Last week, we learned of a lot of shows that will not be coming back next fall but we also heard what shows won’t even be making it to the starting line. The Wonder Woman pilot was one of those shows but is it because of how well it was done, how it looked on the screen, or could it have something to do with the fan backlash after seeing Adrianne Palicki in her getup?
From all of the set images and shots shown over the last few months, one can’t help but come to believe that this might be a more campy feeling Wonder Woman as opposed to the more riveting stance that was talked about with the studios. When the image of Palicki in her outfit was released online, a formidable cyber riot was initiated. A later image was released showing a revamped version that made some happy but infuriated others even more.
The studios experience with these types of uproars in the past have taught them many things. So, did NBC decide they didn’t want the grief? NBC Chairman, Robert Greenblatt had this to say:
“I hate to disappoint anybody. I know there are legions of fans of the original show, 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 do and damned if you don’t. It’s tricky.”
“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…”
My only question now is why wouldn’t the pilot be shopped around to other networks? I’m sure SyFy would have jumped at the chance.