The number of TV shows set inside of existing superhero universes, whether it be DC or Marvel, are continuing to grow with each passing year. Whether it be CW’s continually evolving Arrowverse lineup or Marvel’s impressive Netflix roster, the genre itself seems to be on a similar trajectory as the films being released, with each new outing marking a step into uncharted territory for the comic book genre in some way or another. Though, the one thing that we have yet to see from either DC or Marvel, is a straight-up comedy series or sitcom.
However, it looks like that all may finally be about to change with NBC’s Powerless, the new workplace comedy set inside of the DC universe. Starring Vanessa Hudgens, Danny Pudi, Ron Funches, Alan Tudyk, and more, its existence has been widely known about for quite some time now, but the certainty of a premiere date has only grown more and more unknown as time has gone on.
Luckily, it looks like viewers can finally mark their calendars with a set premiere date for the new series, with NBC announcing today that Powerless will premiere early next year on Thursday, February 2nd. This news comes after the series has spent months in limbo as well thanks to some noticeable setbacks along the way, including losing its original creator as showrunner.
Powerless follows a group of insurance workers whose job it is to deal with the after effects of the superheroes in their city. The series starts when Hudgens’ Emily Locke becomes a bit of a cult hero amongst her coworkers after she stands up to one of the city’s heroes, and follows her as she begins to learn that being a hero and having superpowers aren’t always the same thing. It was created by Ben Queen (A to Z) and will be executive produced by Michael Patrick Jann.
Similar to Marvel’s Damage Control, which is currently stuck in development limbo, the series looks to offer a different perspective on the superhero world from the eyes of the people who have grown accustomed to living with superheroes flying around them all the time, and simultaneously, dealing with the messes they make while fighting supervillains. The premise offers an ample amount of humor for the series to mine from, and with a number of cast members boasting impressive resumes both on television and on the big screen, Powerless will likely be one of the most notable new series premiering in the first quarter of next year. Whether or not it’s able to make an impact like some of DC’s other successful shows have, however, will have to wait to be seen.
Powerless will premiere on NBC on Thursday, February 2nd @ 8:30pm ET/PT.