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Posted at 8:28 PM ET, 02/16/2011

Adrianne Palicki: Flying high, here's network-TV's new WONDER WOMAN... [Updated]

By Michael Cavna

palick2.jpg (Image: NBC Universal)

And the winner in the casting sweepstakes to play TV's next Wonder Woman is...

Adrianne Palicki of "Friday Night Lights" fame. So says Warner Bros., in announcing that the not-blond-for-long actress has won the titular role in David E. Kelly's series pilot for NBC's "Wonder Woman."


Kelley -- famed for such legal-eagle shows as "Ally McBeal," "Boston Legal" and NBC's "Harry's Law" -- remakes the Amazon as a crimefighter on the streets of Los Angeles. (Because nothing beats back the Southland baddies like bulletproof bracelets and animal telepathy.) No official word yet on whether she'll adopt the new costume [right] that DC created last year for the comic-book Diana Prince.

This Wonder Woman -- unlike Lynda Carter's still-geek-adored turn in the '70s TV series -- will also reportedly be a modern executive by day -- all part of Kelley's "reinvention" of the character. (Because if there's one word Hollywood's superhero-loving writers adore more than "reboot," it's "reinvention.")

The Lasso of Truth could come in handy in Diana's new corporate boardroom. Given pilot-writer Kelley's penchant for scripting legal loopholes, he could even allow the Amazon to write off her transpo -- with an invisible corporate jet comes certain invisible benefits.

Over the decades, Diana Prince has also been played by such talent as Cathy Lee Crosby and Ellie Wood Walker and was long voiced in animated "SuperFriends" form by Shannon Farnon.


Palicki -- Tyra Collette in "Friday Night Lights" -- has previously been in such other series as "South Beach" and"North Shore," as well as "Supernatural" The 27-year-old also played Siren in the CW's aborted "Aquaman" and was cast on the two-episode "Lone Star," so she has plenty of experience with short-lived series.

The 5-foot-11 Ohio native, a former high-school track athlete, has also completed shooting on the feature film "Red Dawn."

The Wonder Woman reboot not only features NBC talent all around -- from Palicki to Kelley to the pilot's director, Jeffrey Reiner (NBC's "The Event") -- but also allows Warner Bros. to tap yet another iconic character from the Trinity of its DC Comics stable.

Warner Bros. recently announced that Henry Cavill ("The Tudors") will play its new feature-film Superman and that Anne Hathaway will inherit the Catwoman character for the studio's next Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises."

So far, Palicki and the WB publicity department are saying all the right things, touting the actress's athleticism (she does her own stunts!), on-screen fight history (John Woo!), comic-book geekdom (she has her own collection!) and her previous DC projects ("Smallville"!).

Our top three questions now: (1) Will the pilot get picked up for a full-season order; (2) How soon till the name "Adrianne Palicki" is a most-searched Google name; and (3) what would it take to induce Lynda Carter to appear as Palicki's mom?

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By Michael Cavna  | February 16, 2011; 8:28 PM ET
Categories:  Geek Buzz, Superheroes  | Tags:  Adrianne Palicki, Wonder Woman  
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Sigh. "a modern executive by day"

Maybe I'm the only one old enough to remember this, but the original Wonder Woman TV show was wonderfully camp when it took place during WWII -- not "stupid campy" like Batman, but fun and action-packed. Then it did a time-leap to present day that sucked all the fun out of it.

My best memory of what ensued was a TV Guide post-morten by co-star Lyle Waggoner in which he said that he "wasn't the one throwing his hair brush across the set."

Better luck this time.

Posted by: MikePeterson1 | February 17, 2011 5:37 AM | Report abuse

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