NBC has officially cancelled DC Comic comedy Powerless after one season. Though DC has had a solid track record with dramas, particularly in recent seasons, this was the first half-hour comedy based on DC characters since Swamp Thing: The Series debuted in 1990. Unfortunately, it was beset by significant behind the scenes turmoil, as the original showrunner departed in August 2016 and the entire concept was rebuilt after much writing had been done, and debuted with mediocre ratings that only grew softer.
Developed for television by Ben Queen (A to Z) and showran by Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker (Surviving Jack), Powerless follows Emily Locke (Vanessa Hudgens), Director of Research & Development at Wayne Securities, a company that specializes in products for ordinary humans who are caught in the middle of battles between superheroes and supervillains. The series was one of a fleet of new comedies NBC premiered this year that included The Good Place, Trial & Error, and Great News.
In addition to Hudgens, Powerless starred Danny Pudi (Community), Christina Kirk (A to Z), Ron Funches (Undateable), and Alan Tudyk (Suburgatory).
The series finale of Powerless airs later this month on NBC. The network will be unveiling its plans for fall 2017 on Sunday, May 14th, with its official upfront presentation happening the following day.