With so many new series about to be unloaded on us as the fall season looms ever closer, trying to figure out which ones we're most excited about was no easy task. But there are some comedies and dramas that really are brimming with potential this fall, thanks to great premises and in some cases, some really excellent talent involved. Whether or not these shows actually live up to that potential remains to be seen, and we'll find out in a matter of weeks. In the meantime, here's our list of shows we're especially excited about, listed in no particular order.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Premieres: Tuesday, September 24 at 8:00 p.m. on ABC
Created by: Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen
Starring: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Bret Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker
To say that we're simply anticipating Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would probably be a huge understatement. Not only does this series follow the excellent Avengers film, but it also brings Joss Whedon back to television, teamed with his brother and sister-in-law Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. The series is set in the same "world" as The Avengers and the other Marvel films we've seen, which means this is a reality that is aware of the superhuman and sometimes god-like people living among the rest of the human population. The series focuses on the inner workings of S.H.I.E.L.D., the global organization that strives to monitor activity and incidents related to these superhuman people.
In the wake of The Avengers, the concept of S.H.I.E.l.L.D. seems brimming with potential. What's more, the show should be able to exist somewhat independently from the films, tying to them in some major ways without stepping on the toes of Iron Man, Thor and the other related movies in terms of the plot. The emphasis on the agents who work in this organization allows for all new stories and adventures to play out. Factor in Clark Gregg's big comeback as he returns to the role of Agent Phil Coulson, who was believed to have died in Avengers, and there's even more reason to hope S.H.I.E.L.D. is a winner. Whedon certainly has the track record for quality shows.