The show is scheduled for midseason, so who knows when and if it will air. Official website link is www.nbc.com/the-cape/ (same link as for the preview trailer).
THE CAPE' - "The Cape" is a one-hour drama series starring David Lyons ("ER") as Vince Faraday, an honest cop on a corrupt police force, who finds himself framed for a series of murders and presumed dead. He is forced into hiding, leaving behind his wife, Dana (Jennifer Ferrin, "Life on Mars") and son, Trip (Ryan Wynott, "Flash Forward"). Fueled by a desire to reunite with his family and to battle the criminal forces that have overtaken Palm City, Faraday becomes "The Cape" his son's favorite comic book superhero -- and takes the law into his own hands. Rounding out the cast are James Frain ("The Tudors") as billionaire Peter Fleming -- The Cape's nemesis -- who moonlights as the twisted killer: Chess; Keith David ("Death at a Funeral") as Max Malini, the ringleader of a circus gang of bank robbers who mentors Vince Faraday and trains him to be The Cape, Summer Glau ("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles") as Orwell, an investigative blogger who wages war on crime and corruption in Palm City; and Dorian Missick ("Six Degrees") as Marty Voyt, a former police detective and friend to Faraday. "The Cape" is a Universal Media Studios and BermanBraun production from executive producer/creator Thomas Wheeler ("Empire"), executive producer/director Simon West ("Con Air"), the executive producing team of Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun (NBC's "Mercy), and executive producer Gene Stein ("Accidentally on Purpose").
David Lyons' main TV credits are ER (27 episodes) and as a supporting regular in the Aussie series Sea Patrol (the first season is available on Hulu).
Here's a review of a leaked pilot script from back in February. There are some mild spoilers. Also, the script may have been revised since that particular draft was leaked.
Thoughts on the preview trailer: The little person's retort after hitting the bad guy is an instant classic. And, they adapt the Knight Rider thematic quote. (If only The Cape's cape talked back.) Those two lines sealed the deal. I'm at least giving the pilot episode a chance.
In some ways, this feels a bit like Journeyman: both have dads as the protagonist/hero, both are married and have a young boy, both lead heroes are from outside the U.S. (Kevin McKidd is Scottish and David Lyons is an Aussiem and they could probably play brothers, yes?), and both series are NBC shows. So, yeah, I fear for a limited one season run with no DVD release.
Also, there better be an early episode where the publisher of The Cape graphic novels get an attorney to deliver at least a cease-and-desist letter to "The Cape" for trademark infringement.
(Given all the action scenes in the preview, 'Sci-Fi and Action Adventures' seemed like the best fit)