Entertainment Weekly and Deadline revealed a look at the future of ABC's programming late last night: Agents of SHIELD will get a third season, Agent Carter will get a second, a revival of the Muppet Show will go to series, and a rumored Agents of SHIELD spinoff is dead in the water.
It's not terrifically surprising that Agents of SHIELD would make it to another season, but fans of Agent Carter have been on tenterhooks for months since the series finale. Unlike SHIELD, Carter was always billed as a miniseries, or "television event," rather than a recurring show. Whether or not it would return for another bang up season was never a guarantee. But Deadline confirms: Hayley Atwell will return to the role of Peggy Carter for another television go.
Less positively, but again, perhaps not surprisingly, ABC has declined to pick up a rumored SHIELD spinoff series, which had gone so far as to finalize Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood as leads. The two would have reprised their Agents of SHIELD roles as ex-spouses Bobbi "Mockingbird" Morse and Lance Hunter in what was planned as a Mr. and Mrs. Smith style drama.
The Muppets will officially return to prime time with a contemporary, documentary-style show ... For the first time ever, the series will explore the Muppets' personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, as well as romances, break-ups, achievements, disappointments, wants and desires—a more adult Muppet show, for kids of all ages. The recent pilot presentation, we're told, received a standing ovation when it screened for ABC executives a couple weeks ago.
Neither Deadline nor Entertainment Weekly have information on when these new seasons and shows will hit screens.