NBC Orders Comedies ‘Powerless,’ ‘Trial & Error’ to Series

Comedies join “The Good Place,” “Taken” and “Emerald City,” which were previously ordered straight-to-series at the network

NBC has given series orders to two new comedies. “Powerless,” set in the DC Comics universe, and “Trial & Error,” starring John Lithgow and Nicholas D’Agosto, have both been picked up by the network.

“Powerless,” stars Vanessa Hudgens as Emily, a spunky young insurance adjuster specializing in regular-people coverage against damage caused by the crime-fighting superheroes. Alan Tudyk, Danny Pudi and Christina Kirk also star.

The comedy is written and executive produced by Ben Queen serves as writer and executive producer. Michael Patrick Jann directed the pilot and executive produces. The series, the first comedy set in the DC universe, is produced by Warner Bros. Television.

“Trial & Error” stars Nicholas D’Agosto as New York lawyer Josh Segal, who heads to a tiny Southern town for his first big case. His mission? To defend an eccentric, “rollercizing” poetry professor (John Lithgow) accused of the bizarre murder of his beloved wife. Jayma Mays, Sherri Shepherd, Steven Boyer and Krysta Rodriguez also star.

Jeff Astrof and Matt Miller serve as writers and executive producers. Jeffrey Blitz serves as director. The series is produced by Barge Productions and Good Session Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

The two comedies follow the network’s “Taken” series adaptation, the Oz-set “Emerald City” and new comedy “The Good Place,” the three of which were previously ordered straight-to-series by NBC.

NBC is set to unveil its fall schedule to advertisers on Monday in New York.