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So what exactly is ABC's new 'S.H.I.E.L.D.?'

Director/writer Joss Whedon, winner of movie of the

Director/writer Joss Whedon, winner of movie of the year for "Marvel's The Avengers," at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, Calif. (April 14, 2013) Credit: Getty Images

Well, as far as fall 2013, there is but one series that already commands most (at least of the media's) attention, interest, and word count: This one, "S.H.I.E.L. D," or thenceforth known by it's much longer name, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'" The addition of "Marvel" to the title is an interesting one, and no doubt geared to the fan base that will begin focusing on this newcomer, and its ties to the historic Marvel franchise, that dates back all the way to the mid-60s when Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's Nick Fury, agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. was introduced via the comic book "Strange Tales."  This version is created by a superstar the Comic Con world — Joss Whedon, who needs no introduction — and two other stars, his brother Jed and his wife, Maurissa Tancharoen; both were producers on "Dollhouse," a cult favorite.

Expectations for "S.H.I.E.L.D." are extremely high, and even though ABC is positioning this at what would normally be the unwatchable (for this crowd anyway) hour of 8 p.m. on Tuesday, that is probably not much of a factor because fans will find this newcomer wherever it airs.

Here's what was shown at ABC's upfront yesterday, and what is so notable about this is that it is a trailer .?.?. as if a  major motion picture was being touted. Usually, networks air extended — and well-polished — clip rolls, but this promotion indicates that this will be no ordinary series, but something altogether different. We shall see, but this does look terrific. Here it is if you have not yet seen. Clark Gregg — probably best known to TV viewers from "The New Adventures of Old Christine" — stars.

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