Sunday, January 23, 2011

Wonder Woman TV Series on NBC?

A while back we reported that there was a new WW TV series from David E. Kelley in the works.

Well according to Entertainment Weekly the series may have found a new home at NBC.


'Wonder Woman' project finds a home at NBC
by Lynette Rice

The ol’ girl may fly this fall after all: NBC has picked up the Wonder Woman pilot from David E. Kelley. Ironically, NBC was the final network to pass on bringing back the superhero over a week ago, but that was before the new regime was officially in place in light of the impending Comcast takeover. Robert Greenblatt is now spearheading primetime as chairman. (On Thursday, head of programming Angela Bromstad announced she was leaving).

The pilot’s cost may not be a concern to Greenblatt, the wunderkind who revitalized Showtime with critical faves like Dexter and Weeds. One factor that seemed to have sunk the Wonder Woman project the first time around was the price of rebooting the series, with the studio requiring a rich license fee to bring the iconic character back to life. But then, NBC has been down this road before: It rebooted Bionic Woman. Kelley’s take incorporated the superhero’s signature lasso, cuffs, and plane in the script, and insiders said it was a serious, non-campy take on the DC Comics character. For years, various writers and producers (including Joss Whedon) have tried to bring back Wonder Woman, but the character has proved difficult to resurrect.

Kelley is already executive producing Harry’s Law for NBC, the new drama starring Kathy Bates. The pilot, like all the others ordered by NBC during the current development season, will have to pass the final smell test this spring before its ordered to series in May.


Hopefully we will get to see this soon.

I have faith in DEK as a writer, but watching his shows you realize he has great ideas for 2-3 seasons and then his shows start to fall apart.

3 comments:

  1. about damned time - now if they caste Daniella van Graas they'll be onto something!

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  2. My biggest concern is that if it 'fails' the failure will be blamed on the lack of viability in a female superhero/female superhero fanbase, and not the poor quality of the product (which is ironically going to be made by at least 99% males.)

    It will either be a huge leap forward or a huge setback. I shall keep my fingers crossed.

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  3. Well if anyone can do it it is David E. Kelley, he has quite a bit of cred with the networks. Plus he has a couple of Emmies so that is in his favor to get it done.

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