The DC Universe comedy is pulled from the schedule.
April 25, 2017
Three episodes ahead of its first-season finale, NBC has pulled Powerless from its schedule effective immediately. The freshman comedy premiered earlier this year as a mid-season entry but through nine episodes has failed to attract a sizeable audience in its Thursday night time slot.
Set in the universe of DC Comics, Powerless follows a group of employees at Wayne Security in Charm City, which is home to a number of superheroes and villains - as well as citizens who are fed up of dealing with the collateral damage of their constant fighting.
It is not clear at this time if the unaired episodes of Powerless will make it to air.
Overall, Powerless wasn't too bad. It didn't upset me too much with over the top, endless shtick gags that are apparently intended to insult the viewer for not turning it off. Alan Tudyk (Van) came very close several times, but the writers managed to reign his character in just in the nick of time.
Plus, I was mesmerized by how large Vanessa Hudgens mouth is. I kept waiting for the top of her head to detach from her jaw.
Nope. And the reason it wasn't a sure winner is because copying old elements of old shows and pasting in the comic book angle is ALL they did. They quit workIng on properly developing the concept and (I'm guesing) just assumed that some combination of the star studded cast and the DC factor would rope in the viewers. It did help get viewers to the pilot, but that was it.
It's a real shame too because this show could have been great. All the ingredients were there, but as usual, NBC screwed the pooch when it was time to deliver. If they had done some actual work on developing a better comedic tempo between some of the actors, like Tudyk and Hudgens or if they had actually sat down and thought through what kind of options having access to the DC name and playbook gave them (either for plot devices, guest stars, story arcs...sky's the limit really), I have no doubts this show could have been a winner.
But just like most work from the NBC comedy camp lately, this show was delivered to us as a big lump of coal. Sure, there could have been a big 'ole diamond inside of it, but NBC didn't want to do the work to break it down polish it up into something great. ðŸ˜•
A show that gets canceled for low ratings doesn't suddenly grow an overwhelming fanbase to make it a profitable series. That's an anomaly which almost never happens. It's best to rip the bandaid off early before you gotta foot the bill for a movie to end it to appease the few fans that exist. It's just how things work. I wish it was different sometimes too.
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