David E Kelley

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With fall shows wrapped, Mad Men and Game of Thrones winding down, and the Louie and True Blood season premieres still weeks away, it’s the perfect time to curl up in front of your television set or computer (which actually seems really uncomfortable) and indulge in a little vintage TV series binge. While most of your old favorites are probably available to you on DVD, Netflix, or Hulu, several noteworthy classics inexplicably and unjustly aren’t. In some cases, no one even had the foresight to record every single episode back when they originally aired and then do their duty to mankind by illegally uploading the series onto YouTube or selling bootleg copies through shady-looking websites and, honestly, that’s just infuriating. If Emily’s Reasons Why Not – a 2006 Heather Graham snoozer that only aired one episode – is on DVD, then surely the following superior series should be released.

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NBC has decided to be a prima donna today, scattering all their announcements throughout the day. NBC has picked up three more pilots to series, rejected one, and made two more renewal announcements. First is The Playboy Club. As if I even need to explain the plot of the series with a title like that and a cast that includes Amber Heard. Think of the series as a Mad Men style period piece set within the classic chain of night clubs. Next up is Awake (formally known as R.E.M.), from Lone Star creator Kyle Killen, Awake is an Inception-style thriller starring Jason Isaacs. The pilot was directed by David Slade. Finally there’s Grimm, starring David Giuntoli as “detective whose mission is to protect humans living in a world where Grimm’s Fairy Tale characters actually exist.” As for the rejected pilot? It turns out that the reports from Monday were in fact false as NBC has decided to pass on David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman. The producers are open to shop the pilot to other networks, but it seems highly unlikely it’s going to fall anywhere else before Monday’s upfronts. Well, it was fun while it lasted. As for the two renewals? Some rumors were in fact true on Monday as the other David E. Kelley series Harry’s Law has been renewed for a second season. Also renewed tonight is the hit Jason Katims series (and one of my personal favorites), Parenthood for a third season.

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After weeks of negotiations between FOX and Universal over the production costs of hit medical drama House M.D., the show has finally been renewed for an eighth season on the network. The issue of the negotiations stemmed from the fact that FOX wanted to drastically cut the cost of producing the show since the recent drop in ratings from last season. Series stars Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Olivia Wilde, and Robert Sean Leonard are all signed on to return, but co-stars Lisa Edelstein, Jesse Spencer, and Peter Jacobson are all still in the middle of negotiations. However, their returns are almost a guarantee. In addition to the renewal of House, the network also picked up three pilots to series including the comedy I Hate My Teenage Daughter starring Jaime Pressly, another comedy in the form of The New Girl starring Zooey Deschanel, Bones (which also saw a renewal a week ago) spin-off Finder which had a back door pilot on the hit crime-drama a couple weeks ago, and the new J.J. Abrams series Alcatraz.

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Two weeks ago, the first official image of Adrianne Palicki in her Wonder Woman costume was released, and the response was less than steller. While I didn’t have the same anger to the costume as others, I did feel that it felt like it came out of  a fetish shop rather than a superhero’s closet. Well, there’s some good news for all the fans who cried foul. The costume has been redesigned! The first official images (courtesy of SFX) of Palicki on set have been released and as you can see, the bottom half of the costume has been drastically altered to give the costume a less cheep feel.

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A few week’s ago it was announced that announced that Adrianne Palicki had been cast in David E. Kelley’s new Wonder Woman TV series as the title character. This announcement was met with one of gleeful joy. Palicki is not the standard pick one would think a major company like NBC would make. And today brought us another surprise, but not necessarily in a good way. EW released our first look at Palicki in full costume for the new series, which can be seen to the right. First the positives: I do appreciate that the consume is slightly updated to not be as revealing as it could be, though that top is questionable to say the least. Instead of going for the short skirt, the designer went for a full pants look. That was actually by biggest concern for the costume, because I knew from the get go that the comic book representation of Wonder Woman would never translate into a modern day TV series. Now for the negatives: It’s cheap. And I mean really cheap. I actually wouldn’t be surprised to learn that the designer walked into a fetish shop and just picked up the first thing he saw on the rack and painted it blue and red. Is Palicki a super hero or dominatrix? Because frankly, it could go either way. I don’t see why Wonder Woman has to be in skin tight spandex to be perfectly honest. It’s 2011, no one is going to fault Diana Prince […]

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About three weeks ago we got wind that NBC had decided pick up David E. Kelley’s pilot script for a new Wonder Woman television series. Much speculation since then has been heard on who the director might be and who will actually run the series, but little has been heard on the casting front. Well it looks like we won’t have to wonder at all because NBC has already cast the shows lead. Wonder Woman will be played by Friday Night Lights star Adrianne Palicki, according to Deadline. Palicki’s latest TV role was in the very short lives Lone Star over at FOX. Since then, the only thing she’s been in is a single episode of Criminal Minds. Before that she had a sort of leading role in the 2010 film Legion as the pregnant waitress, Charlie. So beyond Friday Night Lights, this will be her first starring role.

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What is Movie News After Dark? This is a question that I am almost never asked, but I will answer it for you anyway. Movie News After Dark is FSR’s newest late-night secretion, a column dedicated to all of the news stories that slip past our daytime editorial staff and make it into my curiously chubby RSS ‘flagged’ box. It will (but is not guaranteed to) include relevant movie news, links to insightful commentary and other film-related shenanigans. I may also throw in a link to something TV-related here or there. It will also serve as my place of record for being both charming and sharp-witted, but most likely I will be neither of the two. I write this shit late at night, what do you expect?

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published: 04.18.2014
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