ABC has officially given "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." a go. The network picks up the Joss Whedon-developed project to series and will air a special first look at the new show this Sunday during "Once Upon a Time" season 2 finale.
"The Avengers" helmer Whedon writes and directs the pilot of the show, which marks Marvel's first live-action series. Clark Gregg will reprise his role of Agent Phil Coulson, who assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D.
The team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage, Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), an expert pilot and martial artist, Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), a brilliant engineer, and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), a genius bio-chemist. Joining them is new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet).
Also getting series pickups are Adam Goldberg's "The Goldbergs", "Lucky 7", "Betrayal", "Back in the Game", "Mind Games", Malin Akerman's "Trophy Wife" and Rebel Wilson's comedy series "Super Fun Night". In the latter, "Pitch Perfect" star Wilson plays junior attorney Kimmie Boubier who, along with her two best friends Helen-Alice (Liza Lapira) and Marika (Lauren Ash), has had a standing date every Friday night for the last 13 years.
"Revenge", "Scandal", "Nashville", "Grey's Anatomy", "Suburgatory", "Once Upon a Time", "Castle", "Modern Family", "The Middle", "Last Man Standing" and "The Neighbors", meanwhile, get the good news that they all are renewed for a new season. Shonda Rhimes, the creator and executive producer of "Scandal" and "Grey's", shared it to her Twitter followers, "It's officially official that @GreysABC and @ScandalABC are picked up for Season 10 and Season 3, respectively. #bestfansever!"
On the other hand, "Body of Proof" and "Happy Endings" have been canceled after three seasons. The Dana Delany-starring series was renewed for a shortened third season last May, while the sitcom could be saved by USA Network. Also getting the chop are Reba McEntire's comedy "Malibu Country" and freshman drama "Red Widow".
UPDATE: ABC has also given a series order to "Once Upon a Time" spin-off "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" centering on Alice, sitcom "Mixology" from the writers of "The Hangover", and dramas "Resurrection" as well as "Killer Women" starring Tricia Helfer as the only woman in the Texas Rangers. Here's the first look at "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland":