Chloe Bennet, Clark Gregg and Ming-Na Wen shoot a scene for Marvel's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)Link
Director Roxann Dawson, second from left, talks with Clark Gregg, while script supervisor Dawn Gilliam, right, shows them the script. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)Link
Chloe Bennet, left, as computer hacker Skye and Ming-Na Wen as agent Melinda May get last-minute touch-ups before shooting a scene. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)Link
Clark Gregg, as agent Phil Coulson, films a scene inside the command center of the Bus. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)Link
Between scenes, Clark Gregg shows Ming-Na Wen a recent press clipping on his phone. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)Link
A camera operator focuses on Clark Gregg and Ming-Na Wen during filming. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)Link
Ming-Na Wen, who plays agent Melinda May, watches a monitor on the set. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)Link
Before a scene is shot, Clark Gregg's mike is adjusted as he talks to Chloe Bennet. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)Link
Ming-Na Wen and Clark Gregg catch up on text messages while on the set. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)Link
Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet and Clark Gregg joke between scenes. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)Link
Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton and Chloe Bennet between scenes. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)Link
Inside the command center are Brett Dalton, left, Chloe Bennet, Ming-Na Wen and Clark Gregg. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)Link
Prop books on the set. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)Link
Adrianne Palicki will be joining the cast of Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
The actress will play Bobbi Morse, also known as Mockingbird, on the ABC series, which returns for its second season Sept. 23.
Palicki’s previous television credits include “Friday Night Lights,” “About a Boy” and “Lone Star”; she was cast as Wonder Woman in David E. Kelley’s television pilot about the iconic heroine, but the show was never picked up to series.
Palicki is the latest addition to the growing list of actors slated to appear on the show, which centers on Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his roster of operatives — Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), Skye (Chloe Bennet) Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge).
Lucy Lawless, Reed Diamond, Nick Blood, Henry Simmons and Kyle MacLachlan will each play a role in the upcoming run of episodes.
Created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” arrived last year with a great deal of fanfare as Marvel’s first foray into live-action television. The show initially received a somewhat mixed reception, with ratings dipping in the wake of a strong debut.
In an interview with Hero Complex earlier this year, Jed Whedon and Tancharoen said they expected that the show might experience some ratings turbulence before finding its own audience, and they were confident that in time, viewers would come to embrace the show.
“We anticipated it a little bit,” Whedon said. “The Marvel flip at the top of the show has only been in front of movies that cost millions and millions and millions of dollars, so when you see it, there’s an expectation that you’re going to see a Marvel film. We knew from the get-go that this is a TV show and we can’t compete with the films but that we would be held up against them.
“And there was a faction of our audience who was expecting to see a Marvel comic character week after week,” Tancharoen said. “That was something that creatively wasn’t the intention of the show from the beginning. We were also welcoming in a new audience, a new ABC audience, people who have maybe never even read a Marvel comic or seen a Marvel movie, so we had to be very mindful of trying to have a broader appeal.”
Marvel is currently working on a number of new live-action television projects, including a series for ABC, “Agent Carter,” that will see Hayley Atwell reprise her role from the “Captain America” films, and “Daredevil,” starring Charlie Cox as the blind hero.
The latter series is one of four shows Marvel is producing for Netflix. The comic book powerhouse also is developing original live-action series centered on Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage for the streaming service.
Each series will have a minimum of 13 episodes and will culminate with a special “The Defenders” miniseries event that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.
Click through the gallery above for a behind-the-scenes look at the first season of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
— Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex
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