Just this morning we reported the news that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be moving to a new time at 10pm on Tuesday nights for its upcoming fourth season. This is an interesting development on a number of levels, but before we get into reading the metaphorical tea leaves, let’s hear what ABC themselves has to say about this.
Per IGN, Channing Dungey, president of ABC, has said that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s newer, later time slot will allow them to “go a little bit edgier, go a little darker and take some risks.” That’s all well and good, and it’s sure to be enough to appease fans who equate the word ‘darker’ with ‘better’ (spoiler: making S.H.I.E.L.D. ‘darker’ and ‘edgier’ will not address any of the show’s underlying problems), but it’s not the full story. Dungey follows that quote with another that, I believe, is much closer to the heart of the matter:
“[This shift is] less about moving S.H.I.E.L.D. to 10 and more feeling we had a big bench of comedies. The schedule kind of fell into place in that way.”