FX's Powers To Be "Dark and The Shield-like Gritty"

FX President John Landgraf on FX's adaption of the Bendis and Oeming graphic novel, Powers.

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By Mark Julian - 8/6/2011
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Speaking to TV Line FX president John Landgra had the following to say about the upcoming FX superhero cop-show drama:

Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, who created Powers -– which is a very well-regarded, Eisner award-winning graphic novel -– view it as a story more in the model of David Fincher’s Seven, or Zodiac, or [FX's own] The Shield,” FX president John Landgraf shared at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Saturday morning. “It’s a really gritty, edgy, very real, very dark cop show that also happens to have superhero elements in it — but they’re not front-and-center. They’re around the margins, in the back of it.”


The Walker character, Landgraf points out, “has a really fascinating, kind of epic, emotional journey, so what we saw is the possibility to do an interesting, different take on the cop show. It’s pretty hard to top The Shield or match that… because the bar is really high. But [we asked ourselves], ‘Is there the emotional weight to tell a seven-season story?’ And we think that with Powers there is.”

“The superhero genre is ripe for reinvention,” Landgraf posits. “Everything television has ever done in that genre is the equivalent of an 8 or a 9 o’clock show -– light, breezy, special effects-oriented. I’m not saying that Powers isn’t fun, but it aspires to be a serious drama, and it’s fascinating to me to try to reshape and reinvent familiar genres.”


TV line goes on to report that the next few weeks are critical for the show. The pilot will not be finished for about another five weeks, and a decision as to whether the show will be picked up, will be made in the next 2 or 3 months.

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Powers follows two detectives, Christian Walker (played by Sleeper‘s Jason Patric) and Deena Pilgrim (Lucy Punch, The Class), who are tasked with investigating homicide cases involving people with superpowers. The pilot cast also includes Alona Tal (Veronica Mars) and Carly Foulkes (aka the T-Mobile pitchgirl).


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AlexDeLarge87 - 8/6/2011, 12:27 PM
sounds cool
ColonelKilgore - 8/6/2011, 12:31 PM
I didnt know Magneto was in this comic book
THEPHOENIX - 8/6/2011, 12:34 PM
I still need to read this lol
Fantine - 8/6/2011, 12:39 PM
Wow, a dark and gritty take on a superhero...cause thats never been done before.
mk - 8/6/2011, 12:55 PM
whos playing christian walker again?
ColonelKilgore - 8/6/2011, 1:04 PM
EarthToOlu-Thats why the internet is a wonderful thing.
you can find anything on here. including old and new(ish) tv shows, and boobs.
TheGambitFreakIsBatmanOfCBM - 8/6/2011, 1:17 PM
@CaptainKilgore Ok, I've found alotta tv shows on the web, but where can I watch all the episodes of the Batman Animated series, and not just a couple episodes, also, what about the adventures of Batman and Robin cartoon, I can't find those for shit, just like 3 episodes here and there, know of any places?
ColonelKilgore - 8/6/2011, 1:37 PM
Thats the only tv show I've looked for that I can't find. If I do find it, I'll send you the link
TheGambitFreakIsBatmanOfCBM - 8/6/2011, 1:57 PM
I don't know why Netflix doesn't put it on streaming, I don't wanna wait a week to watch it.
Lert - 8/6/2011, 2:36 PM
thats a bold statement if their comparing this to "THE SHIELD"..
headlopper - 8/6/2011, 3:05 PM
Michael Avon Oeming is a great writer-very creative and imaginative. Out of respect for him, I'll at least watch the premiere.
longbowhunter - 8/6/2011, 3:06 PM
I'm glad FX is gonna play it straight. Powers is pretty gritty, but with plenty of black humor. Kinda like Dexter.
Bandrews1 - 8/6/2011, 5:44 PM
Awesome.
SigmaCenturion - 8/7/2011, 10:48 AM
gritty realistic growlllllllllllll

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