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Agents of SHIELD Showrunners Explain Marvel’s Most Wanted Spinoff Plan

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD’s showrunners are preparing to say goodbye to two of their ensemble of characters. With the news that ABC has ordered a pilot for Marvel’s Most Wanted, Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon could be sending off Bobbi Morse (Adrianne Palicki) and Lance Hunter (Nick Blood) if the pilot gets ordered to series.

“Logistically it does mean they’re going to be leaving to make that,” Whedon told IGN at ABC’s Television Critics Association winter press tour part. “They’re a part of our show. We definitely think they are capable of carrying an entire other show. That being said, it’s sort of bittersweet. We’re very excited about the new show.”

Tacharoen continued, “It’s very bittersweet because we have a bunch of females on the show who kick ass. It was so nice to have Adrianne be one of them, and then also just when it comes to the humor, just having a moment of levity, Hunter was there to have those one-liners. … That was something we could always bet on.”

She noted that just because Morse and Hunter could be getting their own show doesn’t mean they’ll never return to Agents of SHIELD. “We will miss them, but that doesn’t mean they’re gone forever because, as everything in the Marvel universe, it’s all one universe,” she said.

Whedon added, “They’ll have to step away for a moment, and we’re very proud of that moment.”

HIELD producers Jeff Bell and Paul Zbyszewski co-created Marvel’s Most Wanted and co-wrote its pilot, and will also serve as showrunners and executive producers if it gets picked up to series. Morse and Hunter’s storyline in Agents of SHIELD: Season 3, which Bell and Zbyszewski are both working on, has offered some hints as to how the two characters could spin off into their own series. Whedon opened up about how SHIELD can be used as a launching board for Most Wanted.

“We’re pretending that there’s no such thing as a pilot, that it’s only characters who live in a world where there’s superheroes. We just know at some point they’re going to have to go somewhere else,” he said. “We have a lot of characters and we’re always introducing new characters, so while they’re going to be missed, we’re certainly not going to try to replace them in any way.”

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ABC Orders Marvel Pilot Starring Adrianne Palicki & Nick Blood

The proposed Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff is back on. ABC has given a pilot order to Marvel’s Most Wanted, a drama project starring Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. standouts Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood and revolving around their respective characters Barbara “Bobbi” Morse, aka Mockingbird, and Lance Hunter.

The drama had been developed quietly last season by S.H.I.E.L.D. executive producer Jeffrey Bell and co-executive producer Paul Zbyszewski. ABC put the breaks on the project in early May, just before the upfronts.

I hear the drama has since been redeveloped with a new direction for the two characters that all parties are excited about. It is unclear whether the project will be considered a S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff or not but I hear it will film a standalone pilot, much like the CW did with the Arrow offshoot The Flash. I hear that will likely not happen right away, and the new pilot, first reported by Variety, may shoot during the regular pilot season in early 2016.

S.H.I.E.L.D. fans had been divided by the idea for a Mockingbird-Lance spinoff, and there had been some backlash to the idea of taking some of the strongest new characters on S.H.I.E.L.D. away from the mothership series.

Marvel’s Most Wanted is looking to join ABC/Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D., which is returning for a third season, and Agent Carter, which again will bridged S.H.I.E.L.D.’s half-seasons with its second installment.

ABC and Marvel also are secretly working on a potential series with John Ridley.

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Adrianne Palicki Joins NBC’s ‘About a Boy’

It didn’t take long for About a Boy boss Jason Katims to recruit one of his Friday Night Lights colleagues to NBC’s new freshman comedy.

Former Friday Night Lights co-star Adrianne Palicki has booked a guest arc on the comedy starring David Walton and Minnie Driver, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The series, based on Nick Hornby’s novel and subsequent 2002 Hugh Grant feature film, follows the relationship between bachelor man-child Will (Bent’s Walton) and a young boy, Marcus (1600 Penn’s Benjamin Stockham), who moves in next door with his crazy single mother, Fiona (Driver).

Palicki will play Dr. Samantha Lake, a love interest for Will, and appear in a seven-episode arc of the comedy exec produced and written by her former FNL boss Katims.

The actress played Tyra Collette in more than 50 episodes of the NBC/DirecTV drama’s five-season run. The casting also marks a reunion for the actress with NBC, following FNL as well as the network’s heavily scrutinized Wonder Woman pilot from David E. Kelley.

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Adrianne Palicki’s Killer Role

Adrianne Palicki found a cathartic way to get revenge on those responsible for canceling her critically acclaimed series Lone Star earlier this season — by imagining that they were her victims in her turn as a serial killer on Criminal Minds.

“How did you know?” she laughs, jokingly adding, “Those bastards!”

Palicki, the tall beauty best known for her role as tough but heartfelt Tyra on Friday Night Lights, will play what she calls a “psychopath” on tonight’s episode of Criminal Minds (9/8c, CBS). “She comes from a very dark past,” Palicki explains. “She was abused by her father — sexually and emotionally. She met a person she feels is her equal, and they go on a killing spree. It’s kind of like Natural Born Killers.”

Still, she adds, “It’s one thing to play a killer, but to go into that darkness where she doesn’t see what she’s doing is wrong — it’s scary, but fun.”

Less fun was the quick cancellation of Lone Star. “It was a smack in the face,” she says. “It’s like being with someone who tells you, ‘I want to marry you,’ and the next day, they’re moving out.”

Though Tyra left FNL to attend college, Palicki appears in the series’ finale, airing this spring on NBC. “It was so therapeutic” to return for the show’s conclusion, she says. “I’d already ended the show. I was excited to move on, but when I’d watch it as a fan, it was that feeling you get when you’ve graduated high school and all your friends are still there: I’m missing out on everything.”

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Adrianne Palicki Speaks on Criminal Minds Role

Her Fox series, Lone Star, got an early axe, but Adrianne Palicki is currently shooting a guest starring role on Criminal Minds for early 2011, as we reported last month.

“It’s in the vain of Natural Born Killers or Kalifornia,” says Palicki of the killer Criminal Minds episode. “I never played a raging psychopath before so I couldn’t turn it down.”

“I’m having so much fun.”

The show’s casting moves have been roundly criticized, but between Palicki and new cast member Rachel Nichols, no one can accuse Minds of falling short on eye candy.

The actress describes her character, Sydney, as a girl “who comes from a broken home where her father molested her. She is an alcoholic who found love with a man named Ray. She and Ray get their kicks by drinking and killing people for no reason.”

Sounds along the lines of what could have happened to her Friday Night Lights character, Tyra, had she continued hanging out with the wrong crowd. Speaking of FNL, Adrianne says she will return for the series’ final two episodes this spring!

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Adrianne Palicki: Funny* Joke from a Beautiful Woman

The actress from Friday Night Lights and next year’s Red Dawn (the tall one) gets you in the Christmas spirit

The Joke:

Three men wait at the gates of heaven on Christmas Eve. They’re told they have to present a Christmas gift to get in. The first man checks his pockets and finds pine needles from his family’s tree. He’s allowed in. The second hands over a bow and some ribbon. He’s allowed in. The third man pulls out a pair of panties. “How do those represent Christmas?” St. Peter asks him.

“Oh,” the man replies, “they’re Carol’s.”

About the Jokester:

Adrianne Palicki is tall. Five feet eleven inches, to be exact. And while that might not have hurt her ability to pose on ottomans, it wasn’t much help in her career: “I couldn’t get jobs. I’d do the hip lean and practically walk in barefoot.” She didn’t fool anyone, but she did eventually start getting work. Lots of it — as Tyra Collette, the tall, wrong-side-of-the-tracks blond on Friday Night Lights, and as the tall brunette on the short-lived Fox series Lone Star. Palicki, 27, has also been in movies like Legion and Elektra Luxx, and next year she’ll star in a remake of the ’80s classic RedDawn. She’ll be the tall one.

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‘Lone Star’s’ Adrianne Palicki: ‘I’ve never read anything like this’

“Lone Star” is the new drama from FOX where Robert/Bob Allen (James Wolk) is a con man leading a double life in Texas oil country. His wealthy Houston wife is Cat Thatcher, played by “Friday Night Lights” alum Adrianne Palicki, who tells Zap2it she’s excited to play someone her own age for once.

“I’ve never played a character that was my age,” laughs Palicki. “She comes from the right side of the tracks, which I’m also used to playing the opposite. She has a 7-year-old daughter. She just really interested me in those respects. And the script itself … I’ve never read anything like this. The scripts just keep getting better and better.”

Part of her wealthy upbringing means Cat isn’t used to working very hard, which is something she admires in her husband Bob.

“She sees in Bob the things that were lacking in her past relationships,” says Palicki. “She also sees somebody who is so different from the world she grew up in, which is somebody who is working from the bottom up. He doesn’t come from society, he doesn’t have money and she loves that about him.”

But something she may not love about Bob is that he has another family 500 miles away in the small town of Midland, TX, which includes another wife named Lindsay (Eloise Mumford). Cat probably would not want to meet Lindsay, but as an actress, Palicki has another opinion about if the wives were to meet.

“I think it would be fantastic,” she says. “It’s about how it’s done and I actually do think it will happen. I think it’ll be something for the audience to just really [gasp] ‘Oh my god!’ … I think those moments are what make good television.”

Palicki also teases some upcoming tension between the three children of the Thatcher family. Cat has two very different brothers in the older, more responsible Tram (Mark Deklin) and younger playboy Drew (Bryce Johnson).

“Tram kind of gets his nose bent out of joint. They have a lot of animosity because Clint (Jon Voight) really would like her to take over the family business and she really wants nothing to do with it,” says Palicki.

“And then there’s Drew,” she continues. “Their mother died years back and she’s really taken over the mother role in the household. She overcompensates for Drew, which you’ll see in further episodes. He gets into some trouble and she’s constantly enabling him.”

“Lone Star” premieres Monday (Sept. 20) at 9 p.m. ET on FOX.

 
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Fall TV preview: 10 best new shows, and then some

“Lone Star” was #1 on the USAtoday.com list of “10 best new shows”!

1. Lone Star
Fox, Mondays, 9 ET/PT, premieres Sept. 20

It’s not your daddy’s Dallas.

Not that there aren’t similarities. Like that iconic prime-time soap, Lone Star lays bare the internal warfare of a Texas oil clan. But in place of Larry Hagman’s outsized, fun-to-hate J.R., you get baby-faced schemer Bob Allen, a ready-to-reform con man played by solid-gold newcomer James Wolk.

All Bob wants is to settle into his fake tycoon life and be a happy family man. But he has too many families: There’s his real-life dad (David Keith), a con artist who expects his son to keep following in his footsteps. There’s his Houston oil family, anchored by his wife (Adrianne Palicki) and her dad (Jon Voight). And there’s the new family he’s thinking of forming for himself out in west Texas.

For the complicated pilot plot to pay off, we have to invest in Bob — and Wolk makes it easy, sucking us into Bob’s delusion that he can make everyone happy. That good a performance may just make Wolk a TV star, and Star a TV hit.

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Sneak Peek! On the ‘Lone Star’ Set

As the fall TV season heats up, here’s a show you’ve just got watch for — FOX’s new primetime soap opera, “Lone Star.”

“Extra” visited the set and talked with the show’s lead, newcomer James Wolk, who plays Robert, a charismatic con man who has meticulously constructed two lives in two different parts of Texas, juggling two identities — and two women.

“He thinks he’s being faithful to both of them, as it weird as it sounds,” explained Wolk about his character. “He’s like this warrior for love.”

Co-star Adrianne Palicki thinks Wolk looks a little like another certain magnetic actor. “I didn’t see the comparison until somebody told me, and now when he does certain things or movements, he reminds me of a younger George Clooney.”

Jon Voight, who plays the resident oil tycoon, is looking forward to the show’s success. “Listen, if we could get half the attention ‘Dallas’ got, it would be wonderful.”

The veteran actor’s only regret with his new TV schedule is the time he is missing with his grandkids. “Even 15 minutes with my grandchildren is a big vacation for me,” he gushed. “They’re very affectionate kids, and they’re very respectful kids.

“Lone Star” premieres Monday, Sept. 20 on FOX.

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