Alas … it just wasn’t meant to be. Entertainment Weekly magazine is reporting that NBC has decided to pass on the new Wonder Woman TV series and NOT air it this coming Fall season. From the start, it seemed like the David E. Kelley reboot of Wonder Woman was doomed from the beginning but after some wrangling and last minute deal making, NBC decided to take a chance and produce a pilot for the show. In the end, it turns out that NBC decided the show just wasn’t good enough to air … and so, Wonder Woman will not be making her return to TV after all.
EW has learned that NBC passed on the much buzzed-about Wonder Woman pilot from David E. Kelley and Warner Bros. TV. Kelley had penned a script that updated the comic book classic to have Diana Prince as CEO of a major conglomerate by day and a butt-kicking Amazon (with a fleet of cool planes) by night. Kelley’s take asked for lots of heart-thumping, contemporary music, and at one point the Boston Legal writer even requested a commercial-free premiere for the pilot if it aired. Why did the ‘ol girl fail to pass muster? NBC isn’t saying for now but scuttlebutt reveals the pilot earned mixed reviews at test screenings. And then there was all the online blow back about the costume – which seemed to de-emphasize the patriotism and play up the comic’s Greek mythology. Ultimately, the wardrobe department went back to the drawing board but that didn’t seem to save the project. Big bummer for Adrianne Palicki — a budding star from Friday Night Lights who deserved a leading role on the fall lineup. Maybe she can fill the void left by Minka Kelly on Parenthood and be the hot gal who keeps messing with Crosby’s mind. Or…Warner Bros. TV may try to shop the pilot elsewhere. But who would take a gamble on a pilot that NBC rejected?
In the end, this is prolly for the best. I was SO worried from the very start that any new version of Wonder Woman would do a disservice to the original series that starred Lynda Carter in the late 70′s/early 80′s. Wonder Woman is a classic and iconic superhero and she has to be treated well. At almost every juncture, there was worrisome news coming out about this new project … from the terrible script to the atrocious first costume. In the end, it sounds like David E. Kelley‘s changes did not work for the character and NBC made the wise decision to kill the project. I have to say, tho, I’m terribly curious about the pilot. I’d love to see how it turned out … just because I love Wonder Woman so much. But, yeah, I can’t be too sad this project is dead. Unless and until someone can do justice to the Wonder Woman character, I’d rather the character just be left alone.