Adrianne Palicki is 'Wonder Woman'

Adrienne_PAdrianne Palicki (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) has been signed to star as WONDER WOMAN in the new NBC pilot by David E. Kelley (BOSTON LEGAL).
This is a kind of reboot of the character, with Diana Price reimagined as a corporate executive who is also a crime-fighting vigilante.
Adrianne Palicki has also appeared as the recurring character Jessica Moore on SUPERNATURAL, and played the “fake” Kara on SMALLVILLE back in 2004. She voices Clare on the Cartoon Networks’  stop-motion TITAN MAXIMUM.
The DC Comics-based show is being made by Warner Brothers Television.

'Wonder Woman' Casting Sheet

wonder-woman_jim leeHere’s the casting sheet break-down for the (hopefully) recurring characters for David E. Kelly’s WONDER WOMAN pilot for Wanerenr Brothers Television, greenlit by NBC. 
DC Entertainment / Warner Bros. Television/ NBC
Draft: 12/16/10
Exec. Producers: David E. Kelley, Bill D’Elia
Producers: TBD
Director: TBD
Casting Director: David Rapaport
Casting Associate: Lyndsey Baldasare
NY Casting Directors: Beth Bowling & Kim Miscia
NY Casting Assistant: Michael Rios
Start Date: March 15, 2011
Location: Los Angeles, CA
We are committed to diverse, inclusive casting. For every role, please submit qualified performers, without regard to disability, race, age, colour, national origin, ethnic origin or any other basis prohibited by law unless otherwise specifically indicated.
[WONDER WOMAN / DIANA THEMYSCIRA / DIANA PRINCE] Female, late 20s to 30s. A kick-ass Superhero / Powerful C.E.O. / A vulnerable woman. Long flowing black hair, blue eyes. Amazon-like, muscular, an Olympian. The charismatic stage presence of a rock star. A crime fighter. Also, a real woman who yearns to live a normal life. She is accessible and appealing to all people, men and women alike…SERIES LEAD. ASP.
[MYNDI MAYER] Female, open ethnicity, 30s. Publicist, Press Secretary and Wonder Woman’s confidant and nurturing best friend. Worldy and edgy. Sexy and persuasive, her appearance is part of her strength. She is beautiful and put together – dressed expensively in the latest fashions, plus she’s got a bit of bite, clever wit and sass. She’s the prodder of Diana’s social life…SERIES REGULAR. ASP.
[ETTA] Female, open ethnicity, 30s. Diana Themyscira’s always cheerful personal assistant. A bit charactery, but real, pretty and effervescent. She is blindly devoted to Diana. She’s her unrelenting cheerleader, with unwavering, unabated support. On the vulnerable side, she sees the humble and sympathetic sides in everyone, including Diana…SERIES REGULAR. ASP.
[CEO HENRY DEMETER] Male, open ethnicity, 40s. Acting CEO of Themyscira Industries. Grounded, intelligent and deeply devoted to Diana. He runs the day to day operations of the company and acts like an Uncle to Diana although he could be a possible love interest down the line…SERIES REGULAR. ASP.
[STEVE TREVOR] Male, open ethnicity, 30s. A leading man Diana can’t look past. Good looking but a real man. An Army vet, he now works in the Justice dept…SERIES REGULAR, ASP.
[ED INDELICATO] Male, late 30s to early 40s. Stoic and tough, he is a liaison to the police department. Devoted and loyal to Diana, he’s blue collar, a no nonsense kind of guy. A chiseled man who subscribes to the old fashion rules of relationships – men don’t talk much. His job comes first and he wouldn’t make room for the possibility that there is potential romantic relationship with Diana…SERIES REGULAR, 10/13.
Ahh… Sounds very much like a LOT of time will be spent in the office, not an encouraging sign for comic book/action fans. It’s top-heavy with regulars, in my view.
And why would a business have a “police liasion”? Does Themyscira Industries do security work or defense contracting? Odd.

Big 'Smallville' Spoiler

 TVLine  broke the news of major spoiler from SMALLVILLE: the early arrival of a version of a significant comic book character —Connor Kent, aka Superboy.
Lucas Grabeel is Alexander/Connor
Lucas Grabeel is Alexander/Connor
Likely to be revealed in the upcoming episode ‘Scion’,  it seems Alexander, the Lex Luthor clone, actually shares both Lex’s and Clark Kent’s DNA. (A plot wrinkle introduced in the comics, after the Death of Superman series.)
This was foreshadowed by the surprise ending of last Friday’s episode  Beacon, in which Tess Mercer (Cassidy Freeman) discovers to her shock that Alexander (Lucas Grabeel, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL) is becoming invunerable.
Producers Brian Peterson and Kelly Souders are quoted as saying:

“Conner’s [sic]  journey is manipulated by a master.  Luckily, someone knows more about Conner’s life than he does. But he should be wary of strangers bearing gifts.”

So it doesn’t look (at the moment) like the Alexander clone will age into the Michael Rosenbaum Lex. It will be interesting to see how the character will return in the series finale.


"Real" Lex Back on 'Smallville'


Michael Rosenbaum as Lex Luthor
Michael Rosenbaum as Lex Luthor

According to Deadline , Michael Rosenbaum will return as the adult Lex Luthor for the two-hour season finale of SMALLVILLE.
The article states that  the deal was finalized Friday night for the actor to reprise his role, which he played for seven years on the CW Network  (originally the WB) program.
Since his departure, body doubles and both younger (Jakob Davies, Connor Stanhope, and most recently Lucas Grabeel) and older actors (Mackenzie Gray) have been used to depict various incarnations of Lex Luthor, some of them “damaged” clones, others possibly the actual, though masked and  injured man. While acceptable in these roles, these substitutes don’t really compare to the original.

SMALLVILLE showrunners Brian Peterson and  Kelly Souders are quoted as saying:

“It feels like the stars are aligning, literally. We couldn’t be more excited about having Michael back. And as far as the way he returns … there’ll be no doubt about how Lex becomes the great rival in Clark Kent’s life. He is the villain of the story.”

Michael Rosenbaum says he’s delighted to return to wrap things up for the series, now in its tenth season.

“I’m simply doing it for all of the fans out there who made SMALLVILLE the great success it is. I appreciate all of their passion, their relentlessness and even their threats. Ha-ha.

I can’t wait to hug the old crew back in Vancouver one last time and see all of my old friends once again… Oh, and for Lex to become the badass he’s destined to be.”

Rosenbaum and the writing staff always took care to depict the character as complex and human, a  person wounded and damaged by his upbringing, desperately seeking love, friendship, and trust—all undermined by his ingrained fear of beytral and subsequent need to control.


Smallville, Supernatural Return Tonight

SMALLVILLE and SUPERNATURAL return from hiatus tonight, Friday, Feb.4th.
Chloe Sullivan (Allision Mack) returns to Metropolis, after her mysterious disappearance, though the captured and  released ‘Justice Leaguers’ are unsure if she can be trusted in Collateral.
 On SUPERNATURAL’s Like A Virgin:

“Dean and Bobby anxiously wait for Sam to wake up to see if Death was able to restore his soul without causing Sam to lose his mind. Meanwhile, Dean and Bobby investigate a disappearance of virgins and discover dragons are behind the kidnappings.
Bobby sends Dean to a doctor who owns the only weapon in the world that can slay a dragon, but Dean must prove himself worthy enough to take it.
Phil Sgriccia directed the episode written by Adam Glass.
SMALLVILLE airs at 8:00 PM/7 Central, followed by SUPERNATURAL at 9:00 PM/7 Central  on the CW Network.

'Smallville' Will NOT Return Tonight

Smallville Icarus
Smallville Icarus

The CW Network has announced that SMALLVILLE will NOT return in the new episode Collateral tonight, Jan. 28th.

On Friday, January 28, (8:00-9:00 p.m.) an encore of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES episode titled “The Descent” will air in place of the previously announced SMALLVILLE episode titled “Collateral.”
Also, please note the following changes to schedule on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2:
– From 8:00-9:00 p.m., an encore of the SMALLVILLE episode “Icarus” will air in place of the previously announced episode of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES titled “The Descent.”
“SMALLVILLE” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET)
“Icarus” (TV-14, V) (HDTV)
“SMALLVILLE” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET)
“Collateral” (TV-14, LV) (HDTV)

Chole (Alison Mack) and Oliver Queen (Justin Hartley) in 'Collateral'
Chole (Alison Mack) and Oliver Queen (Justin Hartley) in 'Collateral'

CHLOE SULLIVAN RETURNS TO SMALLVILLE – Clark (Tom Welling), Oliver (Justin Hartley), Lois (Erica Durance) and Dinah (guest star Alaina Huffman) are released by the VRA after being captured at Hawkman’s funeral but each of them have flashbacks of Chloe (Allison Mack) holding them against their will. When Chloe returns, Dinah warns the others that Chloe may now be a traitor. Oliver dismisses her concerns but Clark is unsure if he can trust Chloe after she disappeared without an explanation. Cassidy Freeman also stars. Morgan Beggs directed the episode written by Jordan Hawley.
“SMALLVILLE” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET)
“Beacon” (TV-14, V) (HDTV)
MARTHA KENT COMES HOME – Clark (Tom Welling) is surprised to see Martha (Annette O’Toole) on the news speaking at a pro-vigilante rally. However, surprise quickly turns to horror when he and Lois (Erica Durance) watch as Martha is injured in an attack on national television. Meanwhile, Lionel (John Glover) reveals himself to the world and reclaims LuthorCorp from Tess (Cassidy Freeman) and Oliver (Justin Hartley). Lois and Chloe (Allison Mack) decide to cheer Clark up by showing him videos from thousands of vigilante supporters professing their support for The Blur. Videos were created and submitted by actual “Smallville” fans. Mike Rohl directed the episode written by Don Whitehead & Holly Henderson.

No explantion was given for the change.

'Smallville' Casts Booster Gold, Blue Beetle

eric-martsolfEntertainment Weekly reports that SMALLVILLE has cast Eric Martsolf (DAYS OF OUR LIVES) as time-traveling superhero wannbee Booster Gold for the episode Booster.

Jaren Brandt Bartlett

Also in the episode will be Jaren Brandt Bartlett (THE TROOP) as the current alien armor-wearing Blue Beetle, Jamie Reyes.

According to TV Guide,  Sebastian Spence (FIRST WAVE) will appear as previous comic book Blue Beetle, Ted Kord. He was the second version of the character (inspired by the golden age  Beetle, Dan Garett), begining in the 196o’s for Charlton Comics, and later acquired by DC and teamed with Booster Gold as humorous team for a Justice League run in the 1980’s.  Sebatian Spence
Producer Brian Peterson describes the SMALLVILLE Kord role as a “captain of industry who has lost a valuable weapon…the scarab. He’ll cross paths with Booster Gold, Jaime Reyes, and, of course, Clark.” So at a guess, not appearing  in costume as a Blue Beetle.
DC Entertainment creative honcho Geoff Johns wrote the episode.

Wonder Woman Not Coming to TV

Linda Cater as WONDER WOMAN
Linda Carter as WONDER WOMAN

Deadline reports that DC Entertaiment/Warner Brothers Television’s proposed WONDER WOMAN TV series is being shelved for the time being. Apparently, all the major networks passed on David E. Kelley’s pilot script. 

The article indicates that this may be  due as much to bad timing as any other factor.

The Fox Network passed, as it’s suggested was an expected result. Un-named sources are said to claim that CBS was interested, but split on the idea. NBC may be a bit too much in flux at the moment, as new head of programing  Robert Greenblatt has not yet taken command.

It’s suggested that ABC’s passing on the series is “politically” motivated, as the network is owned by Disney, which now also owns Marvel Comics, and THE INCREDIBLE HULK and a series involving ALIAS’ s Jessica Jones/Jewel/Knightress character are in development.

The updating of the Wonder Woman character might be a good match for the Warner Bros./CBS joint venture, The CW — but the ambitiouslly concieved proposed show is assumed to be too expensive for the lower-budgeted network.

 However, the idea of a new Wonder Woman TV franchise is not dead, only consigned to limbo for the time being.

'Smallville' Promotional Poster

DC Comics’ The Source blog premiered this new CW promotional art for the second half of SMALLVILLE’s 10th and final season, entitled “Destiny is Now’.


Note Clark Kent’s (Tom Welling)  red & blue reflection, a nice touch.
SMALLVILLE returns to the CW with new episodes Friday, January 28th, with ‘Collateral’, picking up from the mid-season cliff-hanger of ‘Icarus’.

Geoff Johns On 'Smallville', DC Animated

Booster_Gold_25DC’s Geoff Johns had a wide-ranging interview over at ComicBookResources, where among many other things, he discused some of DC’s TV productions.
Regarding the episode of SMALLVILLE featuring Booster Gold and the Blue Beetle that he’s writing:

“Yeah, I literally just finished the script before Christmas. Jaime Reyes Blue Beetle too.
…I love the Blue Beetle. We introduced (the alien-suit powered version) back during “Infinite Crisis.” I always liked the chemistry between him and Booster, so when I was going to do this episode, I wanted to do those two together and I think the story that we came up works really well. It’s very Booster 1.0, meaning he’s in the early stages of his career as a hero — and is pretty self-serving.
You’ll see Beetle’s origin, Booster first meeting Clark and Lois and maybe a cameo by someone from Kord Industries.”

It seems a shame to this writer that we won’t get a chance to see the classic teaming of Booster Gold and the Ted Kord Blue Beetle, but such is life.
Regarding what coming up in the animated DC Universe:

“There is already a series that we’re working on that I can’t get into yet but yes, you’ll definitely see more animated series coming from Warner Brothers Animation. Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett and Sam Register really love DC and DC is in really, really good hands. ”