DC and Marvel are developing new TV sitcoms involving ordinary people who work in a world of superheroes.
Powerless, based on characters from DC Comics, has a pilot production commitment from NBC reports Deadline.com.
The project evokes NBC’s signature comedy series The Office, but with superheroes. Based on characters from DC Comics, Powerless is a workplace comedy set at one of the worst insurance companies in America — with the twist being that it also takes place in the universe of DC Comics…..
The focus of the series is on the ordinary, “power-less” folk working at the insurance company who often envy the men and women outside their window who make headlines with their supernatural powers.
Damage Control, another Marvel series for ABC, has also been given a pilot commitment according to Variety.
The network has bought a script for a half-hour, single-camera sitcom that follows the overworked, underpaid clean-up crew of the Marvel Universe, Variety has learned. Currently titled “Damage Control,” the project landed a put pilot commitment.
According to the series description, the Marvel cleaning crew specializes in dealing with the aftermath of the unique fallout from super hero conflicts. They are the ones who are in charge of returning lost ray guns to their rightful owners, help to reschedule a wedding venue after it has been vaporized in a super hero battle or even track down a missing prize African parrot that’s been turned to stone or goo. Sometimes the most important super heroes are the ones behind the scenes — and that’s who “Damage Control” will follow.
In the Damage Control comic books, the firm was founded by Ms. Ann-Marie Hoag and was originally co-owned by Tony Stark and Wilson Fisk (a notorious criminal). The company was headquartered in New York’s Flatiron Building (just like Tor Books!).
Variety also reports ABC has committed to a pilot for a SHIELD spinoff, Marvel’s Most Wanted which will revolve around Adrianne Palicki‘s character Mockingbird and Nick Blood’s Lance Hunter. And American Crime creator John Ridley is developing another secret Marvel project for ABC.