I don’t think it’s surprising that ABC hasn’t officially picked up the S.H.I.E.L.D. series yet. As a businessman, you can’t put all your eggs in one basket, especially if you don’t know what kind of basket… eh, alright enough with the analogies. Basically, they usually want to see an episode before they invest in a full, or even half, season. Makes sense. Here’s what President Paul Lee said about S.H.I.E.L.D. series creator (and nerd god), Joss Whedon:
“He’s already working on the scripts for the series. We will have to work. We shot it in Los Angeles to make sure that he is free to work across his feature life and his television life, but I love to see Joss who of course has made many great television shows in his day, enjoying television as much as movies. That’s flattering for us. We love that.”
Yes, that is very flattering. And it’s great they’ve given Joss some leeway to do his thing. Don’t muck it up, ABC! Don’t be a Fox on this! Yes, I know you still have to see an episode, but the fans have full confidence in Joss.
“On the one hand, we have to make shows that can sustain for many, many years and we’d love to see ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ go not just from pilot but to series, and not just from series but to last a long time. We’re a long way from that. We’d love to do that and we’re able to be much more ambitious on television because of the technology available. At the same time, look, we are ambitious with the show and we’re certainly investing to the levels of ‘Once Upon a Time’ and that’s an ambitious show.”
Okay, okay, again, we all know money is everything for you guys. The good thing is that Mr. Lee seems truly excited to get this show running.
“The truth about Joss is he has some great relationships in it so there are a lot of really funny male/female relationships that go through it. But it’s also Joss too and there’s a lot of action. Look, what we do do, I talk about the emotion of the network, that it’s smart with heart. There is something which I talk less about, that’s very real about this network, is we have more co-viewed shows. Absolutely Marvel has the ability to bring the whole family around it.”
Basically, it’s pretty much a sure bet. Yep.