With the May up-fronts in a few weeks, crunch time has come for networks to determine the fate of their currently airing TV series for next season.
One series that's still officially undetermined is "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." which premiered to a strong 12.12 million viewers, but has since plummeted to 5.37 million for the most recent episode.
Now, Deadline reports that ABC is looking likely to give it a second season. More interesting though is how they might air it.
The report indicates the network is also considering a pickup for Marvel's "Agent Carter" limited series which would see Hayley Atwell reprising her role as Peggy Carter from the "Captain America" films.
One potential plan would be to split the second season of "S.H.I.E.L.D." into two halves - one for this Fall, one for next spring. Then the shorter run (likely 13 episode) "Agent Carter" series would "serve as a bridge", taking over the timeslot and filling in the gap between the two halves.
There's also creative possibilities here, the pair of shows could play with each other - setting up story elements in the early days of the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization in 'Carter' that would pay off in a post-"Winter Soldier" era "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.".
If 'Carter' goes forward it would be yet another comic book-based series due to premiere next season alongside Fox's "Gotham," CW's "Flash" and NBC's "Constantine" which are all looking likely to go forward.