Yesterday, we received the good news that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was being spared the wrath of ABC’s finger snap one more time and was getting renewed for a sixth season with thirteen episodes. Now, we’ve got more details surrounding the show’s renewal and when we should expect it to air. Turns out, we’ve got a long ways to go until we see more of Daisy and her crew. During a press call, ABC exec Channing Dungey revealed that the sixth season won’t hit TV screens until the summer of 2019.
According to TV Line, the decision to move the show to summer of next year had nothing to do with any possible story tie-ins with the films coming out at that time. The network was primarily motivated by the viewership a summer season could offer to a beloved show such as S.H.I.E.L.D. Dungey also alluded to the possibility of ordering more episodes for the season should the season benefit from the summer viewership.
By putting it in the summer, we’re going to be able to ‘super-serve’ the fan base that loves that show and hopefully give it an opportunity to continue on longer than we would if it was [scheduled] in-season.
The shorter run-time for the sixth season has also led fans to speculate that the sixth season may indeed be the series’ last. Dungey assures fans that this isn’t necessarily the case, praising the fifth season’s creativity and storytelling.
I feel like Season 5 was their creatively strongest yet, so I don’t at the moment have any plans to think of Season 6 as the last season.
So this is all good news. There’s definitely an air of possibility and hopefulness coming from the ABC executive. While I personally prefer a shorter and tighter run for the season, the possibility of more episodes is something that will surely make a large portion of the fans happy.
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Source: TV Line
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