Powers (U.S. TV series)

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Genre Superhero/Police Procedural hybrid
Created by Brian Michael Bendis
Michael Avon Oeming
Written by Charlie Huston[1] (original pilot: Charles H. Eglee[2])
Directed by Brandon Schultz (original pilot: Michael Dinner[2])
Starring TBD
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) (original pilot: Charles H. Eglee
Brian Michael Bendis
Michael Dinner
David Engel
Michael Avon Oeming[2])
Producer(s) TBD (original pilot: John B. Moranville[2])
Original channel FX
Related shows Powers (comics)

Powers is an FX Network American television adaptation of the Powers comic book series. A pilot was shot in 2011, and more scripts were ordered, but the network wanted to reshoot and recast.[3] In April 27, 2012, two actors were confirmed as having left the show, and one of them mentioned all the actors had been released from their contracts, but writing continued.[4][5][6] Throughout 2012 creative executives were reported as saying the show was still alive.[7][8][9] In January 2013, Brian Michael Bendis and the president of FX both mentioned that the show had taken a new direction with a new writer. The original pilot and script had been scrapped.[1][10] In June 2014, Sony Pictures Television announced that it would debut the series as its first original programming for PlayStation in December 2014.[11]


Original pilot[edit]


The comic book debuted in 2000 at Image Comics and continued there until 2004, when Marvel Comics began to produce it under the Icon Comics banner.[12] The comic book series involves homicide detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim who investigate cases involving superheroes and supervillains, which are common in their world. They work in a special homicide division called Powers.


Sony Pictures had optioned the series for film production in 2001.[12] In 2009, Brian Michael Bendis, creator of the comic book, confirmed plans to develop a Powers television show on the FX network as well as his involvement as the writer of the pilot for the show.[13] In February 2011, a greenlit pilot of the show scripted by Charles H. Eglee was announced as a co-production by Sony Pictures Television and FX Network.[12] Charles S. Dutton became the first castmember in May 2011 when he signed on to play Captain Cross.[14] Imminent filming in Chicago within weeks was announced in June 2011.[15] The following week, Lucy Punch was cast as Deena Pilgrim.[16] Katee Sackhoff had campaigned for the part.[17] Although FX was rumored to be courting Kyle Chandler for the part of Walker,[17] the next day Jason Patric was cast in the part.[18][19] Later in June, Carly Foulkes was cast as Retro Girl and Bailee Madison was cast as Calista.[20][21]

Filming began in Chicago in early July 2011 and ended in early August.[22][23] The series was, at one time, slated to begin airing in 2012,[24] likely beginning in June 2012 if a full season had been ordered at that time.[23] However, with the network's decision to retool and recast after seeing the pilot, those dates are no longer accurate. FX hopes that the show will develop into a "gritty" crime drama much like its own The Shield or David Fincher's Seven and Zodiac.[25] Although the show is set in an imaginary world, the Chicago 'L' is prominent in the show.[23]

In November 2011, FX announced that it would retool and reshoot the Powers pilot.[26] Bendis tweeted that "the reshoots are planned for January and are all about tone and clarity".[27] As of April 27, 2012, more scripts were ordered, writing continued, but reshoots and recasting were being discussed by the network.[3] In June 2012, highly placed sources stated that Powers is still alive.[7][8][9][28] At that time, Bendis affirmed this on his own Tumblr page.[10] As of 2013, the show remains under redevelopment at FX.[1]

On March 19, 2014, it was announced that Powers would become the first original television series on the PlayStation Network, to stream exclusively on PlayStation consoles and will air in December 2014.[29][30] On July 9, 2014, Deadline announced that David Slade will direct the pilot.[31]


Jason Patric as Walker

On October 16, 2011 the Chicago Sun-Times released the first picture of Jason Patric as Christian Walker.[23]


  1. ^ a b c Alex Lynch (January 10, 2013). "FX President Offers Update On Brian Bendis' POWERS Adaptation". ComicBookMovie. Retrieved January 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Powers (TV 2012)". IMDB. Retrieved 2013-04-03. 
  3. ^ a b Pantozzi, Jill (2012-04-09). "Good News? The Powers TV Show Is Starting Over". The Mary Sue. Retrieved 2012-04-27. 
  4. ^ Armitage, Hugh (2012-04-06). "Khary Payton leaves 'Powers' show". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2012-04-27. 
  5. ^ Langshaw, Mark (2012-02-07). "Lucy Punch exits FX's 'Powers'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2012-04-27. 
  6. ^ Brian Michael Bendis (2012-04-26). "@BRIANMBENDIS status". Twitter. Retrieved 2012-04-27. 
  7. ^ a b Phegley, Kiel (2010-06-22). "'Powers' On FX Lives, Not Derailed By AMC's 'Thief of Thieves'". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  8. ^ a b Jeffery, Morgan (2010-06-26). "'Powers' FX comic pilot 'still alive', Brian Michael Bendis confirms". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  9. ^ a b Wilson, Mark (June 2010). "A Pilot with the Power of Invulnerability: 16 months later, its creators confirm that 'Powers' is 'still alive'". About.com. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  10. ^ a b Bendis, Brian Michael (2012-06-26). "Do you know what the status of the Powers TV Series/Pilot is? I would love to see it.". Tumblr. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  11. ^ Fitzpatrick, Kevin (2014-06-10). "Sony’s ‘Powers’ TV Series to Hit Playstation in December". Screen Crush. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  12. ^ a b c Melrose, Kevin (2011-02-25). "FX Greenlights Powers Pilot". Spinoff. Retrieved 2011-07-19. 
  13. ^ Melrose, Kevin (2009-02-06). "Bendis confirms Powers TV series headed to FX". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2011-07-19. 
  14. ^ Ching, Albert (2011-05-07). "Charles S. Dutton First Official POWERS Cast Member". Newsarama. Retrieved 2011-07-19. 
  15. ^ Ching, Albert (2011-06-15). "Bendis Says POWERS Pilot Is 'Filming In Just A Few Weeks'". Newsarama. Retrieved 2011-07-19. 
  16. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2011-06-20). "Lucy Punch Set As The Female Lead In FX's Drama Pilot 'Powers'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2011-07-19. 
  17. ^ a b Porter, Rick (2011-06-21). "FX's 'Powers' pilot packs a (Lucy) Punch". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2011-07-19. 
  18. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2011-06-21). "Jason Patric Set To Star In FX's 'Powers'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2011-07-19. 
  19. ^ Hibberd, James (2011-06-22). "Jason Patric speaks out on FX's 'Powers' role". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2011-07-19. 
  20. ^ Lesnick, Silas (2011-06-26). "Will go from T-Mobile Girl to Retro Girl". SuperHeroHype. Retrieved 2011-07-19. 
  21. ^ Filipponi, Pietro (2011-06-26). "POWERS TV Series Taps T-Mobile Model Carly Foulkes for Role of Retro Girl". The Daily Blam. Retrieved 2011-07-19. 
  22. ^ Filipponi, Pietro (2011-07-08). "First Photo from the Set of FX's New TV Series POWERS". The Daily Blam. Retrieved 2011-07-19. 
  23. ^ a b c d Holliday, Darryl (August 11, 2011 [updated October 3, 2011]). "Chicago, cops & super-criminals in new TV pilot". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  24. ^ Sager, Matt (2011-06-27). "Carly Foulkes Joins 'Powers'". Comics Cavern. Retrieved 2011-07-19. 
  25. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (2011-08-06). "FX Boss Sees Powers as Chance to Do Serious, Gritty Take on Superhero Drama". TVLine. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  26. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2011-11-17). "FX Passes On Pilot 'Outlaw Country', Will Retool 'Powers'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  27. ^ Brian Michael Bendis (2011-11-17). "@BRIANMBENDIS status". Twitter. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  28. ^ "Powers TV Series Still Moving Forward… Slowly". SFX. 2010-06-23. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  29. ^ Sharma, Amol (2014-03-19). "Sony to Add Original TV Shows for PlayStation". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  30. ^ Franich, Darren (June 9, 2014). "‘Powers’: Comic book TV show coming to Playstation Network in December". Entertatinment Weekly. Retrieved June 9, 2014. 
  31. ^ "David Slade To Direct First Two Episodes Of Sony TV’s ‘Powers’". Deadline. July 9, 2014. Retrieved July 9, 2014. 

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