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'Agents of SHIELD' spinoff not moving forward

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ABC’s potential Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff is not moving forward at this time, EW has learned.

The Marvel project was set to star Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood, who play the formerly married duo Agent Bobbi Morse and mercenary Lance Hunter. The spinoff was rumored to be born out of events that happen on the flagship series, which saw Morse kidnapped by Ward (Brett Dalton) during the penultimate episode.

Perhaps that renewal of Agent Carter meant S.H.I.E.L.D. not landing a second venture? Or maybe it was the backlash from vocal fans, who expressed that losing two of the best new characters on the flagship would be a mistake?

The news comes on the heels of ABC ordering six dramas, including Shonda Rhimes’ The Catch, Don Johnson’s untitled oil boom project, biblical saga Of Kings and Prophets, FBI thriller Quantico, anthology series Wicked City and the Joan Allen-starring project The Family. The network also ordered three comedies: a reboot of The Muppets, Ken Jeong’s Dr. Ken and Dan Savage’s The Real O’Neals, which stars Martha Plimpton.

ABC also renewed more than 20 shows, but it was bad news for Forever, Resurrection, The Taste and Cristela, which were canceled.

More to come: We’re in the thick of a frantic annual three-day period of TV broadcasters making big decisions, so expect more series orders today—and perhaps some verdicts on existing shows as well. Follow @jameshibberd and @natalieabrams for up-to-the-minute details. 

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