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Friday, October 01, 2010

Oh, ew. No.

Oh, Please, no.

I'm all for Wonder Woman being on the small screen again. I'd love a Wonder Woman series.

But not by David E. Kelley.

I haven't seen that much of his other work, but I've seen Ally McBeal enough to see what Kelley's like when he tries to be feminist. (He could be funny, granted. But not feminist.)

I mean, say what you will about Joss Whedon or J.J. Abrams, but I've never got so utterly angry at a tv show as I used to while watching Ally McBeal. Whedon might get a little TOO much credit sometimes and Abrams has his own problems, but I'd take either one any day before David E. Kelley.

Maybe I'm wrong and it won't suck. It has been more than a decade after all. Maybe he's learned something. Or will be better with pre-established characters. Right now though, I'm NOT optimistic.


  • At October 02, 2010 1:16 AM, Blogger notintheface said…

    Maybe Kelley can bring in Alan Shore (James Spader) as a love interest?

  • At October 02, 2010 1:44 AM, Blogger Diabolu Frank said…

    Picket Fences, the first season of Chicago Hope, and the first several years of The Practice were all great shows. Alley McBeal was crap, and aside from Boston Legal, Kelly's been shooting blanks for years. Remember girls club and Snoops? Nobody else doesm either.

  • At October 02, 2010 5:51 AM, Blogger kalinara said…

    Really, I think Kelley has some talent. It's just, I really really don't like any of his attempts at "girl-power" type shows.

    And Wonder Woman being basically the quintessential example (or at least, ought to be) is what really makes me nervous.

  • At October 02, 2010 7:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Kelley's main problem, from what I can tell, is leaving his shows in less capable hands as soon as he gets bored and wants to move on to the next project. Ally McBeal is sort of an exception to that because it didn't know where it wanted to go from the beginning, so while it had some interesting characters and ideas, they couldn't get off the ground because the metaphor of the dancing baby couldn't be sustained. I can't believe I just said that; it sounds utterly bizarre. But it's totally true.

    However, we're in a post-Whedon, season arc world, where your goals need to be right there, so unless Kelley wants to set us back about twenty years in how shows are run, I think it okay. With good writers.

    I just wish they'd be like "Timm. Dini. You're up. Your Princess was the best. Get her on the small screen." The JL/JLU Diana captured my attention in a way that no Diana had since I was too small to know any better. Her balance of naivete, inexperience, and power was fantastic, and THAT'S what I want to see on my TV.

  • At October 02, 2010 9:27 AM, Anonymous Andrew Weiss said…

    So I take it Diana is going to be a petite blonde, then?

  • At October 02, 2010 9:34 PM, Blogger notintheface said…

    Looking forward to the inevitable Wonder Woman / Denny Crane team-up.

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