Chuck Survives, Wonder Woman Doesn't

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It's hard to keep a good spy down. Against all odds and common business sense, Chuck has been renewed for a fifth—and final—13-episode season, says EW. I'll wait until you're done screaming...

Okay. The action-comedy is the highlight of three renewals for the Peacock, the final cards in NBC's hand. Parenthood, which was aided by a finale ratings boost, was also renewed and will return for a third season. Rounding out the pack is David E. Kelley's Harry's Law—a surprise hit for the network with impressive overall audience numbers—which will be back for Season 2, according to Deadline Hollywood.

That means NBC will still have one David E. Kelley program on its schedule this fall. But Kelley's much-hyped Wonder Woman reimaginationeering has been cut after a lengthy love-hate-loathe affair. The series would have seen Friday Night Lights star Adrienne Palicki suiting up as the Amazonian superheroine in a contemporary setting, singing Katy Perry songs, and running her own successful corporation. Despite brand familiarity (or maybe because of it), general consensus seems to be that the show didn't work, and early peeks at the heroine's new costume were laughed off the Internet. It's hard to imagine what went wrong with the project besides everything.

Wonder Woman wasn't the only potential show that saw its dreams crushed by the embarrassment of not meeting the struggling NBC's standards. Also axed were post-Civil War drama Reconstruction (boo!), Ronald D. Moore's fantasy drama 17th Precinct (boo!), oddball comedy Brave New World (boo!), Jon Dore's My Life as an Experiment (boo!), Traffic writer Stephen Gaghan's Metro (formerly S.I.L.A. and boo!), Lovelives, Don-Johnson-as-a-hairdresser A Mann's World, and an untitled Kari Lizer project. In short, several pilots I thought sounded interesting (as denoted by "boo!"s) didn't make the cut.

But NBC didn't send all of its pilots to the welfare office. Bent, starring Amanda Peet as a woman who has a crush on the contractor who is redoing her kitchen; Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea, based on Chelsea Handler's book and starring Laura Prepon; Free Agents, a remake of the British series; and an untitled comedy project have been picked up to series. They join Awake, Smash, Up All Night, Prime Suspect, Whitney, The Playboy Club, and Grimm as new fall series on NBC's schedule.

As for NBC's remaining unspoken-for shows, don't count on any last-minute renewals. (Yes, that means The Event is almost certainly canceled. I know! I'm crushed too!)

For more information on which shows are returning and which aren't, head over to our 2011 Renewals/Cancellations Guide.

Follow writer Tim Surette on Twitter: @TimAtTVDotCom

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