ABC is expanding its already vast superhero programming to include a sitcom called Damage Control. The network has ordered a script for the half-hour comedy series from Marvel, after collaborating with the company on several superhero dramas, including current shows Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter.
Based on the Dwayne McDuffie and Ernie Colón comic of the same name, which debuted in 1989, the project centers on an overworked and underpaid cleanup crew in this particular comics universe. The team specializes in dealing with the aftermath of superhero conflicts. According to the description, their range of duties might include “returning lost ray guns to their rightful owners, rescheduling a wedding venue after it has been vaporized in a battle, or even tracking down a missing prize African parrot that’s been turned to stone or goo.” The show celebrates these behind-the-scenes characters, who sometimes prove themselves to be the most important heroes of all.
The group actually played an important role in the events of the 2006-2007 Civil War crossover, although they are not a presence in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War, which is loosely based on that arc.
Damage Control was developed by Ben Karlin, best known for such popular and diverse comedy series as The Daily Show and Modern Family. Karlin will also executive produce, alongside David Miner (Brooklyn Nine-Nine; Parks and Recreation) and Marvel’s head of television, Jeph Loeb.
A similarly-themed DC comedy series is in the works at rival network NBC, titled Powerless, which is being likened to The Office.