What I wouldn’t give to know what is really going on behind-the-scenes of the FX Channel’s “Powers”, the cable net’s adaptation of the Brian Bendis and Michael Oeming comic book of the same name. Despite previous reports that the network was still gung-ho about the show (though hasn’t been able to find a slot for it on their schedule), and was currently rewriting/reshooting the pilot to give it a better chance at actually airing, this latest news that much of the cast has been “released” from their obligations to the show is, well, not a very good sign that things are proceeding in a positive direction.
The thing is that it’s so cool. It’s SO cool! I love it. I love ‘Powers’… The higher ups want to do this so badly because they know it’s going to be the coolest thing on television. But it’s hard. It’s a hard concept, I think, to get. And they had to step back and start over again. From what I hear, the plan is still moving forward. Unfortunately, we – all of the actors – got released. They’re literally starting over. They want to do it again. And fortunately and unfortunately, I’m doing another show, and I still hope beyond hope that I can be a part of ‘Powers.’ But I’m happy to be working. But things are happening with ‘Powers’ absolutely. There are scripts being turned out. They just want more material to hear that they’re getting it right.
When he says, “all the actors”, I wonder if he means everyone, including the show’s lead, Jason Patric? We already know that Lucy Punch, the female lead, has already left after shooting the pilot for other projects once it was clear “Powers” had bogged down, so whatever happens, that role will have to be reshot. Then again, I never really bought Patric as the lead of a weekly superhero show, so I’m not too broken up if he, along with the rest of the cast, has been jettisoned for an entirely new group of actors to better accommodate whatever new approach they’re going for.
That is, if FX isn’t just messing with us, and has already given the show up for dead. After all, remember that NBC did almost the same thing with David E. Kelley’s “Wonder Woman” show, and we haven’t seen a second of that already shot pilot, either.
Here’s the full interview with Payton (the “Powers” stuff starts up at the 9:55 mark):