Marvel Television Interested in Developing More Comedy

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In addition to developing an ABC TV drama in the same vein as Jessica Jones, Marvel Television hasn't ruled out delving deeper into comedy.

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When a Damage Control pilot was ordered by ABC in 2015, it was announced the Disney-owned network was also looking to add a second comedy project -- although no further details were ever revealed. Since then, however, much has changed, which Channing Dungey succeeding Paul Lee as president of ABC Entertainment, and some of the previously revealed Marvel projects were halted.

The network passed on Marvel's Most Wanted, the proposed Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff focusing on Mockingbird, and any sign of Damage Control disappeared, at least until the concept cropped up in Spider-Man: Homecoming. In their place arrived Inhumans, focusing on a race of genetically advanced humans with extraordinary powers.

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However, while Marvel Television's plans have changed over the years, Senior Vice President of Programming Karim Zreik suggested Wednesday during the Edinburgh TV Festival that another comedy series hasn't been ruled out.

"Comedy is something we really want to go into," Zreik said. "It took us time to dip our foot in the comedy pool." However, there's apparently no interest in pursuing an office comedy.

Marvel Television will launch its first TV comedy next year with New Warriors on Freeform, formerly ABC Family. That series will include such characters Squirrel Girl, Speedball, Night Thrasher, Debrii, Microbe and Mister Immortal.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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