After his executive panel session for the Television Critics Association, ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee spoke to CraveOnline about the upcoming “S.H.I.E.L.D.” pilot. It is mentioned that even though it has not been picked up as a series yet, Joss Whedon has continued writing for the show as if it has been.
“He’s already working on the scripts for the series,” said Lee. “We will have to work. We shot it in Los Angeles to make sure that he is free to work across his feature life and his television life, but I love to see Joss who of course has made many great television shows in his day, enjoying television as much as movies. That’s flattering for us. We love that.”
Lee goes on to talk about the costs of doing a show like this, and that they are thinking long-term because of that. Also how the technology is there to do a successful believable show like S.H.I.E.L.D. and be ambitious about it.
We can assume the budget for a S.H.I.E.L.D. show will be high, but Lee is thinking long-term economics. “On the one hand, we have to make shows that can sustain for many, many years and we’d love to see ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ go not just from pilot but to series, and not just from series but to last a long time. We’re a long way from that. We’d love to do that and we’re able to be much more ambitious on television because of the technology available. At the same time, look, we are ambitious with the show and we’re certainly investing to the levels of ‘Once Upon a Time’ and that’s an ambitious show.”
It goes on to say how they are very happy to working with Marvel and their properties. He says how great it is to be working on a show that is tied into the highly successful Avengers movie and to be working with Joss Whedon, and how he is very passionate about the project.
During the panel, Lee said “S.H.I.E.L.D.” will be the first pilot he looks at for the fall. “We haven’t seen the pilot. We fast tracked that before the others. We’re going to see it before the others. We’re very hopeful that goes to series and we’re going to market it. We hope it will get both males and females. By the way, the script’s great. I don’t want to jinx it.”
So though it has not been approved for a series yet, and there is still a way to go yet, things seem very positive and hopeful that it will be apart of the 2013 fall line-up of programming. (Source: CraveOnline)