Superhero TV Show Heading to ... PlayStation?

Powers, based on superhero crime comic, moves to PSN
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 20, 2014 9:40 AM CDT
In this Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 file photo, the new Sony Playstation 4 is on display at Lincoln Park BestBuy store, in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

(Newser) – Move over Netflix; there's yet another new player in the online original TV programming arena. Sony has picked up the rights to Powers, a comic about homicide detectives who investigate cases involving superheroes, and intends to turn it into a live-action drama for its PlayStation Network, Deadline reports. The show will be produced by Sony Pictures Television. The company hasn't said whether users will pay for the show individually, or as part of a larger service.

Sony is working on a pay-TV service that will offer traditional channels over the Internet, but the move is independent of that effort, the Wall Street Journal reports. Powers has been in development as a series for FX for years; a pilot was produced in 2011, but the network passed. IGN expects to see a new cast, because the original actors were released from their contracts. Sony's CEO says the company picked the show because "it overlays extremely well with the demographics of the PlayStation."

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