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Marvel developing new series for ABC; network hopeful for more S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Aug 8, 2018

With Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. already set for a 2019 return, ABC has confirmed the network is developing yet another new Marvel show. ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey revealed the news during a candid interview with The Hollywood Reporter's Lesley Goldberg at Television Critics Association conference on Monday.

"We're cooking up a couple things for broadcast," Dungey told THR. "There's one that I want to talk about, and [Marvel TV head] Jeph Loeb won't let me."

When asked about the possibility of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. also seeing life after its sixth season, Dungey said, "We'll see." 

"I feel like last season was our strongest creative season ever, and the fan base remains very loyal — and we do very well in delayed viewing. It's my hope that by moving it to summer, where our live-same-day ratings are less important, and it might be able to continue for longer," Dungey hopes.

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No word on what this mystery project might be, but it's not the first time Marvel and ABC have looked at expanding the mothership on broadcast. The acclaimed but low-rated Agent Carter ran for two seasons on the network, while a planned S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff called Marvel's Most Wanted (which would've focused on the characters Mockingbird and Lance Hunter on the run) never made it beyond the pilot stage. So there's clearly interest to get another Marvel show on the air.

Looking big picture, the landscape has also changed considerably since S.H.I.E.L.D. debuted five years ago. Netflix has launched its successful run of street-level shows with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders and experimented with different subgenres in shows like Hulu's Runaways and Freeform's Cloak & Dagger. Marvel has more than proven to have flexibility and staying power on TV at this point, so the options are pretty much limitless for this mystery project.

Any theories for what ABC might be "cooking up" with Marvel? Do you think Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has run its course, or do we still have a long way to go? Assemble your thoughts in the comments below.