There has been a change at the helm of the new DC Comics-themed NBC comedy series Powerless. The show’s creator/executive producer and showrunner Ben Queen is exiting. Start of production on the midseason series, which had been slated to begin in two weeks, is being postponed as a search is underway for a new showrunner. The delay will not impact the launch of Powerless as NBC has yet to set its midseason scheduling plans.
Queen’s departure was a mutual decision among the writer-producer, NBC and Powerless producer Warner Bros. TV stemming from creative differences. Getting a high-concept comedy off the ground is always tricky. In April, Son of Zorn co-creator/co-showrunner Eli Jorne quit the innovative Fox live-action/animated comedy series, which is one of the network’s hottest prospects for fall, landing a spot in the network’s Sunday comedy block.
The single-camera workplace comedy Powerless –– the first comedy series set in the universe of DC Comics — stars Vanessa Hudgens as a spunky young insurance adjuster specializing in regular-people coverage against damage caused by the crime-fighting superheroes.
Powerless was one of the hottest half-hour pitches last summer, landing at NBC with a big commitment and sailing through the pilot process as a front-runner for a midseason series order. It marked a second consecutive series for Queen at WBTV, where he also created 2015’s A to Z. Queen will continue to work at the studio under his overall deal there.
Powerless‘ cast also includes Danny Pudi, Alan Tudyk and Christina Kirk.
Subscribe to Deadline Breaking News Alerts and keep your inbox happy.