Joss Whedon Is Last-Minute Rewriting S.H.I.E.L.D. and Other TV Gossip

September is upon us, and that can only mean one thing: You can stop pretending you know what people mean when they say "If Chip Kelly's offense stays healthy, Shady is going to be explosive this season!" and go back to talking about God's work—network television. To help you avoid embarrassing yourself at the office Keurig predicting the season's first cancellation—you need a better answer than Dads, it's not June anymore, c'mon—here are some of the best and juiciest rumors we've been hearing:

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Looks like ABC's highly anticipated Joss Whedon-produced drama is in need of a superhero. A source close to the show tells us that the latest scripts that have come in have been so bad, Whedon had to pull off a page one rewrite just an hour before the table read. Given that Whedon is supposed to be transitioning full showrunner responsibilities to his brother Jed Whedon and sister-in-law Maurissa Tancharoen so that he can focus on his 83 other film projects, this ain't a good sign.

Dads

While most people have written off the Seth Macfarlane-produced Dads as unfunny comedy at best and racist drivel at worst, sources tell us that the dailies coming in on new episodes are shockingly not awful at all. While it doesn't make up for the pilot, it appears the writing staff that was hired for episode 2 onwards is working its ass off to redeem the show. I wouldn't rush to set a season pass on your DVR, but give this one a chance. It may not end up going the way of last year's Animal Practice just yet.

The Mindy Project

To kick off its sophomore season, The Mindy Project will be taking a page out of their season one playbook and making its premiere episode available to stream online a week before the official air date. Yes it has James Franco, and yes we're all super tired of him, but the show found its footing at the tail end of its last season, beefed up its writing staff, and is back better than ever. You can watch it here.

Almost Human

As Deadline reports, Fox's Almost Human is already facing behind the scenes shakeups. Co-showrunner Naren Shankar, who was brought on this May after the show was picked up and presented at Upfronts, has already departed, after a mere three and a half months. Reasons remain unspecified, but if you know anything, do let me know.

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