Charlie Sheen Is Going to Be A Grandpa

Looks like congratulations are in due to Charlie Sheen

Charlie ain’t the only one basking in the glow of good news! Jessica Simpson is returning to show business. Jessica took some time out to get married and have kids but now she’s planning a comeback. Now she’s coming back to the medium that made her a star – television. Jess is planning a new sit com based on her life. She’s working with Ben Silverman of Electus, & Nick Bakay who brought you Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Zookeeper and ‘Til Death. Jess said of her up coming project – “I am so excited to work with Ben and NBC again, this time on a scripted comedy. I often find myself thinking that no one could ever make up the things that actually happen in my life, so between the real-life elements and a great team of writers, I think we’ll have people laughing.” Silverman was just as enthusiastic – “We are thrilled to team up with the multitalented Jessica Simpson to bring this new sitcom to life on NBC as she is truly a modern-day Lucy with incredible comedic chops,” Electus founder and chairman said. “From running a fashion empire to wrangling her public image as a new mom, we see Jessica’s character approach a variety of ‘everyday’ circumstances that will get audiences laughing out loud.

Jess ain’t the only pop culture icon making a come back either. The Queen of pop culture icons is also ready to make her long anticipated come back to regular prime time TV! Now that can only mean that we are due for another Wonder Woman series!

Now Wonder Woman has been a comic book icon ever since her creator Harvard educated shrink William Moulton Marston dreamed her up while perfecting the lie detector. Basically she was a dreamy warrior goddess type who enjoyed flirting with danger and getting tied up! She started out in Sensation Comics back in 1941, when she tried to find true love by joining the United States Air Force and fighting Hitler! While she and love interest – buffoonish Col Steve Trevor – never quite clicked, she was instrumental in the 3rd Reich’s eventual downfall.

So Wonder Woman has been a comic icon for years. It took Lynda Carter to make her a pop culture icon in the 1970’s. Lynda Cordova Carter was (& still is!) a gorgeous half Mexican aspiring singer and beauty pageant contestant when she took on the role of Wonder Woman in the TV show. She has been quoted in interviews as saying that at the time she doubted that the show would do well. It was just something she took to pay the rent while she waited on call backs from other projects. The show’s producers were more optimistic about Lynda. Apparently when she came to audition that casting director looked at his assistant and said “we’ve found our Wonder Woman!

The show was a little campy – though not as bad as 1960’s Batman. Still it went on for 4 years and made Lynda a star. It featured the former beauty contestant in a star spangled crime fighting bathing suit, in which she fought a series of bad guys using judo chops and karate kicks, deflected bullets using super powered accessory bracelets, saved the world from bogus alien invasion, rode a skate board, and was frequently bound and gagged while in peril type situations. She also managed to squeeze he truth out of numerous blow dried creeps in bell bottoms by tying them up with her magic lasso. So think of it as like Charlie’s Angels but with vastly superior scripts! The show became a perennial favorite in reruns and made Carter a bonafide star.

Naturally there has been interest in bringing Wonder Woman back. Only prob was that Lynda got so identified with the role that it seemed like no one else could take on the part. Then came the the Super Hero Movie craze that began maybe with Chris Reeves Superman but more likely with the beginning of the Batman serials. These things didn’t really fail, so comic based projects became a safe and reliable money maker. So the time looked good for a Wonder Woman revival. So in the fullness of time TV mega producer David Kelley got a script, a girl named Adrienne Palicki, and a skin tight crime fighting cat suit together and a pilot was made. NBC eventually bailed on the series but the pilot featuring Palicki as a bad ass edgy Wonder Woman made the Internet rounds.

Now the world is ready for you, and the magic that you do…

Now Kelley always maintained in interviews that Wonder Woman was never given a fair chance by the networks. Apparently someone agrees with him. The good people over at CW have their won plans for Wonder Woman. They’re planning a series tentatively called Amazon and which will feature a younger Wonder Woman a la Superman in Smallville. Apparently it was the success of Arrow that jump started the idea, so the guys at CW are ready to go. As of now the project is green lighted and ready top appear next season. It only needs a script, and actress and a costume. What they do have is a really good writer named Alan Heinberg who wrote the comic a few years back.

“If anyone wants me I’ll be in the invisible jet.”

BTW Phil Jiminez, who had a very successful run writing Wonder Woman comics, is very hopeful for the new series. He says “For a variety of reasons but many, I’d argue, that are rooted in deep-seated notions held about gender and sex, Wonder Woman can be a very difficult character to make commercially potent in comic books,” Jimenez said in an email statement. “Wonder Woman is, after all, a woman with a capital ‘W’ — always a trick with fanboys (and some fangirls, too), because of her mission statement, point-of-view and hyper-feminist origins, especially the one creator William Moulton Marston ascribed the original incarnation of the character years ago.”

I  particularly hope to see some sort of exploration of the long-standing relationship between the precocious Diana and her mother, the over-protective Queen Hippolyta; how a child raised in a mythological paradise becomes interested in anything but; and how Wonder Woman’s near utopian upbringing affects her POV and what she brings to humanity as opposed to say, Batman’s dark, dystopian one,” he said. “And if anyone can manage the commercial needs of television as well as the tonal essentials of joy, hope, and empowerment-thu-action that make Wonder Woman ‘Wonder Woman,’ it’s Heinberg.”

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