One of pilot season’s easiest calls is now official: ABC has picked up Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., geek god Joss Whedon‘s TV offshoot of the Avengers feature films.
What’s more, the first promo for the brand-new series is set to air this Sunday during the Once Upon a Time season finale.
The cast for S.H.I.E.L.D. — which follows a worldwide law enforcement organization that polices the new, the strange and the unknown — includes ER alum Ming-Na (as former soldier Melinda May), Clark Gregg (reprising his big-screen Avengers role as Agent Phil Coulson), Nashville’s Chloe Bennet (as superhero culture-obsessed Skye), British beauty Elizabeth Henstridge (science expert Gemma Simmons), Scotsman Iain De Caestecker (tech whiz Leo Fitz) and Brett Dalton (rising star Agent Grant).
Other new shows ordered by ABC — in addition to the Once Upon a Time spin-off — include:
Super Fun Night (Comedy)
EPs | Rebel Wilson, Conan O’Brien, John Riggi
CAST | Wilson (Bridesmaids, Pitch Perfect), Lauren Ash (Lost Girl), Liza Lapira (Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23), Kelen Coleman (The Newsroom)
Three nerdy female friends embark on a quest to have super fun every Friday night in the single-cam project (which was originally developed as a multi-cam comedy last spring at CBS).
Back in the Game (Comedy, fka She’s Got Balls)
EPs | Mark and Robb Cullen (Las Vegas), Aaron Kaplan, John Requa, Glenn Ficarra
CAST | Maggie Lawson (Psych), Jr., James Caan (Las Vegas), Sr., Lenora Crichlow (Being Human), Griffin Gluck (Private Practice), Ben Koldyke (Big Love), Kennedy Waite, J.J. Totah, Cooper Roth
When Terry Gannon (Lawson), a recently divorced, single mother, temporarily moves in with her estranged father (Caan), a beer-swilling former baseball player, she reluctantly starts coaching her son’s Little League team and is drawn back into the world of sports she vowed to leave behind.
The Goldbergs (Comedy)
EP | Adam Goldberg
CAST | Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids), Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm), George Segal (Don’t Shoot Me), Hayley Orrantia (The X Factor), Sean Giambrone and Troy Gentile (Good Luck Chuck)
This ’80s-set series revolves around an overbearing, hyper-emotional shopaholic with no sense of boundaries and a big mouth. Nonetheless, she’s a very dedicated mom.
EPs | Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (The Hangover, The Change-Up)
CAST | Blake Lee (Parks and Recreation), Andrew Santino (Punk’d), Kate Simses (What’s Your Number), Adam Campbell (Epic Movie), Craig Frank, Vanessa Lengies (Glee) as Kacey, Alexis Carra (Incredible Girl), Sarah Bolger (Once Upon A Time) as Janey, Ginger Gonzaga (Legit), Adan Canto (The Following)
Set in the world of a sexy Manhattan bar, the high-concept single-cam comedy chronicles the exploits of singles in search of love — all over the course of one night.
Trophy Wife (Comedy)
CAST | Malin Akerman (Suburgatory), Bradley Whitford (The West Wing), Marcia Gay Harden (Damages), Michaela Watkins (Saturday Night Live) as Jackie, Natalie Morales (90210), Ryan Scott Lee (Super 8), Albert Tsai, Gianna LePera
They say the third time’s the charm — and reformed party girl Kate (Akerman) is hoping that’s true when she becomes Pete’s (Whitford) third wife. Harden and Watkins plays wives No. 1 and 2, Morales is Kate’s BFF.
EP | David Zabel (ER)
CAST | Hannah Ware (Boss), Stuart Townsend (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) , James Cromwell (American Horror Story), Henry Thomas (E.T.), Chris Johnson (The Vampire Diaries), Wendy Moniz (Guiding Light), Elizabeth McLaughlin (The Clique), Braeden Lamasters (Men of a Certain Age)
A beautiful but unhappily married female photographer begins a torrid affair with a lawyer for a powerful family. When he turns out to be defending a murder suspect who is being prosecuted by her husband, the relationship and the case begin a spiraling series of betrayals with cataclysmic results for everyone involved.
Killer Women (Drama)
EPs | Hannah Shakespeare (The Playboy Club), Ben Silverman, Sofia Vergara, Luis Balaguer, Martin Campbell
CAST | Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica), Mark Blucas (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Marta Milans (Shame), Alex Fernandez (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), Michael Trucco (Battlestar Galactica)
Based on the Argentine series Mujeres Asesinas, it centers on the only woman (Helfer) in the notoriously male Texas Rangers — a ballsy, beautiful badass who knows how to get to the truth and isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers.
Lucky 7 (Drama)
EPs | David Zabel (ER), Jason Richman
CAST | Isiah Whitlock, Jr (The Wire), Matt Long (Private Practice), Stephen Louis Grush (Detroit 1-8-7), Lorraine Bruce (Eden Lake), Anastasia Phillips (Stoked), Summer Bishil (Towelhead), Luis Antonio Ramos (The Ruins), Christine Evangelista (The Joneses)
A show about seven employees of a service station in Queens whose lives are changed in many unexpected ways when they win a lottery jackpot.
Mind Games (Drama, fka Influence)
EP | Kyle Killen (Awake, Lone Star)
CAST | Steve Zahn (Treme), Christian Slater (True Romance), Megalyn Echikunwoke (CSI: Miami), Cedric Sanders (The Social Network), Gregory Marcel (The Good Shepherd), Wynn Everett (The Newsroom)
A workplace ensemble centered on the relationship between two brothers — a bipolar genius in human psychology and a slick ex-con — who head a unique agency designed to solve problems using the real science of human motivation and manipulation.
Resurrection (Drama, fka The Returned)
EPs | Aaron Zelman (The Killing), JoAnn Alfano (30 Rock), Jon Liebman (Ringer), Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner
CAST | Omar Epps (House), Matt Craven (Crimson Tide), Devin Kelley (The Chicago Code), Frances Fisher (Titanic), Kurtwood Smith (That 70s Show), Sam Hazeldine, Samaire Armstrong (The O.C.), Nicholas Gonzalez (Off the Map)
This series asks the provocative question, “What happens when the people you have mourned and buried suddenly appear on your doorstep as if not a day’s gone by? The lives of the people of Arcadia, Missouri are forever changed when their deceased loved ones return.”