DC Comics is officially launching a comedy series on NBC.
The network has given a series order to Powerless, which stars Vanessa Hudgens (Grease Live) as a “spunky young insurance adjuster specializing in regular-people coverage against damage caused by the crime-fighting superheroes.” (Think The Office meets Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. minus Marvel).
More details about the pilot storyline: “It’s when [Hudgens’ character] stands up to one of these larger-than-life figures (after an epic battle messes with her commute) that she accidentally becomes a cult ‘hero’ in her own right … even if it’s just to her group of lovably quirky co-workers. Now, while she navigates her normal, everyday life against an explosive backdrop, Emily might just discover that being a hero doesn’t always require superpowers.”
Alan Tudyk, Danny Pudi, and Christina Kirk are also in the cast, with Ben Queen as writer and executive producer.
NBC also gave a series order to Trial & Error, billed as sort of a comedy spin on Making a Murderer.
The pitch: “In this outrageous fish-out-of-water comedy, bright-eyed New York lawyer Josh Segal heads to a tiny Southern town for his first big case. His mission? To defend an eccentric, ‘rollercizing’ poetry professor (John Lithgow, 3rd Rock From the Sun) accused of the bizarre murder of his beloved wife. Settling into his makeshift office behind a taxidermy shop and meeting his quirky team of local misfits, Josh suspects that winning his first big case will not be easy, especially when his client is always making himself look guilty.”
Nicholas D’Agosto, Jayma Mays, Sherri Shepherd, Steven Boyer, and Krysta Rodriguez also star. Jeff Astrof and Matt Miller serve as writers and executive producers.
The broadcast networks have started picking up shows for next season ahead of their upfront presentations to advertisers next week. Expect many more series orders, renewals, and cancellations in the coming days.