9:58am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Powerless' Pulled From NBC Schedule as DC Comedy Effectively Canceled
NBC is cutting off power to Powerless.
The network has pulled the remaining three episodes of DC Comics' first live-action scripted comedy, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The already renewed Superstore will take over its Thursday time slot at 8:30 p.m., with repeats of the America Ferrera comedy also running at 8 p.m. The remaining three episodes of Powerless have not yet been rescheduled.
The Vanessa Hudgens comedy underwent a significant retooling before it premiered. Series creator Ben Queen exited the series ahead of its launch, with Patrick Schumacker and Justin Halpern tapped as the new showrunners. While Powerless remained a workplace comedy set in the superhero universe, everything else about the series changed, including its portrayal of familiar heroes from the DC Comics universe.
The series launched Feb. 2 to mixed reviews and dismal returns. The comedy most recently collected 2.1 million total viewers and a 0.6 among adults 18-49 — off 30 percent from its Superstore lead-in.
Showrunner Shumacker addressed the future of the series on Twitter, writing that "#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."
Of NBC's freshman class, only drama This Is Us and comedy The Good Place have been renewed.
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