Originally Posted by Mr. Dent
^ I don't think a SHIELD show has to have Fury in it. He could just be an ominous presence that's always mentioned but never shown as a "mysterious boss" type character. I think just having Coulson play the lead is enough. His character would be more than strong enough to lead the show in Fury's stead and probably do one even better.
As much as I like Coulson, there's no reason to put him on TV, even in a hypothetical SHIELD show. Not unless you "prequel" the Avengers in it, in which case you're probably not going for the recruit-a-hero format, so no thanks.