Joss Whedon To Bring SHIELD To TV

You know what a good day looks like? Pretty much like this.

Because Joss Whedon, and the rest of the creative team behind Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog, are returning to television. Here is the announcement:
ABC has ordered a pilot for S.H.I.E.L.D, a live-action series from The Avengers writer-director Joss Whedon, Marvel TV and ABC Studios. The project is based on Marvel's peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D (which stands for Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate) found in both the Marvel comic book and feature film universes, including the blockbuster 2012 movie The Avengers, in which S.H.I.E.L.D director Nick Fury, recruits Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, and Thor to stop Thor's adoptive brother Loki from subjugating Earth.
S.H.I.E.L.D. will be written by Whedon, his bother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. Joss Whedon also is set to direct the pilot, schedule permitting. Production on the pilot, which marks the first live-action Marvel TV project to get a green light, will start immediately. Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Tancharoen executive produce with Jeffrey Bell and Marvel TV's Jeph Loeb.
Let me be clear about a couple things included up there. First, Loeb's name is included just because he is head of Marvel TV development as a division of Marvel, not because he'll have his cold hand around this thing's throat, like he did with Smallville or Heroes.

Second, this is awesome. Like, completely, utterly, fantastically awesome. You know why? Oh, so many very nice reasons why. A, SHIELD is the perfect thing to set a TV show up around. Think 24, or Alias, or, and probably a better comparison, X-Files or Fringe. Spy espionage is a genre TV knows how to do, and how to do cheap, though it's not like this thing isn't going to have money thrown at it like Scrooge McDuck.

B, TV is where Whedon has done his best work. So, he's back in his element. Please, stock the writer's room with all your best former writers, and stock the cast with as many of your regulars as you can get away with. If Amy Acker isn't a lead cast member on this thing, a serious crime has been committed. Beyond that, think of the guest stars he could role out. Nathan Fillion is already a star on the same network, I can't see why Castle couldn't loan him out for a week. He could even play against type, and be a bad guy.

C, it allows the movie universe to grow and expand without having to fall back on the films for support. I expect Samuel L. Jackson to appear in the pilot, and maybe at the end of the season, but the Director doesn't have to be a presence. In the same way that we can see Stark Industries written on everything without every having to actually see Tony Stark on the show. More then that, the show will be able to tell stories the movies will never be able to make time for. I'm saying right now, at some point during it's run, we'll see a version of Secret Invasion. But Iron Man 3 will also be setting up AIM as a thing, having already introduced Hammer Industries. Roxxon exists, as A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To Thor's Hammer established, but hasn't been elaborated on.

D, everyone in the fandom is going to want Phil Coulson to be the star, and that includes me. Really, really includes me. BUT, imagine a world where Coulson isn't on the show. Titus Welliver, late of LOST, will be playing a SHIELD agent in the short film Item 47, and I imagine he was cast with this series in mind. Cobie Smulders only has one year left on How I Met Your Mother, and is already established, putting her in the perfect position to assume a lead role on the show by the time it appears a year from now.

E, this is just a stupidly good piece of news. Yes, it probably puts the nail in the coffin of a SHIELD film, but I'd rather have Whedon on TV then a one off, Bourne style film any day of the week.

In other news, FOX has already expressed a desire to cancel SHIELD. In responce, Whedon said this:

You don't see James Cameron wearing
a cowboy hat on the internet, do you?
Via Topless Robot.
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