Actress on canned Wonder Woman pilot: “It was shocking

It’s no secret David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman show was given the shaft. In 2011, the networks passed on the pilot, which had Adrianne Palicki in the title role. Now, the actress is speaking out about her limited run as the superhero.

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Meet the Wonder Woman that never was. Over a year ago, former Friday Night Lights star Adrianne Palicki tried her hand at the superhero genre. Not since Lynda Carter had an actress filled the heroine’s shoes in a regular capacity (except in animation).

Palicki shot a pilot for a modern adaptation from famed writer David E. Kelley. He was the brains behind such hits as Ally McBeal, The Practice and Boston Legal. Unfortunately, viewers never saw the finished product. Once it was shot, NBC quickly passed on it.

In an interview with Crave Online, Palicki spoke about her short stint as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman. Even though it fell through, she still sees it as a great experience.

“I’m incredibly proud of that project,” Palicki said. “I was so grateful to get to play Wonder Woman. That was a childhood dream of mine, and I’m proud of the outcome. I do wish it would have gone to series, but everything happens for a reason. Looking at it as a positive, I got to work with some amazing actors [and an] amazing writer, and I got to wear the outfit. It was not comfortable, but it was totally worth it.”

She also admitted she was surprised it wasn’t green-lit. Considering Kelley’s track record, it seemed like a sure thing.

“It was shocking,” said Palicki. “There were obviously politics involved. It had gotten picked up, as far as I knew, so when we got that call, it was incredibly shocking. We were set up to go to Jimmy Kimmel and everything else, so it was a real shock. It was hard to take at first.”

Thankfully, she’s moved on to bigger and better things. Next month, Palicki appears in the Red Dawn remake (premiering Nov. 21), and in the spring, she appears in G.I. Joe: Retaliation (premiering March 29, 2013).

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