ABC TV President Paul Lee continues to rave about the potential of the Joss Whedon-penned S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series that appears destined for the fall 2013 network lineup (see "'S.H.I.E.L.D.' Script Is Very Joss Whedon").  Lee told reporters at the Television Critics Association winter tour that "We fast-tracked that pilot and we’ll see it a lot earlier than the others.  We’re very hopeful that it’s going to go to series…it’s a great script."

Deadline is reporting that Lee admitted that Whedon "is already working on (more) scripts for the series," though he was also careful to temper his praise by saying that he “didn’t want to jinx it."  But Lee was unstinting in his praise for the script for the pilot, saying, "You know how Joss is so high-low?  And he’s able to be intense and epic and suddenly funny and silly?  He’s just got that ability to be super-entertaining and sort of super-educated."

Lee also feels that the series will appeal to a broad demographic, which will make it suitable for 8pm (ET, PT) family viewing, though he also  told Deadline that it was action-packed enough to work at 9pm or 10pm as well.