NBC picks up 'The Cape,' 'Outsourced'

Superhero drama and office comedy pilots greenlighted

NBC on Thursday picked up two more pilots: hourlong "The Cape" and the comedy "Outsourced."

"Cape," from "Empire" creator Tom Wheeler, is a light drama with a comic book sensibility. Set in a fictionalized version of Los Angeles, it centers on a former cop framed for a crime who becomes the Cape, a masked hero, to clear his name and reunite with his son.

The project, from UMS and BermanBraun, was set up at NBC in the fall with a premium script commitment.

Wheeler wrote the script and is exec producing with Lloyd Braun and Gail Berman.

Based on George Wing and John Jeffcoat's indie movie, "Outsourced" is single-camera office comedy centered on a recently demoted manager of a novelties company who is shipped off to India to manage a ragtag group of customer service reps.

NBC originally developed "Outsourced" during the 2007-08 season with Wing and Jeffcoat writing the TV adaptation and Ken Kwapis on board as director and executive produce for UMS. The project didn't make the cut for a pilot order but Kwapis kept it alive.

Robert Borden ("The Drew Carey Show") was tapped as new writer this development season, leading to a pilot greenlight by the network.

Kwapis will direct the pilot, which he is exec producing with Borden, and the film's producers, Tom Gorai and David Skinner. Alexandra Beattie will serve as co-exec producer.

Kwapis, one of the main directors on NBC's "The Office," also helmed the pilot for the Emmy-winning single-camera office comedy.