Magazine article Variety

Disney/ABC

Magazine article Variety

Disney/ABC

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Disney/ABC Intl. heads into the L.A. Screenings armed with powerful selling points for most of its seven new drama series. But it'll be a tougher climb in international markets for its two new comedies.

The magic of the Marvel brand name will draw plenty of attention to ABC's most anticipated new series, Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, which is further enhanced by its association with 2012 blockbuster The Avengers and Joss Whedon.

Beyond all that, the concept about a group of agents that investigate strange phenomena is tailor-made for international auds who loved such past hits as The X-Files and Heroes.

Disney/ABC also has two well-known international stars to fortify another high-concept drama, Intelligence, about an elite intelligence agent who has a microchip implanted in his head. Josh Holloway, of Lost fame, and CSI alum Marg Helgenberger are marquee names thanks to the global appeal of their past series.

Drama Killer Women, produced by Sofia Vergara, will likely be a draw on the strength of star Tricia Heifer (Battlestar Galáctica) and a concept that transcends borders: a butt-kicking female Texas Ranger. …

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