As expected, the show will take the 9pm timeslot currently occupied by Agents of SHIELD, which will return there in March once Peggy’s latest adventure is over.
Agent Carter begins with a 2 hour episode. Ken Marino has joined the cast as Joseph Manfredi, a volatile leader in the Maggia crime syndicate who will help Peggy Carter’s adversaries further their agenda.
“We’ve loved working with Ken ever since he played a gay ex-demon for us on Reaper, and we were so happy he was available for this role,” Executive Producers Tara Butters, Chris Dingess, and Michele Fazekas said on Marvel’s site. “His range is incredible – he can go from comedy to romance to drama with ease. Writing for him is easy, because he can do pretty much anything. And he used to have a karaoke room in his house, which makes him even more awesome.”
“At Marvel, even our villains need a certain degree of charm as they make life difficult for our heroes,” Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer and Head of Marvel Television added. “Ken brings a quality to Joseph Manfredi that only serves to make him even more menacing, adding another layer of depth to our already outstanding supporting cast.”
Marvel’s official synopsis for the season: “Marvel’s Agent Carter” returns for a second season of adventure and intrigue, starring Hayley Atwell in the titular role of the unstoppable agent for the SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve). Dedicated to the fight against new Atomic Age threats in the wake of World War II, Peggy must now journey from New York City to Los Angeles for her most dangerous assignment yet. But even as she discovers new friends, a new home – and perhaps even a new love – she’s about to find out that the bright lights of the post-war Hollywood mask a more sinister threat to everyone she is sworn to protect.”