"Marvel's Damage Control" in Development as Comedy Series at ABC

Marvel Television is looking beyond one-hour action dramas: The Hollywood Reporter says ABC has ordered a pilot script for a half-hour comedy series based on "Damage Control". Ben Karlin, a longtime writer for "The Daily Show," "The Colbert Report" and "Modern Family," is developing the series for the network.

Damage Control was introduced to Marvel Comics in 1988, co-created by the late Dwayne McDuffie and longtime comics veteran Ernie Colón. The concept in both the comics and the prospective TV series involves a construction company that cleans up the collateral damage caused by superhero-related incidents. There have been four "Damage Control" miniseries in Marvel history, with the most recent published in 2008.

This marks a further expansion of the ongoing relationship between ABC and Marvel Television, both of which are owned by Disney. The third season of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." debuted earlier this week, and "Marvel's Agent Carter" returns for its second season in early 2016. An "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." spinoff titled "Marvel's Most Wanted," starring the characters of Mockingbird and Lance Hunter, is in development; as is a mystery project helmed by John Ridley, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of "12 Years a Slave."

Marvel's longtime rival, DC Entertainment, has its own comedy series in development at NBC, an office comedy titled "Powerless."

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