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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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Casting 'Wonder Woman': The Supporting Cast

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 18th 2011 4:30PM
Wonder WomanSigh. Now that David E. Kelley's 'Wonder Woman' pilot has landed Adrianne Palicki in the lead role, we've come to accept that this thing is actually happening.

The new 'Wonder Woman' series follows the adventures of the Amazon princess as she runs a corporation, fights crime in Los Angeles and pines for her ex-lover, Steve Trevor. Her support system includes Myndi and Etta, with whom she gossips and watches Katy Perry music videos. Oh, and Wonder Woman also has three secret identities.

Both Mo Ryan and I have voiced concerns about the pilot, but like it or not, it's getting made. Let's make NBC's job a little easier and cast Wonder Woman / Diana Prince / Diana Themyscira's friends and main love, Steve Trevor.

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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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Adrianne Palicki, 'Friday Night Lights' Alum, Is Our New 'Wonder Woman'

by Maggie Furlong, posted Feb 16th 2011 9:30PM
Adrienne Palicki, our new Wonder WomanHold onto your superhero underoos, people!

NBC released a wonderful bit of casting news today: 'Friday Night Lights' alum Adrianne Palicki is set to play the title role (and two alter-egos) in David E. Kelley's buzzed about 'Wonder Woman' reboot.

Kelley reportedly has a lot of work to do on the script, but Wonder Woman will have to do some serious heavy lifting of her own. Not only will Palicki play the star-spangled crimefighter, who's now based in L.A., but she'll also play her alter-ego, billionaire CEO Diana Themyscira and Diana's mousy assistant Diana Prince.

From capes to a power suit to no makeup and plain clothes? That's a stretch for an actress throughout their career -- this is all in the same one-hour drama.

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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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Seth Meyers to Host White House Correspondents Dinner, James Franco Returns to 'General Hospital' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 8th 2010 7:00PM
Seth MeyersSeth Meyers is the latest comedian tasked with skewering the political elite in front of their faces -- er, hosting the White House Correspondents Association dinner.

CNN reports that the 'Saturday Night Live' head writer will take a stab at in-person satire when he emcees the April 30 event, which the president usually attends.

Wanda Sykes, Stephen Colbert and Jay Leno have made headlines for their hosting turns in years past. Meyers is already scheduled to host the 2011 ESPYs.

In other TV news ...

James Franco is returning to 'General Hospital.' The Oscar host will guest star on the soap in February when he's in Los Angeles for the awards ceremony. [TV Guide]

Freddie Smith will play Teddy's new love interest on '90210.' The newcomer was cast after the actor who plays Teddy's current flame, Kyle Riabko, left the show to take part in pilot season. [Movieline]

David E. Kelley gave an update on the 'Wonder Woman' project he's developing. "There's no real deal in place yet, but yeah, my intent is to take a stab at it," Kelley said. "It's a very, very different genre for me, a very tricky beast. I won't know whether I've cracked it or not until I've finished it, but it's going." [Zap2it]

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'Wonder Woman' Casting Ideas: Readers Weigh In

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 4th 2010 6:00PM
Summer GlauThe second after the 'Wonder Woman' reboot news broke, a casting fervor began.

Who will wield the Golden Lasso of Truth? That's been the hot topic around our watercooler and while we all have favorites -- I'd prefer an unknown actress -- we took to you, loyal readers, to cast Diana, the Amazon princess.

So, who did you guys nominate? Check out the list below!

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David E. Kelley to Bring Back 'Wonder Woman'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 4th 2010 8:05AM
Wonder WomanRight now you could be forgiven for thinking that there are no new ideas in the world of TV. Hot on the heels of news that networks in search of hits are revisiting such classics as 'The Munsters,' comes news that David E. Kelley ('Ally McBeal') is dusting off Wonder Woman's star-spangled shorts for Warner Bros. Television.

According to deadline.com Kelley has long been wanting to tackle the World War II-era heroine, and he recently met with the DC team, who also have been looking for ways to launch a new Wonder Woman TV franchise.

Details on Kelley's TV series are being kept under wraps, and it's not clear if the new Wonder Woman (a.k.a. Diana Prince) will be the old familiar Wonder Woman or the redesigned Goth reboot announced by DC earlier this year.

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An Insane Couple Dresses Up Like Superheroes on 'Wife Swap' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Aug 16th 2010 3:20AM
An Insane Couple Dresses Up Like Superheroes on 'Wife Swap'"Insane" might be too mean a word to describe the Owen-Ladino family on 'Wife Swap.' So how about "insanely upbeat," instead?

Shanti (whose real former name is Patti) and her fianacée Arjuna (whose real name is Harold), like to dress up as superheroes and walk around like that in full daylight in New York City, and, that's cool, and -- well, no. ... We were right in the first place. They're just a little crazy.

The pair are of a couple of self-described "relationship" experts, who wear spandex and use their superhero identities to teach students about how to deal with the opposite sex. We might feel better about this if their costumes were cooler. But they dress kind of like Wonder Woman. Both of them dress like Wonder Woman -- the guy and the girl.

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Losing the Bet on 'The Big Bang Theory' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 13th 2010 2:50AM
Losing the Bet on 'The Big Bang Theory'On the latest episode of 'The Big Bang Theory' (Mon., 9:30PM ET on CBS), Sheldon loses a bet. And the consequence of Sheldon (played by Jim Parsons) losing that bet is as follows: the losers must show up dressed as female super-heroes. And so, the gang shows up dressed as -- well, a bunch of girl super-heroines. Can you name all of the comic book characters that are involved? Well, if you're a huge fan of 'The Big Bang Theory' and/or a huge nerd, it shouldn't be a problem at all!

Watch the video after the jump.

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Lynda Carter Wants Sandra Bullock to Don Wonder Woman's Tights

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 26th 2010 6:04PM
Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman...and so do I, except I'm pretty sure Mrs. Carter is referring to a new incarnation of her famous TV show.

TV's original red, white and blue-clad beauty told a morning talk show in Los Angeles that she wants Mrs. Bullock to play the title role in a big screen remake of 'Wonder Woman,' the TV show that made her famous.

Carter said she believes Bullock is perfect for the role because she has "exactly the kind of personality" and that she's also "strong and feminine. And Wonder Woman has to be accessible". She also dismissed rumors that claimed she said Bullock was too old for the role.

Me? If she gets the role, I just want to see her kick the ever-living snot out of some Jesse James bad-guy look-a-like. Jesse James is such a dead man now.

[via Fark]

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Smallville will have more costumes in 2010

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 17th 2010 4:00PM
SmallvilleOn February 5th, those tuning in to Smallville will see the DC Comics characters The Justice Society in full costume (see picture). What they forgot to mention is that later on in the season we will see another familiar costume make the rounds in the Smallville universe.

Spoilers after the jump...

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The next DC direct-to-DVD animated movie is ...

by Brad Trechak, posted Sep 16th 2009 3:02PM
Justice LeagueAfter the Superman/Batman story Public Enemies, DC Entertainment's next Direct-to-DVD animated release for Spring 2010 will be called Crisis on Two Earths and will star the animated Justice League. Will it be the same Justice League that was on Cartoon Network for four years? I doubt it. The animated features tend to be in their own, self-contained universes.

The story involves the League fighting their evil, other-dimensional counterparts. It's based on the classic "Crisis" stories from the comic books.

I do wish the story was in the Cartoon Network Justice League universe because I liked that theme song. However, the fact that the Hal Jordan Green Lantern appears in the promo picture and the television version used the John Stewart Green Lantern pretty much confirms that it won't be. The writer behind the story is Dwayne McDuffie, who was one of the folks behind the Justice League cartoon. So even if it's not that version of the group, it'll likely still be a quality story.

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DC Comics is now DC Entertainment

by Brad Trechak, posted Sep 10th 2009 8:17AM
DC EntertainmentMuch like the Disney acquisition of Marvel Entertainment, television is only a part of what this change represents. However, it does affect the television industry and should be mentioned on this blog. DC Comics has changed its name to DC Entertainment to encompass more forms of media, such as television and movies. Also the president of DC, Paul Levitz, has been replaced by a Time Warner officer named Diane Nelson.

While there are those that might disagree with me, this move looks like it's a response to Marvel's success with its movie franchises. Even though DC has done better on television (Smallville, plus various cartoons like The Brave and the Bold), movies are where the big bucks are. Granted, DC and Warner Brothers have had major success with its Batman movies, but it hasn't built any other franchises.

And as with the Marvel acquisition, we'll have to wait and see what the long-term effects of this corporate change will be. DC also loses the rights to Superman in 2013, so exciting things are afoot.

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