4:53pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Adrianne Palicki, Nick Blood to Topline ABC's 'Agents of SHIELD' Spinoff
ABC and Marvel's Agents of SHIELD spinoff is starting to take shape.
Fan favorites Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood have been tapped to topline the potential spinoff series, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. ABC and Marvel declined comment.
Palicki portrays Bobbi Morse, aka Mockingbird, and joined the series as a guest star earlier this season before quickly being promoted to regular. British actor Nick Blood portrays mercenary Lance Hunter. Hunter and Morse are a former husband and wife duo who have a touchy relationship on the Marvel drama.
Details are being kept under wraps but it is rumored to be set up by the events that transpire in the closing episodes of season two.
The potential spinoff hails from SHIELD EP Jeffrey Bell (Angel, The X-Files) and series writer Paul Zbyszewski (Lost).
The SHIELD spinoff is one of two new ABC/Marvel projects the network is eyeing for next season. The second is a mystery project described as a reinvention of an existing superhero character from EP John Ridley.
While SHIELD is expected to return to ABC for a third season, the fate of freshman bridge show Agent Carter starring Hayley Atwell, remains unclear.
Both SHIELD and Agent Carter were picked up straight to series ahead of ABC's upfront presentation, with a move on either the spinoff or Ridley project expected to follow suit.
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