ABC head: Don’t count out Palicki and Blood returning to ‘S.H.I.E.L.D’

Never say die.

This was essentially the message of ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey at the Television Critics Association press tour about the potential return of Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. This comes after the planned spinoff, Marvel's Most Wanted, was scrapped, leaving Lance Hunter and Bobbi Morse out in the cold.

“The characters were disavowed,” Dungey said. “But I never underestimate Marvel”s ability to bring people back.”

Palicki”s return to the superhero show might be slightly challenging. The actress has already signed on to Seth MacFarlane”s untitled space dramedy on FOX as a series regular. So her dance card could be full.

While Marvel's Most Wanted didn't make the cut, Dungey indicated that this didn't mark the end of their efforts to pursue superhero projects. She noted that the network is involved in ongoing discussions with the Marvel folks regarding additional shows and mapping out season 4 of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Season 4 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is set to kick off on September 20 at 10 p.m. ET.