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Lynda Carter: 'I Have a Lot of Confidence' in David E. Kelley's 'Wonder Woman'

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 22nd 2011 1:35PM
Lynda Carter: I Have a Lot of Confidence in David E. Kelley's 'Wonder Woman'Lynda Carter, the face of Wonder Woman, thanks to the three seasons she spent playing the Amazon princess in the 1970s, said she is behind NBC's new 'Wonder Woman' pilot and its writer, David E. Kelley.

While promoting her concert in Baltimore, the 59-year-old star told the Baltimore Sun that it's about time Wonder Woman returned to TV.

"I think it is an amazing role to play," Carter told the newspaper about Adrianne Palicki's casting. "I know she is going to be really nervous about it, just because you would be. But I have a lot of confidence in David Kelley and what he's going to come up with. David Kelley's so talented, and that's really where it needs to be, is in the writing."

"I spoke with David yesterday, and he's really, really excited about it," she said. "I think the story needs to be retold. It needs to have a fresh look at it. It affected a lot of people. I think it's time, I think it's important to have it out there again."

The Internet erupted with the news of 'Friday Night Lights' star Palicki's casting, almost as much as it did when Kelley's pilot script leaked. While Carter may seem confident, we here at TV Squad have had our doubts. However, we haven't gotten our paws on the script, but Jace Lacob of The Daily Beast has and he highlighted eight questionable bits from the buzz-worthy script.

For example, Lacob describes the final scene of the pilot episode as follows: "Pages 61–66: Diana and Myndi have a 'sleepover,' complete with ice cream ('It's been a three-scoop day') as they watch Katy Perry's sexually suggestive Wonder Woman homage music video and 'scream like schoolgirls.' Later, Diana glimpses her original costume in the closet (the Lynda Carter one!) and sadly stares at a picture of herself and Steve in happier times, before crying herself to sleep."

No matter what the Internet critics think, the pilot is happening. Carter said she has been in contact with Kelley about the project, but was mum on any possible cameos. She said she wouldn't say no outright, adding, "I have too much respect for David, I just have too much respect for him."

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My tips on how to make a 'Wonder Woman' show work.

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Lynda Carter has so much class and faith. Loving Wonder Woman all of my life I wish I had the faith she does. I'm heart broken over the leaked script I've heard about for this TV show. And that the original costume or something similar to what Wonder Woman has been known in will not be used. It would be too easy to mock this new show so I will try not to but at the same time after waiting since the 90's for a live action Wonder Woman project to come to light I feel let down with what I've heard is ahead. I really don't expect to be watching the new show.

February 23 2011 at 9:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

A crossover of Ally McBeal and Wonderwoman? No thanks. I'm not saying that Ally McBeal didn't have it's moments, though few, but it's sad that they are going to kill Wonderwoman like this.

February 22 2011 at 7:37 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Well, it's nice that someone has confidence in Kelley's "Wonder Woman" TV series.

Since 99% of the reviews of the script for the pilot appeared to be primarily negative, irrespective of how much faith Lynda Carter has in Kelley, it still sounds like the script will need a lot of work to be good enough to warrant further episodes being made. I agree that it's about time "Wonder Woman" returned to TV (or preferably the big-screen, but that doesn't appear at all likely), but it should still be recognisably "Wonder Woman" as opposed to a quirky dramedy about the trials and tribulations of a young, single woman in today's modern world, juggling a career and hunting down a boyfriend, while occasionally wearing a colourful spandex costume to fight street thugs.

February 22 2011 at 5:53 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I used to watch Wonder Woman with my family when I was a kid and we all enjoyed it. My aunt was especially a fan because she looks just like Lynda Carter. When I was lying about something as a kid she would pretend a piece of string was her "golden lasso of truth" and say I had to tell the truth. I would laugh and eventually tell the truth. It would have been nice if it was on TV in HD back then like my DISH Network employee account gives me now. I don't know if I will be able to see the new series but I'm sure it will be in HD and I can catch it on my DISH HD DVR at home any time.

February 22 2011 at 4:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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