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.