The CW’s new live-action adaptation of the popular cartoon The Powerpuff Girls, called Powerpuff, is heading back to the drawing board. The original series pilot didn’t make the cut for the Fall 2021 network season and will subsequently be reworked and pushed back for consideration next year.
With that being said, stars Chloe Bennet, Dove Cameron, Yana Perrault and Donald Faison who play Blossom, Bubbles, Buttercup, and Professor Utonium, will still remain involved with the project. The same writers and other cast members will also still remain in the series as the pilot is retooled.
“Sometimes things miss, and this was just a miss,” CW Chairman and CEO Mark Pedowitz told TVLine during a conference call.
Pedowitz explained he still believed in the show, its cast, and the writers, but the initial pilot just didn’t work out the way everyone had planned. The producers know how powerful and impactful this series could be, as the original Powerpuff Girls won an Emmy and has had tremendous commercial success in the years since it aired. Because of this, they wanted to get it right but did not want to give up on the whole project, so they’re just pushing it back until it’s exactly what they want and had envisioned.
“In this case, the pilot didn’t work,” Pedowitz explained. “But because we see enough elements in there, we’re going to give it another shot. We didn’t want to go forward with what we had.”
When asked what was wrong with the pilot, Pedowitz explained it didn’t feel “real” enough.
“Tonally, it might have felt a little too campy,” he said. “It didn’t feel as rooted in reality as it might have. But again, you learn things when you test things out. And in this case, we felt like, ‘Let’s take a step back and go back to the drawing board.”
As of now, we do not know when the series will come out and no other comments from producers or cast members have been shared.
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