NBC Plans Super Villain Themed Drama

Screenwriter Alexandra Cunningham brings "Hench" to the Peacock Network.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

After the demise of "Heroes," NBC made another stab at the comic book superhero genre with "The Cape;" which ran for a single season last year. For its next attempt, NBC is jumping to the wrong side of the law.

Deadline is reporting that Universal TV and Film 44 have signed a deal to develop "Hench" for NBC. The premise for "Hench" centers upon an ordinary man who supports his family by doing temp jobs for various super villains. And if it's following the classic comic book traditions, that means heists, bank robberies and villainy on a grand scale. Of course, that also implies that superheroes will be around as well.

"Hench" was created by playwright and screenwriter, Alexandra Cunningham; who most recently wrote and produced the U.S. incarnation of "Prime Suspect" for NBC. Cunningham has also written for HBO's "Rome," "Fastlane," "NYPD Blue" and "Pasadena." She also has the distinction of having penned more episodes of "Desperate Housewives" than any other writer except series creator, Marc Cherry.

Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey will executive produce "Hench" alongside Cunningham. The potential "Hench" TV series is expected to be in contention for the Fall 2013 season.

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