Hey, remember a couple of years ago when TV producer David E. Kelley, a man more famous for lawyer dramas like The Practice and Boston Legal, took a stab at producing a new series based on Wonder Woman for NBC? Sure you do, we all know Repressol doesn’t work that well.
Well, Kelley’s talking again about his experience making that Wonder Woman pilot and how he, gulp, might want to do it again. While talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Kelley defended his superhero foray saying that if he had had more time to develop the series, he could have made something fans could have really enjoyed (or at least derided less):
“We made mistakes with ours. My only regret is we were never given a chance to correct them. We had a lot that was right about it and a great cast. In time, we could have fixed what we had done wrong, we just didn’t get that chance. All my series have been a work in progress to a certain extent where you figure them out by episodes three, four or five. This one actually gelled sooner than any that I have had in the past. We would have gotten there and I wish we were afforded a little more time. I do believe in the potential of the series and I wish [the CW] well with it. I think it could be a great success.”
So what were the issues with your show, Dave?
“We produced it at warp speed and it’s a special effects show and it took more time than we were able to give it. We [would have been] able to give it more time and extended it had we been picked up. Just learning the storytelling — the genre was very different for me and I had a lot to learn; my learning curve probably would have gotten better. I’m sad we didn’t get to do it but I do believe it can work for the CW. They’re smart to try it.”
But at least Kelley recognizes his faults, and it’s nice that he tried something new and stretched out. It’s also nice to hear him say that if he were to ever try it again that he knows exactly what other fellow TV producer to reach out to for help:
“I would. It’s different for me; it’s a genre that I have a lot to learn about. At this point in your life, everybody should do something that they’re scared of; I was a little scared of it, I remain a little scared of it and be happy to wade into the fear again. If I were going to do a superhero franchise, I’d probably call Joss Whedonand beg him to try and do it with me! (Laughs) He’s pretty good at it.”
At least we can agree on that.
Amazon is currently in development at The CW. We’ll let you know what, if any, progress comes from it.
With talk of both a small screen and big screen adaption of Wonder Woman being a possibility, the lead actress in the infamously failed NBC pilot would still jump at a chance at donning the bullet stopping bracers. Collider spoke with Adrianne Palicki and asked about how she felt when the David E. Kelley run pilot for the Amazonian Princess got shelved.
“I was devastated. Believe me, I was inconsolable for a good two months.”
Now, I’ve seen the pilot in question in its entirety and I can say that I was pretty emotionally battered afterwards as well. So with CW moving forward with their TV series and with Warner Bros. continued hope of bringing WW to the big screen (currently as part of 2015s Justice League movie) the actress hasn’t given up all hope.
“I had to realize that I had a Wonder Woman costume fitted for my body. I got to play that part on film. Not many people get to say that, and that’s cool. Maybe I’ll get to do it again, in a bigger arena. Who knows?”
While I will admit I have no idea what CW or WB has planed for the character I am going to hazard a guess they are looking for more than someone who already has the suit ready to roll, plus the suit from the pilot was terrible. Think she should get a second crack at wielding the lasso?
Fun Fact: The above quotes were found in an interview with Palicki talking about her forth coming role in the Red Dawnremake that sat on a shelf for a few years. They also asked about her part in G.I. Joe: Retaliation a movie that is currently collecting dust somewhere. The interviewer declined to ask about the gypsy curse the actress clearly has had placed on her.
Comic book tv show continuity is thrown to the winds on this week’s NBC series dramatic series Harry’s Law, where Smallville alum and former Lois LaneErica Durance fills out the scrapped Wonder Woman outfit. Erica’s upcoming guest spot on Harry’s Law, has her portraying a somewhat mentally unstable Annie Bilson who only believes she’s Wonder Woman. Granted, it’s only a guest spot, but the Wonder Woman costume looks wonderful on Durance.
Check out the clip from this Wednsday’s upcoming episode:
It’s great to see that despite David E. Kelley‘s Wonder Woman television reboot fiasco, the costume still fills out way better on Erica then it ever did on Adrianne Palicki. Maybe there’s still hope for a DCWonder Woman if enough fans rave about the episode and it gets good ratings.
Super Hero Round Up? All the little Superhero movie bits that you should know about, but just don’t make a full post on their own.
After all the rewrites, costume changes and questionable character tweaking, NBC passed on the Wonder Woman dramatic action series pilot. Good decision for NBC, but too bad for Adrianne Palicki, who probably thought she’d landed the greatest gig ever. You’d think that the problem lied solely with the very David E. Kelley-ness of the show, and not with her performance, right? But NBC chief Robert Greenblatt, says other wise. Greenblatt (haha, he has a funny last name) sat down with TV Guide recently and explained why the network skipped on Diana Prince and her lasso of truthh:
“They did a great pilot and worked really hard on it. And I have huge respect for David E. Kelley. But we looked at the schedule and our needs and where things were falling into place. And it just didn’t seem to fit.”
On what he thought about the costume and fan backlash:
“I was surprised there was such an uproar. But that didn’t have anything to do with whether the show got picked up. I love that it got so much attention. All that engagement from people whether it was positive or negative was good. And she did ultimately have these little hot pants…”
Son of a bitch! Fucker teases about “ little hot pants” we’ll never ever see. Dick!
I was really not excited about this show at all and the collective consensus from, I dunno… everyone, shared in the sentiment. Is there anyone that’s not happy with NBC’s decision. Besides Adrianne Palicki, that is. What are your thoughts on GreenBlatt’s explanation?
I was really not excited about this show at all and the collective consensus from, I dunno… everyone, shared in the sentiment. Will Wonder Woman ever see the light of day? Probably not, but some other network could still pick this up like Sy Fy ‘cause they have no standards.
HIT THE JUMP for Smallville Thank You Letter To Fans and news that Martin Campbell Will NOT Direct Green Lantern 2.
When we first reviewed the script for the first episode of David E. Kelley‘s Wonder Woman we were less than pleased. In fact it, ” sucked cute doggie balls,” which is really not the kind of imagery I want to associate with Wonder Woman. Since then there’s been some changes to the script, changes which make Diana appear a little less mopey about love and life. io9 was able to lay hands on pages of this new script used for casting purposes. In these pages they’ve found changes showing the Amazon princess as more of a badass and demonstrating a weird fetish for lifting men by their necks, hmm?
Hit the jump for some spoilery bits about the new series.
When news hit that NBC was rebooting the 1976 Wonder Woman series, people were ecstatic to see Diana Troy deflect bullets and use that golden Lasso of Truth again. Unfortunately what they saw was David E. Kelley allowing the star of the show, Adrianne Palicki, to rock what could only be described as a mixture of shock and shame for a costume. Way too shiny and too much spandex for its own good; the suit honestly looked like it was a cheap Halloween costume. Because of the outcry (or not), NBC was smart enough to retool the costume, offering non-shiny pants and red boots in place of blue (good choice). Well, don’t get too comfortable, because it seems that the costume department is busy making yet another downstairs piece to wrap around those Amazonian legs.
Fashion designers are miffed.
They’re going from spandex, to skin tight sweat pants, to yet another piece of fabric replacing the outer wear. What could it possibly be? How about the iconic Underoos, an updated look to the pair worn by the original TV Wonder Woman Lynda Carter? In an interview with TV Line, NBC president Robert Greenblatt discussed how the short shorts will be fitting, not on him but on the new Wonder Woman:
“There was an initial outcry about the long pants – you know, skintight pants as opposed to those little shorts [worn by Lynda Carter in the original TV series]. But the shorts were always planned. They are actually used in the final confrontation when she beats Veronica Cale (played by Elizabeth Hurley).”
It has yet to be seen what this 3rd and hopefully final costume actually looks like, as no pictures have surfaced yet. Until then let’s sink back into the decade of peace, love and tight costumes with the original costume that sparked a ton of young nerds’ “interests”. If we called it anything else we might have to wash our hands, not to mention do a new load of laundry.
What do you think this new costume will look like? A hit or just another miss? Let’s see the comments light up faster then the alarm on the invisible jet.
And the big (maybe semi-big) names keep rolling in. The Wonder Woman television series from David E. Kelley that almost didn’t happen is rushing along pre-production. Just last week we learned Elizabeth Hurley would be playing villianess, Veronica Cale. Two more roles were cast as well, Tracie Thoms as Etta Candy and Pedro Pascal as a friendly police officer. Now we’ve got even more casting news, Cary Elwes, star of The Princess Bride and Saw will be playing the CEO of Themyscria Industries. Oh man, this is a lot of casting for characters I’ve never even heard of. All of whom will be joining Adrianne Palicki, our new Diana of Themyscria. Recently Palicki was seen sporting her new, darker do she’ll be donning to play the princess. The bangs are of some concern. How can we see a tiara under all that hair (pictured above)?
The more I learn the more I’m worried about this series. For years we bitched and moaned, “Why doesn’t Wonder Woman have a movie!?!, ” and I’m afraid we’re not going to like our answer. Kelley’s premise still reads like Wonder Woman meets Ally McBeal, yuck. And I fear this series will fail and all the big-shots in charge of these decisions will be like, “See, this is why Wonder Woman doesn’t have a movie and most of the time we ignore her existance all together, she doesn’t sell.” Which will be enrage me so much I’ll transform in to my Red Lantern alter ego and ravage all of Los Angeles.
But what I’m even more afraid of? That this Wonder Woman running a company in man’s world, trying to find herself, moping over a lost love bullshit will be terrible and everyone will love it. Then we’ll have this new versions of the Amazon princess and no one will remember what a rad, ass-kicking lady she is. Even worse, what if she doesn’t wear the star-spangled bathing suit!? This could be like Smallville all over again. ::shudders::
As I have said many times before, I hate Wonder Woman. No, I’m not sexist. I don’t hate her because she’s a woman. I hate her because she’s not all that wonderful. She’s never had any good stand alone stories. She has zero noteworthy villains. She, above all else in fundamentally broken.
Now, remember that Wonder Woman TV show I told you that was being developed a while a go? The one by David E. Kelley, the creator of Ally McBeal, The Practice and Boston Legal? Well, he pitched the show and it was turned down by every network. See, I’m not the only one who thinks Wonder Woman is the equivalent of wiping your ass with your finger and smelling afterwards. It stinks. She stinks.
Well, despite the fact that that broadcast networks have passed on his Wonder Woman script this week , Kelley is still delusional that his vision of Wonder Woman will come to our TV screens next year.
Talking to The Hollywood Reporter, the T.V. mastermind explained that the script was “rolled out very late in the game” and that he would come back to NBC with the project (the network reportedly passed on it because of “executive reshuffling”).
Kelley thinks NBC — which also happens to be the home of his upcoming newest legal drama series, Harry’s Law — would be a great home for his vision of Wonder Woman under incoming programming chief Robert Greenblatt.
Kelley said, “I like to think of it as a smart script, and I know he responds to smart material,” and that his vision of Wonder Woman should be explored as a “real complex woman and not just a superhero.”
If the show STILL doesn’t get picked up, Kelley mentioned that it was a “possibility” that Wonder Woman could end up on a cable channel.
This is David E. Kelley were are talking about. You’d think every studio would simply just give him keys to the kingdom. It must be the share budget of what Kelly has in mind that is makin’ studios run scared. Regardless, even with Mr. Kelley attached I still can’t fathom how a Wonder Woman television series would work. I suppose any direction is better than the stale, un-interesting figure we have now. Despite my opinions of the character I would think studios would wanna snatch this up. Woman would watch because of female empowerment and guys would watch because of BOOBIES.
So what do you think? Is it wishful thinking on David E. Kelley’s part? Is there still hope for Wonder Woman on TV?
Score one for girl power! Recently, Lynda Carter who was made mega famous by her role as Wonder Woman in the 70’s had something to say about Ms. Megan Fox who trashed the beloved character. Now this may not be such a big deal if Fox wasn’t being considered for the role of Wonder Woman for an upcoming tv series that is being developed by David E. Kelley (The Practice, Ally McBeal) with Warner Bros, backing it. . Fox had some nasty things to say about the woman who donned the red, white and blue. Hamilton announced on live tv that Megan Fox,
“actually kind of trashed Wonder Woman” last year. “She said she thought it was dumb, like ‘what’s the big whoop making people tell the truth.’ I like her, I just thought she shouldn’t trash Wonder Woman.”
Now granted Fox is only doing small screen things right now, like Armani Ads but she would definitely be fitting for the role. However, should someone who’s publicly made fun the character be allowed to play it? Also, do you think this project could be successful? Deadline Hollywood writer Nellie Andreeva point out,
Warner Bros TV has brought DC characters to the small screen before: most recently with the CW’s Superman-themed Smallville, which is in its 10th and final season.