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Wonder Woman Gets Scrapped By NBC

Posted May 13, 2011 - By Joseph Baxter

Wonder Woman Costume Gets Tweaked

It seems that the new Wonder Woman has been left dangling at the end of her own golden lasso. NBC has essentially axed the much-discussed David E. Kelley-created TV reboot.

It's an unfortunate hit to the TV career of the gorgeous Adrianne Palicki, as just under a year after the sinking of the critical favorite from last fall, Lone Star, she will once again see a potential star-making opportunity twirl-away in a flash of light.

Apparently, test screenings of the show's pilot, which would have had Wonder Woman tangling with Elizabeth Hurley as the sultry and evil industrialist Veronica Cale, did not impress the big brass at the Peacock.

So, what went wrong with this highly-touted showcase of babes and burglaries?

The revival was to portray Wonder Woman as a successful corporate executive with mystical Amazonian powers, who cavorts around in tight pants and a halter top to fight crime. It's a plot that (at least, on paper,) did not seem too workable, at least in a non-porn context.

It's therefore not the most complex postmortem. Mixed with scathing feedback on the various versions of the costume, it was a plot formula that wasn't exactly the most auspicious to ramp-up enthusiasm for the comic-book-savvy audience the show would have needed as its backbone.

Ultimately, the show was destined to carry that signature David E. Kelley tinge of sassy irreverence, which would have only damaged the value of this particular product. While you certainly need moments of humor to pace around the action, one can't invest in the drama if it doesn't offer anything to take seriously.

If I were to guess, the network felt that there just wouldn't be an audience for the show they saw.

Any thoughts on the 86ing of Wonder Woman? Disappointed? Or did we all just dodge a bullet?

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Tags: Comics, Nerd Alert, TV

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  • NoremacMovies

    I think they will still rework it, but with this set up I believe we Dodged the bullet... Or the real Wonder Woman blocked it on her bracelets. I believe we could still see a remake of the show possibly by the fall. If not then as a mid-season start. I think NBC spent money and they will not waste it I think with a new creative team they could really take this property and make a real show of it. There is a hole that will need to be filled in this genre now that Smallville is over. I believe a Batman Origin story could work but if follow the comics even remotley he would not become Batman till the end so could not call it anything with Batman in the title so a Wonder Woman TV will still be on the air in the near future.

    Posted: May 14, 2011 12:37 AM
  • Spidey817

    They could have at least let us have a chance to see it and have a say. Dicks.

    Posted: May 13, 2011 11:06 PM
  • Ahamkara222

    Hey, I think Adrianne may have the death touch. Someone tell her to get a roll in the next Resident Evil movie, so that series can die, too. Please!!!

    Posted: May 13, 2011 4:54 PM
  • myNando

    Dodged a bullet, IMO.

    Posted: May 13, 2011 4:07 PM
  • firebird2009

    This show died when they made wonder woman a Corporate Executive ... maybe next time she can be someone from the middle class who fights corporate bad guys !!! what were you thinking NBC .... getting on the side of the GOP !!!

    Posted: May 13, 2011 12:59 PM
  • Zenjack

    NBC has a habit of destroying shows with potential. I'm glad this one died before it saw the light of day.

    Posted: May 13, 2011 12:47 PM
  • SPRHR0

    shouldve just kept Heroes on.. I miss my claire bear

    Posted: May 13, 2011 11:12 AM
  • Griever2112

    so much hype only to get killed in the final moments... I was kinda looking forward to at least testing the waters with this, since tonight is the end of Smallville, and fridays would be open come the new season in sept. But I am really surprised NBC just killed it rather than try to rework it. All the money they sunk into it, plus this has been hyped and covered since last year, so it had some name recognition already.

    Posted: May 13, 2011 10:38 AM
  • V_Translanka

    Learn from The Dark Knight: Take our fantasy characters seriously, dammit!

    Posted: May 13, 2011 10:20 AM
  • IBloodstormI

    Dodged a bullet.

    NBC would have killed it anyways. They can't keep a scifi show from turning into crap past 1 season.

    Posted: May 13, 2011 10:03 AM
  • firecloud42


    I now don't like either FOX for shutting down bolth FireFly and Dollhouse...Now NBC is starting to piss me off with screwing Conan and this

    Posted: May 13, 2011 10:02 AM
  • ever989

    What a waste. All that time and money spent just to figure out this show really never had a audience outside of fanboys. What we need is something more cross-genre and mass appealing like a teen Bruce Wayne becomes Batman series.

    Posted: May 13, 2011 9:57 AM