DC Comics Comedy ‘Powerless’ Picked Up For Full Series; First Official Poster & Images Released


NBC has made some major decisions regarding future series. The DC Comics’ half-hour comedy Powerless has been picked up for series and will be on the 2016-2017 schedule. Powerless originally had started with a pilot order.

Powerless will focus on the exceedingly average employees at an insurance company that is considered to be one of the worst in America, this company also happens to be within the DC Comics universe. The show takes place in “Charm City” and is focused mostly within an office building setting. The office is located nearby a Big Belly Burger, which Flash and Arrow fans might recognize as a popular franchise that is often mentioned by both shows.

The Powerless cast has been expanding, recently adding Danny Pudi (Community), Christina Kirk (A to Z) and Alan Tudyk (Firefly). All three will be series regulars along side Vanessa Hudgens.

This pickup for NBC marks their entry into the superhero TV game. The network passed on Constantine a year ago.

For those keeping track, DC now has give series on the 2016-2017 TV schedule, with the jury still out on what will happen with Supergirl. Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow, which all air on the CW have been renewed for another season. On going rumors indicate that CBS’ Supergirl might be moving to the CW network for a second season.

Along with the series announcement, a new poster and images has been released for the show.

“Vanessa Hudgens stars as 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.”

Chelsea Lewis

Chelsea Lewis

Chelsea Lewis, TV division, joined Heroic Hollywood in 2016. Prior to joining the team at Heroic, she worked for TheCelebrityCafe.com covering everything from music to...

  • Vegas82

    “For those keeping track, DC now has give series on the 2016-2017 TV schedule, with the jury still out on what will happen with Supergirl.” I think give should be five. Killing it with the editing HH.

    • Joseph

      Definitely not just four. Did you include Gotham and Powerless? That would indeed make five by my count.

      And if they were to include all of the Vertigo Comics shows (which is still technically under DC) it would be an even higher amount with Lucifer, iZombie, and Preacher. And don’t forget about the upcoming Krypton series on SyFy channel. (It’s not included on this list because there has not been a full series order yet. They just ordered the pilot this week.)

      • Vegas82

        I didn’t count Gotham. Forgot all about that horrible show. Thanks for reminding me.

  • Carl

    This show will likely have a very loose attachment to the DC universe. I can’t imagine any known characters showing up.

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