Why 'Wonder Woman' Didn't Fly
Adrianne Palicki looks back on 'shocking' failure of NBC pilot
Adrianne Palicki's ascent to household name was practically a given. The "Friday Night Lights" star had just filmed the pilot for a "Wonder Woman" reboot created by David E. Kelley and green-lighted by NBC.
But the show never made the network's 2011-2012 schedule.
"There were obviously politics involved," Palicki tells Crave Online. "It had gotten picked up as far as I knew, so when we got that call it was incredibly shocking."
Palicki didn't specify what she meant by "politics." However, Wonder Woman's magic bracelets may have been better at deflecting bullets than tomatoes. The pilot was savaged by TV critics for what most considered its weak writing.
The cast had already been scheduled for promotional interviews on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" when the bad news came.
"It was hard to take at first," the actress says, noting, however, that she doesn't view the experience as a waste of her time. "That was a childhood dream of mine, and I’m proud of the outcome."
According to the Huffington Post, a new television series based on the "Wonder Woman" comic book is in the works at the CW. The tentatively titled "Amazon," by "Grey's Anatomy" writer Allan Heinberg, reportedly explores the superhero before she got wonderful.
Politics have strange bed fellows. Maybe it was the guy running for office with Magic Underwear in the same year of a release of Magic lasso that scared the exces?
If you kept her in that outfit for the whole show I would watch it.
"There were obviously politics involved," Palicki tells . "It had gotten picked up as far as I knew, so when we got that call it was incredibly shocking."
Sorry Ms. Palicki, it had nothing to do with politics. I saw the pilot and it was terrible. It really had nothing to do with Wonder Woman. She wasn't an amazon, she was a billionaire business owner who used technology to make her "Wonder Woman." Other than appearance (which obviously few like anyway), she was nothing like Wonder Woman in character. The whole thing was a terrible mess.
I'm not sure about "Amazon" either. Sure it's pretty much wide open if she not Wonder Woman yet, but how much story can you do without actually making her Wonder Woman?
As some Making-of doc about the 1st X-Men movie pointed out, it's pretty much impossible to make beloved hero's costumes from comics look like anything but crap in real life. Especially when you have to follow your PC agenda and add pants. Something from X-Men to Captain America, actually re-tooled and designed for the visual medium, would have been a better approach. She is stunning, but a cheesy bustier that looks like somebody with a decent budget and some extra cash built for Mardi Gras just ain't makin it.
Also, I didn't see the pilot, but most, thankfully not all, fantasy, superhero or SciFi subject matter taken on by TV ranges from just weak, to a bit too over the top, to abysmally bad. (See ANYTHING done by SyFy).
Lastly, I don't know if it had anything to do with the cancellation, but David E. Kelley kicked over a liberal garbage can and made the last season of Boston Legal, what should have been a roundhouse finale season, into his own personal soapbox/State Propaganda Manifesto for the Amazing Obozo Machine. Certainly left me not in any hurry to see any of his stuff again. Ever.