WONDER WOMAN TV Pilot May Not Make the Cut for NBC's Fall Lineup
The pilot, directed by David E. Kelly and starring Adrianne Palicki as the Amazonian Princess, recently wrapped filming in and around Los Angeles, California; but a recent report states that the premiere episode has an uncertain future.
The new Wonder Woman series is a reinvention of the iconic DC Comics title in which the heroine – AKA 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.
It was announced a earlier this year that Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights, Red Dawn) will star in the title role of Wonder Woman. Tracie Thoms has been cast as a regular, playing Etta the bubbly personal assistant of Diana and Pedro Pascal will play a liaison to the police department who is devoted and loyal to the princess of power. Elizabeth Hurley has signed on to portray the show's villain opposite Palicki, while Cary Elwes will portray the CEO of the company owned by Diana Prince, Themyscira Industries.
Justin Bruening (Knight Rider) has joined the cast to portray Steve Trevor, a former Army officer and current Justice Department agent who is also the leading man in Diana's life; while Joseph Gatt (Thor) has taken up to the role of John O’Quinn, a man who works for Veronica Cale as a physical presence against Wonder Woman.
The pilot has encountered controversy from it's first announcement; but when the first image of Palicki sporting the Wonder Woman costume hit the net, it reached it's peak. Though it appears the producers behind the show have toned down the overly flashy original costume design due to widespread negativity, anticipation for the pilot -- which was supposed to air on NBC this Fall -- has been mild at best.
A recent report from Entertainment Weekly hints that Wonder Woman's troubles have not ended, as the pilot episode may not even make it's prime time debut this year. Director David E. Kelley has hope that, if the episode does air this Fall, NBC will grant his request "to air the pilot commercial free.. but with a sponsor."