ABC is in a tough spot here, as Agent Carter has been getting low ratings and Haley Atwell is being slated to star in another show for the channel called Conviction, so a third season has been deemed "unlikely." Things are bleak following her story from the recent film Captain America: Civil War... but on the good side of this is that executive producer Tara Butters has taken to Twitter to hopefully get enough fans riled up to sway ABC's decision to renew it or not. The decision will be happening in the next day or two, and fans have begun the hashtag #RenewAgentCarter. If you can go voice your opinion.
OR AGENT RENEWED?
The first issue against renewal is Agent Carter herself, the odds of Atwell shooting two shows at the same time are slim. It's not totally out of the question, depending on schedules and all that, but it does decrease the chances of outright renewal. It doesn't bode well that ABC is pushing the procedural Conviction so hard either. It might make for competition between two of ABCs own shows, which could be a little problematic.
I can easily see the ratings dropping because Agent Carter's writing has slid downhill from season one and comes across in a very daytime television type of quality- which is to say- not very good. The show began well, but swiftly lost ground with all the forced love stories. ABC should take note of what Netflix has been doing with their Marvel properties like Jessica Jones and Daredevil. They are spectacularly handled because it's about the characters, not situations. Honestly, I feel the same about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as they have a hit or miss track record for their stories.
Even the upcoming Marvel’s Most Wanted is looking less likely now. The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff show featuring Bobbi "Mockingbird" Morse and Lance Hunter might not actually happen, as sources tell Variety, "it isn’t quite a lock, but has a very good chance of going to series."
The writers of these shows should rewatch the Marvel movies and recall what made Agent Carter and Agent Coulson so special in the first place, because the shows have lost touch with the characters that resonated so well with audiences. My own fanboy interest has been waning quickly. It's really hard for network television to break away from the safety of low key drama into the realms that cable or streaming tv can get to. I think if ABC does keep their shows, it'll be a difficult path to take unless they take some real risks and push the storytelling to new levels. If these shows want to start to compete with the consistently impressive shows from other outlets they'll definitely need to up their game. Personally, I would like an abbreviated show done with the care and quality of a BBC Sherlock season.
Alas, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Agent Carter has been officially cancelled, and Marvel's Most Wanted is not being pursued.
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