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NBC Begins to Give Out Pilot Orders: Wayans, DC, and Hubbard

Pilot season has officially begun, with NBC giving three pilot orders to three comedies, entitled Marlon, Powerless, and an untitled Matt Hubbard project.

Marlon Wayans, best known for comedy films such as Scary Movie and White Chicks, and more recently the host of the NBC variety competition series I Can Do That, returns to primetime comedy with Marlon. The multicam series, loosely based on the comedian's life, focuses on an inappropriate, but loving father who attempts to co-parent his kids with his polar opposite ex-wife. Chris Moynihan (Man Up!) is showrunner and executive producer on the project.

Powerless is a singlecam comedy show similar to The Office, but with superheroes in the DC Universe. The show is a workplace comedy set in one of the worst insurance companies in America, featuring normal, powerless people forced to work in a universe with heroes and villains with great powers and fame. The show's creator is Ben Queen, who also created the well-received, but poorly-viewed A to Z for NBC. Considering the popularity of DC Comics, it's likely this show, if it is indeed ordered to series, will likely last much longer than Queen's previous series.

The untitled project from Matt Hubbard, a co-executive producer of 30 Rock, and Mike Schur, the creator of Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, focuses on Andrew and Josie, a happily married interracial couple whose lives are turned upside down when the couple moves to Missouri, close to Josie's family.

These three pilot orders follow NBC's massive push for comedy, including the straight-to-series The Good Place, created by Michael Schur, and the already picked up project from 30 Rock writer Tracey Wigfield, which is also executive produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock (30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt).