With all of the superhero shows proliferating across television networks, it was inevitable that someone would decide to take a chance on a show which breaks the genre rules. Enter Powerless.
NBC executive Jennifer Salke told IGN that “This is a world where superheroes are not only just on green screen out the window of this insurance office, but they’re also running into you on the street and wreaking havoc.”
NBC optioned the DC Comics-based sitcom in August of last year, and today the first trailer began to circulate around the internet.
UPDATE 5/20/16 : The video was pulled down early this morning, due to a copyright complaint by NBC Universal. Though the reaction to it appears to be largely positive, it is likely that NBC wasn’t quite ready for the world at-large to see what they’re up to.
Powerless is set to debut as a midseason replacement show, though a specific release date has yet to be set.
The series stars Vanessa Hudgens as Emily Locke, Danny Pudi as Teddy, Alan Tudyk as Del, and Christina Kirk as Jackie.
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.