Agents of SHIELD Returns January 2018 -- With No Breaks

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According to the show's VFX supervisor, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is set to debut its next season in January -- without breaks.

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Mark Kolpack, the visual effects supervisor for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., confirmed in a series of since deleted tweets that the series will return in early 2018. The news comes after ABC's Upfronts presentation last week, where the network confirmed that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will return for its fifth season following the eight-episode first season of Marvel's Inhumans. That series, which will follow the Royal Inhuman family, is set to take over the 9pm ET time-slot on Fridays, which will then transform into the new home for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which has typically aired Tuesday nights on the network.

Although Friday is often viewed as a deathslot for a series, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey has claimed that they're trying to turn Fridays into “destination for fantasy and sci-fi fans," by pairing the comic book series with the long-running Once Upon a Time, which is set to see a reboot for its seventh season.

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The decision to push Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. from the Fall lineup was an interesting one, however -- with Agent Carter no longer around to fill in during the show's winter break, it's also a smart move for the network. Constant breaks for a show like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. tend to hurt it in the long-run, and with a series that has already been struggling to retain most of its audience in recent years, it makes more sense to run the fifth season consecutively.

The fifth outing of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is set to open with a time-jump and an out-of-this-world setting.

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(via Screen Rant)

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