David E. Kelley wanted to make a Wonder Woman TV show, and failed. Smallville fans wanted Erica Durance to play Wonder Woman, but couldn't make it happen. Now, both parties are getting their wish ... kind of.
Durance will return to American TV (she's got a Canadian medical drama now) to guest-star in an upcoming episode of Kelley's legal series Harry's Law, starring Kathy Bates as tough-as-nails attorney Harriet "Harry" Korn. Durance, who played Lois Lane for seven years on Smallville, will play "a psychologically infirm woman who retreats into the persona of the DC Comics heroine to help wreak revenge on perpetrators of domestic abuse."
Kelley had hoped to put Wonder Woman on TV long-term with a much-publicized pilot that NBC failed to pick up, to the relief of many a fanboy. Though it's not the real thing, the Harry's Law episode might give him a little chance to make amends to the Amazing Amazon.
Harry's Law is co-produced by Warner Bros., so rights issues surrounding the Wonder Woman character should be easy to pull off. That means we'll hopefully see Durance in a full-on Wonder Woman costume rather than the generic one she wore last year on Smallville. And yes, let's all cross our fingers and hope they don't just give her Adrianne Palicki's used one.
Durance's guest spot is set for the show's 11th episode this season, but there's no air date for it yet. It's a poor substitute for a real Wonder Woman series we can get behind, but at least there's a chance we'll get to see Durance tying up wife beaters with the Lasso of Truth.