Return of Seventies TV Heroines

Over the weekend, reported that David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman script got a pilot pickup from NBC after the network passed on it a few weeks ago. The show is set in L.A., with Diana Prince as “a successful corporate executive and a modern woman trying to balance all of the elements of her extraordinary life.” WW remains my favorite Justice Leaguer and it’s about time she gets a reboot. I would’ve preferred a movie franchise but I’ll take her on the small screen as long as it’s good.

Sarah Shahi

Perhaps because I just watched USA’s new show, Fairly Legal, last week, I think Sarah Shahi (formerly Damian Lewis’s partner in Life) would be great in the role. Shahi is not only gorgeous, she’s charismatic (not always a given with beautiful people) and has solid acting chops. Who would you like to see wield the golden lasso of truth?

My friend Lauren also alerted me to the news that the recently announced ABC remake of Charlie’s Angels cast its first angel, Annie Ilonzeh from General Hospital (see Daily Mail article here). I like that she’s a relative unknown and that Robert Wagner will be voicing Charlie.

I know neither of these shows will be high-brow TV but I can’t help feeling a little giddy and rooting for them to be good. These announcements take me right back to 1976, when I was a kid rushing to finish my homework and chores so Mom would let me watch the Angels or Wonder Woman kick ass, something my little-girl self aspired to do. I don’t have homework anymore but if the pilots make it to series, I’d probably still hurry through the dishes so I can watch the ladies do their thing.

Would you watch these shows? Who should play the other Angels?



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    January 24, 2011 at 5:40 am

    On the Bob and Tom show this morning someone said that they were watching the football playoff last night and they had a flashback to 1976 when the announcer said, “The Pittsburgh Steelers are going to the Super Bowl! Stay tuned for Hawaii Five-0 next.”

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    Brett Battles
    January 24, 2011 at 6:02 am

    I agree with you about Sarah Shahi, PCN. She’s great. Loved her in LIFE, which should have never been cancelled. She’s an excellent actor. Oh, and hot, too.

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    January 24, 2011 at 11:24 am

    I caught most of Fairly Legal‘s pilot when it was rerun this weekend. I thought Sarah Shahi was really good! (Drove me nuts that I couldn’t remember where else I’d seen her so finally had to resort to imdb…on The L Word.) The only drawback that I can see to her playing Wonder Woman is that she seems too petite after the physical presence that Lynda Carter’s 5’9″ or whatever brought to the role. But, as you said, she’s got the acting chops, so maybe… I can’t really think of anyone else off the top of my head.

    I think Robert Wagner is an excellent choice for Charlie’s voice. I went through my phases of wanting to be Wonder Woman, Sabrina from Charlie’s Angels or Jaime Sommers.

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    Pop Culture Nerd
    January 24, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Eddy—Ha! We ARE going back in time! Which is cool. I’m sure I got some ’70s jeans I can pull out and save money buying new ones.

    Brett—I was bummed when LIFE was canceled. Shahi & Lewis had a great bickering chemistry.

    Christine—Those people you wanted to be when you were a kid proves we are the same person. I still have a Jaime Sommers doll and lunchbox! I also got THE BIONIC WOMAN Season One DVD for Christmas. Did you want to be Princess Leia, too?

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      January 24, 2011 at 1:10 pm

      Oh, absolutely – even when she was wearing that flightline-headset hairdo!

      And no 70’s jeans here, but, and I would only admit this to you, my dear PCN, that amongst the 45’s I still have is a copy of Rick Dees and his Cast of Idiots performing Disco Duck.

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    Shell Sherree
    January 24, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    I’d love to see Jennifer Garner as Wonder Woman. Or one of the Angels. I really don’t mind which ~ I just loved her so much in Alias that I’d be very glad to see her on TV again. And we know she can hold her own in a tussle.

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