Powerless canceled (more or less) as NBC pulls episodes

PowerlessUnfortunately, it doesn’t look as though the network powers-that-be are interested in giving Powerless any more time.

Sources confirm that the network is pulling the remaining episodes of the Vanessa Hudgens – Alan Tudyk comedy, and will be replacing it with repeats of Superstore for the remainder of the season. While it’s not for sure canceled, all signs point to that being the case. If NBC had any interest in keeping the show on the air, odds are that they would do everything that they could to give it a chance to succeed.

Personally, this move bums us out greatly given that this was a show with a substantial amount of potential, and one that attempted to be creative when it comes to how it combined the DC Comics universe with a single-camera comedy. The entire series was about normal people living within the age superheroes, and on the basis of that alone we do think that it was an interesting concept.

Ultimately, there were a few different issues that it ran into, starting with a lukewarm pilot episode and ending with the fact that it aired on a network that is not altogether simpatico with most of the messages that it is trying to get across. Had it premiered on cable or a streaming service, we feel like it would’ve had a much better shot. Also, it had an amazing cast including Danny Pudi, Ron Funches, and the aforementioned Tudyk. Having these people on board alone should be enough for you to be considered worthy of more of a chance than the show received.

We also don’t quite understand the decision for NBC to pull the final couple of episodes at this point, since you could’ve just finished it off and given the fans some satisfaction in how the story ended. Is airing repeats of Superstore really going to do that much more for your bottom line? This feels mostly like a move to thumb your nose at many of the show’s fans, many of whom may not even watch your show otherwise.

Ultimately, we just feel like this move could be one that spells some trouble for NBC down the road.

What do you think about both the apparent cancellation of Powerless, and also the way in which the show decided to handle it? Share in the comments. (Photo: NBC.)

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