OK, so the “Wonder Woman” concept wasn’t the best David E. Kelley has ever developed. But at least he’ll get his Amazon protector on NBC.
She’ll just have to share the screen with Kathy Bates.
Erica Durance has been tapped to guest star in an upcoming episode of NBC’s “Harry’s Law” — as Wonder Woman. Well, sort of. Durance, of “Smallville” fame, will actually play a woman with some psychological issues who retreats into the persona of Wonder Woman, according to TV Line.
Kelley actually had a different actress in mind to play Wonder Woman in his broken NBC pilot. Adrianne Palicki donned the red boots and costume, only to go face-to-face with a skeptical comic fandom in early released pictures from the pilot. In the end, however, NBC wasn’t happy with the overall concept Kelley had conceived, and decided to pass on the project.
TV Line also suggests there’s a good chance we could see Durance in the costume. “Harry’s Law” is produced by Warner Bros. Television, part of the overall company that has the rights to DC Comics characters like Wonder Woman. And chances are, there won’t be any photo previews of that ahead of the episode airing.
Durance played Lois Lane in The CW’s “Smallville” for seven years. However, she has a pretty hefty genre resume including guest appearances in “Tru Calling,” “Andromeda” and “Stargate SG-1.”
“Harry’s Law” has been one of the few bright spots on NBC’s schedule the last two seasons. Although the audience is down a little from its premiere season, it did earn a full-season order this year. It is, however, moving to Sundays at mid-season, joining “Celebrity Apprentice.”
Kelley has a tendency to cast genre actors in his shows. “Boston Public,” a Fox series that focused on a high school in a tough neighborhood, featured Jeri Ryan after her time with “Star Trek: Voyager” ended. “Boston Legal” starred William Shatner, but included a number of familiar genre faces, including “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s” Rene Auberjonois and Armin Shimerman.
The show currently airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.