The Powerpuff Girls Live! The CW Reworking & Repiloting Project

Last month, The CW offered viewers their first look at Chloe Bennet (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Dove Cameron (Liv and Maddie), and Yana Perrault (Jagged Little Pill) taking on the roles of Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup in the modern, live-action take on The Powerpuff Girls, Powerpuff. Well, we hope you took a good look because it appears it will be a while before we see them again. On Monday, the network revealed that the pilot- which focuses on the pint-sized superteam now disillusioned twenty-somethings who resent having lost their childhood to crime-fighting but finding themselves needing to reunite to save the day one more time- will be reworked and repiloted off-cycle. Writers and executive producers Diablo Cody and Heather Regnier will rewrite the project, with Bennet, Cameron, and Perrault, as well as co-stars Donald Faison (Scrubs), Nicholas Podany (Hart of Dixie), Robyn Lively (Light As A Feather), Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants), and the writers-producers will on remain attached, with Warner Bros TV and Berlanti Prods. producing.

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Bennet's Blossom was once the spunky, conscientious, Little-Miss-Perfect child who holds several advanced degrees, but repressed kiddie-superhero trauma has left her feeling anxious and reclusive. Blossom aims to become a leader again- this time on her own terms. Cameron's Bubbles had a sweet-girl disposition that won America's hearts as a child. While still sparkling as an adult, her charming exterior belies an unexpected toughness and wit. She's initially more interested in recapturing her fame than saving the world, but she just might surprise us- and herself. Perrault's Buttercup was the rebellious badass of The Powerpuff Girls in its heyday. More sensitive than her tough exterior suggests, Buttercup spent her adulthood stepping away from her Powerpuff Girl identity and looking to live an anonymous life.

The Powerpuff Girls (Image: The CW)
The Powerpuff Girls (Image: The CW)

Quirky, debonair, and a pinch narcissistic, Faison's Professor Drake Utonium is a scientific genius who is immensely proud of the three extraordinary girls he created in his lab. Staring down a midlife crisis, he is determined to repair his relationships with his now-adult daughters. As a child, the nerdy, power-hungry, insecure Joseph "Jojo" Mondel Jr. (Podany) was obsessed with the Powerpuff Girls, despite his father's grudge against them. As an adult, Mojo Jojo, Jr. finds his sweetness and rage in constant battle. Lively's Sara Bellum is a warm and witty career woman who has a complicated romantic history with Drake. Always a friend to the Powerpuff Girls, she has remained close to them since childhood. Kenny served as the voice of the series during its original run as well as its 2016 revival. Based on the Cartoon Network animated series of the same name created by Craig McCracken, the live-action pilot will be written and executive produced by Cody and Regnier. Executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and David Madden with Erika Kennair producing, Maggie Kiley will direct and executive produce the pilot, with Warner Bros. Television producing.

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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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