Freaky Friday? After widespread reports earlier this month that NBC passed on David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman adaptation, Deadline reported late Friday that the network has indeed ordered a pilot. It’s among several pick ups made today by Bob Greenblatt, the network’s new head of entertainment.
The Wonder Woman series was first reported in October; Deadline describes Kelley’s version of the iconic DC superhero as “a vigilante crime fighter in L.A. but also a successful corporate executive and a modern woman trying to balance all of the elements of her extraordinary life.” Kelley’s legal dramedy Harry’s Law premiered earlier this week on NBC to better than expected ratings; his past hits include The Practice and Ally McBeal.
A previous Wonder Woman TV series starring Lynda Carter ran on ABC and later CBS from 1975 to 1979. In recent months, the character has undergone radical changes to her history and costume, with speculation that the moves were made to make the character more easily adapted to other media.
It’s been an eventful day of NBC, along with the surprise announcement that tonight was Countdown host Keith Olbermann’s last broadcast with MSNBC. The network’s acquisition by Comcast is set to close in a week.