NBC Picks Up ‘Wonder Woman’

The Amazon Superheroine finally finds a new home on TV.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

NBC Picks Up 'Wonder Woman'

Earlier this month, reports emerged that the "Wonder Woman" TV reboot had been rejected by all of the major networks. And while the Amazon princess’ Invisible Jet was seemingly shot down before takeoff, one of the networks has reconsidered its decision.

NBC has given "Wonder Woman" a pilot commitment, according to Deadline. Apparently, the recent approval of the NBC and Comcast merger allowed incoming entertainment president, Bob Greenblatt to authorize the licensing fee for the project which his predecessors either refused or were unable to commit to.

However, the new "Wonder Woman" may be completely different than the character’s earlier incarnations in comics and on TV. The script reportedly re-envisions Wonder Woman and her alter-ego, Diana Prince as "a successful corporate executive and a modern woman" who is also secretly a vigilante crime fighter in Los Angeles. That premise has little resemblance to any of Wonder Woman’s previous incarnations and it actually sounds a lot closer to the current creative direction of "Power Girl" at DC.

David E. Kelley is the screenwriter and driving force behind the "Wonder Woman" pilot. Kelley is largely known for his quirky legal dramas like "Boston Legal," "The Practice" and "Ally McBeal;" which has led some industry observers to question whether he’s a good fit for the material.

"The bottom line is I had a lot of fun writing it, and we’re still optimistic that we’re going to do it,” said Kelley last week at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. “We’ve got a script that [Warner Bros. TV] and DC are very excited about.”

In other NBC related news, "Odd Jobs," the much hyped reunion of "Lost" stars Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn has been pushed back due to a late script. NBC has also picked a drama about a Hollywood hairdresser called "Mann’s World" and a Steven Spielberg produced musical pilot called "Smash."