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Best: ABC's 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' gamble
As of Friday afternoon, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." was one of the biggest unknowns of the 2013-2014 TV season. ABC didn't send the pilot to critics and only the smallest of well-connected cabals had seen the darned thing. Then, ABC unveiled the whole pilot to a rapturous crowd in Ballroom 20 and, within minutes of the credits rolling, suddenly there were hundreds of positive tweets and countless hyperbolic media reports on the overall response. While my response may not have been the most rapturous, it was still positive. Very few of the big-name pilots screening in Ballroom 20 were met with even limited warmth -- Tepid offerings included "Intelligence," "Star-Crossed" and "Almost Human" -- but ABC came out a big winner with "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
- Daniel Fienberg