FX Channel Green Lights Brian Michael Bendis’ Powers

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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.

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  • Brent

    This could turn out pretty cool.

  • http://twitter.com/Terminator2366 Bad Zack

    if it’s like the cape it will fail — i had high hopes for the cape

    • Brent

      I had high hopes for the Cape, too, but it seemed like a one trick pony. It could have been really cool if it was handled differently. Every episode felt the same and it got old real quick. I wished they’d taken more of a traditional superhero path with the story, and maybe had him try to take down Chess by taking down his business from the ground up. He could have built up from something like an urban legend to an occasional news report to something like a city wide news phenomenon. Instead all he’s concerned about is proving his innocence. I understand that’s what is supposed to drive him, and that could have figured into the show, but week after week it makes for boring televison.

      • Brent

        Then again, I stopped watching after four or five episode. Maybe it’s has/it will get better.

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

          It hasn’t.

          • Brent

            That’s too bad. It had potential. C’mon, Keith David AND circus freaks? I didn’t think something like that could go wrong.

          • Anonymous

            Summer Glau’s problem is simply she has been typecast as a “sci-fi genre goddess”, so she gets offered sci-fi shows. And she likes sci-fi so she takes them. But sci-fi on BROADCAST networks rarely work. She should do sci-fi only on CABLE networks where they have a better chance to survive. She should also switch out from sci-fi to an action show or drama for her next choice. Something like the role Gabrielle Anwar has on Burn Notice would be perfect.

          • Brent

            That’s too bad. It had potential. C’mon, Keith David AND circus freaks? I didn’t think something like that could go wrong.