YES! Finally Doreen Green is making it to the small screen! Ahem, so this is a totally professional, unbiased, report on the fact that Squirrel Girl will have her own live action TV show. OK, so it'll be shared with the New Warriors (whatever) but we all see where this is going. The Freeform cable network has put in a straight to series order for a New Warriors show to go along with Cloak & Dagger (Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph) as they try to build their new brand.
Towards the end of last year Freeform (Disney's rebranded ABC Family channel) weren't looking amazing for viewership, and the previously mentioned Marvel deal sounded like a boon, but that's not arriving until 2018. Well, New Warriors obviously won't help by being sooner, but it'll definitely help by beefing up their representation in the TV capes and cowls game.
Is it possible that they're trying to position themselves as the Marvel theCW? Maybe. Probably. Either way, who cares, we get the awesome computer science nerd and friends to fill our screens with the happies (it'll be a comedy, folks) for 10 episodes and hopefully it'll be as representative as it can be.
I'm guessing that Nova is *not* going to be a part of this, but we can never ever be totally sure about these things. It'll just mean a large leap of faith with the whole GotG thing. Perhaps Rhomann Dey can turn up or something and inaugurate a youngun' on Earth. Who knows, but they will be young-ish, because this will probably be aimed at millenials and teens (or as Disney says "becomers") as is the network's general push as Marvel's Young Adult wing. Basically, start your speculation now as to who will actually make up this team.
The THR report (link below) says that Scrubs and Cougar Town's Kevin Biegel is nearly signed on to be the showrunner. I won't pretend that means much to me, but I will pretend that I'm sure that means it'll at least be medium funny and have real jokes.
The producers are going to be Jim Chory of Heroes and all of Marvel's TV output including the upcoming Runaways on HBO, and Marvel head of TV Jeph Loeb (which means if we are getting a Nova, you know which one it'll be, and that's OK folks) who said:
Marvel's New Warriors have always been fan favorites and now particularly with the addition of Squirrel Girl, they are Marvel Television favorites as well…
…After the amazing experience we've had with Freeform on Marvel's Cloak & Dagger we can't think of a better place for our young heroes.
They also had Freeform's Karey Burke (Executive VP for Programming & Development) on hand to say:
Freeform's mission is to deliver incredible content to young adults and Marvel Television seamlessly aligns with that mission — we couldn't be more proud to collaborate with them on Marvel's New Warriors.
THR have a full interview with Burke, where they confirm the single cam nature of the comedy, that it'll not be alone in that due to Andy Samberg's Alone Together project, but more importantly they haven't completely dismissed Anna Kendrick or Shannon Purser. When asked Burke said:
Those names have come up! This network has made a lot of stars and we're in a unique position with Squirrel Girl and Marvel. The character is such a calling card. I'm interested to see if name actresses feel right for it.
Well, colour me stoked, or at the very least: interested. I'm thinking that this is one to keep an eye on for sure.