Powers was only supposed to be the first step in PlayStation’s grand original content plans. Last fall, Sony execs spoke ambitiously about plans to create more original series for PlayStation, and ultimately build out a digital network, with series produced in-house by Sony Pictures Television. “We’ve been talking a long time with PlayStation,” Chris Parnell, Sony Pictures TV’s senior VP of US drama development, told Variety last November. “It has been a desire for us and for them to try to do something together, because they have a content-delivery service and we have content. It’s a chocolate and peanut butter kind of thing.”

That talk has quieted considerably. Tellingly, PlayStation hasn’t decided whether it will keep making original content, whether additional seasons of Powers or another new series. And Powers’ mediocre reception isn’t likely to prompt any additional pickups.

Back in December, when presenting my 2015 resolutions for networks and streaming outlets, I noted that “there’s simply no room for anything less than the very best. Upstart content providers: is your new series as phenomenal as Orange is the New Black or Transparent? If the answer is no, don’t bother.”

PlayStation didn’t listen, but when it comes to production original content, its best move would have been to follow the lead of its rival and close up shop.

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