or


[01/17/14 - 11:25 AM]
ABC at TCA: Lee Talks Regrets on "Wonderland," Finding Sea Legs on "S.H.I.E.L.D."
By Brian Ford Sullivan (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." was not surprisingly a hot topic during ABC's executive session at the TCA Winter Press Tour. "It's obviously disappointing that we started with a very high number and it came down," Paul Lee - President, ABC Entertainment Group - told reporters during his opening remarks. Adding, "It took a little bit of time to find our sea legs, but now the show is really doing well. I mean, creatively, we are loving what we're seeing for the back nine."

The executive went on to announce Jaimie Alexander's Lady Sif character from the Thor movies will guest star on episode 15. "And that's going to be absolutely integral to that hour of television... And then there's going to be this really cool arc to the end of [the season], and you're going to find out who the Clairvoyant is, and it's going to be very, very cool."

Lee was likewise bullish on another Marvel property, "Agent Carter." "The script's come in. It's a really good script written by [Christopher] Markus and [Stephen] McFeely who are great. Also, Tara [Butters] and Michele [Fazekas] are on that one. So that one certainly has a chance to be on the network." Markus and McFeely co-wrote both of the recent Captain America movies while Butters and Fazekas currently serve as showrunners on the upcoming drama "Resurrection" (premiering Sunday, March 9).

Also getting shout outs on the development side were Dan Fogelman's musical comedy pilot "Galavant" ("He's found the most spectacular Monty Python castles in Wales that he's going to have a great time with.") and its straight-to-series import of Australia's "Secrets & Lies" ("I don't know if [we're] aiming for fall. We really haven't laid that out. We're certainly aiming for the next financial year for it.").

On the flip side, Lee reflected on the Alphabet's various misfires, including "Lucky 7" ("We marketed it very early and didn't get a response from it as an idea. It was a really excellent piece of television. And we were sorry to see it go, but we did want to take risks."); "The Assets" ("That one was actually a great experiment [with their news division] and we're going to continue with that experiment even though the show didn't work."); and "Killer Women" ("We're ending [it] slightly early so that we can bring in and give a great launch to 'Mind Games,' because we think Christian Slater and Steve Zahn are really special and we want that "Bachelor" lead-in.").

He also took responsibility for "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland's" struggles. "I think I originally planned it to exactly do that, go into the gap period [of the parent series]. And I should have done that, because I think that would have been a natural audience to go through there... And what we didn't want to do is play defense on Thursday when we wanted to play offense. But in retrospect, I think it would have done better there and I should have stuck to the earlier idea."

Lee added that he's proud of Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, saying, "We're looking at the Wicked Witch of the West, which is going to be much a part of the back nine on 'Once Upon a Time.' We're loving that. We think they did a great job on 'Wonderland.' And we feel immensely proud amongst some of our incredibly powerful overalls that we've got the Adam and Eddy brains and hearts, because on this network, our overalls have to have hearts and those guys have hearts."

Overall, Lee admitted that going forward, "We have to focus on Tuesday at 10:00 and get that one right. We have to focus on Thursday at 8:00. We have to focus on Sunday at 10:00. But you're starting to see building blocks right away across the network."

And as far as pilot season goes, Lee declared, "I'm a gradualist, for good or ill, and we are gradually moving off it," citing the upcoming "Black Box" (premiering Thursday, April 24) and the aforementioned "Secrets & Lies" as examples. "But it's equally true, as Nina [Tassler] said, I think extremely well, that the focus and the deadlines that pilots bring have been extremely successful for American television for 50 years."





  [may 2018]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
  


· ASSETS, THE (ABC)
· BACHELOR, THE (ABC)
· BLACK BOX (ABC)
· GALAVANT (ABC)
· KILLER WOMEN (ABC)
· LUCKY 7 (ABC)
· MARVEL'S AGENT CARTER (ABC)
· MARVEL'S AGENTS OF SHIELD (ABC)
· MIND GAMES (ABC)
· ONCE UPON A TIME (ABC)
· ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND (ABC)
· RESURRECTION (ABC)
· SECRETS & LIES (ABC)





[05/21/18 - 12:35 PM]
Meet the Cast of "Siempre Bruja," Netflix's Second Announced Colombian Original
The series will follow 18 year old Carmen, a Colombian slave and witch from the 17th century who, in a desperate attempt to save her loved one, travels in time to present day Cartagena.

[05/21/18 - 12:13 PM]
FOX to Air Two "Bonus" Episodes of "Lucifer" on Monday, May 28
"Boo Normal" and "Once Upon a Time" were produced during the show's third season but did not air.

[05/21/18 - 12:04 PM]
Sundance Now Celebrates Pride Month with the Exclusive U.S. Premiere of "Take 5: Beyond the Parades"
The exclusive collection explores timely stories of personal identity, transformation and acceptance, as well as critical looks at social movements and injustices worldwide.

[05/21/18 - 10:30 AM]
Bravo Media Orders Eight New Projects for Development
These new projects build upon Bravo's diverse breadth of industry leading formats and established series.

[05/21/18 - 10:03 AM]
Lena Waithe to Be Honored with the "Trailblazer" Award at the 2018 "MTV Movie & TV Awards" Hosted by Tiffany Haddish
The award recognizes game-changing creators with fresh and fearless voices in entertainment.

[05/21/18 - 09:57 AM]
"My Last Days," An Uplifting Docuseries Created by "Jane the Virgin" Star Justin Baldoni, Returns to The CW Friday, May 25
"When I first started this series five years ago, I never could have imagined it would have come this far," said Baldoni.

[05/21/18 - 09:26 AM]
SundanceTV & Sundance Now Announces Partnership with Tele Munchen Group (TMG) for "The Name of the Rose"
Set in Italy in 1327, "The Name of the Rose" follows the Franciscan monk William of Baskerville (John Turturro) and his novice Adso von Melk (Damian Hardung) as they arrive at a secluded monastery in the Alps.

[05/21/18 - 09:10 AM]
CBS News to Launch Second Season of "48 Hours: NCIS," Giving Viewers Unprecedented Accesses to Real NCIS Cases
Rocky Carroll returns as narrator on the latest six-part series.

[05/21/18 - 09:02 AM]
Netflix Forming Storytelling Partnership with Barack and Michelle Obama
The Obamas will produce a diverse mix of content, including the potential for scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features.

[05/21/18 - 08:12 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: "Billboard Music Awards" Put NBC on Top in Demos
The Peacock wins the night among adults 18-49, holding off the "American Idol"-fueled ABC.

[05/21/18 - 07:08 AM]
Video: AMC Releases All-New "Preacher" Promo in Anticipation of the Season Three Premiere on Sunday, June 24 at 10:00 PM ET/PT
The fiery new promo raises the curtain on our sinister cast of characters including Jesse, Cassidy, Tulip, Gran'ma, Allfather, God Dog, and many more.

[05/21/18 - 07:03 AM]
Freeform Celebrates the Series Finale of ABC's Hit Comedy "The Middle" with a Mini-Marathon, on May 22
For those who don't want to say farewell, fans of the show can relive The Hecks' hilarious ups and downs weekdays Monday - Friday on Freeform.

[05/20/18 - 08:55 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Keeps Demo Crown with NHL Playoffs
The Peacock wins the night among adults 18-49 while CBS is the most-watched broadcaster overall.

[05/20/18 - 08:43 AM]
Second-Highest Rated NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game 3 Ever on ESPN
ESPN spins the numbers for Saturday, May 19.

[05/19/18 - 08:36 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Tops Demo Race with "MasterChef Junior" Finale
The network takes home the adults 18-49 crown while CBS is the most-watched among the broadcasters.