James Hibberd
February 26, 2011 AT 06:08 PM EST

This seemed touch and go for awhile, but FX has given a pilot order to its superhero drama project Powers.

The story follows two homicide detectives who investigate cases of people with extraordinary abilities, and is based on a graphic novel series (pictured, right) by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming.

The project marks a bit of a departure for FX, whose dramas are typically very real-world and gritty (which isn’t to say Powers won’t look-feel that way too). It’s also one of several pilots in the TV development pipeline that are attempting to essentially recook the magic The X-Files formula by blending a crime procedural with sci-fi or fantasy elements — such as Ron Moore’s 17th Precinct at NBC, J.J. Abrams’ Person of Interest at CBS, ABC’s Poe and NBC’s Grimm.

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