Every Major Broadcast Network Passes On Wonder Woman
It was huge news back in October when it was announced that Wonder Woman would be coming back to TV, and by David E. Kelley of all people. While a film version of the character has always hit stalls, the character has a rich history on the small screen, with Lynda Carter playing the character for a successful three seasons during the 70s. Sadly, it looks like it's going to be a long while before we get to see what Kelley had cooking.
Deadline is reporting that the show will have to sit on the shelf for a while, as all of the network channels have passed on it. According to the story, the CW can't afford the show; NBC can't put up the money until the new programming chief, Bob Greenblatt, officially gets settled; CBS's executive team couldn't make an official decision; and both Fox and ABC simply didn't want it. It is believed by some that ABC decided not to take on the project because the station's owner, the The Walt Disney Company, now owns Marvel Studios and doesn't want the conflict that would come with having a show based on a DC Comics character (not to mention the fact that two programs based on Marvel characters, The Hulk and Jessica Jones, are currently in development). The show would have been a contemporary take on the character who, in addition to her superhuman strength, is known for her lasso of truth, invisible jet and bullet-proof bracelets.
Anyone else think this kind of sucks? DC is finally starting to take advantage of its incredible number of characters, yet Wonder Woman, the greatest female superhero of all time, just can't catch a break. Here's hoping that things change in the near future and the show can still get made.
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