FX Channel Green Lights Brian Michael Bendis’ Powers

Wait, comic books on the small screen? What will they think of next?

Plus, it already worked once before on NBC’s “Heroes”. (Yes, I know “Heroes” wasn’t actually based on an existing comic book, but it certainly does qualify as a “comic book show”.) Well, at least for one season. And unfortunately NBC’s latest take on comic book superheroes, “The Cape” isn’t doing so well despite the presence of fanboy favorite Summer Glau.

Of course, that’s not going to stop the FX Channel from trying their hand. Spinoff reports that after acquiring it back in 2009, the cable home of “Sons of Anarchy”, “Justified”, and previously, “The Shield” has officially announced that they are green lighting the show based on the long-running comic book by Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Avon Oeming. Via Twitter, no less. Gotta love 2011.

So what’s “Powers” about?

Debuting in 2000 from Image Comics, Powers follows the lives of Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, homicide detectives who investigate cases involving “powers” (people with superhuman abilities) in a world where superheroes and supervillains are common. The series continued at Image until 2004, when it moved under Marvel’s Icon banner.

“Justified’s” Michael Dinner will executive produce and direct the pilot from a script by former “Walking Dead” writer Charles “Chic” Eglee.

If this was any other network, I would be terrified the show will be canceled within a year. But the FX Channel has a very good record of giving their original shows a chance to grow. Where else could shows like “The Shield” and “Sons of Anarchy” thrive? And let’s not forget “Justified”, still the best show on TV, bar none. You can keep your fancy gazillion “CSI” clones and neon-lit “crime” labs. I’ll take the backwoods of Kentucky any day.