Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ renewed for second season on ABC

May 08, 2014 | 9:54 p.m.
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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)

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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)

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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)

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Clark Gregg, as agent Phil Coulson, films a scene inside the command center of the Bus. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

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Between scenes, Clark Gregg shows Ming-Na Wen a recent press clipping on his phone. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

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A camera operator focuses on Clark Gregg and Ming-Na Wen during filming. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

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Ming-Na Wen, who plays agent Melinda May, watches a monitor on the set. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

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Before a scene is shot, Clark Gregg's mike is adjusted as he talks to Chloe Bennet. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

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Ming-Na Wen and Clark Gregg catch up on text messages while on the set. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

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Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet and Clark Gregg joke between scenes. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

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Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton and Chloe Bennet between scenes. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

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Inside the command center are Brett Dalton, left, Chloe Bennet, Ming-Na Wen and Clark Gregg. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

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Clark Gregg as agent Phil Coulson during a scene. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
For more behind-the-scenes images from "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." visit our Hollywood Backlot gallery.

Make way for more Marvel in prime time.

“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” will return for a second season, and a new series, “Agent Carter,” starring Hayley Atwell, will join the one-hour adventure on ABC’s schedule, the network announced Thursday.

“Agent Carter” will see English actress Atwell reprise her role as Peggy Carter from the “Captain America” films — the show is set one year after the events depicted in “Captain America: The First Avenger” and follows on the heels of a one-shot centered on the character that accompanied the “Iron Man 3″ DVD.

The renewal announcement for “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”– which tracks the exploits of Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his roster of operatives —  Ming-Na Wen’s Melinda May, Brett Dalton’s Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet’s Skye, Iain De Caestecker’s Leo Fitz and Elizabeth Henstridge’s Jemma Simmons —  arrives just before the first season finale of the show airs next week.

Created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” marked Marvel’s first foray into live-action television. The show received a somewhat mixed reception, with ratings dipping in the wake of the series’ strong debut.

In an interview with Hero Complex, Jed Whedon and Tancharoen said they expected that the show might experience some ratings turbulence before finding its own path, and they were confident that in time, audiences would come to embrace the show.

“We anticipated it a little bit,” Whedon said in a recent phone interview. “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 added. “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.”

In all, it’s been a big week for genre television. The CW officially picked up “The Flash” for its prime-time lineup; Fox announced its plans to order “Gotham” to series; and NBC gave the greenlight to “Constantine,” based on DC Comics’ “Hellblazer.”

Click through the gallery above for a behind-the-scenes look at “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

— Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex

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