For those who are wanting to fill up the entire TV season with Marvel-related programming, you are probably going to be pretty pleased with this announcement: “Agent Carter” is going to be starting things off with a bang on Tuesday, January 6 when the limited series begins.
ABC has confirmed that they Hayley Atwell series is going to be kicking off with a two-hour episode, and this will be a great way to get people hooked on this story almost from the get-go. The network also released a lengthy synopsis, which should be useful for so many of you wondering just what to expect:
“It’s 1946 and peace has dealt Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy finds herself stuck doing administrative work when she would rather be back out in the field, putting her vast skills into play and taking down the bad guys. But she is also trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life, Steve Rogers – aka Captain America. When old acquaintance Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper, “Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger”) finds himself being framed for unleashing his deadliest weapons to anyone willing to pony up the cash, he contacts Peggy — the only person he can trust — to track down those responsible, dispose of the weapons and clear his name. He empowers his butler, Edwin Jarvis (James D’Arcy), to be at her beck and call when needed to help assist her as she investigates and tracks down those responsible for selling these weapons of mass destruction. If caught going on these secret missions for Stark, Peggy could be targeted as a traitor and spend the rest of her days in prison – or worse.”
The story sounds particularly entertaining, but we imagine that the challenge for this show is going to be relatively simple: How do you bring in new viewers? In order to be considered a hit, the show needs better numbers than what “Agents of SHIELD” is drawing these days. That show fell off of a cliff commercially during its first season after starting out with enormous viewer totals.