David E. Kelley pens a rebooted show about the Amazon princess, and the ''Deadliest Catch'' stars may return
Is Wonder Woman running back to TV?
A long-gestating plan to revive the Wonder Woman franchise just got an unlikely new boost: TV’s premier drama writer David E. Kelley (Boston Legal, The Practice) will pen a spec script for Warner Bros. Television that will update the period tale about an Amazon princess who battled Nazis and other bad guys during World War II. (The character was last seen on the small screen in the 1970s series starring Lynda Carter.) Kelley, who’s also exec producing the midseason drama Harry’s Law for NBC, is expected to incorporate the superhero’s signature lasso, cuffs, and plane in the script that insiders assure will be a serious, non-campy take on the DC Comics character. (There’s no word yet on when he might deliver the script.) Warners is expected to shop the project to all of the broadcast networks, though it seems like a perfect fit for The CW, home to Smallville, which is now in its tenth season. Meanwhile, the decision is adapt the franchise for the big screen remains a goal. Though the likes of Joel Silver and Joss Whedon tried and failed to make it a reality, a TV show could only boost chances for a movie origin tale in the future.
— Lynette Rice and Nicole Sperling
Discovery to woo Deadliest Catch stars back?
Production on season 7 of Deadliest Catch is expected to begin next week in Alaska’s Dutch Harbor despite the news that stars Sig Hansen and Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand have left the show because of a legal dispute. But could they return? Discovery sued the Hillstrands for failing to finish work on a Catch spin-off; the brothers countered that the lawsuit would force them to sell their boats, so they quit the show. (Hansen backed the Hillstrands and left too.) The network isn’t commenting, but there may be an 11th-hour attempt to woo the captains back. Until then, Catch will still follow boats the Wizard and the Kodiak, as well as the sons of the late Phil Harris on the Cornelia Marie. The show may need to find replacements for the Hillstrands’ Time Bandit and Hansen’s Northwestern.
— Lynette Rice