Wednesday, January 26, 2011

NBC Picks Up David E. Kelley’s ‘Wonder Woman’ For Next Season | Splashpage

He may have superhuman creative credits and clout within the TV industry, but even screenwriter and producer David E. Kelley was cautious in his optimism that a “Wonder Woman” reboot series he had engineered would land a spot on the production schedule of a major network.

But it’s official, perhaps sooner than most thought it would be. As broken by Deadline, NBC has picked up “Wonder Woman” to tout as part of its next pilot season.

This comes only days after the finalization of some network executive shuffling, with Jeff Zucker having evacuated his position as NBC/Comcast CEO, and former Showtime head Bob Greenblatt being newly instated as the network’s President of Programming.

This will be the second series Kelley is currently engineering for NBC; his show “Harry’s Law” will debut this season.

Described as a “reinvention” of comics’ most recognizable heroine, the show (like the DC comic) will follow Wonder Woman, a.k.a. Diana Prince, as she balances her role as a vigilante crime fighter with life as a corporate exec in L.A. (Perhaps that side of her life can take inspiration from her home network’s recent experiences?)

"I had a lot of fun writing it," Kelley said about the “Wonder Woman” script last week when the show still had yet to be greenlit. "It's a huge project, and it was probably a bit too much to ask anyone to try to chew on it for next season. But I'm confident it will still happen. It's a very complicated piece, which is the most fun thing about it."

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