Joss Whedon's S.H.I.E.L.D. series just killed another ABC sci-fi show

Yes, we're all excited about Joss Whedon's S.H.I.E.L.D. series rolling down the fast track over at ABC. But it seems one smaller sci-fi show might have to bite the dust to make room for the touted Avengers spinoff.

Deadline is reporting that ABC has shelved the proposed summer series Weird Desk, which looked like a cross between X-Files and the short-lived Freakylinks, because the premise was a little too close to Whedon's show.

The network gave Weird Desk a 13-episode order just last week, but now the show will go back on the shelf and probably die there, considering that S.H.I.E.L.D. is almost guaranteed a spot on the schedule. Rumor has it Marvel had a problem with both shows going forward at the same time, so ABC opted to go with the big guns. Plus the network didn't want to pump any extra cash into Weird Desk to get it prepped for a quick turnaround and a summer run.

Weird Desk would've followed the paranormal investigation division of a clandestine organization, and had apparently garnered some positive buzz behind the scenes at the network. The show has been kicking around ABC for a while now, so there's still a chance it could eventually see the light of day. But TV shows don't typically get a second chance, so it's gone from a long shot to a very long shot.

On the flip side, this news does give us some insight into what type of show Whedon is planning with S.H.I.E.L.D. If the premise was too close for comfort, that means Nick Fury's finest will likely be chasing weird cases on a weekly basis, as well.

What do you think? Would these two shows confuse viewers, or would there be room on the schedule for both?

(Via Deadline)

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