NBC Passes on Wonder Woman TV Series

Looks like Wonder Woman has just lost her second chance to stage an on screen comeback. A few months ago, NBC greenlit a pilot for a brand new Wonder Woman TV series starring Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights) from producer David E. Kelley of Boston Legal fame. Now that the pilot has been delivered, NBC has opted not to pick up the show anyway. The new show now joins Joss Whedon’s Wonder Woman feature film as yet another failed attempt to revive this top tier DC character. Was it merely a case of a piss poor pilot or are female superheroes in general just not selling?

Over the past couple of months, a couple promotional images and set pics from the Wonder Woman pilot had found their way online and the fan reaction had not been very positive. The main complaint seemed to be Palicki’s outfit, which many people had described as looking like a sexy Halloween costume more than practical superhero attire. While I’m sure that the harsh criticism played a part in NBC’s decision not to pick up the show, let’s face it, there are a lot of other questionable superhero TV shows out there that have achieved some measure of success.

The cast for the Wonder Woman series was also going to include Elizabeth Hurley, Tracie Thoms and Cary Elwes, and my guess is that if the production values were decent, it would have found an audience. Alas, now we’ll never know if it could have been a hit. What do you think, did NBC make the right decision? What are the odds, we’ll see Wonder Woman on screen again at some point in the near future?

  • swarez

    Now we just have to wait till it leaks online.

  • Oh man. Who had 0 episodes on the cancellation pool?

  • Bas

    Too bad for Palicki. Or maybe it’s for the best, if it wasn’t that good it could hurt her career.

  • patrik

    I have no interest in Wonder Woman.. Why do people like this character so much?

  • Cuz nerds like boobs.

  • Also, non-nerds like them, too.

  • Ovenball

    I don’t get the appeal of Wonder Woman either.

  • Nelson

    I think it might have been a success, if given a chance, but the attitude with most networks these days is that if a show isn’t an immediate, all-out hit, they drop it, without any kind of effort to save it, and that’s a shame.

    Many of these shows take time in order to reach their peak and it’s been shown time and time again that networks aren’t willing to be patient, in most cases, and let these shows develop into something good.

  • Brendan

    Probably good news. The script was supposedly horrible, which is a bigger problem than the costume.

  • NBC is the most schizophrenic network out there. I don’t see how they keep getting it wrong. I understood their mistakes when Zucker and the merger was going on but we are now past that. maybe this reflects the new management killing the old management’s babies. 3 hours of apprentice – joke. canceling a really good show in Perfect Couples just as it was on a roll. screwing up Wonder Woman – pathetic

  • Kamen Liew

    I think the only way to get Wonder Woman right is to go the Thor route.

    Thor demonstrated a seamless ability to successfully juxtapose two separate universes and ground them in some sort of reality and I think Wonder Woman needs that.

    Obviously, Diana Prince would be a little more informed about the world we live despite coming from a more fantastical, fantasy realm and there would be less “fish-out-of-water” scenarios

  • mark

    wonder woman’s outfit has always sucked. Still does.

  • ABP

    Thank God. The above picture says it all.

    Is she power walking?