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NBC Talks Wonder Woman Rejection

Warner Bros. TV shopping Wonder Woman pilot after NBC rejection.

By Jarrod Sarafin     May 16, 2011
Source: Entertainment Weekly

Adrianne Palicki wearing the Wonder Woman costume on set of NBC's new pilot

After having revealed their fall 2011-2012 line-up to the general public, it seems that NBC is ready to give some more official answers to those wondering why they rejected the "Wonder Woman" pilot late last week. Well, we're not sure it could considered an explanation so much as a diplomatic response to those fans surprised about the snub.

In the EW report, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt's statement sounds more like the old cliche break-up line "It's not you. It's me." One interesting note from the statement is that contrary to what was reported last week in the trades, it seems that the "Wonder Woman" pilot may find a second chance of TV life elsewhere.  The NBC chief revealed towards the end that Warner Bros. TV is shopping it around to other potential networks.

Here's what he had to say on the rejection:

“I hate to disappoint anybody. I know there are legions of fans of the original show,” Greenblatt told EW. “I don’t know if it’s cursed or what. I just have this one experience. They made a really fine pilot and Adrianne Palicki did a fantastic job. You look at what you have, what you need,  and it just didn’t seem to fit in with what we were doing. We did what was best for the schedule. It does give one pause. You’re almost damned if you and damned if you don’t. It’s tricky.”

Over the water cooler debates that spawned from revealed the outfit a few months back:

“I was surprised there was such an uproar. But that didn’t have anything to do with whether the show got picked up. I love that it got so much attention. All that engagment from people whether it was positive or negative was good. And she did ultimately have these little hot pants…”

Greenblatt finished by revealing that Warner Bros. TV may shop the pilot elsewhere.

Thoughts? Sound off below!

Thanks to Chopsaki for the submission.


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MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 5/16/2011 4:20:14 PM

Why do shows have to fit in with each other? That's a stupid ass answer. It's not a puzzle piece. Not that I want this show on or anything but it's still an asinine answer.

keithdaniel 5/16/2011 4:33:59 PM

The answer given by Greenblatt still didn't explain enough of why they turned this down.  I agree, it wasn't a good answer.

Wiseguy 5/16/2011 4:51:02 PM

I'd still like to see the pilot and see her in those hot pants

hanso 5/16/2011 4:58:14 PM

 I'd like to see her without them.

mike10 5/16/2011 5:07:18 PM

I bet CW will pick it up to replace Smallville. Then Supergirl, Green Arrow, the Justice League, or whoever else they want can drop in to visit or help out Wonder Woman.

ElBaz13 5/16/2011 5:10:52 PM

The funny thing is, despite how bad the outfit was or the concept was terrible, I think I still would have tuned in a la Smallville. I guess when there is limited superheroes on TV, you go with anything.


Oh well...

decepticons2 5/16/2011 5:41:28 PM

Cost wasn't mentioned at all. Lets be honest last few seasons (almost all) of Smallville could have been made by a University film group. Thats what killed Heroes not the ratings. Chuck is made for a Subway/Toyota comercial.

Next the statement it doesn't fit is very true for nielson families. I don't get how people won't change the channel but show lead ins are very important. How many people that watch celeb aprentice want to watch WW? Or whatever reality crap is on. CW is the best at the shows all working for one type of audience. Even supernatural kind of plays to teen angsty type show.

violator14 5/16/2011 5:56:05 PM

i kinda wanna see how it is now with all this cancellation hype. Maybe it will be popular for being so bad like Rebecca Black.

Wyldstaar 5/16/2011 6:19:54 PM

decepticons2 makes a good point.  High budgets have been the death of many a genre program.  The original Battlestar Galactica got great ratings, but was very expensive.  ABC cancelled it in the hope that they could put another genre program (Salvage 1) into the slot that was cheaper to make. 

hulkster46 5/16/2011 7:13:24 PM

If another network picks up the show, The first thing producers need too do is put WW back in her familiar outfit. Producers should pattern the costume after the characters current look. And not so much the way she looked from the 70s. Check out Superman Batman Apocolypse, Both the original comic and the dvd show what WW should look like..

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