 and now a 2.6.
It’s common for even successful and long-running new shows to drop the first two weeks after their launch, or even for three weeks. But now we’re on Week 5. We’re seeing some new shows stabilize or even improve in the ratings — last night, under-achievers like Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine and ABC’s The Goldbergs finally crept up a bit. On Monday night, CBS’ Mom went up for the first time and Hostages held steady. Yet S.H.I.E.L.D is still trending down. Can Melinda May pull the S.H.I.E.L.D. jet out of its dive? Comic veteran Jim Steranko says the show has found its groove creatively. So why are fans still ditching? ABC has ordered a full season of S.H.I.E.L.D., so it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. But those numbers must stop dropping at some point, hopefully sooner rather than later.
Also last night: ABC’s Trophy Wife was down 8 percent and is on death watch. CBS’ dramas were steady. NBC’s Biggest Loser slipped 13 percent, The Voice was flat and Chicago Fire was down 9 percent. The CW’s Originals lost some of last week’s gains, but Supernatural was steady. Full chart: READ FULL STORY
The Project: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Panel: Jeph Loeb, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker
Footage screened: As the head of Marvel Television, Loeb previews never-before-seen moments from the show, making him the ideal person to present the upcoming episode set to air next Tuesday. (Watch a clip below.) Loeb, Henstridge, and De Caestecker joined the crowd to watch the episode before returning to the stage for more audience questions. The episode, titled “Eye-Spy,” centers on the team tracking a thief — who happens to be a rogue S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. No surprise: A spy’s eye is involved.
Snap judgment: The higher production value of this episode definitely gave the show a sense of authenticity — unlike” 0-8-4,” which seemed to take place on the set of the Real Housewives of Peru, rather than actual Peru. Loeb stated that the cold open — set in a Stockholm subway station — was shot on location, just like the Paris sequence in the pilot. The episode itself is more of the same: the team vacillates between bonding and clashing while carrying out the latest mission. There is a more natural rhythm to the character interactions and a better sense of what the series is. It is most definitely a spy team show rather than a superhero show — even if superheroes happen to populate the same universe. For those who are already fans, this episode delivers the goods — including a few more tidbits about what happened to Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) between The Avengers and the series’ pilot episode. For those who aren’t, it’s not significantly different than the first three installments.
Big revelations: In true Marvel style, there weren’t many revelations or hints at the future. On the contrary, Loeb is actively spoiler-averse. “We love when you watch it live, and we love when you stay until the very end,” said Loeb, who hopes to continue the post-credits scene incorporating the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to the series. Loeb confirmed Titus Welliver’s return to the MCU, reprising his Item 47 role as Agent Blake in “FZZT,” the sixth episode of the ABC series.
Funniest pre-panel interview moment: The S.H.I.E.L.D. trio spoke in great detail about flying Lola all the way to the Javits Center for the convention. (Lola may have made an appearance at N.Y. Comic-Con, but that doesn’t mean it’s a fully equipped flying car.) “Most people don’t realize that we flew Lola here, the three of us,” deadpanned Loeb. De Caestecker added, “We really shouldn’t tell people that. It’s actually illegal to have more than three people in the car.” Henstridge joined in, stating, “It was excellent — got some great selfies.”
Most incisive audience question: One enterprising fan asked what we can expect to learn about the characters’ back stories. Henstridge answered, “Well, now we have more episodes to explore the character backgrounds. It’s something that’s definitely going to be developed. It’s going to come organically with the story, but there’s lots of secrets and choices of their past that you’ll find out. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.” Later, another fan asked about the “cellist” Coulson mentioned he was seeing prior to his “death” in The Avengers. Loeb smirked and replied, “Let’s just say that there isn’t anything that Joss Whedon has written or created that we’re not going to mine all the way down the bottom of the line.”
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.
Coulson lives — some more!
ABC’s Tuesday night heroes are sticking around for a full season as Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is getting a full season order. ABC has picked up the back-nine episodes to round out a full traditional 22-episode season.
Arguably the most anticipated new fall show, S.H.I.E.L.D. opened as TV’s highest-rated new drama in nearly four years despite airing in a tough 8 p.m. time slot. Subsequent episodes have dropped notably from that perch, yet this week’s entry still ranked second in the hour with 7.9 million viewers and a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating. For series co-creator Joss Whedon (see our interview here), this will mark his first full broadcast season since The WB’s fifth and final season of Angel concluded in 2004 (Fox’s Dollhouse ran for two short seasons).
S.H.I.E.L.D. becomes the third new fall show to get a pickup, with Fox’s Sleepy Hollow being renewed for a 13-episode second season and NBC giving The Blacklist a full season.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fans got a treat Tuesday night as Samuel L. Jackson made a cameo appearance, reprising his Avengers role as Nick Fury (video below)
ABC subtly hinted at the guest spot on social media, which we first pointed out on Monday, yet Jackson’s participation was not officially confirmed before the episode aired.
If the network hoped to avoid the usual post-premiere ratings drop, well, that didn’t happen. S.H.I.E.L.D. delivered 8.4 million viewers and a 3.1 rating among adults 18-49 — still utterly triumphant for a 8 p.m., yet down a sharp 34 percent from last week’s record-setting premiere.
The cameo coda to the hour had Fury dressing down his underling Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) for damage to the agency’s plane. “You know I have the authority to downgrade your ass to a Winnebago,” Fury roared. Check out the fun clip below. Gregg looks like he can barely keep a straight face during this scene.
At 9 p.m., ABC’s shouty new sitcom The Goldbergs took a similar hit, down 29 percent (chart below). Trophy Wife feel quite steeply, 39 percent. And Lucky 7, which is a good bet to win the first cancelled show lotto (see our poll here), fell 38 percent to a mere 0.8 rating at 10 p.m.
Actually, you know who the big winner is last night? NBC’s Chicago Fire. Because it’s strong premiere week rating was basically unchanged last night (the firehouse soap is actually up a tenth, but there’s a minute of Voice overrun that will be extracted from it). Voice was down only 6 percent, which is pretty great.
CBS’ dramas each slipped between 6-13 percent — yup, even NCIS, despite SHIELD dropping and Cote de Pablo making her big exit.
And Fox’s comedies … I don’t even want to talk about Fox’s comedies. Can we talk about something happier instead? Like the government shutdown or scabies?
Is motherf–king Samuel L. Jackson in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D this week?
Possibly. Avengers wrangler Nick Fury might have a cameo in the closing credits of the second episode of ABC’s new hit series Tuesday night.
Here’s what we know for certain: ABC put a promo up on their Facebook page yesterday suggesting viewers stay tuned through the closing credits of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: “Don’t risk the spoilers, stay to the very end.” HINT.
Then a moment later it quickly flashed the eagle in the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo wearing an eye patch — a’ la Nick Fury. HINT-HINT.
And Clark Gregg took to Twitter and wrote: READ FULL STORY
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