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Adrianne Palicki is TV's new Wonder Woman

02.16.2011

Despite numerous attempts over the years, DC Comics' Amazonian superheroine WONDER WOMAN still hasn't found her way to movie screens. But she'll deflect bullets and lasso villains on TV, courtesy of NBC and writer David E. Kelley ("The Practice", "Ally McBeal").

More than three decades after Lynda Carter famously jiggled her way into mens' memories, there's a new Amazonian actress to wear whatever costume they decide to hang on this new variation of WW -- Adrianne Palicki will star in their pilot.

While probably best known from "Friday Night Lights" and "Supernatural", Palicki also recently appeared as the pregnant waitress in the horror flick LEGION. She'll also be seen (eventually) in the Jennifer Grey role in the remake of RED DAWN.

Warner Bros. says: "The series pilot is a reinvention of the iconic DC Comics title in which Wonder Woman – a.k.a. Diana Prince – is a vigilante crime fighter in Los Angeles but also a successful corporate executive and a modern woman trying to balance all of the elements of her extraordinary life." The Kelley-penned script will be directed by Jeffrey Reiner ("The Event").

Bleeding Cool got their mitts on an early script for the pilot and said that while it does incorporate elements and characters from the comics continuity, it also takes significant liberties with the statuesque goddess. They describe the script as "Buffy"-inspired and a "slightly goofy comedy-drama about a hotshot business woman who moonlights as a superheroine, packed with Girl Power pop-songs and including the awkward phrase 'You go, girl.'"

Extra Tidbit: Palicki has been in the DC universe already -- she also appeared in the pilot for "Aquaman".
Source: LA Times

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7:17PM on 02/18/2011

This is a big no go!

I cant deal with any more super heroe shows on tv. Or as i would call it " not so super shows". They already have 2 or 3 awful, campy superhero shows lets pass on this and wait for a film instead.
I cant deal with any more super heroe shows on tv. Or as i would call it " not so super shows". They already have 2 or 3 awful, campy superhero shows lets pass on this and wait for a film instead.
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9:20AM on 02/18/2011
I'd rather have Anna Faris do this movie in a geeky sort of comedy way
I'd rather have Anna Faris do this movie in a geeky sort of comedy way
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11:52PM on 02/17/2011

This will last four episodes

David E. Kelley is a horrible writer of women characters, and this girl is homely. Sorry, she may be cute in some situations, but a "Wonder Woman" she definitely is not. I don't even think perfect casting would help this show with a script that horrible though. Scrap the script, the star, and David E. Kelley and start over. Tim Minear would knock it out of the park.
David E. Kelley is a horrible writer of women characters, and this girl is homely. Sorry, she may be cute in some situations, but a "Wonder Woman" she definitely is not. I don't even think perfect casting would help this show with a script that horrible though. Scrap the script, the star, and David E. Kelley and start over. Tim Minear would knock it out of the park.
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10:05PM on 02/17/2011
Could be interesting. Kelley is a good writer and Palicki is a talented actress. However, why did they change the source material? While I have never seen or read anything about WW, I do know that changing source material to such an extent is not usually a good thing. And the premise is so cliche it hurts. LA....vigilante who is also a business exec....modern woman? Couldn't they have come up with something more original?
Could be interesting. Kelley is a good writer and Palicki is a talented actress. However, why did they change the source material? While I have never seen or read anything about WW, I do know that changing source material to such an extent is not usually a good thing. And the premise is so cliche it hurts. LA....vigilante who is also a business exec....modern woman? Couldn't they have come up with something more original?
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3:58PM on 02/17/2011

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So far i hate everything about this show. The plot concept, the rewrite for Wonder Woman and now the casting. SyFy has one of the other cast submissions for the part of Wonder Woman and if you hear what they wrote for her to say you'd be just as blown away. She's bitching about her breast size and her job. This is someone thats a warrior all the way to the core and the best test script they came up with was about a board meeting and her feeling bad about her bust size. Come one this is one of
So far i hate everything about this show. The plot concept, the rewrite for Wonder Woman and now the casting. SyFy has one of the other cast submissions for the part of Wonder Woman and if you hear what they wrote for her to say you'd be just as blown away. She's bitching about her breast size and her job. This is someone thats a warrior all the way to the core and the best test script they came up with was about a board meeting and her feeling bad about her bust size. Come one this is one of the great icons of comics. The first real female hero and thats the best they could throw together for casting! Epic fail.
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3:37PM on 02/17/2011
damn, so can't wait.
don't care for any comics at all, but a new series with palicki is already great, no matter what.
damn, so can't wait.
don't care for any comics at all, but a new series with palicki is already great, no matter what.
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12:50PM on 02/17/2011

who cares...

Its wonddewr woman, the worst most ridiculous comic ever. Invisible jet, check. Truth lasso, check. I mean its written by Ally McBeal and will be on the CW. Can you say FAIL!!! What a waste of money.
Its wonddewr woman, the worst most ridiculous comic ever. Invisible jet, check. Truth lasso, check. I mean its written by Ally McBeal and will be on the CW. Can you say FAIL!!! What a waste of money.
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12:38PM on 02/17/2011
I'll be looking forward to this one being cancelled. I like the casting but the premise sounds horrible.
I'll be looking forward to this one being cancelled. I like the casting but the premise sounds horrible.
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11:50AM on 02/17/2011
I'm going to have to pass on this nonsense. I'm just glad it's a TV show and not a movie as I'd feel obligated to see it if it was. Also, I'm all for getting actors whose personas don't get in the way of the character they're portraying, but what is the deal with all of these nobodies from barley watched TV shows and B- movies getting all these iconic characters (first Superman, now this!?). This woman has never been in anything I'd consider watching and it looks like the trend shall continue.
I'm going to have to pass on this nonsense. I'm just glad it's a TV show and not a movie as I'd feel obligated to see it if it was. Also, I'm all for getting actors whose personas don't get in the way of the character they're portraying, but what is the deal with all of these nobodies from barley watched TV shows and B- movies getting all these iconic characters (first Superman, now this!?). This woman has never been in anything I'd consider watching and it looks like the trend shall continue.
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11:39AM on 02/17/2011
Could this last longer than that new Bionic Woman?
Could this last longer than that new Bionic Woman?
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12:56PM on 02/17/2011
I was thinking the same thing.
I was thinking the same thing.
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11:14AM on 02/17/2011

Palicki is a fantastic actress

So great on Friday Night Lights, this was an inspired choice (choosing someone with looks AND talent that is, rather than just going for looks)
So great on Friday Night Lights, this was an inspired choice (choosing someone with looks AND talent that is, rather than just going for looks)
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6:28PM on 02/17/2011
But she was terrible in Legion...Never watched FNL so all I have to go on in Legion, and she was terrible...And she doesn't even have the body to be WW...
But she was terrible in Legion...Never watched FNL so all I have to go on in Legion, and she was terrible...And she doesn't even have the body to be WW...
9:47AM on 02/17/2011

Thumbs up for the actress

thumbs down for the concept. I suspect the producers are trying to get cute with the Wonder Woman concept. If they were smart, they'd use the comic story arcs as a basis: WW has a built-in audience, why not appeal to them?
thumbs down for the concept. I suspect the producers are trying to get cute with the Wonder Woman concept. If they were smart, they'd use the comic story arcs as a basis: WW has a built-in audience, why not appeal to them?
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9:39AM on 02/17/2011
This is so going to suck! How about actually doing Diana the way she IS....that's awesome enough. This take......I have no interest in this at all and have no idea what WB is thinking except maybe, "The Twi-kids will love it"
This is so going to suck! How about actually doing Diana the way she IS....that's awesome enough. This take......I have no interest in this at all and have no idea what WB is thinking except maybe, "The Twi-kids will love it"
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9:17AM on 02/17/2011

Great plan...

but get rid of that writing team...anything that resembles Dawson's Creek or Smallville is a complete waste of time, yes it makes for compelling drama, but it wastes the awesomeness of the action that can be possible with any superhero title. And please keep the production values high, one can only learn many things from lost...and the absolute mediocrity of heroes S2 onwards. Don't start big and flop, we need something to fill the void that was left at lost's departure.
but get rid of that writing team...anything that resembles Dawson's Creek or Smallville is a complete waste of time, yes it makes for compelling drama, but it wastes the awesomeness of the action that can be possible with any superhero title. And please keep the production values high, one can only learn many things from lost...and the absolute mediocrity of heroes S2 onwards. Don't start big and flop, we need something to fill the void that was left at lost's departure.
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9:16AM on 02/17/2011

Meh

I've got nothing at all against the casting of Ms Palicki as Wonder Woman, i am unfamiliar with her work. But I am troubled that the series is going to be written like an Ally McBeal/Buffy like tongue in cheek rendition. It limits the property from being taken seriously. Destined to fail after one season, dropped for lack of ratings.
I've got nothing at all against the casting of Ms Palicki as Wonder Woman, i am unfamiliar with her work. But I am troubled that the series is going to be written like an Ally McBeal/Buffy like tongue in cheek rendition. It limits the property from being taken seriously. Destined to fail after one season, dropped for lack of ratings.
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7:53AM on 02/17/2011

In another universe....

The powers that be cast Diora Bard instead and get new writers.
The powers that be cast Diora Bard instead and get new writers.
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7:29AM on 02/17/2011

Re-invention? Blech...

I don't want to be so negative, but I can't think of any way that Wonder Woman can be made watchable.

The outfit is a nerd-boy's wet dream, and that was fine on cheesy 1970's TV, but not today.

A re-invention as a corporate executive? How does that work? She comes to work in her bustier under the corporate clothing?

I don't know...seems like an effort to do something that is doomed to failure.
I don't want to be so negative, but I can't think of any way that Wonder Woman can be made watchable.

The outfit is a nerd-boy's wet dream, and that was fine on cheesy 1970's TV, but not today.

A re-invention as a corporate executive? How does that work? She comes to work in her bustier under the corporate clothing?

I don't know...seems like an effort to do something that is doomed to failure.
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6:39AM on 02/17/2011
Would have liked for this project to turn out well, but everything I've read so far sounds like a disaster. Normally I say wait and see, but this time it looks like Kelley really managed to ruin the character...

I hope this series woun't kill the chances for a WW movie, because the character deserves better and the animated Wonder Woman movie is just one example how you can do her justice.
Would have liked for this project to turn out well, but everything I've read so far sounds like a disaster. Normally I say wait and see, but this time it looks like Kelley really managed to ruin the character...

I hope this series woun't kill the chances for a WW movie, because the character deserves better and the animated Wonder Woman movie is just one example how you can do her justice.
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5:38AM on 02/17/2011
This will likely air for 6 episodes before being cancelled. Except it's NBC so scratch that, it'll go on for 12 years. Either way, I won't be watching.
This will likely air for 6 episodes before being cancelled. Except it's NBC so scratch that, it'll go on for 12 years. Either way, I won't be watching.
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5:35AM on 02/17/2011

there was a pilot for aquaman?

was hoping they were gonna go gritty realism and serious for ww cuz that wouldve been even more lmao terrible.
so does this mean we get the invisible jet?
was hoping they were gonna go gritty realism and serious for ww cuz that wouldve been even more lmao terrible.
so does this mean we get the invisible jet?
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5:34AM on 02/17/2011
Thatīs a hideous short-legged Diana illustration!
Thatīs a hideous short-legged Diana illustration!
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12:20PM on 02/17/2011
Dude, that's an Adam Hughes drawing... the guy is a god at drawing women
Dude, that's an Adam Hughes drawing... the guy is a god at drawing women
6:33PM on 02/17/2011
Doesn't matter who drew it, this particlular picture looks like crap, llo at her boots...does she wear like a size 15 and her knees looks like they have built in knee pads...other than the huge boobs, that picture is terrible
Doesn't matter who drew it, this particlular picture looks like crap, llo at her boots...does she wear like a size 15 and her knees looks like they have built in knee pads...other than the huge boobs, that picture is terrible
5:31AM on 02/17/2011

Nailed it.

She was my choice years ago, She's just short of 6 foot, hot and can act. I hope it works well for her.
She was my choice years ago, She's just short of 6 foot, hot and can act. I hope it works well for her.
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4:57AM on 02/17/2011
Zzzz.... oh sorry, its just the idea of a wonder woman tv show put me instantly to sleep.. how weird.
Zzzz.... oh sorry, its just the idea of a wonder woman tv show put me instantly to sleep.. how weird.
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3:05AM on 02/17/2011

MONGLING!

This is the worst case of production and franchise meddling since they made that Batman movie where he kills people with Huey Lewis songs but its all a dream. That was Batman right?
This is the worst case of production and franchise meddling since they made that Batman movie where he kills people with Huey Lewis songs but its all a dream. That was Batman right?
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3:04AM on 02/17/2011

MONGLING!

This is the worst case of production and franchise meddling since they made that Batman movie where he kills people with Huey Lewis songs but its all a dream. That was Batman right?
This is the worst case of production and franchise meddling since they made that Batman movie where he kills people with Huey Lewis songs but its all a dream. That was Batman right?
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1:46AM on 02/17/2011
Man it sounds like they are really really close to fucking this all up. What a shame if they do it like this, it will totally put the nail in the coffin of the movie ever being made. Why go so far away from the original story, if it's not broke don't fix it!!
Man it sounds like they are really really close to fucking this all up. What a shame if they do it like this, it will totally put the nail in the coffin of the movie ever being made. Why go so far away from the original story, if it's not broke don't fix it!!
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1:29AM on 02/17/2011
NO! NNNO!
NO! NNNO!
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12:51AM on 02/17/2011
yeah, this is gonna suck. sounds like they're trying to please too many demos at once. suck, suck, suck.
yeah, this is gonna suck. sounds like they're trying to please too many demos at once. suck, suck, suck.
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12:35AM on 02/17/2011
For me, it's all gonna come down to the actual story and script. She's talented and quite pretty....i'm sure the production values will be good. But being a hottie and having a slick looking show didnt save Bionic Woman. I will give it a chance....but right now i'm certainly on the fence.
For me, it's all gonna come down to the actual story and script. She's talented and quite pretty....i'm sure the production values will be good. But being a hottie and having a slick looking show didnt save Bionic Woman. I will give it a chance....but right now i'm certainly on the fence.
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12:25AM on 02/17/2011
The description Warner Bros gave sounds like it should be on the lifetime channel
The description Warner Bros gave sounds like it should be on the lifetime channel
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12:22AM on 02/17/2011
They should have gotten the blond from Chuck.
They should have gotten the blond from Chuck.
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12:19AM on 02/17/2011
Why do people even try making these shows anymore? We're in a time when only elite TV shows survive. Stuff with so much potential like Fringe struggle, while one-time greats like Heroes gets its plug pulled. Then there's stuff like Bionic Woman, Knight Rider, and Caprica that just cannot hang on to their viewers. And then there's stuff like Arrested Development and Futurama that get canceled that make you go "WTF?!" Unless Wonder Woman turns out to be like Smallville (loyal fanbase despite its
Why do people even try making these shows anymore? We're in a time when only elite TV shows survive. Stuff with so much potential like Fringe struggle, while one-time greats like Heroes gets its plug pulled. Then there's stuff like Bionic Woman, Knight Rider, and Caprica that just cannot hang on to their viewers. And then there's stuff like Arrested Development and Futurama that get canceled that make you go "WTF?!" Unless Wonder Woman turns out to be like Smallville (loyal fanbase despite its downsides), it's NOT going to get past the second season, and even that's giving it too much credit. It already sounds like it's going to suck major-league ass.
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12:06AM on 02/17/2011
FUCK YEA!!! I love her too much. Her Holly Rocket is what did it for me. I am optimistic that this will be a success...
FUCK YEA!!! I love her too much. Her Holly Rocket is what did it for me. I am optimistic that this will be a success...
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11:48PM on 02/16/2011
I love Adrianne, but this show is going to suck. Just Google search info on David E. Kelly's script. The show just sounds ridiculous.
I love Adrianne, but this show is going to suck. Just Google search info on David E. Kelly's script. The show just sounds ridiculous.
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11:42PM on 02/16/2011
I wonder if this will last any longer than NBC's Bionic Women reboot. I'm betting it won't.
I wonder if this will last any longer than NBC's Bionic Women reboot. I'm betting it won't.
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7:31AM on 02/17/2011
How do you get your animated avatar to actually animate? Is it a GIF or something else?
How do you get your animated avatar to actually animate? Is it a GIF or something else?
12:13PM on 02/17/2011
I'm not really sure, drexxell. when I set my account up, it asked me to choose an avatar and I just grabbed from a provided list. It just happened to animate, I guess. Sorry I couldn't really help.
I'm not really sure, drexxell. when I set my account up, it asked me to choose an avatar and I just grabbed from a provided list. It just happened to animate, I guess. Sorry I couldn't really help.
11:24PM on 02/16/2011
I like the casting. She is a strong actress for a strong, iconic character.

I really hope this show does well. It'd be great to see Wonder Woman done well. But considering NBC's track record with shows like this, I'm not holding my breath.
I like the casting. She is a strong actress for a strong, iconic character.

I really hope this show does well. It'd be great to see Wonder Woman done well. But considering NBC's track record with shows like this, I'm not holding my breath.
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11:43PM on 02/16/2011
Did you see their synopsis?? And its from David E. Kelley. This is going to be part courtroom show and part vigilante. Oh my God, it's so beyond doomed.
Did you see their synopsis?? And its from David E. Kelley. This is going to be part courtroom show and part vigilante. Oh my God, it's so beyond doomed.
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