Vanessa Hudgens Cast in Powerless

Vanessa Hudgens to Star in Powerless, NBC's DC Comics Workplace Comedy

Fresh off her acclaimed turn in Fox’s Grease: Live, Vanessa Hudgens has signed on to headline NBC’s DC Comics-infused workplace sitcom Powerless, TVLine has learned.

Written by A to Z‘s Ben Queen, the single-camera comedy centers on the exceedingly average employees at one of the worst insurance companies in America — with the twist being that it also takes place in the universe of DC Comics.

Hudgens will play Emily Locke, a claims adjuster who loves her job because she gets to help people, but who is increasingly exasperated by the disruptive antics of the various Super Heroes that proliferate in her city.

Should it snag a series order in May, Powerless would mark the High School Musical grad’s first full-time TV gig.

Hudgens earned near universal praise last month for her work in Fox’s Grease: Live. It was a particularly impressive performance considering it came just hours after her father Greg’s death from cancer. “Thank you to everyone who watched and supported me,”Hudgens wrote on Instagram the morning after the telecast, calling Grease: Live “one of the most incredible experiences.”


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  1. Min says:

    I promise you, this will not get picked up.

  2. Guy says:

    Not much of a fan of Vanessa Hudgens, but this show sounds kinda cool. It’s a workplace comedy with a fun twist. I’d definitely check out the premiere if it gets picked up.

  3. Ian says:

    She revealed herself to be a lot more talented than I knew she had in her with Grease: Live, so I wish her luck.
    Not sure this sounds like a winning project though.

  4. This seems very similar to Marvel’s idea of a Clean Up Crew show. as in “hey! thats a fun idea! lets beat them to it but change it VERRRYYY slightly”
    Its a fun idea, so we’ll see if either of them happen.

    • Summer says:

      This was actually in development and announced before Marvel’s show was, but yeah, the ideas are very similar. Marvel’s is actually based on a comic they actually used to publish though. This one, not so much.

  5. Mary S says:

    This could be interesting. I’ve often wondered what the “normal” people in those towns thought about all the fights and such that occur when the superheroes are in action…