Marvel's Agents of Shield has been renewed by ABC for a fifth season of twenty-two episodes. Despite shedding viewers with each passing season, SHIELD remains a valuable commodity for ABC with its lucrative international distribution deals. So it makes business sense for the network to keep the show alive for at least another year.
The season four finale airs in the US on May 16 (UK fans are a few weeks behind), and overall it has been a pretty enjoyable run. Shaking things up this year, SHIELD showrunners Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen made the inspired decision to divide the season into three chapters.
The first chapter (episodes 1-8) introduced Ghost Rider; the second dived into full blown paranoia with the Life Model Decoys (LMDs (episodes 9-15), and the final chapter takes us inside the Framework for Agents of Hydra (episodes 16-22). While many Marvel fans gave up on the show years ago, I've stuck with it, and I'm glad I did. Sure, it hasn't been the TV spin-off from the MCU we thought it would be, but there's still a lot to like about SHIELD.
ABC also renewed Once Upon A Time for its seventh season, however, when the show returns later this year it will be without its leading lady Jennifer Morrison and will undergo a dramatic, creative overhaul. Lana Parrilla (Regina), Robert Carlyle (Mr. Gold) and Colin O'Donoghue (Hook) are currently the only original cast members set to return as series regulars. Morrison will appear in one episode of season seven, but the primary focus of the soon to be revamped show will be on brand new characters.
Sadly, it wasn't all good news for ABC shows as the network called time on Imaginary Mary, The Real O'Neals, The Catch, Secrets and Lies, American Crime and Dr. Ken.