Call her invincible! After a long battle, Wonder Woman will finally be making her way to TV screens: Deadline.com reports that NBC has picked up David E. Kelley's pilot about the Amazing amazon.
As Marquee previously reported, the project had been turned down by several networks earlier in the month, but Kelley remained optimistic.
"The bottom line is, I had a lot of fun writing it, and we're still optimistic that we're gonna do it," he said at the time. "I think everybody's confident that we're gonna see it."
Indeed, NBC has now given the show the go-ahead, and the plot will revolve around Diana Prince and her life in L.A. as vigilante crime fighter Wonder Woman.
"I like to think of it as a smart script and I know [new NBC programming chief Bob Greenblatt] responds to smart material," Kelley told the Hollywood Reporter, adding that his Wonder Woman is a "real complex woman and not just a superhero."
The pilot has been already made and bought by NBC. I;ve already seen a photo of the actress and is none of the ones mentioned. For the show to succed they need a good time slot and not make it campy but close to the writings of DC Comics.
Anything David Kelley writes..I'll watch. To name just a few... Harrys' Law... Ally McBeal...Boston Law....he's a great writerand has a great track writer. This show shouldn't be boring with a writer like him!
Chas Bono or Rosie O would be obvious choices
IN MY OPINION BUFFY AND XENA ARE THE BEST WOMEN SUPERHERO'S OUT THERE!!! ( ALSO ,LE FEMME NIKITA,) iF THE SCREEN WRITERS CANT BE AS CLEVER WITH THE STORY WRITING AS THOSE OTHER TV SHOWS, THEN DONT BOTHER. ALSO, I DO NOT THINK IT SHOULD HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH WWii BECAUSE THAT WILL BE AN ULTIMATE DOWNFALL. I ALSO THINK THEY SHOULD HAVE A SURVEY AND LET THE VIEWERS DECIDE WHO SHOULD PLAY WONDER WOMAN!!! IT IS SOO HARD FOR WOMEN TO GET GOOD ROLES LET ALONE A GOOD SUPERHERO ROLE, AND WONDER WOMAN IS TOO IMPORTANT FOR THE STUDIOS TO MESS. LET THE VIEWERS HELP!!
Why can't Wonder Woman be just that? Why ca'nt she keep her iconic suit and origins. NBC needs to stop following the trend of remaking and destroying old ideas, and maybe concentrate on giving Wonder Woman fans the amazon we already love? They are ruining the charactor!
Kelly, honey, you're three days late on your comments.
I love this idea NBC. Go proof all wrong
I agree with Sarah Lancaster. She looks the parts and she would be able to pull it off. Of course that would mean the end of Chuck for her, but I think Chuck is on his way out anyhow.
Nadia Bjorlin would make an AMAZING Wonder Woman!!! I hope they stay true to the look of the comic.
hey dog. hey. i think it shoul be those olsen girls too. they have incredible talent. plus it would be nice to have a representative of our generation out there fighting crime and stopping criminals. there are plenty of shows today targeting an older 1970s audience like 60 minutes and the news and soapoperas. we need something for todays youth. we are the future of tomorrow.
This is awesome! So glad NBC is picking it up. Can't believe the number of negative comments though. Very disappointing to see a lack of enthusiasm and respect for one of DC's greatest heros.
it has to be mary, kate, and ashley olsen. those 3 olsen twins are incredible. they could do their own stunts and everything. if one got hurt or sick there would be 2 more to take her place. plus these 3 girls would appeal to the teen audience which is most likely the targeted demographic. these girls are tough intesesting thought provoking and great actresses.
lmao, THREE olsen twins?
Shaking my head with these ridiculous choices to play Wonder Woman. Jennifer Love Hewitt and Kim Kardashian?! Give me a break.
Why don't we sit back and let the casting agents do their jobs.
awh hell nawww.
yeah yeah yeah wonder woman whatever...
I just totally knocked the bottom out of Snooki again. That orange broad is tight
If they want to be on the Superheroes bandwagon they should have revamped a perfectly good series they had.....Heroes. It may have had a bad last season, but there was tons of room for improvement.
I'll watch it!! i think the actress from two and a half men would be perfect in the lead role.....
I think Christina Hendricks would be great, if she'd do it.
What about Katee Sackhoff? (Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica...)
I'm not really into this Wonder Woman idea, but I would watch ANYTHING with Katee Sackhoff in it. She's fantastic. I think it would have to be a really good script to get her, though.
You got from the opening scene to the first commercial to win me over on this one. Sounds dumb.
May I please enter the name Erica Durance for consideration? I think she is of the right physical stature, and has a good sense of humor, as shown in her prtrayal of Lois Lane in Smallville.
That would be hilarious!
It's television. The word "smart" doesn't have anything to do with it.
There's lots of smart TV now (and recently) although David E Kelley is a red flag.
But what about Mad Men, Battlestar Galactica, The Wire, The Shield, Friday Night Lights...
Terriers, Firefly, The West Wing, Buffy, Six Feet Under, Deadwood...
Firefly was great, though canceled early...Battlestar was decent, West Wing was great (at first)
Mad Men, The Wire, The Shield, Friday Night Lights, Buffy....I can do without ANY of these...
To all the naysayers, I'm a little curious as to what the impetus is to blast this show before it even gets going. Has our TV pallete become so unresponsive with tripe like the Jersey Shore blowing up the ratings that a program like this can't even get a chance? Certainly there are obstacles to face when putting on such a show. Making a show based in a fantasy world of superheroes believable and accessible has always been the challenge of such programs. Heroes did it right in its first season. The Cape... I'm still not sure about. The tone just seems a bit off for me on it. But I'll keep watching it because at the very least, it's not the Jersey Shore.
The challenge of the show is to make it accessible to both your die hard geeks and still break into your mainstream audience which, judging from the tone of most of these comments, isn't going to be easy. But I find all this pre-show denouncement pretty much a waste of time. The show may work, it may not. We'll just have to see.
Wow, what a horrible idea. Joss Whedon turned down the idea and even he was interested originally.
The concept of Wonder Woman was made during or shortly after WW2 and was magnified by the ERA movements. In short, nobody will watch it since there is no real story to portray. What...she's some sort of Amazon woman fighting for the American way of life with her stars-n-stripes outfit? Granted, Linda Carter looked quite yummy in that tacky getup but still...nobody will watch it. She's an outdated story and quite frankly, so are most of these other superhero movies. I mean really...Green Lantern? He was the guy who went to get the real superheros coffee back in the late 70's / early 80's on the superfriends hour saturday mornings.
The story would probably sell better on the Womans Psycho Network...I mean Lifetime
You have no idea what you're talking about, do you? Have you actually ever read any DC Comics?
No idea what Im talking about eh? Apparently you only know what you read in comic books
Hopefully they will do a better job with the script than what was done with the Bionic Woman. Otherwise it will meet the same fate.
The show has potential. It is on the wrong network to be a campy farce, so that's probably out (which may be a good thing). As with everything on television, it is all about the writing. If they can bring this iconic strong female lead to life(btw complicated doesn't have to mean timid, weak, and self doubting) in a manner that is interesting, then it is worth watching. What will be more interesting is how the cast of characters surrounding her are developed. Consider Smallville. Who the heck is "Chloe" in the comics? No one, but she became one of the more compelling characters.
Shows like Buffy, Xena, and their various spinoffs did well despite their campy and because of their strong characters. Wonder Woman can work – it's all about the execution.
Susan Boyle will play the part, she'll reel everyone in...
If people can watch that stupid tv show "Heroes" the least they can do is give THIS show a chance. It certainly can't be worse.
I find this to be very disturbing. "Indeed, NBC has now given the show the go-ahead, and the plot will revolve around Diana Prince and her life in L.A. as vigilante crime fighter Wonder Woman."
First of all Wonder Woman does not live in LA, she lives in Washington DC. Second, she is not a vigilante crime fighter, she is superhero who works with the authorities.
I also find the comment by David E. Kelley to be equally disturbing "real complex woman and not just a superhero." No she isn't. Wonder Woman is a pretty basic superhero and icon and that's the point.
David E. Kelley is a very talented television creator and producer but this is the man who gave us Ally McBeal. Combined with the above I fear the worst. Oh well, worse things have happened.
Best comment I've read so far! Thank you for knowing what your talking about.
Gina Carano as WW ? Good possibility but "set in LA" thing ? Horrible !
What brain-dead idiot came up with that idea ?
The show should be set in WWII and move along with the decades from season to season (like Mad Men)... or if it's set in modern day, then in Gateway City like in the comics with potential guest heroes...
Superman, Batman, Flash, etc....(or Booster Gold, Blue Beetle).
Perhaps you could make her insecure, or neurotic. Give her intrusive, meddling parents. Oh I so hope for complicated plots surrounding her self-questioning decisions about her personal life. Then it could be like the other 90% of crap that is on right now.
Hmmm, let's see.... oh, wait, don't tell me - SNOOKI will be playing Wonder Woman!
Before Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter was an unknown so I think that casting ought to stick with that. The only one that comes to mind for me might be Gina Carano. She isn't well known because she doesn't have the diva/publicity gene that seems present in all of today's starlets.
Well, at least we know that non-acting, weave-wearing hack Beyonce won't be portraying her as rumored. She thinks she's too big for television.
To be honest, I'm sick and tired of getting into a TV show only to find it cancelled with no ending to the series in mid plot. It's almost to the point where it's getting useless for me to get into shows I like only to see them end with no warning.
Try getting a real life that YOU CAN continue .....
I'm not your under women , which
could continue to hold the pain
of love, my heart is not the
heart, which is created from
iron and steel, my heart can be
crushed and destroyed
Podo ngomongne opo seh.. Pada ribet semua
I will be in love for ever with Lynda Carter..
I'd really like to know why CW didn't pick this up. Come on people, Wonder Woman is a DC Comics character, DC Comics is owned by Warner Bros., Warner Bros and CBS are the same company in the form of CW. So why is Warner Bros and CBS not carrying their own character? Besides, with Smallville ending this season it seems like Wonder Woman would be the perfect replacement. Plus I think everyone here is agreeing on the same thing, NBC is going to drive this show into the ground. They keep trying to remake old TV shows and kill them off in less than a season. This easily needs to go to CW or SyFy. Oh wait, isn't SyFy now owned by NBC? Well, crap!!!
DC & WB know that Kelley is ruining their charactor.
With all the successful Superman iterations (including Lois & Clark and Smallville), I'm surprised people are against remaking Wonder Woman. Potential fans? Anyone who watches Smallville or watched Xena, for starters. I think NBC is making a great move going back to the comic book classics! As long as they've got decent writers, I'll be watching!
Wonder Woman has been away too long to bring her back as something new. She should have her suit, powers, and origins in tact. You can revamp Superman and Batman, because they have already been done to death. I have yet to talk to a Wonder Woman fan of any age, who thinks any of the changes they plan on making are good ones.
NBC = Nothing But Catastrophe
While I would like to say I think this will be a great opportunity for NBC to boost ratings, I can't actually say that. Kelley is talented but my gut tells me that this will not be received well. And I don't think the casting of some eye-candy to play Wonder Woman will help. The issues already plaguing the (supposed) upcoming movie are witness to that. Just about every hollywood hottie under the age of 40 (and a couple over 40) has been rumored to be offered the lead role of the Amazing Amazon. Superhero stories only succeed when there is an actual story to be told. When there is a connection that forms between the superhero and the audience. Without this the genre inevitably fails. In closing, let me make a request of whoever will be casting this NBC effort: I beg of you do not even for a second consider Kim Kardashian. Or Jennifer Love Hewitt. If this were fifteen years ago, then Catherine Zeta-Jones or Lucy Lawless would have been genius. Both are now too old for the part. Wonder Woman is a woman in her late twenties, early thirties at the oldest.
Wonder Woman is actually supposed to be thousands of years old (depending on which storyline's being used here), but has the appearance of someone in her 20s.
The marketing is going to suck, and it will get canceled. Seriously, the marketing for every new show NBC does these days is so dry and predictable. While their programming is either hit or miss with the viewers, they need to not leave their horrible signature on their marketing techniques..and even the newer shows themselves on NBC are really stained with typical NBC crap.
what's with the evil, mean lookin' cartoon?
thought this was goin' with real peoples
definitely headed south, NBC trying for 6th place in the ratings?!
DC revamped her wardrobe last year. She wears a short jacket and tights.
Eh. This needs to be set in the 1940's rather than modern-day L.A. Wonder Woman belongs fighting Nazis, not running around Hollywood.
ITS ABOUT X
I heard Jennifer Love-Hewlett will get the role. She's got the "biguns", so it will probably reel in the guys! LOL!
Jennifer Love Hewitt is too short to play Wonder Woman, you need someone 5 feet 8 or taller for the right look. This will be a hard cast, you need someone with acting talent who is also tall and athletic. Shows how one of kind Lynda Carter was.
wow.at least...some one .is making Money .off..my childhood menorys .....what happen too all the good writers...wow.I.guess they are all Dead ..like wonder woman,.sad but true:(
Gotta go with Lucy Lu.
I just hope she gets tied up alot..
i will watch it whoever they cast. i bet it will be a fun show. with all the bad things going on in the world it will be great to have a fun happy show to take our minds off things. why dont they cast a nice latina woman.
i think wonder woman is gonna love me – look at my great moniker.
How about little Kimmi Kardashian as WW. She is statuesque like Lynda Carter.
Ummmmm... cause little Kimmi K is a wh0re, and Wonder Woman is a noble honest and moral superhero that little girls can look up to.
That's just one reason. I've got a ton more if you really need them.
Yeah, maybe they'd rather go with someone who can ACT...
Nadja Bjorlin would make a great WW - she looks the part.
Two words for who should be cast as Wonder Woman : Christina Hendricks
too short. Amazonians should be super tall.
I've read comics for years, and wonderwoman is sort of meh to me and kind of dated. If someone can squeeze some life into this project it'll be a miracle.
The 1970's show with Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman is one of my favorite tv shows of all time, so I'm tickled pink that Wonder Woman is coming back to television. It just shows to go you that you can't keep a good woman down.
I heard they were making a movie with Megan Fox in the lead role. Well, maybe she'll turn her nose up at the thought of doing a TV series and they'll be forced to get someone good to play the part.
The Megan Fox casting rumor was just that, a rumor. They never got to the casting stage with the potential Wonder Woman Film. Joss Whedon was attached to write and direct for a while but that fell through and they never really got it going again. Now Joss is doing the Avengers film and they decided that Wonder Woman would play better as a TV series a la Smallville. I'm surprised they didn't put it on the CW.
I think they need to cast someone of color to play wonder woman. And then make all the villians evil white people. And then have wonder woman stop an all white riot in los angeles.
Yeah, cause white people are the ones who riot and destroy their neighborhoods.
You're right Evel. They're too busy being Pedophiles. Sure wish Wonder Woman could fix that...
I like the woman of color idea too. Not for the same reasons, I think, but I've always imagined a Beyonce-esque Wonder Woman. Or maybe someone of indigenous American descent.
They are ready did. Lynda Carter is actually half Mexican. Race isn't a big deal for the male superheros. I can actually see an African-American play batman. Sadly people care so much what women look like. It is stuck in the minds of most Americans that WW has light skin and dark hair.
Wonder Woman is of Greek decent.
Seriously, they didn't learn from Bionic Woman a couple years back?
NBC just couldn't stop at The Cape huh? I still can't believe they dropped Heroes for this dumb programming....
Heroes??? That show sucked. Most of today's TV programming sucks. Lost? Survivor? Dancing with the Stars???
Reality TV is garbage. Why not give this a shot, would be at least a breath of fresh air from the reality garbage. Lynda Carter made the last Wonder Woman watchable, Kelley is a decent writer if the casting is done properly the show might ahve a shot. Megan Fox would be a fail, Wonder Woman did not have tatoo's. Amazonians believed the body was a temple so body art and piercings would not work. Of course they can hide most of that with today's gimmciktry. Elisha Dushku, Jennifer Love-Hewitt are decent choices. Fans of this would be most of those who watched smallville, lois and clark, read DC comics depending on the casting young teenage boys. Thi could become a "must" see when compared to what else is on.
@TWM – I wouldn't say that the tattoos are what puts Megan Fox out of the running. Its the inability to act her way out of a paper bag. Oh, she's super hot, don't get me wrong, I just don't think she can hold up an entire series. Plus, if you want to get technical on Amazonians, the real ones cut off a boob so they could shoot better – should we do that for the tv show? Historically speaking, its no different than the tattoo issue.
Seems those above that think it is a bad idea are mostly against the woman- with the success of most of the super hero movies and show why not Wonder Woman was a fairly decent hit in the 70s and DC has had some good luck with recent comic to small screen shows ( Human Target ) not to mention the Superman and Batman movies
Seriously, the show was awful back then – one dimensional characters, poor stories, corny and predictable. Maybe a rehash will be better with a darker modern approach.
They didn't change everything about those charactors that make them what they are. They are taking away all that make Diana Wonder Woman.
The setting of the show in LA is the first nail in the coffin. The casting of Wonder Woman will be the final one. To use a common Southern saying...I can guaran-damm-tee you they will cast someone completely wrong for the part.
It's David E. Kelley folks – they guy who brought us Boston Legal, Ally McBeal, LA Law, and Picket Fences – it SHOULD be pretty good.
It'll be Ally McBeal with tights. Suckfest!!!
Wow. I just don't know what to say to a person that thought all those shows were great. Really? LA Law? Picket Fences? NOT Wonder Woman's style.
name one of thos shows that makesn you think he's qualified to write a good superhero show........I'm waiting.
Boston Legal is occasionally amusing. The rest of that list is good enough for me to order a PASS....
Wouldn't it be cool if they got some 300lb behemoth to play wonder woman? Well, I am not going to watch this stupid show but I still think it would be cool to have a 300lb wonder woman......but I still wouldn't watch it.
The invisible plane would never get off the ground.
As long as Megan Fox doesn't play her.
Suggestions for the person to play her
All of those are the most TERRIBLE choices to play wonder woman i have ever heard of. maybe you should read a comic book.
Jessica Alba would be my choice! Angelina Jolie would also be high on my list.
While I adore the characters that Eliza & Jessica play, they're too young & skinny to play the Amazon that is Wonder Woman. But someone of the stature of Lucy would be perfect – and cheaper (wouldn't have to put a shorter actress on a crate to make her appear taller than the men around her). Picking Lucy wouldn't be a bad idea, but I'm not sure how the American publc would take to an Aussie playing an American icon.
Good luck! It's unlikely any of those people would play on a network television show of doubtful quality.
Tsianina Joelson!!! I used to love her on XENA and she would be an awesome choice. However I think Dukshu will get it. She has the name. I have some hope for this. Hopefully they will make it modern and fresh and will include alot of the characters for the DC universe.
I think Sarah Lancaster, from the show Chuck would be awesome for this role.
A talented unknown would be best. There isn't an actress working at thwe moment that fits what Wonder Woman should be.
So glad that I was around when Lynda Carter played her in the '70's, that was the role she was born to play. Even with the most outlandish plots, she still made the show worth watching. The new version will need to ensure that its lead is just as appealing.
I agree also
The original DC comics verion Wonder Woman, aka Diana Prince, had an apartment in Greenwich Village and was a resident of NYC.
What's she doing in LA in that pilot? That's the wrong coast for a new series– totally.
Greenwich Village ? What decade are you referring to ? LOL Get your facts straight, big-mouth
Who is coming up with the programming over there? This is not a great idea. My 12 year old niece has better ideas for shows than this.
If that's the case, maybe your 12 year old should've sent in some ideas.
Seriously? NBC is this desperate? The show wont last half a season. Sorry, but it's true.
The core demographic will be 18-45 and let's be honest, they're not gonna watch a show about some woman with powers, especially on a non cable show where there wont be much skin. Good Luck to NBC though, it would seem their streak of being number 4 is bound to continue. Gin Gin.
After how hard the Bionic Woman bombed one can only wonder what they are thinking? oh wait its NBC.
It MIGHT work on a Friday night. If the woman playing Wonder Woman is super hot. Which I'm sure she will be. Unfortunately, I'm also sure that she won't be a good actress...
If Smallville can make it to 10 seasons, so can this show.
I wish it the best of luck. Finally Wonder Woman gets the live action treatment in what seems like forever.
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