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'Marvel's Agent Carter' will fight on for a second season

Good news for action fans. The unusual show featuring post-WWII-era Agent Peggy Carter and the origins of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be back.

They knew her worth. Video screenshot by Kelsey Adams/CNET

Hooray! ABC's "Marvel's Agent Carter" has been renewed for a second season.

Starring Agent Peggy Carter, Captain America's lady friend from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and a founder of S.H.I.E.L.D., the show is both a fun period piece and a boon for fans of female action heroes.

Reportedly, it'll be coming back as another miniseries run, acting as filler between fall and spring seasons of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," rather than a full season of regular programming, possibly because viewer numbers weren't high enough for it to count as a big hit.

("Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." has been renewed, too, obviously, though a Mockingbird spinoff has reportedly been cancelled.)

This seems like the best outcome to me: instead of hustling to stretch out the story over a full season, the show's creators can focus on continuing to make each episode of "Agent Carter" both a loving '40s homage and a classy, integrated forerunner of the later MCU stories.

I'll admit right here that while I enjoyed the miniseries, I found its finale disappointing, mainly because several of the closing beats in the speeches didn't seem to fit the characters as they'd developed. The most self-assured woman on television needed to learn to "know her worth"? Howard Stark is "the only person on Earth who believes in her" -- when his own butler was ready to shoot him on her command?

However, it was a really fun show overall. It's got a great set of actors and a lot of the setup work has been done now, which should make it easier to respond to some reviewer complaints about slow-moving plots. So a second season could be even better. Score!

In the meanwhile, we can enjoy another glimpse of actress Hayley Atwell -- still as the younger Peggy Carter -- in " Avengers: Age of Ultron."