Thank you, Dr. Horrible! NBC working on supervillain-centric series

Hoping to mix up its schedule with a little comic edge, NBC is looking to the world of supervillains for a new series that just entered development. Could a henchman for a hire be the next small screen antihero?

Dubbed Hench, the new TV series is based on a comic created by Adam Beechen and Manny Bello. The story follows a down-on-his-luck average joe who starts doing temp work for supervillains to make ends meet.

It's an interesting premise for a series, and the comic is a quirky good time. If done right, this could be the perfect marriage of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog and Better Off Ted. Now, that's something I'd watch.

The series is being written by Alexandra Cunningham, whose previous TV credits include Prime Suspect, Fastlane and Desperate Housewives.

Believe it or not, this isn't the first attempt to bring this fairly obscure comic to life. A film version, starring comedian Danny McBride (Eastbound and Down, Your Highness) was mounted in 2009, but never actually made it out of development.

The premise seems pretty well suited for either medium, though I've got to say—it's nice to see something this unique actually coming to network TV.

What do you think? Would you tune in for a Hench series?

(Via Deadline)

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