Getting in on the Internet series trend, Sony Pictures Television is moving forward with a ‘Powers’ series that will premiere exclusively on the Playstation Network. This is but the latest addition to the list of shows made/saved solely for online viewers, with Yahoo bringing back ‘Community’ for a 6th season, Amazon Studios creating exclusive content for their Amazon Instant Video viewers, and of course, Netflix bringing us continued seasons of shows like ‘Orange is the New Black’ and ‘House of Cards.’
‘Powers’ plays nicely into the current superhero trend, as it’s a procedural about a pair of police officers in the homicide department with a penchant for solving crimes involving those with super-powers. Sharlto Copley (‘District 9,’ ‘Elysium‘) and Susan Heyword (‘The Following’) will be playing partners Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, while Eddie Izzard ‘(Hannibal‘) will star in the series as their nemesis (and Christian’s one-time mentor) Wolfe, a villainous inmate who also possesses powers. The show will also delve into Christian’s back-story, in which he himself once possessed powers, but lost them shortly before joining the police-force.
Michelle Forbes (‘True Blood’) will be playing the heroic “Retro Girl,” while Noah Taylor (‘Game of Thrones’) will be playing Johnny Royalle, a so-called criminal genius with teleportation-like powers. Rounding out the cast is Olesya Rulin (‘High School Musical’) who will play a tough street kid named “Calista” who desperately wants to be a “Power.”
The show is an adaptation of the comic book series of the same name produced by the acclaimed Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, both of whom are producers on the series. It will be the second attempt to create a live-action ‘Powers,’ the first being a project stuck in development hell for many years on FX, never going beyond casting Jason Patric in the lead role and shooting a pilot. Despite its past, Sony is moving ahead with confidence. It has already ordered a 10 episode first season of ‘Powers,’ hoping to carve out its own niche of the original Internet television marketplace and bring more users to their Playstation Network.