NBC has kicked off the pickups of pilots to series with a nod to DC Comics-themed comedy Powerlessand Trial & Error, both from Warner Bros. TV.
Written by Ben Queen, the workplace comedyPowerless features (mostly fringe) DC Comics superheroes and stars Vanessa Hudgens. The pickup gives DC a half-hour comedy series to go with the company’s superhero drama seriesGotham on Fox, Supergirl on CBS and Arrow, Flash and Legends of Tomorrow on the CW.
Source and more: Deadline
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.”
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.”
Source and more: EW