They're all the rage these days — on film, on TV, even on Broadway — but there was a time when America had no superheroes. So, just like with jazz and blue jeans, we had to invent them. The three-hour PBS documentary Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle (Tuesday, Oct. 15) will track their evolution from the birth of Superman in the Great Depression to the powerhouse dominance of Spider-Man and...
Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer and Lynda Carter
Who knew Two and a Half Men's Alan (Jon Cryer) was such a Wonder Woman fan? Lynda Carter — who played the superhero on TV from 1975 to 1979 — attends a fund-raiser on the Nov. 7 episode of the CBS comedy, sending Alan into a sex-crazed frenzy. The storyline is based on a chance meeting Cryer had with his real-life teen crush earlier this year at a party hosted by CBS honcho Leslie Moonves, who is close pals with Carter. "I was so transfixed that my wife went over and told her I was a huge fan," says Cryer, who has also been working in Men's writers' room this season. "I, of course, was more tasteful about my obsession than Alan, who has a line, 'I had a poster of her that ended up looking like the bottom of a birdcage.'"
This is one of the more jam-packed weeks of a seriously overstuffed TV summer, so let's break it down by night.
COMEBACK: The mercurial and always opinionated Keith Olbermann, most recently ousted from his MSNBC perch, brings his act back to cable with the same title (Countdown) but a new network (Current TV). His eclectic roster of contributors will include documentarian Ken Burns, comedian Richard Lewis and filmmaker Michael Moore. Let the ranting begin.
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NBC's new Wonder Woman pilot from David E. Kelley will put a new spin on the role Lynda Carter embodied from 1975-79 — three identities, each with her own love interest.
In addition to Wonder Woman's mousy alias, Diana Prince, she will have a third, more powerful persona named Diana Themyscira, the confidant C.E.O. of Themyscira Industries...
Looks like Wonder Woman will again fly to the small screen after all: NBC has picked up David E. Kelley's pilot about the DC Comics superheroine, Deadline reports.
The order comes two weeks after networks, including NBC, initially passed on the project. According to Deadline, the Peacock was interested in Wonder Woman two weeks ago, but was forced to turn it down as NBC Universal's merger with Comcast was still in flux. The $13.8 billion deal was approved Tuesday, allowing new Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt to move forward with the pickup.
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Wonder Woman star Lynda Carter is pumped about all the talk surrounding a big-screen remake of her 1970s superhero series, and her pick to play the lead is none other than Sandra Bullock.
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"I think it is the quality Sandra Bullock has in all her characters that needs to be in Wonder Woman," says Carter. "You identify with pieces of them all. You can't play Wonder Woman ... you have to be a knowable woman."
For more from Carter, including why she would consider a cameo in the remake and the latest on her new jazz album, At Last, watch the video after the jump.
Allison Mack and Lynda Carter, Smallville
Superhero worlds collide tonight when Lynda Carter pays a visit to Smallville (8 pm/ET on the CW). The actress became a worldwide star in 1976 when she was cast as TV's Wonder Woman, and since that show's end she has kept busy with movies-of-the-week, TV guest roles, films and theater work, including a recent run in the London production of Chicago. On Smallville she plays Moira Sullivan, the mysterious mother of Allison Mack's Chloe. Though viewers learned two seasons ago that Moira was in a mental institution, "Obviously it was a much bigger secret than that," says executive producer Al Gough. "Moira is meteor-infected" and has the power to mentally control other so-called "meteor freak
Two familiar faces are about to be admitted to Seattle Grace Hospital. TV Guide has learned exclusively that Catherine Dent, who played The Shield's pregnant cop Danny, and Michael Boatman, the mayor's minority-affairs assistant on Spin City, will both appear in an episode of Grey's Anatomy airing this spring. In other casting news: As part of his new TVGuide.com Q&A, Smallville's Al Gough confirms a visit from Wonder Woman herself, Lynda Carter. Megan Mullally guests on Boston Legal later this season, playing a former lover and coworker of Alan's.
It pains me to report this, folks, but Lynda Carter is up to no good, so much that her misdeeds will unspool on not one but two NBC procedurals. On Tuesday at 10 pm/ET, she guest-stars with Estella Warren on Law & Order: SVU, as a mother-daughter grifting team. After the dubious duo elude Benson and Stabler, they resurface the following night on Law & Order (base brand). TVGuide.com needed no golden lasso to make Carter come clean about her yen to be bad, a few of Wonder Woman's secrets and a bit of Battle of the Network Stars gossip.
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Wonder Woman's Lynda Carter and Sports Illustrated swimsuit-model-turned-thespian (calm down, boys, it means "actor") Estella Warren are confirmed to play mother and daughter on the Sept. 27 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, then carry their characters over to the following night's episode of Law & Order original brand. I hear that detectives Benson and Stabler will try to get their hands on that nifty truth-telling golden lasso.