Comic Book TV Series Developments

With such a saturated market for comic book media both on the big and small screens, its no surprise to hear that some shows survive whilst others don’t. This post gives a list of their current statuses and other developments.  Let’s cut to it, shall we?

In summary:

ABC Network

  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: RENEWED FOR SEASON 4

  • Agent Carter: CANCELLED

  • Most Wanted (pilot): PASSED OVER

NBC

  • Powerless: ORDERED

SyFy

  • Krypton (pilot only): ORDERED

The CW

  • Arrow: RENEWED FOR SEASON 5

  • The Flash: RENEWED FOR SEASON 3

  • Legends of Tomorrow: RENEWED FOR SEASON 2

  • Supergirl: RENEWED FOR SEASON 2, moved from CBS network


ABC: Agent Carter, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Most Wanted


It was reported over a month ago that ABC had renewed Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for its fourth season, although Agent Carter, fellow MCU TV show, was absent and its fate remained up in the air. Despite being a critical darling, Agent Carter, starring Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter from the Captain America trilogy, has had a troubled history since its second season concluded, battling low viewership ratings that ultimately had the ABC network announce today that it was cancelled.

With such a largely unexplored backstory – how did she set up government agency S.H.I.E.L.D.? – in the MCU however, my fingers are crossed that we haven’t yet seen the last of Agent Carter. Perhaps a few flashback sequences in the 4th season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will serve to give a more satisfying conclusion to the rest of her story. Especially since her story in the cinematic universe has now come to an end.

It was also announced today that the planned spin-off of S.H.I.E.L.D.Most Wanted, was passed over by the ABC. The show would have starred Adrianne Palicki’s Bobbi Morse and Nick Blood’s Lance Hunter as ex-spouses and spies on the run from…everybody, after they were written out of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. about halfway through its current season. Whilst the nature of their departure means it is highly unlikely that they will again become regulars for S.H.I.E.L.D., I am still holding out hope that they may one day be able to return. After all, in a universe where magic exists, and extraterrestrials roam the world freely, anything is possible.

The status of proposed Marvel comedy programming, Damage Control, and another, untitled series, remains unknown; this is also the case for screenwriter John Ridley’s top-secret Marvel project.


Netflix: Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, The Defenders, The Punisher


Marvel Television and Netflix have had a rather expansive partnership, from an initial order of just one 13 episode season for 4 heroes – DaredevilJessica JonesLuke CageIron Fist – as well as a crossover miniseries of 4-8 episodes with all 4 heroes teaming up together, to, well. In addition to the above series, second seasons of Daredevil and Jessica Jones have been ordered – Daredevil season 2 having already been released and the second season of Jessica Jones now currently in development.

In an interview, Krysten Ritter, star of Jessica Jones on Netflix has said that season 2 will film back-to-back and may even overlap with the production of The Defenders; this should schedule it for release either very late in 2017, or sometime in the first couple of months of 2018. Moreover, the Punisher, antagonist of Daredevil‘s second season, has received his own series at Netflix, with a full order of 13 episodes. How the mechanics and timing and whatnot will work out is unknown, given Netflix’s secrecy and its apparent commitment to releasing only 2 shows per year. With so many potential shows it seems likely that they’ll increase their Marvel Netflix offerings to at least 3 a year.

The next Marvel Netflix show is Luke Cage, coming on the 30th of September, Iron Fist is currently filming and The Defenders begins shooting sometime near the end of this year. Here’s my provisional and totally unsanctioned release schedule:

  • Iron Fist Season 1 (December 2016 or January/early February 2017)
  • The Defenders (July-September 2017)
  • Jessica Jones Season 2 (December 2017-January/early February 2018)

NBC: Powerless


It was announced yesterday that NBC had picked up a half-hour comedy program based on DC Comics for the 2016-2017 TV season. Powerless is described as a comedy about the office employees of an insurance company in a world of heroes, villains and ordinary civilians.


SyFy: Krypton


A prequel to 2013 film Man of Steel, Krypton follows the adventures of the Superman’s grandfather as he restores his household to greatness. It received a pilot order from the SyFy network and if it is picked up for a full season, will be the first TV show set in the DC Extended Universe.


The CW: Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl


It was reported a month or two ago that the CW had renewed all 3 of its superhero shows – ArrowLegends of Tomorrow and The Flash – for another season. Today however, after reports of apparent internal infighting with Warner Bros. over the licensing fees to the titular character, CBS show Supergirl is now moving to a new home at the CW, joining the majority of its fellow DC TV brethren. It has received an order of 22 episodes, 2 more than its first season.

How this will affect the show – given that the CW has a smaller budget to give than CBS, not to mention a possible location move to Vancouver from LA to cut down on costs – is as of yet unknown. Nor does it have an allocated time slot. What is known for sure however is that there’s now a lot more room for crossover opportunities to occur now that no trans-network negotiations are required…and if that leads up to an extended 3 or 4 night crossover between SupergirlArrowThe Flash and Legends of Tomorrow, well, I’m game.

 

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2 comments

  1. Considering that Most Wanted has been going back and forth on whether it’ll happen or not, I bet it’ll probably get picked up again, be it ABC, Netflix, or even Freeform since Cloak and Dagger will be on that. Same could go for Agent Carter, though given that the show was a period piece too, it was kind of a given it’d end on a limited run, though not this limited at 2 seasons, wish I could’ve watched it. Least it’s out on DVD now. Plus since Supergirl can make the network jump to CW, I bet Constantine could too.

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    1. I could see Most Wanted being picked up as midseason relief to fill up the gap left by Agent Carter if they retool it again – they’ve already tried to get it picked up twice, so I could definitely see that happening. I am not entirely sure if Netflix would want to pick it up since they already have so many MCU series to work with already, but that’s possible I guess.

      As for Agent Carter, I believe Hayley Atwell already has a new TV series to work on, so I’m not exactly holding my breath on an Agent Carter revival at the moment. And (according to my friend, I haven’t actually watched it personally) apart from a random shoehorned stinger the second season wrapped up pretty well, and the Agent Carter one-shot could easily have been used as the final, concluding instalment so more episodes likely aren’t too necessary. That said, again, I didn’t watch it myself at all, so I’m quite possibly wrong in saying that.

      For Constantine – again, possible, and I see this as having the most chance of it being picked up by either the CW (since they already retroactively made it part of their “Arrowverse”) or even Netflix, since it’s already made a few revivals of fan-favourite series – Gilmore Girls, I think, the 6th season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Fuller House and a few others. If it was going to be picked up by the CW though I feel it would have been announced with the other series in the big announcement.

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