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NBC Picks Up Four Comedy Pilots Including Marlon Wayans & DC Comics Projects

NBC isn’t easing into pilot season. The network has given four formal pilot orders to comedy projects, Variety has learned.

Among the comedies is a Tracey Wigfield pilot from the “30 Rock” and “Mindy Project” alum with Tina Fey producing, plus another inspired by Marlon Wayans’ life.

“Untitled Tracey Wigfield Project” is about an inseparable mother/daughter relationship that becomes more complicated when the mom accepts an internship at her daughter’s workplace. The single-camera comedy hails from Wigfield who penned the pilot and will serve as exec producer, alongside Tina Fey, Robert Carlock and David Miner. Universal Television will produce with 3Arts and Little Stranger Prods.

“Marlon” is loosely inspired by Marlon Wayans’ life. The multi-camera comedy revolves around an inappropriate, but loving father, played by Wayans, who is committed to successfully co-parenting with his polar opposite ex-wife. In addition to starring, Wayans will serve as a producer. Rick Alvarez and Michael Rotenberg will exec produce, along with Chris Moynihan who is the writer. This pilot also hails from Universal TV and 3Arts, in addition to Wayans Brothers Entertainment.

NBC has also ordered a pilot for the “Untitled Matt Hubbard Project,” which is loosely based on the titular comedy writer/producer’s life. The show is about a guy learning to manage the expectations and strong cultural traditions of his in-laws after he moves his family to his wife’s hometown. Universal TV and 3Arts will produce the single-camera laffer with Hubbard (“Parks and Recreation,” “30 Rock”) writing and exec producing with Mike Schur and Miner.

Powerless,” the DC Comics workplace comedy, has also landed a formal pilot order, after being picked up with a pilot production commitment last year. Set in the DC Comics universe full of superheroes, villains and people just like us, the single-camera series is an office comedy about the exceedingly average employees at an insurance company and their quest to find their own power. Based on characters from DC, Ben Queen is writer and exec producer, along with Michael Patrick Jann who is also director of the pilot.

For detailed information on all of this year’s pilots, see Variety’s Pilot Scorecard.

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