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J.J. Abrams, 'One Tree Hill' Creator Team for New CW Project and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 7th 2011 4:30PM
J.J. Abrams The CWEverybody wants a piece of J.J. Abrams. The in-demand producer is teaming up with 'One Tree Hill' creator Mark Schwahn for a new drama project based around a hotel.

According to Deadline, the project is one of the highest-profile projects at the network. Schwahn will pen 'Maine' (tentatively title) with both men executive producing the project. 'Maine,' described as a character-based drama, will follow the staff of a hotel and its guests.

This is a homecoming of sorts for Abrams. He started his TV career on The WB with 'Felicity.'

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NBC Orders More 'Harry's Law'

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 12th 2011 10:30AM
Harry's LawNBC has ordered six additional scripts for the Kathy Bates' 'Harry's Law.' This brings the Season 2 episode total to 19.

Now in its second season, 'Harry's Law' is one of NBC's top dramas. Last week's episode was watched by 8.5 million viewers, up about a million viewers from its last two airings. The show goes up against some of TV's top shows Wednesday nights at 9PM, including 'Modern Family' and 'Criminal Minds.'

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'Wonder Woman' Pilot Gets a Rewrite, Adds More Butt-Kicking

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 21st 2011 11:35AM
Adrianne PalickiRemember how bothered fans were (myself included) by David E. Kelley's 'Wonder Woman' pilot script? Well, it's gotten a rewrite!

According to io9, the pages were released in February and March as the pilot filmed. In them, Wonder Woman kicks a lot more butt.

The new script features Adrianne Palicki's WW tossing men around, emphasizing just how much of an Amazon she really is. There have also been some plot tweaks, including flashbacks to Themyscira.

So, just what are the Amazonian tweaks? If the pilot leaks or makes it to series, expect to see Wonder Woman picking up at least two thugs by the throat and even jamming her thumb into one man's eye after he puts a knife to her throat.

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'Wonder Woman': First Look at Adrianne Palicki in Costume

by Maureen Ryan, posted Mar 18th 2011 4:30PM
Remember how many of us were concerned about David E. Kelley's 'Wonder Woman' remake? Consider my concerns doubled after today's release of the first image of Adrianne Palicki as the crime-fighting superheroine.

Let me be clear: I have nothing against Palicki, in fact, I have the greatest respect for her work on 'Friday Night Lights.' But shouldn't the star of NBC's 'Wonder Woman' remake look better than those celebrity impersonators you see strolling around the touristy parts of Los Angeles?

I'm summoning my inner Tim Gunn here, but I'm not sure even he could figure out a way to "make it work," as it were. The whole ensemble is way too shiny, and I'm not a fan of the matchy-matchy boots and skin-tight pants. The lasso is all right, I guess, but the rest of the accessories aren't much to write home about.

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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."

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Despite a Promising Star, Will the 'Wonder Woman' Remake Be a Disaster?

by Maureen Ryan, posted Feb 17th 2011 9:15AM
This might be one of those good news, bad news situations.

The good news is, Adrianne Palicki has been cast in the title role of NBC's 'Wonder Woman.' Palicki is best known for playing Tyra Collette on 'Friday Night Lights,' a role the actress approached with great skill and heart. If anyone deserves to get a leading role in a high-profile project, it's Palicki.

The probably bad news (and it's not really news, at this stage): 'Wonder Woman' is being reimagined by TV uber-producer David E. Kelley, and the things Kelley is doing to the 'Wonder Woman' franchise is filling many TV observers and Diana Prince fans with dread.

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Elijah Wood and Donald Sutherland to Star in 'Treasure Island,' 'The Event' Gets Midseason Premiere Date and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 2nd 2011 6:00PM
Elijah WoodDonald Sutherland, Eddie Izzard and Elijah Wood have signed on to star in Syfy's 'Treasure Island.'

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Izzard will play Long John Silver, Wood has been tapped as Ben Gunn and Sutherland is playing Flint in Syfy's new adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson tale.

'Treasure Island' is currently filming in Puerto Rico and Ireland with an early 2012 premiere date.

In other TV news ...

The first draft of David E. Kelley's 'Wonder Woman' pilot has leaked and the details have confirmed some fears. Wonder Woman will have two secret identities, have a sleepover and eat ice cream with her best friend, lust after Steve Trevor, and the phrase "You go, girl!" will be uttered. D'oh. [Bleeding Cool]

'Beavis & Butthead' will return to MTV. When? The network would not say. However, 'Teen Wolf,' MTV's new series, debuts on June 5. [Entertainment Weekly]

What do you get when you mix 'Toddlers and Tiaras' with 'My Super Sweet 16'? Horror. And TLC's new series 'Outrageous Kid Parties.' The series about parents and the lavish parties they throw their children debuts Feb. 21 at 9:30PM. [TV Guide]

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A 'Wonder Woman' Show? Sure! Just Maybe Not David E. Kelley's

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 25th 2011 4:00PM
Wonder WomanThe world needs 'Wonder Woman.' Don't get me wrong -- there are plenty of butt-kicking women as part of ensemble casts and in legal and police dramas. But the TV landscape needs a star-spangled, bullet-deflecting warrior both to inspire viewers and create a rich fantasy world -- the best kind of TV show.

Do we need NBC and David E. Kelley's 'Wonder Woman,' though? Probably not.

As a big W.W. fan -- dating back to an obsession with the FX reruns of the Lynda Carter series and keeping current with the comic books -- a new show was a thrilling/terrifying idea. Then, I read Deadline Hollywood's description:

"[A] reinvention of the iconic DC comic in which Wonder Woman -- aka Diana Prince -- is a vigilante crime fighter in L.A. but also a successful corporate executive and a modern woman trying to balance all of the elements of her extraordinary life."

After my mind shut down in shock for the entire weekend, I've collected my thoughts and present them below.

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David E. Kelley on 'Harry's Law' and Why His Shows Get So Wacky

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 14th 2011 10:00AM
David E. Kelley and Kathy Bates, star of Kelley's new series 'Harry's Law' on NBC
If you've ever been a fan of a David E. Kelley series, whether it was 'Ally McBeal,' 'The Practice,' 'Boston Legal,' or any of his other hits, at one point or another you've probably decried your favorite show going in a direction that can best be described as "wacky."

Kelley's heard that criticism, but feels that's just the way he writes his characters. "I think in 'Ally McBeal' we kind of went off in year 3, but probably came back to earth in year 4.," he told me last week, saying that the show "thrived on its originality.

"It's a difficult trick," he continued. "Your audience has an expectation. They want the show to be the show that they tuned into. They want it to be familiar. And at the same time, show us something new. So it's a very inexact science. And sometimes you get it right, and sometimes you don't."

Kelley's latest ball of quirk is 'Harry's Law,' which debuts on NBC Monday, January 17 at 10PM ET. In it, Oscar winner Kathy Bates plays Harriet "Harry" Korn, a Cincinnati patent lawyer who stops caring about her high-priced job and gets fired, forcing her to start a jack-of-all-trades practice in an abandoned shoe store in a developing neighborhood.

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Nate Corddry to Star in NBC's New Series, 'Harry's Law'

by Ryan McKee, posted Jul 22nd 2010 10:30AM
For TV actors the worst feeling must be being replaced on a TV show after the pilot gets picked up for series. Right before you're fired, you think you have it made -- you've beat the odds and now you'll be rich. Then the rug is pulled out and you're back to waiting tables at IHOP.

Recently, Rob Corddry appeared on 'Fitzdog Radio' and mentioned his brother, Nate, was currently in line to be the actor on the other side of that pendulum -- the replacer and not the replacee. However, he was talking about a role opposite William Shatner on the new CBS sitcom '$#*! My Dad Says,' the first TV show based on a Twitter page.

Instead Nate Corddry will be replacing Ben Chaplin on David E. Kelley's new legal drama 'Harry's Law.' The show stars Kathy Bates as a recently-fired patent lawyer, who assembles a rag-tag group of associates to form a unique law practice in a rundown shoe store. The show is currently scheduled to be a 2010-2011 mid-season replacement.

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Jimmy Smits, Kathy Bates Series Picked Up by NBC; 'Mercy,' 'Trauma' Canceled

by Andrew Scott, posted May 14th 2010 3:25PM
Jimmy SmitsOn the heels of 'Law & Order's' cancellation, NBC announced today that it has picked up four new series for next season -- three dramas and one comedy -- and will be parting ways with newbie medical dramas 'Mercy' and 'Trauma.'

Among the dramas headed to the Peacock net is 'The Cape,' starring 'ER's' David Lyons as a policeman who is framed for a series of murders and is forced to go into hiding. Determined to be reunited with his family, Lyons' character becomes his son's favorite superhero ('The Cape') and quickly "takes the law into his own hands."

Meanwhile, 'West Wing' alum Jimmy Smits will return to the network in the drama 'Outlaw,' about a Supreme Court justice who quits his job to go work for the little man.

Rounding out the list of dramas is the latest legal series from David E. Kelley ('The Practice'; 'Ally McBeal'), 'Harry's Law.' The show stars Oscar-winning actress Kathy Bates as a lawyer who unexpectedly starts her own firm with characters portrayed by Brittany Snow and Ben Chaplin.

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'Chuck' Renewed for Fourth Season

by Andrew Scott, posted May 14th 2010 12:11AM
ChuckFirst it was Subway. Now flash mobs appear to have done the trick.

According to the Live Feed, NBC has renewed 'Chuck' for a fourth season. The show, which has been on the bubble for consecutive seasons, despite its rabid fan base, will return for 13 episodes.

'Chuck' has performed steady in its third season on NBC, though that doesn't mean its ratings have been altogether high. This week's episode, for example, drew just 5.3 million viewers and a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49, a series-low.

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Giveaway Tuesday: 'Boston Legal' Joins TV Land and Someone's Winning an HDTV

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 9th 2010 10:39AM
boston_legal_TV_land_promoAre you ready for some fun stuff, like maybe winning a free HDTV? Well, get ready. 'Boston Legal' is going into syndication on TV Land, which means if you have yet to enjoy the antics of Alan Shore, Denny Crane and company, this is the chance of a lifetime to enjoy one of the best legal dramas in recent TV history. Oh heck, ever!

'Boston Legal,' starring William Shatner and James Spader, runs weeknights at 11 PM ET on TV Land. And to celebrate, you may be able to tune into 'Boston Legal' five nights a week with a brand, spanking new TV! Yes, sir. There will be one (1) Grand Prize winner receiving a 26" LCD HDTV (MSRP $349.99). The contest begins today, March 9, 2010.

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Kathy Bates Looking to Leave Sabre For a Law Firm

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 8th 2010 2:45PM
Kathy BatesRight now Kathy Bates is the new owner of Dunder-Mifflin on 'The Office,' but you know that her role on that show is going to be short-lived (even if Sabre does hold on to the paper company). However, that doesn't mean that Bates is leaving television.

Bates is talking to David E. Kelley about a starring role on his new NBC legal drama (Kelley seems to have a thing for legal shows, eh?) 'Kindreds.' She would play the head of the law firm.

'Kindreds' should not be confused with 'Kindred: The Embraced,' which was about vampires, not lawyers (insert your own joke here). 'Kindred: The Embraced' would probably be a hit if it had premiered today and not 1996.

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Big Shot TV Producers Aren't Straying From Familiar Territory, And Why Not?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 8th 2010 7:00PM
If you're one of the fortunate few who make it big in the television biz, shouldn't you take the opportunity to use that cushy cushion you have built for yourself and take a big risk on something exciting and new? Not if you're one of these big television producers.

Big shots like Shawn Ryan, David E. Kelley, and Shonda Rhimes all have pilots in the can that don't seem to stray much farther from the shows that made them the big shots that they are today.

For instance, Ryan, creator of the groundbreaking FX cop drama 'The Shield,' has another cop drama premiering with Fox called 'Ridealong.' Kelley, the writer/producer behind 'The Practice' and 'Boston Legal,' has created a reality drama for NBC called 'Kindred.' Even Rhimes, the woman behind ABC's 'Grey's Anatomy,' has another medical drama show for ABC called 'Off the Map.' Is ABC looking to create an all-medical soap opera cable channel in the coming year?

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