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ABC has announced their new line-up of prime-time shows and the network has sent out a message that Tuesday evenings are officially Marvel time. It was confirmed with the release of the network's upcoming Fall and midseason schedule that ABC have dedicated the Tuesday 9pm slot to their two Marvel shows Agent's of S.H.I.E.L.D and Agent Carter while making a shred scheduling shift in the process.
Starting this Fall, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will air in the 9pm slot, an hour later than it did this season, while Agent Carter will air in the same slot during the Winter break. The move is a smart one on the part of ABC because it means the disruption to Marvel fan's viewing schedules will be minimal with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D essentially running in two blocks - one in the Fall and another in Spring. Sandwiched in between these Fall and Spring blocks will be the new post-war Agent Carter starring Hayley Atwell.
This move not only confirms the removal of frustrating programming breaks to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. but it also confirms that Marvel's Agent Carter will run in a shorter 13 episode format.
The news will be music to the ears of Marvel fans who just last night witnessed he thrilling finale to a show that has gone from strength to strength across it's 23 episode stretch. Marvel's Agent Carter will be a completely different prospect though, and a 13 episode format seems like the right fit for what will be a much tighter storyline. A 13 episode run should also allay the fears of Marvel fans who were concerned an Agent Carter might not have an expansive storytelling potential.
So all in all, this is a good news day for Marvel fans. Will we see two mini-series runs of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and how will Agent Carter work in a shortened 13 episode format? Let us know your thoughts below...