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S.H.I.E.L.D. Boss Talks Criticism and Why the Show Deserves a Second Chance

Clark Gregg

When Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiered last fall, the drama failed to live up to the hype. This is because even though S.H.I.E.L.D. premiered in September, the series had to wait until Captain America was released in April to reveal HYDRA had infiltrated the organization, completely changing the direction of the show. That means they spent nearly eight months simply biding time! But once S.H.I.E.L.D. was shut down and clean-cut Agent Ward (Brett Dalton) was revealed to be a sleeper HYDRA agent, the tide began to turn in the show's favor. But was it too little too late?

Executive producer Jeff Bell talked to TVGuide.com about the show's negative reception, what's in store for Season 2 and why fans should give it a second chance.

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First Look: Haley Atwell's Agent Carter on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Kenneth Choi, Hayley Atwell and Neal McDonough

She fought the good fight in the Marvel comics and the Captain America films, now Agent Peggy Carter fights it again on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The badass heroine, played by Hayley Atwell, will be seen in a 1940s-era flashback kicking off the Sept. 23 season premiere of the ABC series — and TV Guide Magazine has the first look!

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Peggy Carter to Make TV Debut on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Haley Atwell

The incestuous worlds of Marvel Entertainment properties will continue to intertwine this fall on ABC. Hayley Atwell, the star of the network's upcoming series Marvel's Agent Carter, will guest-star as the titular heroine on ABC's other Marvel-ous series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.The Hollywood Reporter reports.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Reveals New Characters, Carter Adds Captain Directors

B.J. Britt, Clark Gregg

There will be some new faces on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. this fall!

With the government coming after S.H.I.E.L.D., Director Coulson (Clark Gregg) will be on the hunt for anyone who can help the team rebuild. Among the newcomers he'll turn to is Lance Hunter (Nick Blood), who in the comics was the director of S.T.R.I.K.E. — and who we first teased in Mega Buzz. "He's not a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, he's a mercenary," executive producer Maurissa Tancharoen announced during the Marvel TV Comic-Con panel on Friday.

Exclusive: Lucy Lawless heading to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Meanwhile, the producers also confirmed that... read more

Exclusive: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Meets Agent Carter in Comic-Con Poster

Clark Gregg, Hayley Atwell

Agents will assemble next week at Comic-Con!

Fans heading to San Diego will get a rare opportunity to score the very first poster that depicts both Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel's Agent Carter — and TVGuide.com has the exclusive first look at the epic art.

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ABC Announces a Thor-S.H.I.E.L.D. Crossover, Confirms Casting for Agent Carter

Jaimie Alexander

ABC's partnership with Marvel is continuing at a good pace. On Friday's Television Critics Association winter TV previews, ABC entertainment head Paul Lee announced that the character of Lady Sif from the Thor films will cross over to Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. read more

VIDEO: Watch the First Captain America Trailer

Chris Evans

It's that same signature suit and patriotic shield, but Paramount Pictures is presenting a whole new Captain America.

Starring Chris Evans as the World War II-era superhero, Captain America: The First Avenger follows how Steve Rogers (Evans) went from a scrawny young man deemed unfit for the U.S. Army to a bigger, taller and much more... read more

Pillars of the Earth: A Towering Achievement

Pillars of the Earth

It wasn't the swords. It wasn't the sandals. For Rufus Sewell, the tough part was all the stinkin' mud. Playing a 12th-century stonemason in mega miniseries The Pillars of the Earth, premiering tonight on Starz at 10/9c, meant maintaining "a level of grime on my neck consistent with that of your typical farm animal," he says.

A small price, indeed, for what's shaping up to be the armor-clanking, leech-sucking, monks-a-poppin' drama of the summer. Pillars, based on Ken Follett's doorstop of a best-seller (all 973 pages of it), about the quest to build a Gothic cathedral in a fictional England of yore, runs eight hours over six Friday nights... read more

AMC's The Prisoner Adds New Inmates

Lennie James by Albert L. Ortega/ WireImage.com

Following the recent announcement of Jim Caviezel and Ian McKellen as the stars of AMC's miniseries reimagining of the 1960s series The Prisoner, the network has named a few more actors it plans to lock up.Joining Caviezel's Number Six and McKellen's Number Two (insert childish joke here!) are Golden Globe-nominated actress Ruth Wilson (Jane Eyre, Capturing Mary) as Number 313, Hayley Atwell (Mansfield Park) as Number 41-5, Lennie James (Jericho) as Number 147 and Jamie Campbell-Bower (Sweeney Todd) as Number 11-12. The miniseries is updating the original — an espionage thriller set during the Cold War — to focus on security and surveillance while retaining the franchise's trademark socio-economic commentary. The six-part event is set to debut in 2009. — Adam BryantRelated:• Caviezel, McKellen Locked Up for AMC's The Prisoner• The Joy of 6: A First Look at the Return of The Prisoner• AMC to Set The Prisoner Free in 2008 read more

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