Wonder Woman TV Series Fails to Find a Home [Updated]

Published 4 years ago by , Updated January 22nd, 2011 at 10:26 am,

wonder woman series fails Wonder Woman TV Series Fails to Find a Home [Updated]

[Update: NBC has performed an about-face on the Wonder Woman series – ordering a pilot for the David E. Kelley series. Check out the full update – HERE.]

It would appear that the curse of Wonder Woman has struck again. Producer Joel Silver has attempted to bring the character to the big screen for years to no avail and George Miller tried and failed to direct a feature film of Justice League which would have co-starred the Amazon Princess.

Then word came that a live-action television series was being developed by Ally McBeal creator David E. Kelley. However, the show has now stalled because every network turned the show down -  for various reasons.  ABC’s being the most interesting.

In October it was revealed that Kelley had met with DC comics, in an attempt to bring a contemporary version of Wonder Woman to television screens. Kelley went and drafted a pilot script for the show on spec (writing it before he had a home for it). On Wednesday The Practice producer pitched the show to  executives at CW, NBC, Fox, CBS and ABC, but they all declined to pick up the potential series.

CW turned the show down because of the expense – they simply couldn’t afford to produce it. It makes you wonder what sort of show Kelley has in mind, and it must be a blow for CW considering that they air Smallville, and this would have been a good way of filling the void that the Superman show will create when it ends this year.

NBC is currently in a state of flux, and therefore the network wasn’t in the position (at the moment) to produce the show – due to issues with licensing fees. Fox meanwhile, didn’t envision the show fitting into their mold, and CBS executives were split on whether or not to pick up the show – and were therefore unable to reach a decision.

wonderwoman Wonder Woman TV Series Fails to Find a Home [Updated]

Deadline reports that the Disney-owned ABC rejected the show because of its Marvel connection. The Mouse House bought Marvel last year for $4 billion dollars and they have several Marvel driven shows in development including a new Hulk series from Guillermo del Toro and David Eick as well as an adaptation of a Marvel female superhero, Jessica Jones, which is being written by Twilight writer Melissa Rosenberg. It would appear that the network didn’t want to produce a show from Marvel’s main comic competitor DC.

This is not the first time a DC Comics character has come close to reaching television screens, but failed at the last hurdle. Before Smallville hit a decade ago, a young Bruce Wayne show was being developed, but that was scrapped and replaced by the Clark Kent series. Meanwhile, a Batman spin-off featuring Dick Grayson (Robin) called The Graysons was also developed – however, the powers that be came to their senses and pulled the plug on its production early on.

While Wonder Woman won’t be making it to screens in the near future, there is hope. Both NBC and CBS could decided to go with the show at a later date – and then there’s always the option of cable…

Source: Deadline

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  1. Screw a TV series, and make a movie.

  2. No doubt Lil Monster. WW deserves her own movie. I really didn’t want to see her on a TV show. WW fights Gods, Demigods, Titans, Supervillains, and straight up Monsters. Along with the occasional crack head or ten. If she would have been on TV they would have just made that look horrible. I want to see her in a Clash of the Titans type role. Something were she can really shine. I would love to see what she would have made of the Cracken. Wonder Woman is long due for a big role and I think that the Producers have far over looked the potential of this franchise. I think a lot of it is bringing her into a real life setting. The animated version did a good job of it and it had everything you would expect from a WW movie. I say go with what works. Put her in that sexy lil outfit and let the girl kick some ass.

    • Alas, The Suits in the Big Offices (most likely all male) appear to see WW as a frail little woman who can’t carry a movie, let alone battle a Kraken-type beastie.

      As to what she would’ve made of the Kraken?

      A housepet/watchdog for her apartment

      • Doberman? kid stuff.

        Pit bull? don’t make me laugh!

        Where does a 40-ft. Kraken relieve itself in NYC?


        But where ya gonna find a pooper-scooper that big?

      • I think it could have something to do with the epic failure that was CATWOMAN.

  3. I think this is a good thing for two reasons: cost and Batman. If Smallville proved one thing, it’s that a superhero show needs a good budget to pull things off. I’m not asking for Lord of the Rings, but if you want Clark to appear he can fly, you’ll need more than fishing line to pull it off. Secondly, I think Wonder Woman 24/7 would get dull, as Snallville proved once again. Absolute Justice was the highest rated Season 9 episode and one their highest ever. Fan like their superheroes but we might get tired of WW or Supes if HM or MM weren’t on the air too. WW needs Batman as well, which won’t happen until DKR is released (due to licensing issues, Bats can’t be in any other live action series). This whole thing might be a blessing in disguise until WW can be done right.

  4. If not the movie they should pitch it to FX, SPIKE, TNT, or STARS,

  5. I think Spike or TNT would be likely candidates for a WW series…

    • Let’s not forget Warner Bros.’ other channel: HBO. Some characters would make for a great, no-holds-barred cable series. I think I’d prefer to see a WW movie, though.

  6. I can`t believe that the three major networks would not pickup
    this new series. There is so much crap on TV now a new Wonder Woman
    series would bring in high ratings. Why not start a campaign from the fans to call
    or write the network executives to get Wonder Woman back on the air

  7. TBS or TNT could DEFINITELY use some good genre fair like this (at least, what it would hopefully be). The Lynda Carter show became a cult favorite and is loved by many to this day, so an updated redo, with a well-cast actress and current FX technology, likely would be great. Also, at one point at least, David Kelley was TV’s golden boy, so studios KNOW there is potential for his concept of a WW show. I hope it works out sooner than later.

    I DO, however, want an actual Wonder Woman film.

  8. i had a nice comment on here. guess they didn’t like it.