ABC President Says Pilot Season Matters And He Has Faith In Agents of SHIELD

Photo courtesy of ABC

Photo courtesy of ABC

Shelby Arnold
Staff Writer

The Television Critic’s Association press tour happened earlier this month and ABC network’s president Paul Lee answered a heap of questions during the day long session. Included in the questionnaire was talk of Haley Atwell’s turn as Agent Peggy Carter in Marvel’s newly greenlit TV series, as well as faith in the back nine episodes of Agents of SHIELD and why gap scheduling is good for new series like Once Upon a Time in Wonderland and the upcoming Mixology.

The list of things we’ve learned from the panel is a bit extensive. Namely, lead ins matter. They don’t matter quite like they did in the 80’s but there is still a science behind scheduling. Citing the problems in finding a comedy to launch after the hit Modern Family, Lee said that Mixology, a series about women finding love and friendship in a club, would be filling that spot because he “wants to give the high-concept half-hour its best chance”.

Still in the vein of scheduling, Lee noted that he had made a mistake with Wonderland. As Oncers are aware, the show aired on Thursdays against CBS heavy hitter CSI and has performed poorly in the ratings as a result. There had been talk of it airing on Sundays in the “gap” at midseason for flagship show Once Upon a Time. “I should’ve done that,” he said. “In retrospect, I think it would’ve done better there and I should’ve stuck with the earlier idea. I totally take responsibility for that.” Wonderland has yet to be picked up for a second season.

Another show which has had a “slow” start is Marvel’s Coulson resurrection series Agents of SHIELD. While I have liked the series from the beginning, other fans have expressed displeasure at the pacing as well as characterization and plot. The ABC president admitted it took a while for SHIELD to “find its legs” and fans shouldn’t worry about the show going anywhere anytime soon. The show has been named an “asset” to the network and Netflix’s four Marvel series in development will be “for the superfans”. ABC’s programing will cater to a bigger and broader audience. Lee also confirmed Agent Carter with Haley Atwell and the writers for Captain America.

Are you excited for these developments, Poppers? Are you hoping for a second season of Wonderland? Are you excited for the back nine of Agents of SHIELD​? Sound off in the comments below!

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