Ever since its demise at the hands of NBC executives, David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman pilot has been one of the hottest “gets” in Hollywood. Once the show failed to get picked up to series I started calling my contacts and was met, almost universally, with “I don’t have it, but I’m trying to get it.”
Persistence pays off and eventually I got my hands on a copy of the pilot.
(For contextual purposes, you might want to check out my review of the script before reading my review of the pilot.)
For all its problems I actually enjoyed the Wonder Woman pilot script that made the rounds and was looking forward to seeing it brought to life. In the time since that first draft was written a lot of work must have been done because what we have in the actual pilot is a leaner and meaner version of the script that I read. While the overall plot is the same, there must have been a page one rewrite because every scene has been rewritten, reworked, or excised completely. (In fact, a friend of mine who works as a writer in Hollywood told me back in March that the script had been completely overhauled.) Whether it happened in the writing or in the editing, the result is the same: a whole lot of fat was cut.
Snake ‘n’ Bacon - Adult Swim pilot by Michael Kupperman
The pilot episode “PSST! Wanna See a Crime Scene?” originally aired on Adult Swim at 12:45 AM May 10, 2009. Snake ‘N’ Bacon is based on the hilarious comics written and drawn by Michael Kupperman.
You can read about the adventures of Snake ‘N’ Bacon in the comic Tales Designed to Thrizzle, which you can buy through Fantagraphics Books.
Test pilot for a Wizard of Id TV series from Jim Henson
In the late 60s, Jim Henson made this test pilot for a possible TV series version of the comic strip The Wizard of Id. As with everything Henson, I love the character designs, but that doesn’t make the comic strip jokes any less lame.