ABC’s upfronts presentation, where the network will showcase its 2016-2017 television slate for advertising consideration, is just around the corner – May 17th to be exact. With that in mind, The Hollywood Reporter pulled together a report yesterday of the 10 TV Pilots that are likely to be scored as pickups for the various networks, among that list is Haley Atwell’s new procedural Conviction.
While her being cast in the lead role of this new ABC series was not necessarily considered a death knell for Peggy Carter’s ongoing adventures with the S.S.R., the trade now states that Agent Carter is unlikely to return at this point, no longer necessitating Atwell to juggle both series in her schedule.
In truth, the Captain America spin-off, developed by First Avenger/Winter Soldier/Civil War scribes Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and showrun by Tara Butters and Michelle Fazekas has struggled to attract viewers for the majority of its run. Season 2 in particular scored only a 0.8 on average in the 18-49 demo per TVbytheNumbers. It was able to escape cancellation last year, but with a second season that saw it drop more than 2/3rds of its viewership from its first season premiere (6.91 million vs 2.35 million by the second season finale), the odds seem stacked against a renewal order.
THR also reports that ABC has cooled on the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spin-off Marvel’s Most Wanted as well. If that does not end up getting picked up, it’s possible that Coulson and crew might be the lone Marvel property at the network for the time being, until John Ridley’s project is finally announced.
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