Comic Book Showosky | Legion, Powerless

No, Gloryosky hasn’t forgotten about Comic Book Showosky. Here, two shows debut within seven days of each other. Legion is about David Haller (Dan Stevens), a seeming schizophrenic whose mental illness might be more than it seems (read: he’s a mutant). Longtime X-Men readers know exactly who Legion is and what his powers manifest themselves as, though Legion attempts a more “adult” approach in line with Atlanta, The Americans and other programs in the FX lineup.

Noah Hawley is Fargo’s creator/showrunner, assuming executive producer duties for Legion. It’s Fox exploiting rights to its X-Men licence – one can see that from space. Legion is separate from the X-Men cinematic universe, which might appease FX viewers and/or people not normally into the funnybook adaptation scene.

As for Powerless, it’s DC Comics’ attempt at a workplace sitcom, set at security products firm Wayne Security. CTV announced it will run Powerless after The Big Bang Theory on January 18, 2017. Powerless having The Big Bang Theory as a lead-in on CTV is logical scheduling.

Whether Powerless will be a curio is hard to say. Comedic DC series are usually limited to children’s animated shows like Justice League Action and Teen Titans Go! In addition, Powerless changed settings from Retcon Insurance to Wayne Security as part of an extensive retool, which also saw creator/original showrunner Ben Queen leave the project.

Hopefully Powerless isn’t a salvage job, given that Powerless was originally the DC equivalent to proposed Marvel television series Damage Control. Judging by the trailers, referencing threatens to be rampant on Powerless. If viewers have ever wanted Starro and Wonder Woman’s invisible jet in an NBC workplace comedy, their dreams are finally realized. It begs the question of who wants these things in a workplace comedy, yet it’s 2017 and here we are.

Legion debuts February 8, 2017 at 10:00 PM ET/PT on FX. Powerless debuts February 2, 2017 at 8:30 PM ET/PT on NBC and CTV (7:30 PM CT for NBC viewers).