Powers TV Show a PlayStation Exclusive
They first started trying to make a TV show based on Powers, the comic by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, back in 2009. A pilot was shot in 2011 for the FX network, but it didn’t fly. Now, there are more definite plans.
Sony will air the Powers TV show exclusively to subscribers of the PlayStation Network beginning in December. The first hour-long episode is free; following episodes will require subscription to PlayStation Plus. This is the first original programming through that venue, and it’ll be an interesting experiment. There’s a lot of discussion around alternatives to the traditional network/cable programming model, and connected game consoles make up a small but substantial potential audience.
Powers stars Sharlto Copley as Christian Walker and Susan Heyward as Deena Pilgrim, both homicide detectives in a world where many people have superhuman abilities. The comic uses superhero tropes in a police procedural with noir overtones. Also appearing in the show are Eddie Izzard, Michelle Forbes, Noah Taylor, and Olesya Rulin.
There is speculation about the show eventually becoming available through some other venue, but nothing definite. Perhaps Sony might also stream through other devices, such as their internet-connected TVs or Blu-ray players. Mine allows for content through Sony’s Video Unlimited programming service, as well as Amazon, Netflix, Vudu, and Crackle. That last, Sony’s online distribution outlet, is my guess for an eventual venue for Powers. The free-to-watch channel airs Sony Pictures movies and TV shows, as well as original programming. It’s available through mobile devices, smart TVs, streaming players (such as Roku or Apple TV), and game consoles.
For example, right now they’re airing Sequestered, an original show about a jury that includes fan-favorites Summer Glau (Firefly, Arrow, Alphas), Patrick Warburton (The Tick), Bruce Davison, Dina Meyer (Birds of Prey), Ryan McPartlin (Captain Awesome from Chuck), and Jesse Bradford. It’s a 12-episode show with the first six out now and the second half coming next month.
Disclaimer: I work for a division of Sony that has nothing to do with the TV business.