TVLine Items: NBC Gets RED, Mad Men Vet Chases Debt and More

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Helen Mirren kicking butt on NBC?

Not quite, but the Peacock network is developing the action-comedy film franchise RED — which starred Mirren, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker and Karl Urban — into an hour-long series, our sister site Deadline reports.

The project will focus on the RED (Retired Extremely Dangerous) operatives’ darkly hilarious struggles to survive civilian life as they simultaneously fight for and against the organization that expelled them.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* WGN America has bought the spec script Debt, with Mad Men alum Vincent Kartheiser attached to star, Deadline reports. It centers on a man who, having lost everything important to him, decides to partner with the head of a somewhat-fraudulent collection agency and get back at the rich who steal from the poor.

* Supergirl has tapped Justice Leak (Powers) to guest-star as the villainous alien Hellgrammite, EW.com reports.

* NBC is getting into the DC Comics superhero business… with a workplace comedy set in one of the worst insurance companies in America. The network has given a pilot production commitment to Powerless, a half-hour, single-camera project from executive producer Ben Queen (A to Z) that explores reality of working life for a normal, powerless person in a world of superheroes and villains, per Deadline.

* A small-screen adaptation of Training Day, from the film’s director Antoine Fuqua, has landed at CBS, Deadline reports. And at this rate, two-thirds of all TV series by the 2016-17 season will be movie adaptations or revivals.