ABC has announced that they'll be picking up Joss Whedon's Agents of SHIELD. And already, the first bit of teaser footage has leaked and been hastily scrubbed from the internet. Here's what we saw — plus a bunch of other upcoming TV shows, including Adult Swim's frat-boy ghost comedy. UPDATE: NOW it's official!
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: CONFIRMED
IGN has just confirmed that ABC is 100% picking up Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Yesterday, a bit of viral video turned up online — some surveillance-type footage, where an evil organization named Rising Tide is looking through a viewfinder trying to find... the Hulk. It's all very high tech, Hollywood-style, and the Hulk is actually outlined with some sort of wacky identification software. And here it is:
Anyone else find it hilarious that the Hulk is in the first bit of teaser footage after Whedon said he wouldn't?
UPDATE: Sorry it seems that the internet reports have jumped the gun. We just spoke to an ABC spokesperson on the phone, who would only confirm that the series is "likely" to be picked up. And that they aren't sure when the news will be made official.
UPDATE #2: According to a tweet from the apparently official Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. account and E! Online, this time it really is official: the show has been picked up for the fall season. And they released the shiny cast photo which you can see up top. And a preview for the series will be shown during Sunday's Once Upon a Time finale. And here's a new logo!
But that's not all — there are also some new shows on Adult Swim and The CW:
Adult Swim just released a massive press release, stuffed with new TV pilots and tons of specials — including the announcement that there will be another Robot Chicken DC Comics special and a Metalocalypse special. But honestly we're just so excited for Dan Harmon's animated series and this other series about ghosts.
Rick And Morty: CONFIRMED
After being booted from Community, show runner and ranting genius Dan Harmon chose to team up with Justin Roiland and go make their own damn show on Adult Swim, titled Rick and Morty. This is the only information we have on the series, other than the fact that we so hungry for a Harmon fix, after this dismal season of Community — we would happily pay for a preview NOW!
Rick and Morty is about a genius inventor grandfather and his less than genius grandson, and the journeys in life they share. From Dan Harmon (Community, Channel 101) and Justin Roiland. Animated half-hour.
Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell: CONFIRMED
Classic Demon at work sitcom. Hellfire and hilarity to ensue.
This new live-action series from Adult Swim is a workplace comedy about Gary, an associate demon, as he attempts to capture souls on earth in order to climb the corporate ladder of the underworld. Gary hopes to advance in Hell, but he may be too stupid, lazy and kind-hearted to realize his dreams of promotion. Meanwhile, Gary’s intern Claude is more talented, more devious and will do whatever it takes to impress Satan. A Williams Street production, the show is created and directed by Dave Willis (Squidbillies, Aqua Teen Hunger Force) and Casper Kelly (Squidbillies, Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law, Stroker & Hoop). The series is currently presenting premiere episodes on Thursday nights at Midnight ET/PT on Adult Swim. Live-action quarter-hour.
King Star King: CONFIRMED
You had us at Punk Rock He-Man.
King Star King features a punk rock, modern day he-man who falls from the realm of the gods to land as a fry cook in a slummy waffle joint. King Star King must regain his memory to defeat the evil (and adorable) Spring Bunny and rescue his love, the megababe Princess Snow White. Only then will King Star King regain his rightful place in the heavens. From artist JJ Villard (Monsters Vs. Aliens). Animated quarter-hour.
And now Ghostbags, quite possibly the most creative concept we've ever read about. The show is about the dead spirits of dickhead frat guys. It's only a half our animation but we're already gunning for an undead Sorority Girl spinoff. Also the folks behind Eastbound and Down are behind this, so expect some quality self important humor.
These three frat guys were douchebags while they lived, but now that they've died in a horrible car accident, absolutely nothing has changed. Created by Hayes Davenport (Eastbound and Down) and Guy Endore-Kaiser (Allen Gregory).
Team Unicorn: CONFIRMED
Then there's Team Unicorn, which will probably be something like this music video they made a few years ago. It kind of speaks for itself.
Team Unicorn is a modern send-up of Saturday morning kids’ shows featuring a team of four sexy, culture-obsessed heroines who present darkly ironic twists on 80's cartoon tropes. From the creators of Robot Chicken. Live action/animation mix, quarter-hour.
And something brighter coming from the Robot Chicken peeps is this cute idea of a putting a bunch of superheroes together in a mansion. Somehow Bryan Cranston is involved. *THUMBS UP*
From Stoopid Buddy Stoodios and the creators of Robot Chickencomes Übermansion, a glimpse into the mundane humanity of six superheroes all living in the same mansion. Created by Zeb Wells and Matthew Senreich, executive produced by Wells, Senreich, Seth Green, John Harvatine IV, Eric Towner and Bryan Cranston. Animated quarter-hour.
We predicted that that The CW would pick up both The Tomorrow People and The Hundred, and Entertainment Weekly has just confirmed that The CW has given both of those futuristic shows the green light. Hooray! But they've also picked up another science fiction show we didn't see coming, and renewed the underrated Nikita.
Originally called Oxygen, this teen drama promises to bring a little Roswell back to The CW. It's girl meets alien — and then they all get sent to internment camps.
Passion and politics threaten the peace and an epic romance ignites between a human girl and an alien boy when he and eight others of his kind (The Orion 9) are integrated into a suburban high school ten years after they and hundreds of others landed on Earth and were immediately consigned to an internment camp where they’ve been imprisoned ever since. Aimee Teagarden, Matt Lanter star.
Image via Star-Crossed actor Grey Damon's Instagram.
The Syfy channel has already announced its new list of television shows including Ronald D. Moore's Helix. And today Syfy has announced that it will be renewing the space Western Defiance for a second season. Still no word about Warehouse 13, though — so keep watching the Warehouse, and encouraging your friends to tune in.