A new “Wonder Woman” TV show will come to NBC this fall. The “Wonder Woman” TV show appeared to be dead earlier in the week, especially after all of the networks had passed on the opportunity to bring it to the small screen. Now the pilot will make its way to the network this fall, with NBC hoping that viewers tune in enough to make it the newest hit of the struggling lineup.
According to Entertainment Weekly, this new “Wonder Woman” pilot will be from David E. Kelley, someone who has definitely had a lot of success with shows before. Now the debate and discussions will begin about who Kelley should tap as the actress taking on this huge role. There aren’t that many actresses out there who can control the screen in the way it will be needed for this character, but if Kelley can get the right person for the part, this could indeed by the type of hit that NBC has been hoping to get back on the network.
The idea of a “Wonder Woman” TV show or a new “Wonder Woman” movie has been going around Hollywood for quite some time, and it would not be a surprise if NBC ended up deciding to scrap this project after agreeing to take it that next step. The reason is that it is a hard concept to envision for the small screen, much like most comic book characters that have come out of the Marvel or DC universes.
One of the big detractors to a show like “Wonder Woman” could be the cost of creation. There is a huge back-story that they need to cover in the first few episodes, and there is also the built in action that needs to take place in order to keep viewers interested. An action-oriented TV show can get very expensive, and it needs to be offset by advertisers willing to pay for the commercial spaces. There is the main problem, because the show has to find success for the advertisers to open their wallets, creating a “Catch-22” in the process.
If “Wonder Woman” can become a success for NBC, the tie-ins for the show could become immense. Product placement, cross-promotions, and of course toy sales could become the bread and butter of a project like this, and it would help NBC keep it on the air for many years to come. That all roles up into a huge amount of pressure for Kelley and his writers, because it means that they need to have a hit with the pilot, otherwise viewers are going to be far less likely to tune in for the following episodes.
This decision by NBC is a good one; if it does it right. The rumor is already out there that this came down from Comcast, which just bought NBC, and that this is intended to be their first big splash. It if works, they will have a show with a central female lead that could tap into a great demographic for advertisers, and that is probably the hope from NBC anyways.