NBC is officially back in the DC Comics business, having given a green light to the workplace comedy Powerless. Also on tap for the Peacock’s 2016-17 TV season is the fish-out-of-water comedy Trial & Error.
The first comedy series set in the universe of DC Comics, Powerless stars Vanessa Hudgens (Grease Live) as Emily, a spunky young insurance adjuster specializing in regular-people coverage against damage caused by the crime-fighting superheroes. When Emily stands up to one of these larger-than-life figures (after an epic battle messes with her commute), she accidentally becomes a cult “hero” in her own right… even if it’s just to her group of lovably quirky co-workers.
The cast also includes Alan Tudyk (Firefly), Danny Pudi (Community) and Christina Kirk (A to Z).
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Trial & Error follows Josh Segal (Gotham‘s Nicholas D’Agosto), a bright-eyed New York lawyer who heads to a tiny Southern town for his first big case. His mission? To defend an eccentric, “rollercizing” poetry professor (3rd Rock‘s John Lithgow) accused of the bizarre murder of his beloved wife. Settling into a 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.
The cast also includes Jayma Mays (Glee), Sherri Shepherd (30 Rock), Steven Boyer (Orange Is the New Black) and Krysta Rodriguez (Smash).
Powerless and Trial & Error join the previously ordered Kristen Bell-Ted Danson sitcom The Good Place on NBC’s rookie comedy roster.