'Agent Carter' Show to Join 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' on ABC

Image: 'Agent Carter' Show to Join 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' on ABC In this March 2014 file photo Hayley Atwell attends the UK Film Premiere of 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' in London, England.

Friday, 09 May 2014 03:11 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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Marvel fans have not seen the last of Hayley Atwell. The British actress will play Agent Carter in the new ABC series of the same name, the network confirmed, along with the second-season renewal of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

Buzz about an "Agent Carter" spinoff started when Atwell took part in a Marvel "One-Shot" video, playing her Peggy Carter persona, that appeared on the "Iron Man 3" Blu-ray DVD last year.

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Atwell, who starred alongside Chris Evans in the first "Captain America film," can be seen looking 70 years older when he meets Steve Rogers again during a scene in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," which is currently in theaters.

"It's 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad," Deadline Hollywood wrote about the series. "Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark, all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life — Steve Rogers."

It was reported in January that Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas, creators of "Reaper" would act as executive producers for "Agent Carter."

"She's such a strong, wonderful character if you've seen the one-shot," Butters said in January, wrote The Hollywood Reporter. "We're happy to be involved."

Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeeley, who did the writing for both "Captain America" movies and "Thor: The Dark World," contributed to the "Agent Carter" script as well.

"Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." proved to be a mixed bag ratings-wise, noted The Hollywood Reporter, opening to a 4.7 rating among the 18-49 demographic and 11.9 million viewers. It only saw viewership slip sharply against CBS megahit "NCIS" and NBC's "The Voice."

Despite the slippage, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." finished as ABC's highest-rated first-year show in the critical 18-49 demo.

"The pickup of 'Agent Carter' and renewal of 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' gives Marvel two shows on the ABC schedule next season, with the new series possibly serving as a bridge between the fall and spring portions of 'S.H.I.E.L.D.,'' noted Deadline.com.

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