DC Comics Comedy 'Powerless,' Legal Spoof 'Trial & Error' Picked Up to Series at NBC

Trial and Error_Powerless_Split - Publicity - H 2016
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Trial and Error_Powerless_Split - Publicity - H 2016

NBC got the ball rolling with its new series pickups Wednesday, adding DC Comics' first half-hour comedy Powerless as well as legal spoof Trial & Error to its 2016-17 schedule.

With Mike Schur entry The Good Place, starring Ted Danson and Kristen Bell, already ordered straight-to-series, the network is looking to make a return to the comedy space next season with the pickups for two of the more buzzier titles. Both hail from Warner Bros. Television, giving the indie studio two key series orders.

Set in the DC Comics universe full of superheroes, villains and people just like us, Powerless is described as an office comedy about the exceedingly average employees at an insurance company and their quest to find their own power.

The show marks DC's first half-hour comedy series and stars Vanessa Hudgens, Alan Tudyk, Danny Pudi and Christina Kirk. The series reunites NBC with A to Z alum Ben Queen. 

With the pickup, DC now has at least seven series on the 2016-17 schedule, with a verdict still to be determined on Supergirl (sources say talks are real for the CBS drama to move to younger-skewing corporate sibling The CW for a second season).

Powerless also puts NBC back in the superhero game after a season in which the network became the only one of the broadcast nets without one after passing on Constantine a year ago. 

Trial and Error is a half-hour legal spoof described as a serialized comedy following a young big-city lawyer (Nick D'Agosto) and his oddball defense team during a high-profile murder trial in a small Southern town. John Lithgow, Sherri Shepherd, Steven Boyer, Jayma Mays and Krysta Rodriguez co-star in the Warner Bros. Television single-camera comedy.

Forever's Matt Miller and Jeff Astrof penned the script, which hails from Barge Productions and Good Session Productions. 

The pickups bring NBC's 2016-17 new comedy offerings to three. 

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