Agent Carter

Saving Agent Carter

It’s looking impossible at the moment, but Agent Carter will return if the producer, the star and the fans have anything to say about it.

It was a sad morning in May when fans of ABC’s Agent Carter learned that the show would not be returning for a third season.

The news came as a shock to many, including Jeph Loeb, the head of Marvel television. On August 8, he told Business Insider that “there were no conversations” between Marvel and ABC, Marvel’s sister company under Disney. They just pulled the plug.

The show, which was hailed by critics, ended its second season on a cliffhanger, so the news of its cancellation was not an easy pill for Carter fans to swallow. Minutes, maybe even seconds, after the announcement was made, a petition was posted on for Netflix to pick up the series.

Sadly, they passed. The big cheese at Netflix, Ted Sarandos, told Entertainment Weekly that Netflix is “looking for truly original brands to own.” With successes like Daredevil and Jessica Jones under its belt and a long line of highly anticipated series on the horizon, they want to stick with what’s making them money: creating their own original Marvel productions.

A deal like this also gets complicated when a network as large as ABC passes on a show’s next season, because its viewership stretches past the United States. Sarandos explained that those international networks, also known as “output partners” would still have the show on air and would “argue it’s covered by their output.”

With these two major factors at play, Sarandos declared that it had been “a business decision more than a creative one.”

This hasn’t discouraged the fans, who have gathered 128,750 signatures on their petition, so far. Though Carter’s ratings were the reason for its downfall, it’s clear that there is a large enough fanbase to garner some attention.

At the August 4th Conviction panel for the Television Critics Association press tour, Hayley Atwell spoke about a revival, saying “I hound [Marvel Studios co-president] Louis D’Esposito on a regular basis saying, ‘Give me a movie.’”

Atwell is no stranger to the Marvel Cinematic and Television Universe, and said “Marvel is still such a big part of my career and I suppose my professional family that I would absolutely not rule out the idea of going back to Peggy at some point.”

It should also be noted that Hulu, which recently announced a series based on Marvel’s Runaways and also picked up The Mindy Project when it was dropped from Fox after its third season, could make a move for this much-loved series.

Don’t hang up your bright red hats just yet, Agent Carter fans. With Hayley Atwell and a hefty petition on your side, there may be hope for Peggy and co. in the near future.

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Netflix Explains Why It Didn’t Save Agent Carter

Creatively, Agent Carter had everything going for it — but in the end: business is business.

When ABC pulled the plug on low rated but the critically acclaimed Agent Carter earlier this year, many fans looked to streaming network Netflix to swoop in and pick up the show. Netflix has a history of saving beloved programs from other networks (Arrested Development, The Mindy Project), and they had built their own corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with their shows Daredevil and Jessica Jones. The program seemed a natural fit.

But Netflix passed on rescuing the sophomore drama, and no one was quite sure why … until now.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos explained why Agent Carter never worked out for the network.

We’re looking for truly original brands to own, and in that Marvel space we already have [Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage and Iron Fist] – so that was mostly why.

And even larger reason loomed — economics. Netflix liked to own their shows lock, stock and barrel, but Marvel had already sold distribution rights in dozens of countries around the globe. Sarandos explained:

They also have some output deal complexities. So when you pick it up, being able to pick it up globally is difficult even after it’s canceled. Some of those output partners still had it on the air, so they would argue it’s covered by their output [deals]. Unfortunately, it was a business decision more than a creative one.

So there you have it. “Business” did what Soviet spies, Hydra agents and rampant sexism failed to do: put an end to Peggy Carter. This depressed me a lot, so to cheer myself up, I’m sharing these delightful behind-the-scenes photos from the series that I found floating around the Internet.

ABC Cancels “Agent Carter”

ABC pulled the plug on period spy and superhero drama Agent Carter today. The writing has been on the wall for some time. The show had dipped in the ratings this year, and star Hayley Atwell had signed on to the new ABC drama ConvictionThe network swore that Atwell could do both, but it seemed highly unlikely.

Agents of SHIELD is left to carry the MCU banner on ABC, as the network also passed on SHIELD spin-off Marvel’s Most Wanted.

Peggy Carter crying

Agent Carter Season 2 Has a Connection to Dr. Strange

Season two of ABC’s Agent Carter sees Peggy (Hayley Atwell) and her right-hand man Jarvis (James D’Arcy) head to Los Angeles to investigate the mysterious Isodyne Energy. Investigating Isodyne puts the super-spy in direct conflict with the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of longtime Iron Man villain Madam Masque played by Wynn Everett.

In a recent interview with CBR, Agent Carter showrunner Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters, explained that Isodyne Energy will allow them to tie the show both to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the upcoming movie Dr. Strange.

From the CBR interview:

When asked if Isodyne Energy is connected to the Darkforce, Fazekas answered affirmatively. “Basically, Isodyne is a company that we invented based in part on real life companies like Radiodyne or General Atomic or the beginnings of the Jet Propulsion Lab — all of which were in L.A. in the ’40s, and were developing the space program and were developing nukes,” explained Fazekas. “That’s what Isodyne is, and what you’ll learn is they were involved in the nuclear testing out in the desert when they were testing the, at the time they were calling it the atom bomb — and one of these tests didn’t go as expected. You’ll learn more about that in Season 2, but they stumble upon what people in the Marvel Universe will know as Darkforce, but because they’ve never seen it before they just name it Zero Matter. That’s our tie-in to the ‘Doctor Strange’ universe, and also to ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ because you’ve seen it in ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ as well.”

Agent Carter returns with a two-hour premiere on Tuesday, January 19, at 9 pm ET/PT on ABC.

Dr. Stange
Dr. Stange

Clark Gregg’s mad lip-sync skills make Hayley Atwell Cry at SDCC

The casts and crews of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter have an excellent friendly rivalry going on. That rivalry kicked into high gear this weekend at San Diego Comic Con when both crews entered into a “dubsmashwar,” lip-syncing to small clips of popular songs on social-media site Instagram. Fans were encouraged to follow #TeamCarter or #TeamShield.

We’re pretty big Agent Carter fans here at Heroic Girls, so trust me when I say Clark Gregg and #TeamShield killed it.

Here are a few of our favorites from the battle:

And here is the showdown that started the war:

These brutal attacks by #TeamShield made Agent Carter star Hayley Atwell cry.