NBC's DC Comics Comedy 'Powerless' Loses Its Creator

Ben Queen has departed the freshman series, with production on pause until a new showrunner is named.
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'Powerless'

NBC's Powerless is losing its creative power.

Series creator Ben Queen (NBC's A to Z) has exited the freshman DC Comics comedy, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Production on the midseason series — which was slated to begin at month's end — has been postponed as producers Warner Bros. Television and NBC search for a new showrunner. The comedy was set to bow midseason and does not currently have a premiere date, so the change at the top is not expected to impact when it ultimately does score a spot on the schedule.

Sources say Queen's decision to depart the project starring Vanessa Hudgens was a mutual one and stemmed from creative differences with the network and WBTV.

Based on characters from DC Comics, Powerless is set in the same universe full of superheroes, villains and everyday people. The series is described as an office comedy about the exceedingly average employees at an insurance company and their quest to find their own power. Alan Tudyk and Danny Pudi co-star in the single-camera comedy.

Queen, who has an overall deal with WBTV, most recently appeared at San Diego Comic-Con to support the show, which he described as "its own little subset" of the DC Comics world.

Powerless marks the second freshman series to lose its showrunner. In April, showrunner Eli Jorne exited Fox's live-action/animated hybrid comedy Son of Zorn, with insiders also attributing his departure to creative differences.

The 2016-17 broadcast season is starting to mirror last season, in which multiple showrunners departed and network series featured a startling number of recastings in what one insider described as the season of "bad marriages" as networks continue to face the pressure of "too much TV."

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