Friday, September 29, 2017

ABC Denied The Option to Cancel AGENTS OF SHIELD


Well, in case you thought that Marvel's Agents of SHIELD was starting to suck and you and many more weren't tuning in because you stopped caring about that alternate digital reality crap of a story line, well, you were right.

It seems, if reports are to be believed, that ABC wanted to cancel Agents of SHIELD, but it would seem that their parent company, Disney, supplied some corporate pressure for ABC to continue running the show on the air.

Which says a lot about how, even though Disney owns all these entities, like Marvel, Star Wars and what not, that none of their entities can run independently without outside influence from the big mouse house. Which of course, does not surprise me.

But, it would seem that the network still has control over most of it's power, because, sure, they gave the show a greenlight for a fifth season, but they've slotted its airtime to move from Tuesdays to Fridays.

Fridays, for those who might or might not know, is pretty much when most networks want to kill a show off. I've seen Syfy do it, I've seen Fox do it... and I'm sure ABC has done it in the past, but now, well, there you are... Fridays are the nail in the ratings coffin for most shows, depending on the network.

Then, it seems, that not only is it moved to Fridays, ABC is having the fifth season of Agents of SHIELD premiere earlier than normal, it is going to fill in the slot that the ill-fated Inhumans series will finish its eight-episode run on Friday nights.

The Inhumans and now SHIELD... for a moment, it seems that ABC is taking a step back on how they treat their Marvel properties. Back in the day, superhero movies were treated with utter disdain, with cheap talent on all sides, resulting in horrible scripts, horrible direction and horrible products. This is how the comic-based movies became such a horrible, not taken serious, kind of product. When Marvel decided to change that, they went through 60 or more different directors and actors before landing on who they did, because most shied away quickly from the premise they were selling. And now, well, you know how that went.


So yes, ABC ran a new season...   Wow... sure "dad," we'll renew the show. But now we're going to shove it so deep down the (Friday) well that it won't have any kind of chance to survive.

To be honest, the show had a great opportunity to showcase minor or more B heroes, but barely did. Over the last few years, all the "rumored" issues that the Marvel movie division had issues with the Marvel TV division seemed to dissuade any kind of crossovers or interactions. They made these dumb ass excuses about development and timing issues to have any kind of crossover, but to be serious, a little bit of planning ahead is not impossible. Not to mention how the TV show was used like a cheap whore to propagate movies, and they somehow managed that timing. I'll let you do the math on that one for yourself.

But what has me wondering, is what is Disney's agenda? Why are they pushing to save a show no one else wants to save? That, I guess, we'll see in time.

The show stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Chloe Bennet as Daisy Johnson AKA Quake, Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May, Iain De Caestecker as Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons, and Henry Simmons as Alphonso Mackenzie.

(Wow, there's a lot of Simmons' circling this piece, a character, an actor and this writer, Bruce Simmons...)

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