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5 DC Comics Characters That Could Be Awesome on the Small Screen

by Laura Prudom, posted Aug 30th 2011 3:30PM
DeadmanLate last week, Deadline broke the news that Eric Kripke, creator of 'Supernatural,' was developing a small-screen adaptation of the comic book 'Deadman' for The CW, presumably to fill the Superman-sized gap left by 'Smallville' after the show wrapped its 10th and final season this May.

Over the course of the last decade, many successors to 'Smallville' have been mooted for the network (and its predecessor, The WB), from a rumored "young Batman" series to a failed 'Aquaman' pilot, the short-lived 'Birds of Prey' series and the more recent 'Raven,' which has seemingly stalled in development hell. Another iconic DC property, 'Wonder Woman,' just crashed and burned at NBC after the cheesetastic pilot stripped everything likable from the character, which further illustrates that name-recognition alone is not enough to sustain a show.

On the surface, 'Deadman' seems like a curious choice for a standalone series -- the character is little-known outside fan circles, and the storyline (murdered circus performer possesses others' bodies to bring his killers to justice, while helping those he inhabits to solve problems in their own lives) has already drawn inevitable comparisons to 'Quantum Leap'.

But a lack of brand awareness can sometimes be a blessing instead of a curse, allowing producers to forge their own path in shaping a character, rather than being married to fans' expectations as 'Smallville' was. In my mind, there are numerous other DC properties perfectly suited for a CW adaptation -- read on for my top five suggestions.

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The Day I Met Wonder Woman

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 25th 2011 9:00AM
Lynda Carter, Wonder WomanThere are many perks to being an entertainment journalist. Aside from getting paid to watch and write about TV, you sometimes get to meet your childhood heroes. The other day I did just that when I met Lynda Carter. Yes, I met Wonder Woman.

When I was in elementary school, around 7 years old, FX started airing reruns of Adam West's 'Batman' TV series. Already a fan of the character thanks to my father and his comic book collecting, I was hooked. One day, I remember questioning what was on before 'Batman.' It was 'Wonder Woman.'

Suffice to say, I became instantly drawn to this powerful woman, wearing satin tights fighting for my rights. She was new and colorful to me. I was enamored.

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Lynda Carter Sings 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 19th 2011 2:00PM
Lynda Carter performs on 'Today'Wonder Woman can sing? Who knew? Former Amazon princess Lynda Carter released her third album, 'Crazy Little Things,' in April. Friday, she appeared on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) to talk about her music and sing a song from the new album.

Hoda Kotb introduced Carter with her credits, saying she is "a beauty queen, model, spokesperson, voiceover artist and successful singer." She's best well-known from the '70s television version of 'Wonder Woman.' Carter said some of her band had been with her since those early days. "Some of the people that are with me today started out with me, did the music on 'Wonder Woman' and did some of the specials I did," she said.

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The 'Wonder Woman' That Never Was: Watch Scenes From the Rejected Pilot (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 22nd 2011 12:00PM
Wonder WomanNBC's purposed 'Wonder Woman' reboot ruffled quite a few feathers -- mine included -- but the pilot never made it to series.

However, a few unfinished scenes -- you can still see some wires and the effects aren't completed -- from David E. Kelley's pilot starring Adrianne Palicki have made it onto the web.

There's some pretty decent action with a chase scene and Wonder Woman taking on a bunch of dudes in hot pants, but that's when the enjoyable parts stop.

The clips that contain dialogue, including one of Palicki as WW's alter ego Diana yelling about merchandising Wonder Woman's breasts, are painful.

Watch the clips below, while you can.

Thanks to TV.com for the find.

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NBC Renews 'Parenthood,' 'Harry's Law;' Passes on 'Wonder Woman'

by Chris Harnick, posted May 12th 2011 10:25PM
Wonder WomanGood news for fans of family drama: NBC has renewed 'Parenthood' for a third season. The network has also given a second season to David E. Kelley's 'Harry's Law.'

According to Entertainment Weekly, Kelley's 'Wonder Woman' reboot starring Adrianne Palicki will not be making it to series.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, NBC has ordered 'Awake,' the 'Inception'-style thriller from Kyle Killen, 'The Playboy Club' and 'Grimm' to series.

'The Playboy Club' is a period drama set in a Playboy club in 1960s Chicago. 'Grimm,' a police drama, is set in a world where fairy tales exist.

Don Johnson's return to network TV, 'Mann's World,' has also been passed on by NBC. Deadline reports it may be shopped to a cable channel.

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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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Lynda Carter Likes Her 'Wonder Woman' Costume Best (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 18th 2011 6:20PM
Lynda Carter on 'The Talk'NBC's new David Kelley–helmed 'Wonder Woman' series hasn't even hit the airwaves yet, but already the new costume has been criticized everywhere from Time magazine to Fox News. On 'The Talk' (weekdays, syndicated on CBS), '70s Wonder Woman Lynda Carter gave her thoughts: She prefers her old costume to the new one.

"They're trying to update with the way we're all doing leggings now and skinny jeans," she said. Carter's costume had the requisite superhero underwear, whereas the new costume is vinyl with long, form-fitting pants. Carter did say that Kelley is brilliant and full of surprises, so there's hope for the series. Sharon Osbourne promptly asked who he was.

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Mashup: A Salute to Butt-Kicking TV Women (VIDEO)

by Avaryl Halley, posted Apr 1st 2011 12:20PM
Yesterday was the last day of Women's History Month, bringing to an end AOL TV's month-long celebration of Women on TV.

We've had tribute lists and graphics, but we wanted to go out with a bang: a mashup! What better way to salute some of the most iconic and powerful woman in television history than with a video of them in action?

Below you'll find one awesome video -- if we do say so ourselves -- of fierce females in action. There's plenty of canceled Joss Whedon goodness and soapy slaps to satisfy everybody.

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First Look: Adrianne Palicki As Wonder Woman in Action

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 30th 2011 11:30AM
Wonder WomanIt's Wonder Woman! And her boots are red! Yes, the first pictures of Adrianne Palicki in action as Wonder Woman have surfaced.

In this photo from the 'Wonder Woman' pilot shoot in Hollywood, Palicki puts on her best fearless Amazon face to chase down a villain.

What's new with the costume since it debuted? For starters, her boots are red! Plus, the pants look less atrocious and vinyl.

I'm pretty pleased with these changes, the costume actually looks pretty acceptable.

Check out a bigger, full-body version below.

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'Wonder Woman' Finds Its Steve Trevor, 'Justified' Nears Season 3 Deal and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 25th 2011 11:45AM
Justin Bruening, Wonder Woman'Wonder Woman' has found its Steve Trevor.

Justin Bruening, the star of NBC's 'Knight Rider' reboot, has signed to play the former main squeeze of Adrianne Palicki's Wonder Woman.

According to TVLine, Bruening's Steve Trevor works for the Justice department and had a past relationship with Wonder Woman.

Lyle Waggoner played the part in the 1970s TV series starring Lynda Carter.

In other TV news ...

'ER' veteran Scott Grimes will guest star on 'NCIS.' Grimes will play DiNozzo's former partner, Detective Danny Price. [Entertainment Weekly]

'Justified' is close to a season 3 deal at FX. Executives are reportedly happy with the performance of the drama and a deal could be closed by the network's upfront presentation on Tuesday. [Deadline]

'Outsourced' executive producer Robert Borden said he thinks the series' renewal chances are good. "I feel really good about where we are creatively with the show ... We're finishing strong," he said. "As far as what the network thinks, I know they're happy. But they've got to look at all their pilots. So I think it's something we'll be talking about in May." [LA Times]

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Tommy Lee Gets Syfy Series, HBO Readies Dick Cheney Miniseries and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 21st 2011 5:35PM
Tommy LeeTommy Lee is getting a series on Syfy. Yes, you read that right: Tommy Lee. Syfy.

The rock star will headline 'Culture Shock With Tommy Lee,' a travel series. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Lee will travel the country and attempt to uncover mysteries of secret societies.

Yep.

'Culture Shock' sounds like a perfect companion series to Billy Ray Cyrus's 'UFO: Unbelievably Freakin' Obvious.' In 'UFO' Cyrus and his son Trace will travel around the country to debunk urban legends.

In other TV news ...

Zombies + Stephen King = 'The Walking Dead' season 2? Maybe! The acclaimed horror author has confirmed he's in talks to pen an episode of the hit AMC series with his son. [Entertainment Weekly]

HBO is at work on a new miniseries about former Vice President Dick Cheney. The series, based on the book 'Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency' is in early stages of development. [Hollywood Reporter]

You know what we think of Adrianne Palicki's Wonder Woman costume, so now it's time for Lynda Carter to have her say. "I think she looks fabulous. It's a new look and, jeez, her body looks fantastic." [E! Online]

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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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'Wonder Woman' Recruits Cary Elwes, Watch a Preview of Audrina Patridge's Reality Show and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 4th 2011 6:00PM
Cary ElwesThe 'Wonder Woman' cast has added yet another awesome actor to its ranks: Carey Elwes, otherwise known as Westley from 'The Princess Bride.'

He'll play Henry Detmer, the acting CEO of Themyscira Industries and an uncle-like figure to Adrianne Palicki's Diana Prince who could potentially turn into a love interest, according to Deadline.

Meanwhile, TV Line reports that Becki Newton, one of pilot season's most sought-after stars, has signed on for the Fox comedy pilot formerly known as 'Home Grown.' The casting is in second position to her as-yet-unaired NBC series, 'Love Bites.'

Jim Cavizel, also known as Mel Gibson's Jesus in 'The Passion of the Christ,' has booked the leading role in the J.J. Abrams/Jonah Nolan pilot 'Person of Interest,' according to Vulture. He joins the already-cast Taraji P. Henson and Michael Emerson.

In other TV news ...

'Greek' alum Scott Michael Foster is getting around. The actor, who recently booked an arc on 'Parenthood,' will appear on ABC Family's 'Melissa & Joey' for three episodes as a potential love interest for Melissa Joan Hart. [TV Line]

NBC's Don Johnson pilot, 'A Mann's World,' has cast another actress. Caitlin Crosby joins Taylor Kinney and Kelly Hu in the series about a fiftysomething Beverly Hills hairdresser. [THR]

Despite two of the 'Off the Map' leads booking roles in an NBC pilot, one of their costars says the show has a 50/50 chance of coming back for a second season. "Five percent of the shows are out-of-the-box hits, 5 percent are canceled on arrival, and 90 percent of shows, which is where we are, ride the bubble. And it's all on how the fans respond, you know. Like, hit ABC.com," Jason George said. [EW]

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Taraji P. Henson Joins J.J. Abrams Pilot, Two Board 'Wonder Woman' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 4th 2011 11:05AM
Taraji P. Henson Joins J.J. Abrams PilotTaraji P. Henson is a 'Person of Interest.' The Oscar-nominated actress will star opposite Michael Emerson on the CBS pilot.

According to Vulture, Henson will play Carter, a detective. The J.J. Abrams-produced pilot follows an ex-CIA agent who is hired by a billionaire to help fight crime in New York City. Emerson will play the eccentric billionaire.

Henson previously appeared on 'Eli Stone' and 'Boston Legal.'

In other casting news ...

Gabrielle Union has joined the cast of 'Little in Common.' The Rob Thomas comedy follows three couples who are connected via Little League sports. Union will play a very competitive lobbyist. [Deadline]

Jean Smart will star in NBC's untitled comedy about a family of doctors. Smart will play Dr. Barbara Foote, a meddlesome mom. [Deadline]

Aidan Quinn will star in 'Prime Suspect.' Quinn will play Lt. Kenny Rowe. Maria Bello stars as Det. Jane Tennison. [TVLine]

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Mark Harmon Gets USA TV Movie, Elizabeth Hurley to Play 'Wonder Woman' Villain and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 3rd 2011 12:00PM
Mark Harmon Gets USA TV Movie, NBC Plans 'Law & Order' Crossover and MoreMark Harmon has been tapped to star in 'Prey,' a two-hour movie on USA Network. The 'NCIS' star will play Lucas Davenport, the deputy police chief of Minneapolis. The movie is based on the successful 'Prey' novels by John Sandford.

According to Deadline, the movie will be based on the 10th novel, 'Certain Prey.' Harmon's character goes up against a hitwoman who is determined to take him down. USA has acquired the rights to all 20 of Sandford's novels, but right now this is the only flick planned.

"Mark Harmon could read the phone book and we'd probably want to put it on the air!" Jeff Wachtel, president of original programming at USA, said.

In other casting news ...

Angela Bassett will star in ABC's 'Identity.' Bassett will play Martha, the head of the FBI unit that combats identity-theft. The former 'ER' star was previously attached to 'One Police Plaza' at ABC. [Deadline]

'Six Feet Under' veteran Lauren Ambrose has booked the lead role in Fox's 'Weekends at Bellevue.' Ambrose will play the psychiatrist in charge of Bellevue's psych ward on the weekends. [TVLine]

New Wonder Woman Adrianne Palicki will face off against a villain played by Brit actress Elizabeth Hurley. "Thrilled to be doing the NBC pilot 'Wonder Woman,'" Hurley tweeted. "I'll be playing the evil villain. Can't wait." [Elizabeth Hurley Twitter]

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