Did the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff die so Agent Carter could live?
Marvel fans rejoiced when ABC decided to renew Agent Carter and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for next season, but were surprised to see the network pass on the buzzed-about spinoff, which would've starred Adrianne Palicki (Bobbi Morse) and Nick Blood (Lance Hunter), the drama's two newest (awesome) additions in season two.
But just because the S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff wasn't picked up right now doesn't mean we won't see one in the future as ABC's president Paul Lee talked with reporters on Tuesday after unveiling the network's new fall schedule, giving us hope that the Mr. & Mrs. Smith-esque show will eventually happen.
"We absolutely love those characters on S.H.I.E.L.D. We think S.H.I.E.L.D. really hit it's creative stride this year and we love it," Lee said, confirming Palicki and Blood would be back on S.H.I.E.L.D. for its third season. "Certainly, there's a possibility of spinning them off. We felt it was right time now to leave them on S.H.I.E.L.D."
Aside from superhero spinoffs, Lee also addressed the future of some of the network's longrunning hit shows, Grey's Anatomy and Castle. With the recent (shocking!) departure of Patrick Dempsey and Stana Katic only inking a one-season deal, are both series heading into their final seasons? In a word: "No," with Lee saying that he "would like to see them run for many, many years to come."
As for Grey's future without McDreamy specifically, Lee praised creator Shonda Rhimes' writing, adding, "She has great plans for next season and many years beyond."
Looking at some of the network's newer shows, Lee confirmed that Juliette Lewis will be returning to Secrets and Lies when it returns at midseason, airing during Nashville's break.
And American Crime's second season will introduce "a completely different scenario and completely different crime," with some of the cast returning to "play different roles." Lee said fans can expect it to be a "complete reset" for the series.