DC has planted their stake in the superhero world on the TV side solely on The CW, now that Supergirl has changed networks heading into season 2. While The CW continues that story along with The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow, a new DC TV property is hoping to launch at the end of this year. NBC has been working on bringing Powerless, a workplace comedy centered on people who do insurance in a world where superheroes give plenty of reasons to file claims, to its schedule for some time now.
So far, there has been good news surrounding the series, as it was highlighted by NBC at the network upfronts, which offered audiences their first look at the series, slated for a midseason premiere sometime next year, and it even received an SDCC poster. However, the latest bit of news is no laughing matter for those involved.
Deadline reports that Ben Queen, the show's creator and showrunner, has left the project. The report points to "creative differences" between Queen and Warner Bros. TV. As is usually the case when these things are reported, there's no word on what exactly Queen and Warner Bros. couldn't agree on that forced the former's departure, but it has been reported that his exit was mutual.
Production was reportedly scheduled to start in a few weeks, but those plans have been put on hold due to Queen's departure. The network will now look to fill the void left by Queen, but there is no timetable for when a decision will be made. If the process takes long enough, the premiere of Powerless could be put into jeopardy. They have so far already filmed the pilot episode of the series, but with a full season order in place, there is much more work that needs to be done. Powerless has already assembled the likes of Vanessa Hudgens, Alan Tudyk, Danny Pudi, and more to be featured in the show, but now they will have to wait to get started on production.
This is certainly not the news that fans or those involved will like to hear, but the only thing to do now is wait and see what happens next. Powerless was set to provide audiences with a new take on the superhero story by putting a comedic twist on the world of heroes. It is hard to imagine the project not picking itself up and getting back on schedule, but that is a possibility. While losing a showrunner is always a concern, especially when a show is this close to starting production, the high profile nature of the series should be attractive to showrunners in waiting.
Powerless is expected to air on NBC as a midseason premiere in 2017.