'Powers' Renewed for Second Season at PlayStation (Exclusive)

The comic book drama was the first original scripted series for the Sony-owned video gaming console.
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Powers has muscled its way to a second season.

The drama, based on the Image/Icon comic book of the same name, has been renewed for a second season at PlayStation, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Powers, based on Brian Michael Bendis' comic, stars Sharlto Copley as a cop who works in the Powers division of the police force and deals with crimes involving those endowed with special abilities. The drama will return in 2016.

The drama was originally developed at FX — including going to pilot — before it landed at producer Sony Pictures Television's corporate sibling PlayStation as the console's first original scripted drama with a 10-episode straight-to-series pickup and a new cast including Susan Heyward, Eddie Izzard and Michelle Forbes.

Powers ranks as PlayStation Network's most-watched series premiere on the platform, with all of season one available to PlayStation Network and free to PlayStation Plus subscribers.

"The reception to Powers has been incredible, and we are thrilled to have successfully launched a platform for original content with the PlayStation gamer in mind," said John Koller, vp platforms marketing at Sony Computer Entertainment America. “We believe original content will continue to be a key pillar as we broaden the value proposition for PlayStation Plus, and we’re excited for what’s to come with season two of Powers.”

Powers is produced by Jinxworld and Circle of Confusion in association with SPT. Comics scribe Charlie Huston exec produces alongside Remi Aubuchon, Bendis and comics co-creator Michael Avon Oeming, David Engel, Lawrence Mattis, David Alpert and Frank Frattaroli.

"There is a lot to look forward to in season two for both new and existing fans of the series, as we broaden the Powers universe and bring even more of the fan-favorite characters and storylines to life," said Jamie Erlicht, president of programming and development at SPT.

Powers was the latest comics-to-the-small-screen series to debut as part of the fall's big bet on genre. It joins Netflix's recently renewed Daredevil — the first of Marvel's five series for the streaming service — as well as ABC's Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter — and DC Comics properties Gotham (Fox), The Flash (The CW), Arrow (The CW) and Constantine (NBC).

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