NBC Chooses NOT To Air The New Wonder Woman Series

Dunzo Before It Began

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.

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  1. Duckie

    Great news! Leave Wonder Woman alone! No one can compete with the original WW!

  2. ausettofegypt

    thank goodness, this had bad idea written all over it

  3. AWESOME! Hey, at least the lead girl got a lot of publicity and I am sure more will come for her soon.

  4. sarahhh

    ultimately i think it was a wise decision. but a little part of me still wants to see the pilot.. just to see what could of been.

  5. Wanda Denise

    Wonder Woman was best played by Actress/singer Lynda Carter! There’s no one that can ever fill her shoes or that costume for that matter! Just leave the Wonder Woman character alone! She was perfect back in the day, why mess with perfection?

  6. Meghan

    Sounded like a terrible idea anyway. Probably best it didn’t see the light of day!

  7. Hudson Morrigan

    Nooooo :( I so wanted to at least see the pilot :(
    Now it’s 99% certain that WW won’t get her own movie :(

  8. I THINK IS STILL A BIG ISSUE TO FIND SOMEONE WHO CAN PLAY WONDER WOMAN AFTER SUCH AN AMAZIN AND ICONIC IMPACT THAT “LYNDA CARTER” DID WITH HIS PORTRAIT OF THIS SUPER HEROE FOR 3 SEASONS.

    NOT EVEN THE BEAUTY OR THE HART THAT SHE GIVE TO THE CHARACTER.

    WE ALL LOVE LYNADA CARTER AS “WONDER WOMAN”
    OCTAVIO.

  9. I THINK IS STILL A BIG ISSUE TO FIND SOMEONE WHO CAN PLAY WONDER WOMAN AFTER SUCH AN AMAZIN AND ICONIC IMPACT THAT “LYNDA CARTER” DID WITH HIS PORTRAIT OF THIS SUPER HEROE FOR 3 SEASONS.

    NOT EVEN THE BEAUTY OR THE HART THAT SHE GIVE TO THE CHARACTER.

    WE ALL LOVE LYNADA CARTER AS “WONDER WOMAN”
    OCTAVIO.

  10. Liz

    Thank you God. Let’s just leave it be. Nobody will ever beat Lynda Carter. EVER.

  11. Frank

    I grew up watching Wonder Woman I rented the three seasons for my 6 year old boy it’s funny I was in love with her and my son is crazy about her know.

  12. Sandro

    I just saw the pilot. I enjoyed it very much. It has alot of potential. I grew up with Lynda Carter as WW as well. But you know what, there’s been other Batman, other Superman. The character of Wonder Woman should not be left buried. In this version, I think the costume could be a bit darker, not so shinny. Anyways I was left for more.

  13. lynda carter cant be touched ,nor can any thing that has to do with wonder woman…if it isnt broken….DONT FIX IT

  14. William

    A new Wonder Woman is long overdue. However, I just watched the pilot, and I’m glad it did not make it to the tv screen. It’s poorly written and ‘updated’ version of Wonder Woman just doesn’t work. As beautiful as Adrianne Palicki, I still think it was the wrong decision to cast her as Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman needs to be more charismatic and strong without losing her femininity and sex appeal. Palicki portrayed a juvenile version of Wonder Woman, which I though was really disappointing.

    I have to agree with many other Wonder Woman fans, Bridget Reagan would have made a much better Wonder Woman.

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