After making the rounds at every major network, David E. Kelley's developing DC Comics adaptation of Wonder Woman was finally picked up by NBC, says Entertainment Weekly. The deal comes on the heels of the official Comcast takeover of the company, as Robert Greenblatt steps in for Angela Bromstad to handle primetime programming.
Kelley's take on the iconic Amazonian princess is said to skew closely to the comic book source material. The heroine will have her signature Lasso, handcuffs and plane, which will help garner votes of confidence from fans eager to see their favorite female crime fighter revitalized after a lengthy absence in mass media. Insiders also say that the tone is serious and will not be campy in the least; another sign of good things to come.
Kelley is a longtime, respected creative force on the small screen. As creator of hit series as wide-ranging as Doogie Hauser M.D., The Practice and Boston Legal, he's left his mark on the entertainment industry and, more specifically, has gained a reputation for developing female-oriented staples like Ally McBeal and Picket Fences. But Wonder Woman is a different animal and NBC doesn't have the greatest track record with genre fare (see: Heroes, Bionic Woman, The Event). With a feature film version of the character in constant limbo, fans and enthusiasts will be even more judgmental of this serialized take on the superheroine. As the source points out, the biggest question now is who will don the Tiara this fall?
Jim Rockford is coming back. NBC, Universal Media Studios and Steve Carell's Carousel Television have enlisted House creator/exec producer David Shore to oversee an update of the classic 1974-80 private eye series The Rockford Files. James Garner starred as the ex-con investigator in the series that also put Stephen J. Cannell on the map as a writer-producer.
Garner's Emmy-winning portrayal of the ex-con private eye who lived in a trailer in Malibu turned Jim Rockford into one of series TV's most indelible TV characters ever.
Shore, who knows a thing or two about creating indelible characters, told Variety that as a fan of the show himself, he's well aware of how high the bar is set for the remake.
"It's one of the shows that made me want to become a writer," Shore said.
Shore said he intends to stick with the basic foundation of the show while moving it into the present day.
"What makes Rockford timeless is that he's vulnerable, he's flawed. He's used to hustling and getting hustled," Shore said. "Sometimes he's a hero and sometimes he runs away."
"The minute I heard this I said, 'Let's get it on for midseason' ... but we're going to take our time and get it right," said Angela Bromstad, president of primetime entertainment for NBC Entertainment and UMS. "We know that David has the right sensibility as a writer to take on this kind of big character."
The original Rockford was co-created by Cannell and Roy Huggins. The latter created Maverick -- the offbeat Western that made Garner a star -- The Fugitive and other shows.
Like a lot of ‘70s shows, Rockford was a training ground for a series of future biz heavyweights including David Chase, Juanita Bartlett, Chas Floyd Johnson and actors Dennis Dugan and Tom Selleck. The supporting cast included Noah Beery Jr., Stuart Margolin, Joe Santos and Gretchen Corbett.
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