Last we had heard news on Cloak and Dagger, the show had finished filming its pilot episode. Since then there has been little news concerning next steps. Today, however, it has been made official that they have gotten an order for 10 episodes. MIPBlog brings the news from their report of a special pre-screening event from Disney.
The second Marvel show was Cloak & Dagger, a co-production between Marvel Television and ABC Signature Studios, which has already received a 10-episode order for the Freeform network in the US. “Cloak & Dagger is about character and emotion above all. It tells of a romance between Tandy and Tyrone in a way that we haven’t really seen before in a Marvel TV series,” said Endemano. “So think Romeo and Juliet though I can tell you that they won’t be dying at the end of the first episode!”
This is great news for the show on Marvel’s youth-oriented network. As far as the tone of the show, the romance side of the story has always been a major part of the pitch and the interest from Freeform. The number of episodes is a bit lower than some other shows on the network, though they have started smaller and expanded on other shows. One might presume that they are being cautious in order to get the right quality on the special effects within budget parameters. Ten episodes of great VFX will serve the show better than twenty episodes of mediocre visuals. Generally, TV is starting to condense seasons. A great recent example of how this can work is the way Legion functioned as a tight eight-episode show with good quality.
Last we heard this show is not expected to debut until 2018 and there is no more information here on that release date. It seems that they are pretty far along if 10% of the show is shot and they are showing clips soon. It would be nice to get something earlier, but all signs point to Freeform being careful to get this show right, as it’s a major part of their strategy for getting new viewers.
(As a side note, Inhumans also was mentioned in the article, but there are no new pieces of information from the presentation.)