ABC President talks Joss Whedon and S.H.I.E.L.D.

While the S.H.I.E.L.D. television show isn’t officially out of the pilot stage, things are looking pretty good. ABC President Paul Lee spoke to the folks at CraveOnline and he seemed very enthusiastic about Joss Whedon’s work and S.H.I.E.L.D. itself. He’s already read the script and has “fast-tracked” it so that it’s the first pilot of the fall season he will get to see. “We’re going to see it before the others. We’re very hopeful that it goes to series and we’re going to market it. We hope it will get both males and females. By the way, the script’s great. I don’t want to jinx it.”

Most exciting of all is the news that Joss Whedon is currently writing more than just the pilot episode. It had previously been announced that he would work on the pilot before handing it over to his collaborators Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancheroen. But it now sounds like he might be helping to set-up the stories and character relationships for the remainder of the series.

“He’s already working on the scripts for the series,” said Paul Lee. “We will have to work. We shot it in Los Angeles to make sure that he is free to work across his feature life and his television life, but I love to see Joss who of course has made many great television shows in his day, enjoying television as much as movies. That’s flattering for us. We love that.”

 “The truth about Joss is he has some great relationships in it so there are a lot of really funny male/female relationships that go through it. But it’s also Joss too and there’s a lot of action. Look, what we do do, I talk about the emotion of the network, that it’s smart with heart.”

With Paul Lee’s highly positive attitude towards the S.H.I.E.L.D. T.V. show, it seems very unlikely that a full series will be turned down. The pilot is due to start shooting very soon. Here’s what Joss Whedon had to say.

“[We start filming] a week from Tuesday. You have to bring a bit of spectacle to [S.H.I.E.L.D.]; it’s got to be bigger than your average cop show. But at the end of the day, it’s about the peripheral people. It’s about the people on the edges of the grand adventures. The whole point of the show is that even with all these big things, the little things matter. It’s about people who don’t have super powers. There will be some people with powers, there will be FX, and there will be the spectacle of science-fiction storytelling — but all played on a very human, small level. That’s the appeal of the thing.”

So what do you all think? Excited yet?

Sources: CraveOnline, Collider

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