Danny Pudi, Alan Tudyk, and Christina Kirk have joined the cast of NBC’s superhero comedy pilot Powerless, EW has learned.
The show is set at “one of the worst insurance companies in America — with the twist being that it also takes place in the universe of DC Comics. The show is about the reality of working life for a normal, powerless person in a world of superheroes and villains.” As first reported on Monday, Vanessa Hudgens stars as Emily Locke, an insurance claims adjuster who truly loves her job.
Pudi (Community) will play Teddy, Emily’s co-worker, best friend, and trusted confidante. He spends his days creating time-wasting pranks as a way to make their office, the “least super place on earth,” just a little less “unsuper.”
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Tudyk (Firefly, Subugatory) will play Del, Emily’s new boss in the claims department. Del has just been promoted — not through any merit of his own, but because he’s the owner’s son. A self-proclaimed rich, over-educated globetrotting wastrel, Del is a power-mad disastrous dictator of a boss.
Kirk (A to Z) will play Jackie, a fan of superheroes who has plastered her office cubicle with beefcake shots of super guys. New department boss Del makes her his personal assistant, and she begins buckling under his unreasonable and impossible demands.
The pilot hails from writer-executive producer Ben Queen and director Michael Patrick Jann.