NBC Pulls DC Comics Comedy ‘Powerless’ From the Schedule

Vanessa Hudgens and Alan Tudyk star in superhero-adjacent series

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NBC has pulled the Vanessa Hudgens-led DC Comics series “Powerless” from the schedule, TheWrap has learned.

The series has not yet been officially canceled and no decision has been made as to whether or not the final three episodes of the season will air. The America Ferrera comedy “Superstore” will air in the vacated timeslot for the remainder of the season.

Showrunner Patrick Schumacker tweeted about the fate of the series on Monday afternoon, stopping short of revealing whether the show will continue going forward. “#Powerless will not air this week or next. This, I know for sure. I can guess some other things but they’re not good. Thanks for watching,” he wrote.

The news comes as the broadcast networks begin to finalize their programming slates ahead of their upfront presentations next month. Of the network’s freshmen series, NBC has already renewed the Kristen Bell-led comedy “The Good Place” and given two additional seasons to the hit Dan Fogelman drama “This Is Us.”

“Powerless,” stars Vanessa Hudgens as Emily, a spunky young insurance adjuster specializing in regular-people coverage against damage caused by the crime-fighting superheroes. Alan Tudyk, Danny Pudi and Christina Kirk also star.

The first comedy series set in the DC Comics universe, “Powerless” was originally created by Ben Queen, who exited the show ahead of the premiere. The comedy was subsequently retooled with Schumacker and Justin Halpern aboard as showrunners.

Halpern also tweeted about the show after news broke that it had been pulled form the schedule. “So, yeah. This happened,” he wrote. “To the staff, cast, and crew, thanks for being awesome. To those who watched, I hope you enjoyed this weird show.”