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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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Kyle MacLachlan Heads to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Kyle MacLachlan

It looks like one of the biggest mysteries on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be resolved in the early part of Season 2.

Kyle MacLachlan has been tapped to guest-star on the ABC series as ... read more

Monday TV in Review: Believe, Bones Moves Back

Johnny Sequoyah, Delroy Lindo

It's hard not to want to believe in talents like Alfonso Cuaron (of the amazing Gravity) and J.J. Abrams (no TV explanation necessary). These two very busy visionaries lend their names, and Cuaron his directing chops (in the pilot episode, anyway), for NBC's otherwise painfully derivative Believe (Monday, 10/9c), which plays like one of those middling Stephen King melodramas about supernaturally gifted children on the run for their lives.

Cuaron elevates the stock clichés with visual motifs of a butterfly providing mystical guidance and a dizzying flock of pigeons (my idea of a living nightmare) subduing a Big Bad Female Assassin in a loft. It's a handsome looking pilot, even at its most predictably familiar. And as Bo, the spunky little girl whose psychic and paranormal gifts seem to have no end — or, maddeningly, definition — Johnny Sequoyah is agreeable company, never too cute even when the script calls for Bo to be cloyingly precious. Because believe it or not, Believe feels it necessary to squelch the chase-thriller elements with schmaltzy subplots reminiscent of Fox's short-lived Touch. Bo knows goodness, and in between close calls as she eludes her well-funded potential kidnappers, she somehow finds time to inspire a young doctor to get past his crisis of confidence.

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Exclusive: NBC's Believe Snags Without a Trace's Marianne Jean-Baptiste

Marianne Jean-Baptiste

NBC's midseason drama Believe has enlisted Without a Trace alum Marianne Jean-Baptiste for a recurring role, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

In Believe, an unlikely relationship develops between a young girl named Bo (Johnny Sequoyah) with a gift and her father Tate (Jake McLaughlin) when he's sprung from prison and tasked with protecting her from the evildoers who covet her power.

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Top Videos: Breaking Bad Invite, Cleveland Kidnapping Victims, Web Therapy Teaser

Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc

This week, the Internet treated us to another montage of Aaron Sorkin's most frequently used lines of dialogue ahead of Sunday's Season 2 premiere of The Newsroom, and a separate supercut compiled all the references to coffee and pie in Twin Peaks. Bryan Cranston gave fans a chance to go to the Los Angeles premiere of Breaking Bad next month with him and the rest of the cast, while Zach Braff helped a fan propose to his girlfriend. CollegeHumor released its first movie, Coffee Town, and the three women who were held captive in Cleveland for more than a decade spoke out for the first time. Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:

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IFC Renews Portlandia For Two More Seasons

Fred Armisen

IFC has renewed Portlandia for two more seasons, the network announced on Wednesday.

"Portlandia has celebrated sustainable local agriculture, underemployment, avian crafting, gender politics, intense bicycle messengers and so much more," Jennifer Caserta, president and general manager of IFC, said in a statement.  "We can now celebrate two more seasons."

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The comedy series is created and written by SNL's Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, who also star in the show. Filmed and set in Portland, Ore., each episode features sketches with Armisen and Brownstein playing different characters. Guest stars over the years have included Kyle MacLachlan, Chloë Sevigny, Jeff Goldblum, Roseanne Barr, Patton Oswalt, and Andy Samberg.

Seasons 4 and 5 will each feature 10 half-hour episodes and premiere in early 2014 and early 2015, respectively.

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Ray Manzarek, Founding Member of The Doors, Dies at 74

John Densmore, Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek

Ray Manzarek, the keyboardist and one of the founding members of the legendary rock group The Doors, has died, CBS News reports. He was 74.

His publicist said that Manzarek died Monday at... read more

10 Promising Pilots: New Shows from Eddie Murphy, J.J. Abrams, Joss Whedon and Rebel Wilson

Eddie Murphy, Rebel Wilson, Andy Samberg

Before the networks unveil their fall lineups this month, TVGuide.com's Natalie Abrams poured over nearly 100 broadcast scripts, narrowing the contenders down to the 10 most promising pilots: read more

7 Ways How The Good Wife Got Its Groove Back This Season

Julianna Margulies

Nick who? That's what fans of The Good Wife are — thankfully — asking after a recent string of strong episodes have erased the unpleasant first half of Season 4  from memory. In September, the legal drama (airing Sundays at 9/8c) suffered a rare critical misfire when it introduced Kalinda's (Archie Panjabi) cold and abrasive estranged husband Nick (Marc Warren), who was not popular with the fans. No irreparable damage was done, but for a show that was regularly in critics' top 10 lists during its first three seasons, the negative attention was surprising. Producers caught on and quickly expunged Nick. Less than four months later, the show is stronger than ever. So how'd they do it? Here's seven ways... read more

Ask Matt: The Good Wife, Scandal, Smash, Walking Dead, NCIS, Grey's, Once Spin-off

Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn

Send questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: Along with Parenthood, The Good Wife is in my opinion still one of the best dramas on network TV. And the mock trial episode was, as you recently noted, the best so far of the season. However, I have recently been feeling that this show has been lacking, not necessarily in quality (with the exception of the whole Kalinda's husband debacle), but in freshness. For me the show has been very stagnant. A case here, a little Will/Alicia flirtation there, mixed in with Peter's campaign and/or Eli's troubles. Every week is pretty much the same thing with a different guest star. Nothing seems to be new or fresh. What's most frustrating about the lack of freshness is how easily they could remedy that. I would be extremely interested in watching what Cary proposed unfold, for he and Alicia to form their own firm. Watching Cary and Alicia go head to head with Will and Diane would be a welcome change to the same old same old.

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