According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC has effectively cancelled Powerless
in favor of Superstore
NBC is cutting off power to Powerless.
The network has pulled the remaining three episodes of DC Comics' first live-action scripted comedy, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The already renewed Superstore will take over its Thursday time slot at 8:30 p.m., with repeats of the America Ferrera comedy also running at 8 p.m. The remaining three episodes of Powerless have not yet been rescheduled.
Here's hoping that should the show be released on DVD, it might have all 12 episodes, and hopefully even include the original pilot.
As to why they made the changes from the initial concept of a workplace comedy set in an Insurance Company in the DCU, I found this:
"Justin and I were brought on as five-day-a-week consulting producers on the original show, so we were there for pre-production when Ben Queen was running the show," Schumacker tells THR. "This is when it was a world of insurance. We just hit a wall because nobody on the staff understood the world of insurance and at best, you're telling stories where, if this team wins the day, it means, like, f—ing somebody out of money. We were really hitting a wall, and eventually when the turnover happened, we were asked to take over the show and we decided we wanted to do something that would more organically bring in the genre elements of it."
Overhauling the basic premise and setting for the characters helped Schumacker realize that this new angle was "an organic way to bring in a lot of the fun, sci-fi, fantasy stuff into the show, into the workplace, and then it's an everyday occurrence," he says.
"They can create an umbrella called a 'rumbrella' that protects you from falling rubble. Or Teddy has these heat gloves that he's working on that end up benefiting them during cold season, which is the time in Charm City when all of the ice-themed villains descend on the city at once and turn it into this winter wonderland. They treat it like it's bad weather."
All of which makes sense to me. Mind you, I think that after retooling the comedy was still too broad, and it seemed like the writers still didn't understand what goes on in a corporate workspace, but at least a win in the office could result in a product that could help others and enable the cast the possibilities to interact with heroes.
the G-man Himself
Edited by G-man, 04 May 2017 - 09:48 AM.