The news keeps rolling in about the futures of our favorite shows this week, as news has now come in that ABC has officiallyrenewed both Agents of SHIELD and Once Upon a Time. One of those we’re very happy about, the other… well… it’s complicated.
To start with the good news, after what’s been probably the best season of the show so far, knowing Agents of SHIELD will come back for yet another year is pretty great. This year’s Ghost Rider and LMD plots have been some of the show’s more solid ones, and getting to see more of the show is always appreciated.
Once Upon a Time is a little stranger though, as star Jennifer Morrison opted not to renew her contract for season seven. Also exiting the show after this season is Rebecca Mader (who played Zelena), though she’s a little less central to the shows (and hers is a little less voluntary). What it means is that whatever show is flying under the banner of Once Upon a Time next season will be something that looks very, very different to the one we’ve had for six seasons (Update: A whole bunch of other people are leaving OUaT too).
Though I’m not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing right now. I like Morrison a lot, but the show itself has gotten weaker after each successive season, and maybe altering the formula completely will shake the writers out of their slump.
But hey guys — Agents of SHIELD is still pretty great.
At the end of Agents of SHIELD‘s third season it was revealed that Coulson had been demoted from his role as Director of SHIELD, leaving the question as to who had replaced him. And while we still don’t know the name of the new Director, we do know who’s going to play him.
Deadline is reporting that Jason O’Mara will be playing the as-of-yet unnamed character, who reportedly has “Marvel roots [that] go back to the 1940s.”
O’Mara is probably best known to geeks as the voice of Batman in half a dozen of DC animated films, along with starring in Terra Nova, the US adaptation of Life on Mars, and some other shows which probably got cancelled after one season. Oh, and Monarch of the Glen — he was totally Fergal the wolf guy on Monarch of the Glen.
It’ll be interesting to see who exactly the heck O’Mara is playing this time around when Agents of SHIELD returns to ABC in the Fall.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie, the MST3K Revival has found a home on Netflix, SDCC sees the release of Justice League and Wonder Woman trailers, we finally find out who’s in Supergirl’s pod, Ghost Rider’s coming to Agents of SHIELD, Brie Larson’s been cast as Captain Marvel, the new Star Trek show has a name (and ship), and Trae and Nick went to Kitsune Kon.
And our computers barely kept themselves together… it was rough.
Note: Due to the normal server we stream to being down, we were forced to record this on a local machine… that couldn’t quite keep up. It gets a bit unsynchronized and the show goes on. And by “a bit” I mean “a lot.”
Earlier this month we posted about the likelihood of the Robbie Reyes incarnation of Ghost Rider appearing on Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD this upcoming season. Well, it looks like that rumor is not only true, but we also know who is going to play him.
Marvel has now officially announced that Gabriel Luna will take on the role this fall.
As we said last time, the version of Ghost Rider which will feature in Agents of SHIELD is not the same character who was played by Nicholas Cage in two films previously — instead a different character who took on the mantle later in the comics. It’s a pretty shrewd move, allowing the IP to be used immediately, while saving the Johnny Blaze character for future, potential film installations.
While rumors previously swirled regarding Ghost Rider appearing on Agents of SHIELD, there was very little to go on before. Now though, it appears to be far more likely… though it won’t be the incarnation of Ghost Rider you’d expect.
A casting call has gone out for what TV Line describes as “a pair of Latino brothers, one of whom is always the most dangerous person in the room, the other paralyzed in a wheelchair.”
While people only familiar with the Johnny Blaze version of Ghost Rider might not see the link here, as ComicBook.com points out, that does appear to be a pretty apt description of the Robbie Reyes version of the character (and his brother Gabe).
Using a lesser known version of the character is pretty smart, as it allows the show to use a big name character while still saving Johnny Blaze for a larger project down the road. And it’s true that this could all be a coincidence, as the casting call is vague enough to also apply to an original pair of characters.
It’s a sad day for the ABC corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While flagship show Agents of SHIELD has been renewed for another season, things haven’t fared so well for… really anything else on the network?
THR is reporting that ABC has officially cancelled Agent Carter after two seasons. The series, starring Hayley Atwell, had fairly low ratings this last season, so while it’s incredibly depressing to see it go, the writing’s been on the wall for a while.
In the same report it was revealed that potential Agents of SHIELD spinoff Most Wanted won’t be continuing forward either. Most Wanted would have starred Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood reprising their roles as Bobbi Morse and Lance Hunter.
This is, of course, highly disappointing. Agent Carter left off on a cliffhanger and Blood and Palicki were written off of Agents of SHIELD to make way for Most Wanted. Hopefully their stories will find a way to be resolved elsewhere. I’d say more, but I have to go sit in my room while REM plays on a loop like Brenda did in that one episode of 90210 after she and Dylan broke up.
The Agents of SHIELD spin-off Most Wanted has had a rocky road so far. From being in development to being cancelled to being re-greenlit, it’s been a bit of an adventure. All we’ve known about the show so far is that Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood would reprise their characters Bobbi Morse and Lance Hunter, and that Delroy Lindo was also joining the cast as a TV version of comics character Dominic Fortune.
Well, we now have an official synopsis for the series, thanks to Deadline:
Centers on Bobbi Morse (a.k.a. Mockingbird) and Lance Hunter of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., two ex-spies and ex-spouses who are on the run with no friends, no S.H.I.E.L.D. and a long list of enemies looking to claim a bounty on their heads. Able to trust no one but each other, Bobbi and Hunter form an uneasy alliance with Dominic Fortune, a rogue adventurer with a wealth of resources and even more adversaries, who agrees to protect them so long as they help him with his own agenda. These two heroes will help anyone in need, all while trying to uncover the conspiracy that put their own lives in jeopardy.
While it’s nice to know what the heck is going on, this in many ways gives us more questions that answers. Like, what exactly happens to make Bobbi and Hunter unable to ask SHIELD for help? Is SHIELD going to fall? Are the two going to get framed for something?
I guess we’ll find out if the pilot gets picked up.
We’ve known since last spring that a spinoff of ABC’s Agents of SHIELD was in development which would star Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood as their characters Bobbi Morse and Lance Hunter. It was on the back burner for a while, but news came out that the spinoff (now titled Most Wanted) was being ordered to pilot a couple weeks ago.
Well, we’re finally getting the first casting news about the show, as TVLine is reporting that Delroy Lindo has been cast in the show as Dominic Fortune.
Dominic Fortune first appeared in the comics in 1975, and is best described as a globe trotting adventurer. At least that’s how I’d describe him, and I’m the one writing this article. Delroy Lindo is a talented actor, and brings a very strong gravitas to the part. I look forward to watching it, assuming the spinoff gets picked up.
The last we heard of the proposed Lance Hunter/Bobbi Morse spinoff of Agents of SHIELD was that it was no longer in development. Well, the show (which would star Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood) has come back from the dead with the title Most Wanted, and it’s getting a pilot.
Paul Lee, president of ABC, announced that the pilot had been ordered at the 2016 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour. Jeffrey Bell and Paul Zbyszewski are still the driving creative force behind the show, and if it gets picked up to series, they will be show-running the project.
Palicki and Blood have both been brilliant on Agents of SHIELD, so the idea that we’d get more of them on a regular basis has me optimistic. We’ll see what happens.
Mark Dacascos has been cast in a role on Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. He’ll be playing “Mr. Giyera,” SHIELD’s head of security. It’s unclear how many episodes he’ll appear in, but the part in described as recurring.
Dacascos is well known for his role on Iron Chef America as “The Chairman,” but nerds may remember him from his character on The Middleman, The Crow TV series, and the only watchable scenes in Double Dragon. I’ve always liked him, and his martial arts pedigree (plus Agents of SHIELD being an action heavy show) means we’ll probably see a few awesome, onscreen fights because of this.