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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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Exclusive: Pitch Perfect's Anna Camp Set for Ground Floor Return

Anna Camp, Skylar Astin

Aca-awesome news, Pitch Perfect fans! Anna Camp is set to reunite with co-star Skylar Astin (again) on... read more

Exclusive New Girl Sneak Peek: Nick and Coach Get Fried at a Police Barbecue

Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans, Jr., Hannah Simone, Lamorne Morris

Now that Winston (Lamorne Morris) is training to be a cop on New Girl, his loft mates are going to have to learn to live on the straight and narrow. But not before one last... read more

Ratings: Madam Secretary Has Good Debut, But What About Good Wife?

Zeljko Ivanek, Téa Leoni

Madam Secretary got off to a decent start Sunday.

Buoyed by an NFL overrun, the new Tea Leoni drama bowed to 14.2 million viewers and a 1.9 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, making it ...
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Exclusive Parenthood Sneak Peek: Max Refuses to Attend Adam and Kristina's School

Max Burkholder, Monica Potter

Max Braverman (Max Burkholder) has always been headstrong, but on Thursday's Parenthood season premiere (10/9c, NBC), he takes things to another level.

The Season 6 premiere features Adam (Peter Krause) and Kristina (Monica Potter) gearing up for the opening of... read more

Reporter Resigns on Live TV: "F--- It, I Quit"

Charlo Greene

We've seen reporters quit on air and we've seen them curse during a live broadcast, but what happens when you get both in one sentence? TV gold.

Fall TV's stars to watch

In the video below, Charlo Greene, a reporter for Alaskan CBS affiliate KTVA, finishes up a segment about marijuana by admitting she's actually the owner of the cannabis club featured in the segment. Perhaps concerned with the apparent conflict of interest, Greene then resigns from the job in fantastic fashion.

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Exclusive: Charlie Sheen Pursues a Return to Two and a Half Men

Charlie Sheen

As Anger Management nears the end of its 100-episode order, Charlie Sheen is bracing for what may be the FX sitcom's wrap. Simultaneously, his previous series, Two and a Half Men, is also about to end — and Sheen would like to be a part of that send-off.

Sheen tells TV Guide Magazine that he has approached Two and a Half Men with an idea about how he could make a return to the sitcom. "I've reached out to them and they've reached back," he says. "We're trying to figure out what makes the most sense. If they figure it out like I've presented it to them and they want to include me in some final send-off, I'm available and I'm showing up early. If not, it's on them."

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New Season Reviews: Gotham, Scorpion, Forever, Sleepy Hollow

Katharine McPhee, Elyse Gabel

Happens all the time in the Bat-verse: The bad guys get all the best material. And so it was in the beginning, or at least in the origin story as presented by Fox's stylish, vividly hardboiled Gotham (8/7c), an exercise in pulp-noir chic that, to be enjoyed properly, should be considered more Dick Tracy than Batman in approach.

As Robin might proclaim, if he were around (which he isn't): Holy corruption! The sordid Gotham City on display here reflects executive producer Bruno Heller's time spent on HBO's Rome rather than his sunnier stint with The Mentalist. This city of menace boasts a retro sheen cluttered with jarring contemporary details, projecting what's intended as an out-of-time (or timeless) quality to frame this iconic story. You know how it goes: Young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz of Touch) is orphaned when his wealthy parents are murdered in a back-alley robbery, inspiring a lifetime devoted to vanquishing Gotham's most-wanted goons.

But that's another tale for another time, because the focus of Gotham is on clench-jawed, strait-arrow Detective (future Commissioner) James Gordon, played with a pugnacious dour solemnity by Ben McKenzie. read more

As the Fall Season Begins, Will 4 Remain TV's Magic Number?

Lost, Friends

As the official 2014-2015 TV season kicks off on Monday, Sept. 22, we're about to find out whether TV's unofficial "Rule of 4" will strike again.

What's the "Rule of 4"? Quite simply, in the past few decades, years that ended in "4" have turned out to be game-changing seasons in network TV. In 1984, The Cosby Show premiered and immediately revived a moribund NBC, as well as the entire sitcom genre.

By 1994, NBC was struggling once again — until Friends and ER came along and made the Peacock Network an unstoppable force for the rest of the decade. By 2004, it was ABC on the ropes, until Lost and Desperate Housewives debuted and turned that network around.

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Ask Matt: Shondaland Thursday, Madam Secretary vs. Race, Superheroes, Outlander and More

How to Get Away With Murder

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

Question: I'm wondering what you think about the scheduling of ABC's Thursday night programming. I don't even KNOW if there's a Family Hour any more, but it seems to me that Scandal is pretty heavy on the sex and violence and may not work so well at the 8 pm (Central) hour. Do you see ABC getting complaints about it and possibly switching Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder? — Jan

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