The bad week for comic book TV shows continues. On Tuesday, Fox canceled Human Target and passed on Locke & Key. After days of rumors about its status, word has came down from Hollywood late on Thursday that NBC has indeed passed on David E. Kelley's Wonder Woman. Deadline has the report.
Boy, DC Entertainment can't catch a live action break, can it?
The Wonder Woman pilot had a rocky history to begin with. After veteran TV producer David E. Kelley wrote the pilot script, he shopped it around to the networks who all passed. Eventually, NBC relented (possibly because Kelley's other show, Harry's Law, is one of their few "hits") and the pilot was put in motion with Friday Night Lights star Adrienne Palicki cast as Wonder Woman. And then the costume was revealed. And the internet freaked out. So the costume was changed (right) and the pilot filmed in Los Angeles.
Word is that the pilot was screened to decidedly mixed reviews. You'd have to think that the pilot for a series that would presumably be rather expensive would have to blow everyones' collective socks off in order to get the greenlight.
Hopefully the pilot will get leaked because having read the script I really want to see what came of it and I still think that Adrienne Palicki was really inventive casting.
After Friday night there will be no more live action comic book/super hero shows left on American television. Between Human Target getting canceled, Locke & Key and Wonder Woman getting smothered in the crib, and Smallville ending, this week was a bloodbath!
Update: Scott Carelli of Geek Show got to watch the doomed pilot and shares his thoughts here.
Update: Here's an excerpt from some analysis of the situation from Deadline's TV editor: Despite some negative early speculation, the pilot was not a disaster as some suggested. People who have seen it describe it as "ambitious" and "well crafted". But its screenings and testing were very mixed. "The audience couldn't buy in the modernization," one insider said. There were early signs of resistance against updating the classic franchise and the character when fans slammed the superhero's new, contemporary costume. "It was a conceptual thing," another insider said. "Do we need a comic book hero?"