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MARVEL'S FORMER AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

... Now that How I Met Your Mother has signed off for good, Cobie Smulders, who plays now-former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will be reprising her role on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. later this season. Following the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Hill now works for Tony Stark and is looking for new ways to help save the world, while Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) struggles to let go of the organization that was his home for many, many years. [TV Guide]


BUSINESS TIME

... Grab the nearest bottle of whiskey, because preliminary Nielsen numbers estimate that the Season 5 finale of Justified (which Tim reviewed here!) brought in 2.37 million viewers last night. That's up five percent from the Season 4 finale, and Season 4 was arguably a much better season. But you'll never find me complaining about more people watching Raylan Givens and Boyd Crowder trade barbs. [Variety]

... Speaking of ratings: Last night's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (which I reviewed right here!) was mind-blowing and probably the best episode the series has ever produced, but that didn't prevent it from tanking in the ratings. "Turn, Turn, Turn" brought in only 5.4 million total viewers and a 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic. That's a series low, folks. If you spin this news in a positive light, however, it looks like my fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. viewers and I are now part of a secret club, and only we know  that SPOILER is a SPOILER. OMG. SPOILER. [TV Line]

... Paramount TV—the television branch of Paramount, in case that wasn't clear—launched last year and is now putting several shows into development, including a series inspired by the novel The Alienist by Caleb Carr, a miniseries about Charles Lindbergh, and projects based on the Terminator franchise and The Truman Show. [The Wrap]

... Lifetime has ordered 10 episodes of Relative Insanity, a new reality competition series from the producers of Big Brother. It pits two families against one another as they compete in various Survivor- and Fear Factor-esque challenges in hopes of winning a $25,000 cash prize. [THR ]

... NBC has released a new trailer for Undateable, which premieres Thursday, May 29 and is from Bill Lawrence. Check it out!


... Nat Geo WILD has ordered a second season of Cesar 911, starring Cesar Millan (a.k.a. the Dog Whisperer). Each week, Millan travels to a new neighborhood where a dog is a regular menace and works his magic until he's able to restore balance. He's an everyday hero, that Cesar. [Nat Geo via press release]

... If there's an episode of The Simpsons that you missed at some point during the last couple of decades and still want to watch, have no fear, because FXX is here... with a 12-day marathon of all 552 installments of the Fox comedy. Beginning August 21 and running through Labor Day, you'll be able to watch Homer consume roughly 7,000 doughnuts. [EW]



CASTING NEWS

... Trophy Wife star Bradley Whitford will guest-star on the May 7 episode of Law & Order: SVU. He'll play Frank Maddox, a TV producer accused of molesting his 8-year-old daughter—which, frankly, is something the man who gifted us Josh Lyman would never do. Why does Law & Order insist on tainting everyone I love by painting them as rapists and murderers? [TV Line]

... Michael Gross, who played Steven Keaton on Family Ties, will recur as Walter Gillis, the founder of a DVD distribution company, in the fourth season of USA's Suits. [The Wrap]

... Tessa Ferrer (Grey's Anatomy) has joined the Halle Berry-fronted Extant in the recurring role of Katie Sparks, an over-achieving astronaut. Still no word on who will play Berry's unborn alien baby, though! [Deadline]


SAD NEWS

... James Hellwig, better known to WWE fans as the legendary wrestler the Ultimate Warrior, passed away Tuesday. He was 54. Hellwig was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame over the weekend, and even made an appearance WWE’s “Monday Night Raw” on April 7; his cause of death is not yet known. [Variety]


REQUIRED READING

... Ken Forsse, the man who created the popular-in-the-'80s Teddy Ruxpin doll, as well as the animated TV series The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpinpassed away on March 19 at his home in Laguna Woods, California. His obituary is a must-read. [NY Times]


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AIRED ON 5/17/2016

Season 3 : Episode 22

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So....judging from the comments, I guess I AM the only one who thinks Cobie Smulders is completely over-rated. Didn't like her character or acting in HIMYM and so far her acting in the Marvel movies is stiff as well.
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Man, many of those old Simpsons eps (say from maybe S3 through S9-10 or so) was some of the best TV ever, animated or not. Deep Space Homer, Homer the Heretic, Homer at the Bat, You Only Move Twice, etc. I wonder if they'll air The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson, which I've heard pretty much never airs since the 9/11 attacks given that it features the twin towers.

For unknown reasons, the locally syndicated versions rarely show anything older than 3-5 years, so FXX running ALL of them is great news indeed.

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Smulders is awesome. Hopefully she can take over for Pepper, or replace her, or kill her, something.

The ratings for SHIELD I am not too worried about. They have already been picked up for season two. And I think a re-airing say on ABC family could grab a few more permanent viewers. Plus it is on a bad day. It is going up against the rating juggernaut that is NCIS and I am not sure where a good place for it would be. Also I think with the new reveals of the show and the movies that it will become a better show. So that might get more ratings.
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I think SHIELD ratings probably should have been expected. I chose not to watch that episode of SHIELD because I did not see Captain America on its opening weekend and I didn't want spoilers and to watch things out of order that they were intended. I doubt I'm alone. And as many people as saw CA2 on opening weekend, most people will see it a little later and then be going to the DVR as I did, or Hulu, or whatever.
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When a show has a great episode after a series of so-and-so episodes, then you have to look for the ratings of the following episodes
SHIELDS low ratings are due to previous episodes not being that good. Whether there is a shift in the balance due to a good episode, we'll see in the episodes to come
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where were the spoiler tags when they were actually needed in the first paragraph? or did you just assume everyone who reads the article will have seen the winter soldier? based on the show's ever falling ratings you should assume a fair amount of people aren't watching agents of shield. you've single-handedly spoiled countless fracking things now so apparently you'll never effing learn?! WTF
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Maybe if Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. aired on a different night that would help its ratings improve somewhat? Tuesdays at 8 pm are usually reserved for NCIS in my house, so I have to catch MAoS online. Sadly, ABC's website is set up where you have to wait over a week to watch their shows online if you can't use their "verify to watch" thing (can't remember what it's called). Some people may be getting fed up that they can't keep as up-to-date with the series as they'd like.
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i think no one watched agents of shield because it was tied to cap 2 and not everyone has seen it yet and the show just isn't that good.
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The ratings for SHIELD are suggesting that it won't get renewed.

I thought Teddy Ruxpin was facinating when it came out but I didn't want one because I was too old for it. I also seem to recall it being one of the more expensive toys. It was the predecessor of toys like Tickle Me Elmo.
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Yeah Cobie, still I don't know why I end up calling her Agent Robin sometimes, maybe it's the blue costume she's wearing!
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My favourite part of this article is how in the first sentence it is said that Maria Hill is a former agent of S.H.E.I.L.D. (a spoiler from the new Captain America movie I assume) and then in the section about Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D.'s ratings you go on about keeping a spoiler under wraps. You should hire a proof reader or at the very least get medication for your split personality disorder.
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What's S.H.E.I.L.D.? Is it similar to S.H.I.E.L.D.?
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oops, my bad, that "i" before "e" thing always messes me up, perhaps I need a proof reader
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Offense. That's rude.
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Also, the ratings blurb was witten that way intentionally as a joke. It's not because I don't have an editor or because I have a split personality disorder. And furthermore, the news that Cobie is working for Tony Stark is the LAST thing you should worry about regarding Captain America and whatever spoilers there are.
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So basically you threw out a spoiler and instead of saying 'Crap, sorry, I didn't even think, my apologies', you crack it at someone for saying so and then add there are way more other things that are impacted from the Winter Soldier?

Not all of us have seen it yet. In fact, its only been out for a week in Australia and due to other commitments I haven't been able to see it. I was kinda ticked at the spoiler (and I don't care if its not a massive one) being the first sentence. However a simple apology would have been fine. Instead we get snarky comments and now I'm even more pissed because I now know that there are even more changes that happen due to the movie.

So thanks for that. And thanks for being an ass about it, instead of owning a small mistake and apologizing.
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That may be so but it is the spoiling of something that I assume happens in CA 2, haven't seen it yet so i don't know for sure. Apologies if i offended with my proof reader/split personality joke
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way to own up. it's not like you've been called out on spoiling things before or anything.
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I'm not sure the revelation that Maria Hill is now working for Tony Stark instead of SHIELD spoils anything major. There are a load of reasons that she could have decided to work for Stark.
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spoilers are spoilers "major" or not.
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"Cobie Smulders Is Returning to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is a spoiler. This is a spoiler article! I'm not sure what you expected to find when you followed the link.
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too dumb a post to deserve a retort.
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Yay, Smulders!

Boo, SHIELD...
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I'm kind of shocked about the low rating for this week's "Agents of Shield" episode because I vaguely recall ABC promoting it as a big event and stuff.

Then again, they promoted the Asguard-based episodes as big Thor-crossover events too and probably annoyed people when they realized they barely overlapped.
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I guess people below pointing out that some viewers didn't want to get spoiled for the movie has some merit.
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Hell yeah for Cobie. I love that girl. The ratings of Shield are low but i think the show is going to be renewed. It's too good for cancellation.
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I think the SHIELD ratings might have been hurt by the Captain America tie in. I held off on watching this episode of SHIELD until Wednesday night because I didn't have time to watch Captain America and I didn't want to spoil it. With all the DVR and online viewing capabilities I think that quite a few people that didn't have time to see the movie might be doing the same thing. I want to see the 7 day numbers because that will give more people time to watch the movie to keep things in order. Those numbers are just to low for a show that has gotten this good.
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Love Cobie Smulders, and I'm glad she'll be returning to MAoS, but they need to change her outfit. When I think about her and the color blue I feel this inexplicable rage and a burning desire to destroy brass instruments.
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Haha. Awesome. (Would've used a classic Stinson "Legendary", but I'm still sore on the whole thing too)
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I think the biggest problem with Agents of SHIELD is that it took them, what, 15 episodes to really find a purpose for the show? everything else has been self contained in the episode and the stuff that was arcing overall was barely interesting or elaborated on. everything until the blue alien has been on par with ABC Family's brand of storytelling... and to top that off, the show has barely gone a month without being yanked off the schedule for whatever reason.

another problem is Joss Whedon, whom I love, but let's be honest.. he's kind of a wildcard when it comes to TV. he's heavy in genre and it doesn't tend to last, as much as I'd like, so even fans of his and of Marvel are probably waiting to see how it goes before investing in it.. and the low ratings, no matter how ridiculous a system it is, makes people even more cautious.
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"Season 4 was arguably a much better season"

Arguably? Who's arguing? Season 4 was incontrovertibly much better. Anyone who disagrees should be forced to watch Relative Insanity till they spontaneously combust.
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Ha. Good point. No one would actually argue Season 5 was better.
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That's the problem with MAoS, they slow-played everything and gave it a mushy foundation, people have checked OUT of the series and it's simply not getting good enough word-of-mouth to draw them back in. And the episode didn't even feel vital to the movie in any way, it felt like a cheap knockoff of those scenes.

No Nat Geo! You're supposed to order more Rifftrax episodes.

Undateable: Ron Funches is awesome, Bill Lawrence has a lot of credit left with me, but holy crap does this multi-camera looks really bad based on its trailer. "Ha ha ha ha!" What the hell? Wait, was that...? How did a laughtrack get into my comment?!? "Ha ha ha ha!!!" There, it did it again! It's trying to punctuate the energy of my comment without me doing anything. "WooooOOOOoo!" That's it, I quit.
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" and only we know that SPOILER is a SPOILER. OMG. SPOILER." - Whoa, whoa, whoa. Seriously, no spoiler alert? That was like 3 spoilers back to back there with no regard to your readers!
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You just can't do that. You can't base an episode of a show--or subsequent ones--on what happened in a movie, now playing in theatres, It's ridiculous. I can't stand going to the movies anymore. I'm too hooked on being able to control my own destiny when I watch stuff--even movies. Are they suggesting illegal downloading, of their own movie!?! I like S.H.I.E.L.D. but not enough to drag me to a theatre. I won't do it. I'll just have to wait till I can get the movie legally to watch the rest of season one. Too bad if other folks agree and stop watching. IDIOTS!!!
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illegally downloading isn't really feasible anyway since it would be filmed on shaky cam in crappy quality with the audience's heads all in view. I'm with you on both fronts, tying it into a movie is stupid and so is going to the movies thanks to ass-hats. if they released it simultaneously on VOD and digital download but that would seriously cost them in theater goer funds me thinks and they likely do as well.
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As the Thing might put it--"Nuff said ;+)


Oh, and sorry I misspelled "Idjits"...
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The thing is, you don't have to see the film to watch the show - it's not like you won't understand what's going on or anything. They explain everything on in-show. I think people are over-exaggerating how much the events in the show depend on the film. They tie in, but you can have one without the other.
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this is Marvel, it ties in enough to bring them together and it's meant to get people to either go see the movie or tune into the show. I haven't seen Cap 2 (will wait for Blu-ray) but I still understood what was going on. all you need is a basic level of knowledge about the Marvel universe to know what's happening, knowing both parts will just deepen the insight.
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You Two right, it's the principle, however...
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Being in control is fun but sometimes you have to let go, let go, let go,.............
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They did it, but all you really needed to see was the trailer for the movie to know how the show tied in... except that the show also spoils the end of the movie in a way.
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Sad for the loss of James Hellwig ,RIP, and liked him as the Ultimate Warrior in WWE; as I am in a different way for the ratings of SHIELD. Marvel is not a stupid company and they will do what it takes to renew it for a second season.
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Woo hoo for Colbie Smulders! I'm hoping S.H.I.E.L.D. can pull in some more viewers. I've totally enjoyed the show and hope it makes it to a second season!
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How is Agents of SHIELD even gonna survive when there isn't a SHIELD anymore?
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H.A.M.M.M.E.R. was the successor to S.H.I.E.L.D. in the comics, but that was when it was run by a supervillain. Still, someone's got to fight Hydra!
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PS - I think it was Victoria Hand's job to come up with a name that fit the acronym.
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Argh, backronyms are so annoying. Great term for them, though.

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She never actually got to it, the H.A.M.M.E.R. name still doesn't actually stand for anything as an acronym, so it's twice as funny that it's a failed backronym.
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Thought you wrote Victoria's Hand job for a second :)
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ever heard of S.W.O.R.D. ? haha :D
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Secret weapon of retarded duck???
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supposed to be funny?
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Good one...
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If theirs any show that can survive poor ratings then its agents of shield. If anything, due to Marvels overall domination in everything it releases on the big screen it will likely stay on air no matter how bad the ratings are.
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Tough call. ABC has taken on some risky shows so they have my thanks for that, but those risky shows tend to only last a season or two.

Sure there's synergy between the various Disney / Marvel products: SHIELD feeds the movies which feeds SHIELD, but I doubt the show is that cheap to produce and if the numbers aren't there then synergy will only mean so much to the big-wigs.
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I'm hoping the reason for the SHIELD ratings is because it was specified everywhere that it was full of CA:TWS spoilers, and to watch that beforehand. So hopefully people will catch up.
If not, well, I'm hoping ABC will allow me to be in the exclusive club of the people who love this show for a while longer.
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erm... why would you call a show undateable? if it's bad the puns are a plenty. "undateable is unwatchable" etc...
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dude, its from the creator of scrubs, spin city and cougar town. and they are undeniable great (sorry for that bad pun)
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The reason Shield ratings have tanked is because up till the last 2 episodes the show has been terrible.
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Well I think it has been upto the mark since Seeds, T.R.A.C.K.S., T.A.H.I.T.I.,Yes Men, End of The Beginning and now Turn, Turn, Turn. Pilot, The Hub and F.Z.Z.T. were also quite good episodes. 9 out of 17 episodes is a good no. and since Seeds S.H.I.E.L.D. has been on a great stride and is probably going to stay that way!
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i watched a different show then. the last two episodes were cleary the season high (to this time)
the true reason is, that many who watch the did not watch CA:TWS yet. for them it would be a massive spoiler, so they did not tune in.
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*who watch the show
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Um. How can Briga Heelan be on two Bill Lawrence shows at once? Is Ground Floor not coming back or something? I could have sworn I heard it got renewed. Not that it really deserves it, but by the looks of things neither will this. What happened, Bill?
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Is her other show a network show?

It's not that uncommon for actors to pull double-duty between a network show and a cable show. Since the airing months between network / cable are different enough it probably gives them enough time: network is usually Sep-Mar and cable is all over the place, sometimes Mar-Jul.

I recall Christopher Meloni pulling double duty on SVU and OZ
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ground floor is renewed for season 2. but will start earliest in november. so there is a big gap between. :)
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Maybe the reason why the Agents of SHIELD episode tanked ratings wise was because the show SPECIFICALLY STATED ON FACEBOOK AND OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA to watch Captain America: The Winter Soldier before this episode in order for the episode to make sense? Either way, I'm worried now that the show might be "bear chow" for the Cancellation Bear since ABC tends to panic when their shows take a massive nosedive. Let's hope Cobie and Samuel L. Jackson can save the show and give it a season 2. (though I worry people might protest the Smulders episode due to the crappy series finale of HIMYM.)
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I'm 90% certain Agents of SHIELD will NOT be canceled despite its ratings. Everyone has to remember it's not just ABC. It's Marvel, too.
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luckily the episode will be reaired back to back with the new one next week. so there is room for improvement with the ratings.
IMO the time between release date of winter soldier and the new AoS episode was way to short. a one way break between had made more sense (instead of this stupid 4 week break BEFORE winter soldier)
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again: how is this show going to even have a season 2 when CA: TWS kinda made the core dynamic defunct?
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Do you watch the show? I only ask because they kind of addressed this already. S.H.I.E.L.D. will still operate on some level; they still have work to do. Even more now that there are still HYDRA agents out there to take down.
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honestly, not really, I tried but without any avengers components i lost interest :/ (but the show is called agents of shield, and the organization got disbanded so it just sounds like there wouldnt be a second season without some kind of re-tooling)
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It's not like they didn't have advance notice this twist was coming. And frankly, a broken SHIELD struggling to maintain order is much more interesting than a polished, sterile, superpowerful SHIELD that can do no wrong.
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Yes, they knew the twist of Captain America a very, very long time ago. They've been planning for this. It's not like Captain America surprised them and they're like, "SHIT. NOW WHAT?"
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build up new dynamics?
i mean there is so much to come up with now.
Marvel (and JW) are planning BIG, so i guess the events in GotG will deliever enough fuel to the fire.
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Justified's ratings are not much to rave about. It was apparently beat by shows such as Little Couple on TLC, The Game on BET, and Amish Mafia on Discovery, not too mention all major network shows including the tanking Glee, Trophy Wife, etc. It just barely beat one of the two Mindy Project episodes that aired too. I honestly can't think of any solid reason why this show is not doing far better.
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Nothing against the average television viewer, but I never expected them to watch a series as complex and fascinating as Justified.
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Thinking upon it, I could probably nitpick why it doesn't get viewers as it should, but the complexity (too many characters for one?) may just be one reason. I wouldn't say Justified is fascinating though.
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It might already be too late, ratings wise, for Shield. I guess we'll have to wait and see if Captain America 2 can breath some life into it.

It doesn't seem like Cobie Smulders will play as big a part in the TV series as many of us were hoping for.

Those ratings for Justified are criminally low, I always just assumed a whole hell of a lot more people watched it.
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"but that didn't prevent it from tanking in the ratings."
Yes but you needed to watch it first in order to know that it was a good episode ! Maybe after reading that it was good more peoples will watch it afterward and watch the next...
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