Despite failing with their previous DC Comics series, NBC is trying again, this time with a very different route. The network has put in a series order for Powerless, a sitcom set in the DC Universe that will star singer/actress Vanessa Hudgens.
The Grease Live star will play Emily, a young insurance adjuster who helps the average person deal with damage caused during a superhero’s fight with criminals. As Entertainment Weekly notes, the series kicks off with Hudgens standing up to one of the superheroes on the subway and becoming a hero among her colleagues. While she tries to lead a normal life, Emily also learns that you don’t have to be Superman or Wonder Woman to be a hero.
The cast also includes Community‘s Danny Pudi, Suburgatory vet Salan Tudyk and A To Z‘s Christina Krik. Ben Queen, who was behind the short-lived A To Z, is writing and an executive producing.¬†Hopefully, Powerless fares better than NBC’s previous DC Comics series, Constantine. That show only ran one season, although did get a kind of second life when star Matt Ryan appeared on Arrow.
Another member of the NBCUniversal family is getting a DC show. SyFy is moving ahead with Krypton, a Superman prequel.
NBC also put in a series order for¬†Trial & Error, a legal comedy starring John Lithgow. The two shows will aim for a spot on the network’s 2016-2017 schedule, which should be announced next week during its upfront before advertisers.
For¬†NBC viewers who long for a revival of the network’s comedy block, this is good news.¬†NBC’s comedy lineup was almost nonexistent for the current TV season, as¬†Undateable and¬†Truth Be Told are both long over.¬†The Carmichael Show and¬†Crowded are the only sitcoms the network is airing now.