“Twin Peaks” actor Kyle MacLachlan is joining Season 2 of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
MacLachlan, whose credits also include “Blue Velvet” and “Desperate Housewives,” will take on the reoccurring role of Agent Skye’s (Chloe Bennet) father.
“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” earned ABC its best drama performance in four years with its debut last year. While ratings slipped after the premiere, it remained Tuesday’s top show among men 18–49 and enjoyed robust DVR numbers.
The series 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 storyline carried threads from 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.
In addition to MacLachlan, other new additions include Lucy Lawless (Agent Isabelle Hartley), Reed Diamond (Daniel Whitehall), Nick Blood (Lance Hunter) and Henry Simmons (Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie).
“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” also stars Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge.
The series, which returns to ABC on Sept. 23, 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.