NBC Snags Four New Series, Wonder Woman Not Looking Good

When NBC announced its Wonder Woman reboot earlier this year, conventional wisdom said it was a lock to make the schedule. Wonder Woman is an iconic superhero, the project had David E. Kelley penning it, and it had a hot young actress ready to don the bulletproof bracelets. Things have changed.

News of four series pickups for NBC has leaked, and Wonder Woman is not among them. In fact, the scuttlebutt on the street (via EW) says that Wonder Woman, after testing "mixed-to-negative" and receiving a public flogging for costume choice, is looking like a longshot to make the schedule.

Instead, NBC has chosen four other women to build series around. The network has ordered Smash, Whitney, Prime Suspect, and Up All Night to series, and show features females front and center. Here they are, along with arbitrary grades to spice things up.


Prime Suspect
Mario Bello has big shoes to fill as the lead in Prime Suspect, the U.S. adaptation of the well-respected British series that starred Helen Mirren. The drama centers on a strong, bite-your-head-off New York female detective kicking ass and taking names... and then eating those names in a precinct that's testosterone heavy. Aidan Quinn also stars.
Arbitrary Grade: B We like love Bello, but we're also scared of remakes. That said, if you must remake something, at least make it something good like this.


Smash
Debra Messing returns to NBC in Smash, one of the first shows looking to cash in on the Glee craze. Co-created by Steven Spielberg, Smash centers on the production and opening of a fictional Broadway musical. In other words, get out your singing shoes and dancing hats! Gottttta daaaaance!
Arbitrary Grade: C Is it the singing and dancing that people love Glee for? Or is it the high-school setting with the singing and dancing? I think it's the latter.


Up All Night
Christina Applegate will headline the formerly untitled comedy Up All Night, about a working mom's take on parenting. As far as I know, Will Arnett is still signed-on to play Applegate's on-screen, lazy, stay-at-home dad.
Arbitrary Grade: B+ There's nothing new about a comedy featuring a working mom, but Applegate as a snarky mom and Arnett as her worthless hubby could be a winning combo.


Whitney
Whitney stars warm up-and-coming comedienne Whitney Cummings in a romantic comedy about being in a relationship "in today's complicated world." Nothing too progressive here, but Cummings has built a following as a co-conspirator with fellow racy femme Chelsea Handler.
Arbitrary Grade: D Nothing new here. Some studio exec likes a comic, gives them a show with their name on it, and wraps a we've-seen-this-before premise around it. Points also lost for including "in today's complicated world" in the description. You can order a rosemary potato pizza with three presses of a button from your GPS-enabled iPhone. This world is anything but complicated.


There's still no word on Ronald D. Moore's Battlestar Galactica reunion 17th Precinct, mind-bender REM, period piece Reconstruction, *curvy* period piece Playboy, or oddball comedy Brave New World.


NBC is going to be under the microscope this season. What do you think of the network's pickups so far?


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I can't believe they canceled The Paul Reiser Show after 2 episodes and then think they can replace it with Whitney?! Who the hell runs this network? I bet it's a spy from another network who wants to see NBC destroyed.
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i wish that all shows should get 1 & 1/2 seasons... gives them time to develop a following and at the mid point of season 2, if not enough ratings, then cancel them and allow for tying up loose ends for the audience/fans... that way everyone would know to expect growth in first half of 2nd season or else andd if else, would get conclusion properly... would make the fans not so angry for getting #@itted out of closure, because we fans would get proper ending to the series... think about it broadcast network execs.... you guys are alienating your bread and butter with all these partial 1st seasons and changing the times off our shows then @@itcanning them after 8 or 12 episodes... crazy to expect us to invest ourselves this way over and over again... have some respect for us and you'll develop a BRAND loyalty base (loyal back to you for you considering US in your decisions) and really, we'd all know what to expect, even the actors and writers, but ESP the fans??!! think about it..
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i cant stand cry baby fans who complain bout a show before it even begins..thats exactly what happened 2 wonder woman.the show not getting pick up at all.all this old fans start acting like cry baby and now the show not even getting made..the sad thing bout it is this fans that was so against the show 4 no reason besides they didnt like the costume.r u kidding me?and some didnt like the fact linda carter wasnt in it..im like shes too old to be playing a woman in tights fighting i mean come on..but 4 me the costume wasnt that bad and linda carter told the talk and other interviewers that she would be in the show b/c the writers r writing her this great part but she cant talk about it..now thats f up.linda carter was about to be in the show and now we want ever see that b/c ppl cry like babies bout an outfit and the fact linda wasnt in it..i cant stand this cry baby fans at least buffy fans got more class.and when i say that i mean buffy got a movie coming out instead of saying we hate it alot of us r waiting 2 see it before we judge cant say the same bout the wonder woman fans.i really wanted to see wonder woman something 4 my time.im so mad right now.its a shame it wont b made:(
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I'm just glad Wonder Woman might not see the light of day. Remember The Cape? I don't want that to happen again with Wonder Woman.
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Yeesh! So much for Gotta See TV! It's not that there aren't any more good ideas; it's that no one connected with NBC has a good idea any more. Thank God for Hulu and Netflix.
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Prime suspect is the only one that peak my interest but it also a remake, too. The other ones sound arwful.
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These "women centric" shows all sound pretty lame
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saying only three out of 4 will get canceled is pretty optimistic BigEvil6.

I watch Glee ...because my mom likes it. the lip sync scenes are my least favorite part unless I can watch brittany dance. pretty much I enjoy the storytelling better than the high school musical aspect ..again, unless brittany's dancing =D
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They better order 17th Precinct, it's Ronald D. Moore!!!
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Wonder Woman was DOA with the dreadful costume. I hope it's picked up for a reboot.
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shame, but the costume does sucks
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I am a fan of Bello, Messing, and Applegate, couldn't care less about Cummings. Hate "Glee", so no chance for "Smash", hope Messing's next project is better. Will give "Up All Night" a shot, I have high hopes for "Prime Suspect - perhaps too high :-) , NBC has a reputation for turning good ideas into crap and being too quick with the ax. I wish it was on another network or better yet Cable.
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3 out 4 will certainty get canceled.
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I am looking forward to watching Prime Suspect. The original UK show was extremely good and Helen Mirren perfect! It's going to be extremely interesting to compare.
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very stupid new shows the only one that could possibly work wouldve been wonder woman thanks to all those who were so negative got there wish about wonder woman not getting picked up i hope eveyones tv show get cancelled because of the negative people out there about wonder woman
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I won't watch any of them as they'll probably all get cancelled.
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As soon as I saw the picture of the four women, the word canceled came to mind. I'm sorry but none of those women can carry a show. Wonder woman has a better chance of getting a season 2.
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"17th Precinct" is the only show I have any interest in at all. of those mentioned. Eamonn Walker got shortchanged in his blink and you miss it 2 episode run on "Lights Out" and seeing "Kareem Said" back in a regular role on a new show would be kind of awesome. Stockard Channing is in the cast as well and she's a fantastic actress. Jamie Bamber, Tricia Helfer, and James Callis make a pretty compelling reason to watch as well. Ron Moore writing and his best director Michael Rymer on board as well for the pilot. What the frak is the problem with NBC? I would hope it at least has a better chance than "Wonder Woman" which doesn't have much in terms of a cast with the exception of the always good Cary Elwes.
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Does this mean Paget Brewsters "My Life as an Experiment" didnt get picked up??
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Wonder Woman really did seem likely, although NBC hasn't been having much luck lately with superheroes. It may be a mid-season replacement show. It's trouble could be why the network is considering renewing Chuck. Although it would be a mistake for the network to pass on 17th Precinct; it's got a strong talent behind it. But none of the four pickups really interest me.
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Definitely won't watch Prime Suspect (not my bag), might watch Smash but Debra Messing annoys me, might watch Whitney because I love Chelsea Handler, and will definitely watch Up All Night. I love Christina Applegate and Will Arnett, so I'll give anything with the two of them a fighting chance, but please don't let it be another Running Wilde disaster!!
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they all sound lame
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There all LAME!! I'll check out Whitney because of Chelsea Handler and that's it.
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Not interested in any of these new shows. I guess that pilot for Wonder Woman turned out to be really bad.
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Haha, they'd make the right choice if they don't pick up WW, it looks awful and will surely be the next Cape.
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Why would they not pick up a Ronald D. Moore TV Show with all three of those fantastic actors? 17th Precinct seems amazing and I for one can't believe they are not considering this show.
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It's NBC. They will always make the wrong choices, ALWAYS
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Prime Suspect, seriously? FIND YOUR OWN ORIGINAL SHOWS AMERICA!!!!!!
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Do we really need another cop show?? Really? I might watch Up All Night, mostly because of Christina Applegate. I'd watch her watching paint dry.
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Up all night sounds good go Christine Appelgate. Love her so I hope it works out. The other's don't sound to exciting. I'm glad wonderwomen didn't make it all we need is another remake.. NOT!
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@estella87: that's because I'm dumb. It's been fixed! Thanks...
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PS: you kept on writing "three" but it's four TV shows that have been picked up (according to this list here anyway)
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hmmm I'm still waiting to see if 17th Precinct and REM will be picked up; the rest sounds o.k., but nothing special there. I might check out Up All Night because I like Christina Applegate (loved Samantha Who).
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Prime Suspect and Whitney are just the ones I'm interested in. Wonder Woman was doomed from the start and didn't get better with the choice of actress - though had they picked Legend of the Seeker lady, well that would have been a whole never game of cricket, or baseball (for you Americans).
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hmmm...yet another detective show, crap, sounds like a cbs/abc comedy wannabe, and crap. great shows nbc...and you wonder why your ratings are so bad...
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I really wanted them to pick up 17th Precinct but word is that they won't so I guess I'll probably end up checking out Prime Suspect but don't expect it to be as good as the original.
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prime suspect is the only one i would want to watch
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Prime Suspect is the only one I would watch.
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