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Now, for fans of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, one of the most disappointing reveals of the past week's Network announcements may well have been the news that the proposed spin-off featuring Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood (a.k.a. Bobbi Morse and Lance Hunter) isn't going to be happening.

That's right - ABC won't be pursuing the project, instead (thankfully) renewing both Agent Carter and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. itself for additional seasons, as well as continuing development on an as-yet unannounced John Ridley-produced Marvel project, based on an already existing character.

Why Won't We Be Seeing Bobbi and Lance's Spin-Off, Though?

Now, the more cynical fans out there might speculate that it has something to do with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s relatively lackluster ratings, which - while just high enough to sustain a pre-existing show - aren't exactly proof of a large demographic waiting for a spin-off.

As it turns out, though - at least according to ABC entertainment president Paul Lee - the reasoning actually had a lot more to do with the success of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - and in particular, Bobbi and Lance's presence in it:

"We absolutely love those characters on S.H.I.E.L.D. We think S.H.I.E.L.D. hit its creative stride this year...We thought the right thing now is to leave them on S.H.I.E.L.D., because S.H.I.E.L.D. is so strong on the moment."
Different kind of shield, Buck...
Different kind of shield, Buck...

Or, in other words, the two characters are being seen as key components in the show's recent revival - which would make removing them for an unknown quantity in the form of a potential spin-off a pretty risky move on ABC's part.

The good news there, though? The characters are still very much going to be around next season - and if something cancellation-shaped were to happen to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the near future, it sounds as though that spin-off could well still hit our screens as a replacement...

And, of course, there's always that John Ridley-produced show - which will, apparently, 'reinvent' a pre-existing superhero property.

What do you think, though?

via EW


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