A to Z creator Ben Queen has recruited series’ co-star Christina Kirk for his new comedy pilot, NBC’s Powerless, which is toplined by Vanessa Hudgens. Also cast as series regulars in the superhero-themed Warner Bros. TV pilot are Community alum Danny Pudi and Alan Tudyk (Suburgatory).
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 show is about the reality of working life for a normal, powerless person in a world of superheroes and villains.
Hudgens plays Emily Locke, an insurance claims adjuster who loves her job because she gets to help people and who likes to fly under the radar and just get her work done. Pudi plays Teddy, Emily’s best friend at work and her trusted confidante. He spends his days creating time-wasting pranks as a way to make their office the “least Super place on earth,” just a little less “unsuper.” Tudyk is Del, Emily’s new boss in the claims department. Del has just been promoted — not through any merit of his own, but because he’s the owner’s son. A self-proclaimed “rich, over-educated globetrotting wastrel,” Del is a power-mad disastrous dictator of a boss. Kirk is Jackie, a fan of Super Heroes who has plastered her office cubicle with beefcake shots of super guys. New claims department boss Del makes her his personal assistant, and she begins buckling under his unreasonable and impossible demands.
Queen is the writer/executive producer. Michael Patrick Jann is set to direct and exec produce.
Kirk will next be seen in Karyn Kusama’s XX. She’s repped by Circle of Confusion and The Kohner Agency. Pudi is repped by UTA, Velocity Entertainment Partners and attorney Bruce Gellman. Tudyk is with The Coronel Group.