Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s New Season 4 Time Slot Will Allow for 'Edgier' Material

Monday, 22 August 2016 - 11:01AM
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Monday, 22 August 2016 - 11:01AM
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s New Season 4 Time Slot Will Allow for 'Edgier' Material
When it was revealed that Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would be moving to a new time slot for its fourth season, fans were understandably a little concerned. After three seasons of middling ratings in prime Tuesday 8pm and 9pm slots, AoS will now move to the shakier ground of a 10pm time slot. With ABC already passing on the AoS spin-off, Marvel's Most Wanted, this time-hop felt like another blow for fans of the show. A 10pm time slot, while not always a total disaster, is often considered a bit of a graveyard shift by many experts, and certainly not befitting of one of Marvel's flagship TV shows. But, in a new interview, Marvel's Head of Television said that there would be one major benefit from the show's move, namely a chance to explore some grittier content.

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"By going to 10 o'clock, we're going to be taking on just a little bit more edge, a little bit more grit," Jeph Loeb told CBR. "The show is pretty violent for something at 9 o'clock, but when we get to 10 o'clock, we're going to be just a little hair of something that I think people are going to really enjoy."
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It doesn't take a genius to figure out where most of that gritty material will come from. Played by Gabriel Luna, Robbie Reyes is a character who will undoubtedly benefit from a bit more flexibility in his subject matter. After all, this is a man who is possessed by a demonic spirit, which isn't the kind of thing that's easy to get across with Prime Time's stringent rules on content. Whether or not this time change was brought about to enable a more faithful Ghost Rider portrayal, or if this is just a happy consequence from ABC shuffling its pack, we probably won't ever find out for sure. However, if it means we will be getting a bit more darkness from the first TV adaptation of Ghost Rider, we should probably be happy about the move regardless.



Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to ABC at 10pm on Tuesday 20th September.
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