‘Powerless’ Pulled From NBC Schedule as DC Comedy Nears Cancellation

'Powerless' Cancelled? NBC Pulls Vanessa Hudgens'
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It’s the end of the road for “Powerless” — well, almost the end of the road.

NBC has pulled the DC Entertainment comedy from the network’s schedule and has not yet determined where or when the final three episodes of the season will air, Variety has confirmed. While NBC is not deeming the series officially cancelled, the writing is on the wall.

“Superstore,” which has already been renewed for the 2017-18 season, will take over the Thursday night 8:30 timeslot where “Powerless” has been airing this year. Repeats of the America Ferrera sitcom will air immediately before the new episodes at 8 p.m.

“Powerless” is being yanked off the air as network executives are determining which of their bubble shows will be cancelled or renewed for the next TV season. So far, NBC has only renewed freshman series “The Good Place” and breakout hit “This Is Us” for additional seasons.

Starring Vanessa Hudgens, “Powerless” was the first live-action comedy for DC. The workplace comedy also stars Alan Tudyk, Ron Funches, Danny Pudi, and Christina Kirk. Ben Queen created the series, but departed before the show went into production. Patrick Schumacker and Justin Halpern took over as showrunners.

On Tuesday morning, Schumacker tweeted about the NBC schedule change, suggesting the show has been cancelled. “Thanks for watching,” he posted.

Long before the development overhaul, “Powerless” seemed promising: between Hudgens’ star power and the excitement surrounding DC’s first-ever comedy, the show became the first new NBC series to be greenlit for the 2016-2017 season, along with John Lithgow’s comedy “Trial & Error,” which is also on the bubble.

Despite generally mixed reviews, in her reviewVariety critic Sonia Soraiya praised the “Powerless” cast, writing, “Hudgens plays the foil to a talented comedic cast — Tudyk is the standout, but Pudi and Funches are not slouches — and pulls it off with aplomb; for an actress who has never lead a television show, much less a comedy, she’s adjusting well to sitcom rhythms.” While she noted that the show underwent numerous changes through its development, our critic enjoyed the “light, nimble humor” of the DC comedy’s pilot.

But the series never seemed to find its legs ratings-wise. It started off decently with a 1.1 rating and 3.1 million viewers when it launched in February, but it was mostly downhill from there. The last episode managed just a 0.6 and 2 million viewers.

Joe Otterson contributed to this report.

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  1. bob keenan says:

    I enjoyed the show and wished it wasn’t cancelled

  2. Scott says:

    NBC officially cancelled Timeless and Powerless the same week, then reversed course due to public outcry and brought Timeless back for a 2nd season. The same thing needs to happen here. I join the many disappointed fans who will miss Powerless. An extremely funny show with a very talented cast and great writing as well. NBC, you just did it for Timeless, and thank you sooooo very much for that. Please bring back Powerless for a second season as well and the fans will watch… Please!!!!!

  3. Dan Hollyfield says:

    Most of the cancelled shows I have read about I could care less for. They could cancel most of them and I wouldn’t notice. But I will miss “Powerless”, a good little show poking fun at it’s creators (DC Comics). It was a rare entity for the comic book show – a show about a city in the DC Universe overrun by super heroes and super villains and a Bruce Wayne owned company managed by his near-do-well, entitled cousin. The cast was great and the stories were imaginative. They should give it a try on The CW Network the way they did with Supergirl. No one ever listens to me.

  4. Vaniesa Aboy says:

    powerless plot is good… please dont cancel it.

  5. Kathryn says:

    I hope that they will keep Powerless on the air. I think it is really funny and have enjoyed watching it. The tongue in cheek humor is really appealing. Bring it back! Please don’t cancel this show; give it another chance. Thanks! :-)

  6. Angryaf says:

    F**k NBC, they clearly don’t know how to keep a good show. First they cancel Grimm then they cancel Powerless, they clearly don’t know what a good show is.

  7. invaderzim says:

    It was a cute little show with enough fun to make it worthwhile.

    Although enjoyable these shows rarely make it in a world where they have to be over-the-top and in-your-face to get noticed.

    Although it would seem like a smart choice for a streaming service to pick up. I’m looking at you Netflix, this could easily replace any of your 1 star shows.

  8. MoneyPenny says:

    I LOVE this show! Please do NOT cancel Powerless! It is pure GENIUS! The CW, Hulu, or Netflix need to pick this up if NBC drops it! Completely Binge Worthy Entertainment!

  9. Nicole says:

    This was a fun show, my 16 year old thought was it awesome and he likes all the D.C./Marvel stuff. I agree they didn’t give it a chance. It was funny, light and a joy to watch.

    • geary says:

      well once again a really great comedy is shot down. thanks nbc. As for superstore,it is apparently designed for mental midgets.

  10. vicki says:

    Sorry to see it didn’t get renewed. I enjoyed the cast and quirky stories. A nice twist on the comic genre.

  11. Really? And you can’t even finish the last 3 episodes for the followers who truly enjoyed this show? WTH?

  12. Jay! says:

    Who is this “Funches” referred to in this article? Usually you provide an actor’s first name when you refer to them the first time. #Editing



  13. hornacek says:

    “… between Hudgens’ star power …”

    Really? What year is this?

  14. Kim Simmons says:

    Another example of a show not being promoted at all and NBC just taking for granted people will tune in because of the time slot. I happened upon it. It is a shame as it is a breath of fresh air on NBC among all it’s tired and exhausted formulaic positioning,

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