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CW's Wonder Woman moving toward casting

The CW’s Wonder Woman prequel project is taking another step toward becoming a possible series.

Studio Warner Bros. has hired a casting director for the project and is preparing to send out a casting notice for the starring role. As previously announced, the project is titled Amazon and it “looks at the teenage years of the heroine who will become Wonder Woman.”

Normally casting doesn’t happen until after a project has received at least a pilot order — and Amazon, to be clear, does not. But a project like this so hinges on the lead role, perhaps the network and studio want to see some potential actors before deciding whether to pull the trigger (or they’re so confident it will receive a pilot order, they want to get a jump start on the casting process vs. competing pilot season projects). READ FULL STORY

New Wonder Woman series in development at the CW

Hollywood has not given up on Wonder Woman. One year after the buzzy David E. Kelly pilot about the world’s most famous superheroine failed to make NBC’s schedule, Vulture is reporting that Warner Bros. TV is in the very early stages of developing a new Wonder Woman series for the CW, which would adopt a Smallville-esque approach and focus on the superheroine’s early years.

The CW and Warner Bros. would not comment on the existence of the series — which Vulture claims is still in very early script stages, under the working title Amazon. But the character is on the cusp of a mini-renaissance. Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang have turned the rebooted Wonder Woman comic book into a critical favorite (and have also, not coincidentally, cleaned up her oft-confusing origin story.) And Warner Bros. is currently developing a massive Justice League movie, which would feature the character in a prominent role. READ FULL STORY

NBC rejects 'Wonder Woman'

Well that was fun (to make fun of) while it lasted. EW has learned that NBC passed on the much buzzed-about Wonder Woman pilot from David E. Kelley and Warner Bros. TV.

Kelley had penned a script that updated the comic book classic to have Diana Prince as CEO of a major conglomerate by day and a butt-kicking Amazon (with a fleet of cool planes) by night. Kelley’s take asked for lots of heart-thumping, contemporary music, and at one point the Boston Legal writer even requested a commercial-free premiere for the pilot if it aired.

Why did the ‘ol girl fail to pass muster? READ FULL STORY

'Wonder Woman': Why NBC should (and shouldn't) order this series

Photo credit: Justin Lubin/NBC

It was arguably the most-talked about pilot of the 2011-12 development season, but heavy buzz doesn’t mean an automatic pickup for Wonder Woman. For one thing, a lot of that talk was negative. (What’s with the disco-style leggings?)

Since NBC’s not expected to make an official decision on the pilot until Thursday (current rumor is that the chances are slim; here’s what the network has picked up so far), we’ve decided to lend a hand by offering reasons why the network should — and shouldn’t — order the reboot from David E. Kelley.

Why a pickup is a great idea:

–Name recognition. Nothing beats a project that already has built-in awareness. It’s hard enough to break out of the crowded pack come fall; the fact that everybody’s heard about the girl with the golden lasso is, well, pretty freakin’ golden.
–Picking up Wonder Woman will make it easier to cancel Harry’s Law, Kelley’s other low-rated drama that just wrapped its first season on the network.
–One of the first moves made by new chairman Bob Greenblatt was to order this pilot, so there’s probably some incentive to make it work.
–NBC’s fall schedule would be a lot more interesting with Wonder Woman on it, especially if it were paired with Chuck (easy, Chuck fans, easy…), or, if it gets a series order, the fairy tale drama pilot Grimm.

Why a pickup is a terrible idea: READ FULL STORY

'Wonder Woman' action shots: Adrianne Palicki gets new costume -- PHOTOS

NBC’s ferocious Wonder Woman took to the streets of Los Angeles to run in traffic and fight crime and — heeeey, is Adrianne Palicki’s costume different? Why, yeah, it is. Gone are the super-shiny blue pants and matching boots from the first official costume pic (maybe she still uses the other outfit for, you know, lounging). Check out the action photos below and sound off. Is this look better? It certainly seems more comfortable for everyday jogging on top of cars in Hollywood … READ FULL STORY

Cary Elwes cast in NBC's 'Wonder Woman'

Cary-ElwesImage Credit: Dr. Billy Ingram/WireImage.comAnother big name for NBC’s Wonder Woman pilot? As you wish…

Cary Elwes (Saw, The Princess Bride) has joined the cast. His character is the CEO of Themyscira Industries — Diana Prince’s company. He manages day-to-day operations while Prince goes out and fights crime as Wonder Woman and could eventually serve as the heroine’s romantic interest.

Yesterday the news broke that Wonder Woman is adding Elizabeth Hurley to the cast, joining former Friday Night Lights star Adrianne Palicki in the title role.

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Elizabeth Hurley cast in NBC’s ‘Wonder Woman’
NBC casts Wonder Woman? ‘Friday Night Lights’ star lands coveted role

NBC casts Wonder Woman! 'Friday Night Lights' star lands coveted role -- PHOTO

Adrianne-PalickiImage Credit: Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage.comNBC has found its Wonder Woman!

Friday Night Lights star Adrianne Palicki has landed the coveted lead role in the broadcaster’s reboot of the classic 1970s series.

In addition to having won praise for her performance on FNL, Palicki looks, well… spot-on perfect for the part, yes?

Wonder Woman is being remade by Boston Legal writer David E. Kelley, who has incorporated the superhero’s signature lasso, cuffs, and plane in the script. The script is a serious, non-campy take on the DC Comics character that pays homage to TV’s original WW Lynda Carter, but it should satiate those fans of Kelley’s memorable soapbox moments his legal dramas: At one point, Diana gives a speech on Capitol Hill. READ FULL STORY


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