Whedon says show is ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ he wants

Joss Whedon says he’s been enjoying trust as much as freedom from his partners on the much-awaited ABC sci-fi drama, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

The prolific Whedon said that both ABC and Marvel have been involved in getting what they want as the series takes shape, but he added he has been allowed to fulfill his vision.

He said everyone is on the same page, while noting pointedly he hasn’t always been blessed with that sort of creative relationship.

“S.H.I.E.L.D.” picks up where the film “Marvel’s The Avengers” left off, tracking a team of skilled agents who investigate super-human people around the world.

“S.H.I.E.L.D.” premieres Sept. 24.

Comics look to Obama, Democrats for humor

NEW YORK — President Barack Obama, the joke’s on you.

A study of gags by late-night comics during the first half of the year found an abrupt change from 2012. Now Obama and Democrats are providing the lion’s share of punch lines.

Obama was the target of 288 monologue jokes made by Jay Leno, David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson and Jimmy Kimmel, according to an analysis released Monday by the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University.

The next most joked-about individual was New York City Democratic mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, at 120. His numbers are likely to jump fast, since the study period was before the second round of Weiner’s sexting scandal.

In 2012, Mitt Romney was the butt of more than twice as many jokes as Obama, and Republicans were similarly the target of more than double the jokes that were made on Democrats.

The findings don’t illustrate any political change of heart among late-night comics, said Robert Lichter, the center’s president. The jokes follow the news, and with Republicans receding after an election campaign, Obama presented more opportunities, he said.

‘Idol’ judge Urban lines up for NFL duty

Keith Urban will help the NFL kick off the 2013 season.

Urban is scheduled to perform live during NBC’s pregame show before the Baltimore Ravens open the season at the Denver Broncos on Sept. 5.

The Grammy-winning country music star and “American Idol” judge will perform from a stage floating in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

“The Voice” Season 4 winner Danielle Bradbery will sing the national anthem.

Fox to adapt British drama ‘Broadchurch’

Fox says it’s launching an American version of a popular British crime drama, and U.S. viewers will get to sample the original series beginning Aug. 7 on BBC America.

The network will start production of “Broadchurch” in January for airing during the 2014-15 season.

Set in a small American town, it follows the mysterious death of a young boy found on a local beach.

Associated Press