“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” has added “Xena” star Lucy Lawless to its second season, which premieres Sept. 23 on ABC.
No details are available on what role Lawless will play, however, or how many episodes she will appear in, according to TV Guide.
Making its debut Sept. 24, 2013, with considerable buzz, the series attracted 12.12 million total viewers, earning the network its best drama performance in four years. While ratings slipped after the premiere, the series remained Tuesday’s top show among men 18–49 and enjoyed robust DVR numbers.
“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe film franchise and centers on Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg, “Ironman”), who serves as a lead agent for a secret organization — known as Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division — that confronts rogue superheroes, aliens and other supernatural-like phenomena.
By the end of Season 1, the series continued a storyline featured in the film “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” that saw S.H.I.E.L.D. infiltrated by enemy agents. Season 2 is expected to focus on Coulson’s attempt to rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D.
The series is produced by Marvel Television, Mutant Enemy and ABC Studios, with Joss Whedon (“The Avengers,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen serving as executive producers. It also stars Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge.
In addition to “Xena,” Lawless has appeared on Syfy’s “Battlestar Galactica,” Starz’s “Spartacus” and NBC’s “Parks and Recreation.”