DC Comics' "Powerless" Creator and Showrunner Departs the Series

Wednesday, 17 August 2016 - 10:19AM
DC Comics
Powerless
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 - 10:19AM
DC Comics' "Powerless" Creator and Showrunner Departs the Series
Is Powerless in trouble? NBC's promising DC Comics workplace comedy just lost its creator and showrunner, Ben Queen, over—what else?—"creative differences."

"Creative differences" is pretty much a catch-all for everything that's not "he kicked someone on-set", and therefore pretty meaningless, but this is generally worrisome. The pilot of Powerless was, surprisingly enough, very solid and funny; we ranked it as the best sci-fi pilot at SDCC Preview Night, specifically because it seemed to have "found its voice" quicker than most comedies. If Queen will no longer be running the show, that voice could be very different.

To be fair, the series itself isn't necessarily in trouble regarding its premiere date or getting ordered to series. NBC hasn't set its midseason schedule yet, so although production is delayed, there likely won't be a noticeable delay for the premiere. And the original report from Deadline points out that "getting a high-concept comedy off the ground is always tricky," citing Son of Zorn as an example of a comedy that lost its showrunner early but is still a highly anticipated fall series. But creatively speaking, the pilot—which was written by Queen—was great, so losing the mind behind that episode is not a great sign.

Powerless, which stars Vanessa Hudgens, Alan Tudyk, and Christina Kirk, will air midseason on NBC.
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