Wonder Woman (and That Costume) Rejected By NBC

Much-mocked David E. Kelley pilot won't make it to air after network fails to order it to series

By Gina Serpe May 13, 2011 4:05 PMTags
Adrianne Palicki, Wonder WomanJustin Lubin/NBC

In the end, no one could save Wonder Woman. How's that for irony?

While NBC isn't officially announcing anything until next week's New York upfronts, sources confirm to E! News that the network has ultimately passed on the much-maligned reboot of the superhero franchise.

Let this be a lesson to costume designers everywhere.

While the spandex suit sparked online backlash and snowballing uproar within moments after it was first revealed, the sartorial misstep shouldn't take the entire blame for the decision not to bring the pilot to series (we think)—though unsurprisingly neither writer-creator David E. Kelley nor the Peacock itself is commenting. (NBC programmers will probably be more forthcoming on Monday, when the network announces its new schedule at the upfronts in New York.)

However, the pilot reportedly yielded mixed reviews at its various test screenings, and the network screening is said to have gone rather poorly.

The reboot, which was to star Friday Night Lights alum Adrianne Palicki, would have seen Diana Prince as a CEO of a conglomerate by day and an Amazonian, invisible plane-flying superhero by night. Elizabeth Hurley was on board as the villain.

"I am very sad that NBC passed on Wonder Woman," Tracie Thoms, who played the superhero alter ego's BFF in the show, tweeted. "But that just goes to show you: There is no such thing as a 'sure thing' in this biz. #bummed"

Technically, there is still hope for the rejected pilot—while NBC has passed on bringing it to series, other networks, including cable channels, still have the chance to pick it up. Though who, if anyone, would pick up a show that wasn't deemed good enough by a network that's, well, let's just say, not No.1, remains to be seen.

The one up side to all this is that while the costumes and writing have seemed particularly mock-worthy, Palicki's performance seems to have been the one saving grace of the show. For all the good that did.

Guess that golden lasso didn't have the Midas touch after all.