Part two of my interview with Scott Carelli, one of the minds behind Geekshow Entertainment, about the upcoming NBC fall pilot, Wonder Woman. If you missed the first part of our discussion, click here.
Part Two of Two
JG: I know you had a lot to say against the guy they have cast as Steve Trevor, Justin Breuning. Had you watched any of Knight Rider 2008? Did you have a pre-conceived notion of how, in my opinion anyway, a really horrible actor he is?
SC: No. I had watched about the first 15 minutes of that pilot and gave up pretty quickly. But I had no idea it was the same guy, because I mean, let’s face it, he’s not a very memorable actor. I had no idea until afterward that people started referencing that he was from that. And I was like, ‘Oh right. Wow. He’s not good in anything.’ He has no personality in this. None whatsoever.
JG: Do you think what they have now could be fixed with a good script doctor or do you think it’s just: scratch it. If you really want to do this and want an invested fandom and general public, just start over?
SC: I would say the best move for quality would be to start over. But I think in concept alone, it’s not a bad idea, I think it just needs a lot a work. You know what it needs? It needs somebody who has worked in the comic industry or someone who is very familiar with Wonder Woman to go through and doctor this script. I think it could be passable at that point; something that could grow into something good at that point. But the script that David E. Kelley wrote is Ally McBeal. It’s Ally McBeal with a mixture of House. It opens like an episode of House. But it’s just a strange show. It really is a strange show. It’s obvious that David E. Kelly is most interested in the Diana Themisycra and Diana Prince characters rather than Wonder Woman. So why didn’t you just make that show with a different character? Why is this Wonder Woman? And that question is never answered. There is no reason for this to be a Wonder Woman series.
JG: What do you think the chances are the show will even hit the air and if it does, how long do you think it would last?
SC: See, that’s the thing, it’s a mixed bag. At the end of the day it is Wonder Woman. As many problems people had with Smallville, that was still Superman and it’s been on 10 years. It’s up in the air, I gotta be honest. Even as is, there are people who will watch this and enjoy it for what it is. But I’m not going to be one of those people. If I continue to watch it, I’ll be honest; it’ll be for all the wrong reasons. I’ll be watching it to see how ridiculous it gets.
Thanks to Scott for his time and thoughts. For his full review, please check out his audio blog at www.geekshow.us.
So what do you think? Is Wonder Woman going to be worth your time and DVR space?