With Amazon and Netflix making major waves in the world of SVOD television, Sony’s looking to get some skin in the game in the form of its new series, Powers, which finally has a premiere date.
Originally set to launch this past December, a new announcement has locked the debut of the comic book-based series for this year on March 10th. The first three episodes will be made available at that time, after which point a new episode will be released every Tuesday (for a total 10 first season chapters).
Sony’s planning on making the premiere episode of the series available to everyone for free at PlayStation.com/Powers. Following that, episodes will be available for purchase on the PlayStation Store. However, PlayStation Plus subscribers paying $50/year will receive the entire season for no additional cost.
The first episode of Powers is directed by Hannibal pilot director David Slade, and stars Sharlto Copley (Maleficent) and Susan Heyward (The Following) as detectives solving crimes in a world populated by law-abiding (and non-law-abiding) citizens with super powers. Sony's TV series will be run by Charlie Huston and Remi Aubuchon, with Powers comic-book creator Brian Michael Bendis serving as a writer and executive producer - something the creator confirmed at this past year’s New York Comic-Con.
At first, everything was pointing toward the first gaming console to break into TV being Microsoft and X-Box, but those plans fell through when the announced Halo series seemed to evaporate along with the entire small screen initiative of the company. Of course, never one to miss an opportunity, Sony quickly jumped at the chance to be the first gaming company to plant a flag in the space.
Even better, though, is the fact that most of the development process on Powers had already been done for Sony by FX (the original home of the Powers live-action TV series) - meaning, this whole situation was all just a matter of throwing some money at Powers to finally make more than just a pilot.
The big question right now is why Sony simply skipped over its announced December launch of the show without a single line about the situation. Did the company go too big too fast?
Everything has appeared to be in a rushed mode since the Powers series was officially ordered in March of 2014; and, truthfully, December always seemed like wishful thinking on Sony's part. However, the date push does make one wonder why Sony’s opting for the week-to-week distribution model, as opposed to a binge friendly dump (as we’ve seen from Netflix and Amazon). At the moment, there are a lot of questions and very few answers as we sit patiently and wait for the show's premiere to roll around.
Powers premieres March 10th, 2015 on PlayStation.