POWERLESS Gets Series Order at NBC

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The first DC Comics comedy television series is moving forward with a series order from NBC.

Powerless — a workplace comedy (think The Office) set at an insurance company smack in the midst of the DC Universe — got a green light for series on Tuesday. The project is headed by Ben Queen, who previously had A to Z on NBC.

POWERLESS -- Pilot -- Pictured: (l-r) Danny Pudi as Teddy, Vanessa Hudgens as Emily, Christina Kirk as Jackie -- (Photo by: Chris Large/NBC)
POWERLESS — Pilot — Pictured: (l-r) Danny Pudi as Teddy, Vanessa Hudgens as Emily, Christina Kirk as Jackie — (Photo by: Chris Large/NBC)

The network description:

In the first comedy series set in the universe of DC Comics, Vanessa Hudgens (Grease Live, High School Musical) plays Emily, a spunky young insurance adjuster specializing in regular-people coverage against damage caused by the crime-fighting superheroes. It’s when she 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 (FireflyCon Man), Danny Pudi (Community), and Christina Kirk (A to Z) co-star with Hudgens. Tudyk plays the manager, who’s in the position only because he’s the boss’ son, and Kirk will play his assistant. Pudi will play Emily’s best friend.

POWERLESS -- Pilot -- Pictured: (l-r) Atlin Mitchell as Crimson Fox, Vanessa Hudgens as Emily -- (Photo by: Chris Large/NBC)
POWERLESS — Pilot — Pictured: (l-r) Atlin Mitchell as Crimson Fox, Vanessa Hudgens as Emily — (Photo by: Chris Large/NBC)

Early photos also give us a glimpse of the Crimson Fox, a DC character that will appear in the show. The character — identical twins Vivian and Constance D’Aramis both using the identity as part of Justice League Europe — will be played by Atlin Mitchell, who’s on-screen work is primarily as a stunt performer (for Caity Lotz on Arrow, among other gigs).

[source: yvrshoots.com]
[source: yvrshoots.com]
Nothing on whether this version of Crimson Fox will be French, nor is there information on whether any iteration of the Justice League will exist in this universe. It’s also not likely to be connected to any other DC Universe television or film projects.

But if Grant Gustin’s willing to guest star…

 

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Jason P. Hunt

Jason P. Hunt (founder/EIC) is the author of the sci-fi novella "The Hero At the End Of His Rope". His short film "Species Felis Dominarus" was a finalist in the Sci Fi Channel's 2007 Exposure competition.

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