After facing struggles with building prudences for both Inhumans and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., ABC will not order any additional Marvel pilots for this season.
ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey spoke about Marvel’s future on ABC during her portion of the network’s panel at the TCA executive session yesterday, and while she’s cautiously optimistic regarding S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s future on the network, other ventures appear to be dead in the water — for now, at least. According to Deadline, while Dungey didn’t outright say as much, Inhumans is unsurprisingly not expected to return for a second season. The show, which faced criticism from both critics and fans, struggled to take off from the get-go, proving to be a failure for both ABC and IMAX.
“It didn’t perform for us at the level that we would have wanted,” Dungey said. “We haven’t made any official decisions yet but I will say the numbers were less exciting for us as we hoped they would be.”
Things look a bit better, though, for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Dungey went on to praise the current season. Showrunners Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon are set to go before Dungey and company soon to pitch a possible sixth season. While nothing is set in stone, chances of the show returning are looking good, and the sixth season pitch will play a part in the ultimate decision.
As for other Marvel projects, ABC has had a long list on its slate, including a still-unnamed John Ridley series and a Jessica Jones-eque show. However, none of those appear to be moving forward at the moment, and the network is going to “carefully” consider any future projects.
“We developed a couple things this season that we don’t think are going to end up going forward, so we’re going to look really carefully about what we do next,” Dungey said.
Airing Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. stars Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Henry Simmons, Ian De Caestecker, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, Elizabeth Henstridge, Nick Blood, Jeff Ward, Eve Harlow, Pruitt Taylor Vince and Coy Stewart.
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