NBC Shoots Down ‘Wonder Woman’ Pilot; No Series Ordered

Published 4 years ago by , Updated May 13th, 2011 at 7:07 am,

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After a tumultuous production filled with script issues and lamentable costume choices, NBC has declined David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman pilot. The series will not be joining NBC’s new shows this fall.

It seems that a trio of costumes and some last-minute shooting and script adjustments weren’t enough to save the hopeful super-heroine series. Fan reaction to leaked production photos and Ally McBeal-like scripts has been almost universally dour, and the first reveal of Wonder Woman’s costume only served to fuel the fire.

News of Kelley’s intent to reboot the recognizable Wonder Woman character with his signature female-friendly style ebbed out in the fall of last year. After being turned down for a pilot order by every major broadcast network (including NBC), the peacock network picked up the pilot in January.

Casting and pre-production began immediately, with Friday Night Lights starlet Adrianne Palicki set to play the titular Amazonian princess and Elizabeth Hurley cast as Wonder Woman’s long-time arch enemy, Veronica Cale. Other cast members announced included Cary Elwes and Justin Bruening, while Jeffrey Reiner (The Event, Friday Night Lights) was set to direct the pilot.

NBC shelved the pilot today, shutting down the Warner Bros. TV-produced project. Sources inside the network claim that executives weren’t impressed with the initial episode and decided against a series based on negative fan reaction on the internet over the last few months.

Something felt off about the Wonder Woman project ever since it was announced. Not that Diana of Themyscira isn’t a worthy character; she’s entertained comic book readers for almost seventy years and spawned a cult classic live-action TV show in the 1970s starring Lynda Carter. Some still consider Carter’s portrayal to be the definitive Wonder Woman, and elements from the series have made their way back into the comics and animated versions of the character.

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No, the truth is that Kelley probably wasn’t the right man to bring Wonder Woman to fruition. Between moving the character to over-done Los Angeles, introducing a confusing triple identity, and making Diana a more vulnerable, relatable and somewhat powered-down hero, the new version simply wasn’t shaping up to honor Wonder Woman‘s history. Not that Kelley isn’t a skilled producer, far from it; he just wasn’t familiar enough with the type of show that fans were craving.

While it’s possible that the series could get picked up by another network (like The CW, a Warner Bros. partner), viewers shouldn’t hold their collective breath. Even so, many die-hard Wonder Woman fans may be relieved that this manifestation won’t make it to the airwaves. Oh well – at least there’s the rumored movie to hope for.

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Source: Entertainment Weekly

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  1. Wow! I missed this article. I just found out about this a few minutes ago. Lol…

  2. wow nbc sucks they always cancel the good shows this might have been good enough for 1 season cause nbc has no good shows except chuck

  3. Maybe this should be a comedy sketch on the SNL. I mean why not; judging by the look of the show, it might as well be.

  4. I believe the success of Thor (mythological gods) and the imminent success of Captain America (patriotic garb/WWII theme) are going to finally convince studios to push ahead with a real Wonder Woman movie.

    I am so glad Kelley’s awful project got squashed. It would have ruined those chances.

    Now Bring on a real film director!

  5. Put it on CW it looks lame like Smallville. You could probably pick up the same fan base.

    • Smallville is great show you just don’t understand anything bout it.

      • Smallville is not that terribly complicated that someone couldn’t understand it. 8)


  6. Sooo, with no show, I guess that means about a 100% chance of no wardrobe malfunction? Oh well, moving on…..

  7. I really hate to say I told you so, but… I told you so. I just didn’t think it would happen that fast. I thought we’d maybe see at least one episode. wow.

  8. Go! Diana (The Ambassador of Truth)

  9. It’s quite amazing the influence the public has now with being able to immediately voice their opinions about an upcoming project. Don’t ever believe the Hollywood honchos aren’t listening.

  10. Kind of worried that the new Superman movie might be moving in the same direction. Keep the characters the way they are suppose to be. Do not tinker with them. Tinker with the hero’s no one will watch the shows or the movies.

  11. they should have giving wonder woman a chance.
    we all know that no one can take lynda carters place.
    put is one a diffrent network

  12. Okay so with all the other crap that’s on tv, sorry but Paul Riser really? They decided not to go with a possibly great show like Wonder Woman. She’s a classic character in DC mythos. And I never got to see this pilot show, when did it air? Shouldn’t the viewers be the true judge? Hey here’s an idea why not Joss Whedon?

    • I think Whedon was attached to a Wonder Woman movie but, clearly nothing came of it. Since he’s doing the Avengers now I doubt that he’ll be part of a Wonder Woman project any time soon.

  13. A second pilot should be commissioned, with a new screenplay, costume designer, and director. A wise suggestion: let lightning strike twice and follow the standard set by the previous Lynda Carter series as well as the upcoming Captain America film: make it a period piece set during America’s WWII period of the 1940s! This can also allow for guest appearances (read: spin-offs) from other DC properties from the Justice Society (as seen in Smallville) such as Hawkman, Dr. Fate, The Spectre, Green Lantern and The Flash.

  14. Well if NBC turned it down must be really a pile of crap.

  15. I was not surprised to hear that NBC ditched this Wonder Woman show. It was doomed from the start. If they would have simply updated the costume but yet left it basically the same,kept the original story line,kept Wonder Woman as powerful as she always was ( 2nd to Superman )and chose a more suitable actress,it might have made it. As campy and hoaky as the original series was,it’s still a classic. There are some things that cant be messed with. I think a major motion picture release of Wonder Woman is still the best bet. With the story line set back in the 1940′s where Wonder Woman originally appeared. I’ve always imagined Katherine Zeta- Jones in the role,but she’s too old now.

  16. saw the pilot and was impressed, would have definitely watched the show.

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  18. Lynda Carter is a tough act to follow, she IS and will always be Wonder Woman!