PlayStation Network is officially committing to original series. The Sony owned platform has renewed their first original series Powers for a second season, which is set to debut in the United States in 2016. The pick up is for a further 10 episodes, matching the size of the order for the first season.
Based on the graphic novels of the same name, Powers follows the lives of two homicide detectives, Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim. Walker and Pilgrim are assigned to investigate cases involving people with extraordinary abilities, referred to as “Powers.” Season two will continue to follow the detectives and the Powers Division team as they go up against commercialized, superhumans who impose their power on the public, which both worships and fears them.
Produced by Sony Pictures Television, the series, which was originally developed for FX, stars Sharlto Copley, Susan Heyward, Max Fowler, Olesya Rulin, Noah Taylor, Adam Godley, Michelle Forbes, Logan Browning and Eddie Izzard. Charlie Huston, Remi Aubuchon, Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Avon Oeming, David Engel, Lawrence Mattis, David Alpert and Frank Frattaroli serve as executive producers.
“The reception to Powers has been incredible and we are thrilled to have successfully launched a platform for original content with the PlayStation gamer in mind,” said John Koller, Vice President of Platforms Marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America. “We believe original content will continue to be a key pillar as we broaden the value proposition for PlayStation Plus, and we’re excited for what’s to come with season two of Powers.”
With the second season renewal for Powers, PlayStation has gone one better than their closest rival Xbox Entertainment Studios who were effectively shut down by Microsoft before producing a single original series, though their Halo series is undertood to still be alive (to some degree) at Showtime.