ABC made some unsurprising choices when the network announced its series pickups last night: it added to this year's fray of comic book TV shows with Captain America spinoff Agent Carter and gave the go-ahead to the latest from the Shonda Rhimes empire, How to Get Away with Murder.
The order for Carter—which follows Hayley Atwell's character from the first Captain America movie in the period when the Cap was frozen—came alongside a renewal for Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, the network's first foray into the Marvel universe. Lesley Goldberg of The Hollywood Reporter cited sources saying that Agent Carter will be a "'bridge show; to air during the second season hiatus" of SHIELD. Agent Carter joins the slew of comic book-based shows, including Fox's Gotham, The CW's The Flash, and NBC's Constantine.
The network will also add a variety of other series including American Crime (from 12 Years A Slave writer John Ridley) and a comedy called Selfie about a woman who is famous on social media. Two high-concept additions include the Steven Spielberg-produced alien drama Whispers, and Galavant, a musical fairytale with compositions from Disney and Broadway veteran Alan Menken. Murder stars Viola Davis as a law professor, and was an obvious choice considering ABC's successful relationship with executive producer Shonda Rhimes. In other obvious choices, CBS went for the How I Met Your Mother spinoff, How I Met Your Dad. (Update: CBS actually denied that a series order had been made for How I Met Your Dad, but the network did pick up later on Friday a variety of other series including a remake of The Odd Couple starring Matthew Perry. They also ordered, among others, the drama Madame Secretary, about a female secretary of state perhaps not unlike Hillary Clinton.)
And yet, with all this news also came another disappointment: RIP Trophy Wife. You will be missed.