Now that the 2013 television season is almost nearly over, instead of wondering why television seasons are recorded by when they started and school years are recorded by when they finish even though they essentially coexist scheduling-wise, we turn our attention to what we can expect from next year.
First up, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s presence on the small screen is expanding. ABC has officially renewed “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” for a second season (this shouldn’t be a surprise), so we can expect the team to carry us into the story of “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” which is due out on May 1. That should mean the end of Season 2 will be even bigger than this season.
Also, ABC has picked up “Agent Carter,” another MCU series that will follow the career of Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) as she navigates the post-WW2 era as a superspy. She was last seen in the “Agent Carter” short that was released on the “Iron Man 3” Blu-ray and with the digital download. The series will be instrumental in world-building, and we should see some early S.H.I.E.L.D. development, as well as (hopefully) the return of some of our favorites from the first Cap flick, like Dum Dum Dugan and the Howling Commandos.
Over on FOX, the Batman prequel, “Gotham,” is ready for primetime. They’ve released a two-minute trailer for the series, and it doesn’t look too bad. I’m a huge Donal Logue fan, though, so it could be bias talking. Judge for yourself:
“The Flash” has been picked up for a full season order by the CW and will take place in the same continuity as “The Arrow.” Fans of the WB series will remember the Barry Allen character as a flirt-interest for Felicity and a scientist from another city. It may be in the same block as “The Arrow,” which has been renewed for another season.
Also on order at the CW is “iZombie,” a DC Vertigo title about a zombie that works as a medical student so she can have access to all the brains she needs to survive – kind of a spin on Dracula in a blood bank. The book is popular and so are zombies at the moment, so it could portend good things.
Finally, NBC has picked up “Constantine,” which David S. Goyer will be producing. For those that don’t remember the mildly successful movie and haven’t read the comic, the titular John Constantine is a con-man turned paranormal investigator that gets stuck having to save the world from ultimate evils on the regular. This one could go either way, but Harold Perrineau is going to costar in it, so I’ll be tuning in for at least the first few episodes.
Add in “The Walking Dead,” and that’s 8 television shows based on comic properties that will be on during the 2014-2015 season. “American Gods” is still in development, too, and then there’s the 4 Netflix shows that are going to pop up sometime in the next year or two. All in all, it’s a good time to be a fan of comic properties.
Were there any I missed?