Things are not looking good for NBC's Powerless. As a rule of thumb over the last handful of years, DC Comics properties have absolutely crushed it on TV, be it in live-action or animation. But much of that has taken place on The CW with the Arrowverse, which consists of some pretty recognizable characters from the DC Comics canon. NBC wanted to get in on the action in a roundabout way by focusing on some side characters within that universe who don't have any superpowers to speak of, and that doesn't seem to be working out very well. As such, they won't be airing a new episode of Powerless this week or next week. This could be the beginning of the end.
The news comes courtesy of Executive Producer Patrick Schumacker, who took to Twitter in order to let everyone know that NBC is not airing Powerless for a couple of weeks. Not only that, but he not-so-subtly stated that the future doesn't look bright for the show moving forward. Here is what he had to say about it.
"#Powerless will not air this week or next. This, I know for sure. I can guess some other things but they're not good. Thanks for watching."
Does this mean that Powerless has been canceled? Not necessarily, but it doesn't look good at all. At this point, it would be awfully surprising if NBC decides to renew the series for a second season. Apparently, the prospect of seeing Bruce Wayne's lesser known cousin, Van Wayne (Alan Tudyk) headline a show isn't appealing enough to your average viewer, which isn't all that surprising when you think about it. But at least NBC was willing to try something a little different. In case you haven't watched it and you may want to stream the show in order to try and save it somehow, here is what Powerless is all about.
"In a world where humanity must cope with the collateral damage of superheroes and supervillains, Emily Locke (Vanessa Hudgens) begins her first day as Director of Research & Development for Wayne Security, a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises that specializes in products that make defenseless bystanders feel a little safer. Full of confidence and big ideas, Emily quickly learns that her expectations far exceed those of her new boss (Alan Tudyk) and officemates, so it will be up to her to lead the team toward their full potential and the realization that you don't need superpowers to be a hero."
For some reason, it just seems like these DC Comics shows don't want to work on network television. Supergirl's first season on CBS didn't quite work out, but the show has fared better since moving to The CW. Constantine also struggled and only managed a single season on NBC, so maybe major networks will crack this code someday, but they apparently haven't yet. At least not with Powerless. NBC's website does say that Powerless "returns soon," but they don't have a specific return date listed.