Playstation Network’s first – and to date only – original scripted drama series Powers has been cancelled, shortly after wrapping its ten episode second season, TVWise has confirmed.
Powers follows the lives of two homicide detectives, Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim as they investigate cases involving people with extraordinary abilities. The drama series, based on the graphic novels, is produced by Sony Pictures Television and stars Sharlto Copley, Susan Heyward, Max Fowler, Olesya Rulin, Noah Taylor, Adam Godley, Michelle Forbes, Logan Browning and Eddie Izzard.
In a statement released on Twitter, Co-creator and executive producer Brian Michael Bendis said:”This is hard to tweet, but word is that @POWERStheSERIES is sadly, no more. season 2 was the last. at least for now. I’ll type more about it later, but thank you ALL for your support. such a fantastic personal experience that you gifted all of us
Like numerous other VOD services, Playstation Network has never released anything resembling ratings date for the show, making it fairly difficult to gauge just how successful the show was. The fact that PSN was only available to offer the series in the United States, with series producer and distributor Sony Pictures Television strike licensing deals with international broadcasters, such as Spike UK, may have been a factor.
Powers was Playstation Network’s first foray into scripted drama and as they do not have any other projects in active development, it is not immediately clear if they will continue to pursue original content. Still they went one better than Microsoft, who shuttered Xbox Entertainment Studios before producing a single original series.