Español: “La Mujer Maravilla”
[ "Wonder Woman"].
Italiano: "Wonder Woman" ["Wonder Woman"].
Français: "Wonder Woman" ["Wonder Woman"].
Deustch: "Wonder Woman" ["Wonder Woman"].
"Den Nye Originale Wonder Woman / Wonder Woman" ["The New Original Wonder Woman / Wonder Woman"].
"Mulher Maravilha" ["Wonder Woman"].
Românesc: "Femeia Fantastica" ["Fantastic Woman"].
Japanese : [Romanji:
"Kisou Tengai Tetsuwan Bijo Wonder Woman"] [ Amazing Iron-Armed Beauty Wonder Woman].
Chinese : "" ["Wonder Woman"].
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Lynda Carter's portrait of Wonder Woman outclassed not only Cathy Lee Crosby telefiasco but also her comics counterpart at its best. Not even Charles Moulton would have imagined such a wonderful incarnation! Lynda Carter perfectly captured the essence of the character from the comics adding new dimensions to it.
In spite of the impressive ratings the pilot gained, ABC still wasn't sure about Lynda Carter, not for her acting [which was more than satisfactory for the part] but for her sex-appeal. They considered that Lynda's sexy posture wasn't adequate for a character mainly aimed for young viewers. On top of all this, in between the shooting of the pilot and the first episodes of the series, Lynda Carter went on to co-star with Marjoe Gortner the b-film "Bobbie Jo and The Outlaw" were she made some nude scenes... Obviously this didn't help too much to change ABC's way of thinking.
ABC finally decided to go on with several "specials" of "The New, Original Wonder Woman" which would be used as a gap-filling show on time slots of their will. Though many sources claim this was due to a gap on "The Bionic Woman" series during a car accident suffered by Lindsay Wagner, this was not really true. Confronted with such rating beaters as the Orange Bowl, Gone With The Wind or The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Wonder Woman knocked them down easily, proving to be successful enough. Taking account of this, ABC's politics was still incomprehensible.
Number of Episodes: 13 episodes.
Broadcast Network: ABC.
Supplier: Warner Bros. Television. Running Time: 60 minutes. First Season Premiere: Wednesday, April 21, 1976. First Season Last Episode: Wednesday, February 16, 1977.
Regular Time slot/s: Wednesdays 8:00-9:00 P.M. by the beginning of 1976; Saturdays 8:00-9:00 P.M. from December 1976 to July 1977.
Ranking: Not ranked in the year’s top 20 series.
Awards: None, but the pilot episode was nominated for the Emmy Award for Phil Norman's outstanding achievement in graphic design and titles sequences.
• Lynda Carter [ Diana Prince / Wonder Woman ]. • Lyle Waggoner [ Major Steve Leonard Trevor ]. • RICHARD EASTHAM [ General Phillip Blankenship ]. • BEATRICE COLEN [ Corporal Etta Candy ]. CHECK BELOW for cast credits on each individual episode.
Executive Producer: Douglas S. Cramer.
Producer: Wilford Lloyd Baumes.
Associate Producers: Rod Holcomb / Arnold Turner. Based on characters created by: Charles Moulton. Developed for Television by: Stanley Ralph Ross.
Music by: Charles Fox / Artie Kane.
Costumes designed by: Donfeld.
Directors of Photography: Dennis Dalzell [ Episodes 1, 2, 3, 6 ] / Joe Jackman [ Episodes 3, 4, 5 ] / Ted Landon [ Episodes 7, 8, 9,10 ] / Ric Wait [ Episodes 11, 12, 13 ].
Executive Story Consultant: Ray de Camp, Robert Hammer.
Unit Production Managers: Mitch Gamson / Norman Cook.
Assistant Directors: Rowe Wallerstein [ Episodes 1, 2, 3 ] / Buck Hall [ Episode 6 ] / C. G. “Rusty” Meek [ Episodes 4, 5, 7, 11, 12 ] / Bud Grace [ Episode 3, 8 ] / Robert Scrivner [ Episodes 9, 10, 13 ].
Stunt Coordinators: Dick Ziker / Paul Baxley.
Art Director: Fred Hope.
Set Decorator: Solomon Brewep / William J. MacLaughlin. Film Editors: Carroll Sax / William Neel. Sound: Don Rush / Richard Raguse / Bob Post.
Music Editor: Nicholas C. Washington.
Sound Effects: Jack C. May [ Episode 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 ] / W. M. Rivol [ Episode 11 ] / Edward Scheid and Al Cavigga [ Episode 13 ] / John DeLong [ Episode 9 ] / Evelyn Rutledge [ Episode 10 ] / Billie Owens [ Episode 12 ]. No Individual credits for episodes 1 and 2.
Assistant to the Producer: Hudson Hickman. Make-Up: Karl Silvera.
Hair Stylist: Shirley Padgett / Cheri Ruff.
Titles and Special Animation: Phil Norman. Song “Wonder Woman”: Music by Charles Fox. Lyrics by Norman Gimbel. Casting: Barbara Miller / Millie Gusse / Mary Goldberg.
Copyright © 1976-77 by National Periodical Publications Inc - Warner Bros. Television. All Rights Reserved. Filmed at the Burbank Studios, Burbank, California. Produced by Douglas S. Cramer Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
The action is set in the USA during the World War II years. After leaving Paradise Island, the Amazon Princess poses as Yeoman Diana Prince at the War Department. As Major Steve Trevor’s secretary, she's ready to spin into Wonder Woman when danger calls. With her super-strength, her golden lasso, her bullet-deflecting bracelets, she fights the Nazi threat, and enforces law and justice.
After two longform "WONDER WOMAN" pilots for ABC-TV, the web ordered two hour-long episodes for this season - which have come in very handy since Lindsay Wagner's facial injury shut down "The Bionic Woman" production for a number of weeks.
The first episode, "Wonder Woman Meets Baroness Von Gunther", aired Wednesday , preempting "The Bionic Woman" and continued the comic-strip style of its predecessors. Star Lynda Carter was pitted against villainess Christine Belford in a hokey script that continued Lyle Waggoner as the sappy Air Force major and foil and Richard Eastham as his (and Carter's) gung-ho boss. Simple-minded storyline also included Bradford Dillman as powerful industrialist and Nazi sympathizer in hokum only the young could endure.
The entire "WONDER WOMAN" project could be easily dismissed as the trivial driven it is if it weren't for the fact that "WONDER WOMAN" has pulled as strong ratings as "The Bionic Woman" whenever it's played - and thus represents an interesting example of what "family hour" restrictions have inadvertently spawned. -Bok.
"Variety" - Television Reviews by Bok- Copyright (c) May 28, 1975 by Variety, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
The episodes are listed according to the original air date order. CLICK ON EPISODE TITLE for individual credits and details.
13x49:42 (50 minutes / unedited) / 60 minutes each on commercial television. VHS:
Available on commercial VHS format on a collector's edition series released by Columbia House Video. DVD:
Available on commercial DVD format in the 3-DVD box-set "WONDER WOMAN: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON". INFO:
The first three episodes were broadcast as "specials" and still under the umbrella title of "THE NEW, ORIGINAL WONDER WOMAN". Beginning with "THE FEMINUM MYSTIQUE" the series got a regular weekly slot, and was known simply as "WONDER WOMAN". AUDIO:
"WONDER WOMAN THEME" from the opening credits.
"WONDER WOMAN THEME" from the end credits. VIDEO:
"WONDER WOMAN BLOOPERS" from the first season.
"WONDER WOMAN PROMO 1" from Retro channel, Argentina.
"WONDER WOMAN PROMO 2" from Retro channel, Argentina.
"WONDER WOMAN PROMO 3" from Retro channel, Argentina.
"WONDER WOMAN: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON" TV spot. TRIVIA:
Two actresses portrayed the Queen Mother: Cloris Leachman on the pilot and Carolyn JoneS son the series; both of them were Oscar nominees.
The first two episodes from the series were shown as special on an irregular time slot and under the umbrella title of "THE NEW, ORIGINAL WONDER WOMAN".
The pilot and the first two episodes featured in the end credits the still image of Diana Prince instead of the animation titles of the opening credits which were also featured in the end credits from the third episode on.
Debra Winger was offered to have her own series as Wonder Girl, but refused to do so since she wanted to pursue a career in films and more serious roles.
Wonder Girl appeared in the comics in 1965 but the TV character has nothing to do with her comic counterpart. It was created for the TV series. Although in May 2006, in issue #6 of "Infinite Crisis", TV's Wonder Girl as portrayed by Debra Winger, is featured in a single panel in Earth 462, in a parallel universe.
In the first two episodes Diana's spin into Wonder Woman features no flash of light. The spin with the flash of light which became a trademark of the series was first used on "Beauty On Parade". SKILLS STATS:
SPINS: Wonder Woman spins 29 times during the first season.
LASSO: Wonder Woman uses her lasso 24 times during the first season.
BRACELETS: Wonder Woman uses her bracelets 17 times during the first season.
JUMPS: Wonder Woman jumps 31 times during the first season.
THROWN BADDIES: Wonder Woman throws 55 baddies during the first season.
MISCELLANEOUS SKILLS: Wonder Woman lifts and stops a car; she gets shot over 30 times with a machine gun; they throw a knife at her twice; breaks down a door; imitates voices; breaks chains; liberates Steve from a wood container; breaks two wood gates and a steel door; liberates herself from the trap of the questioning chamber; uses a karate chop to knock Kesselman down; stops a steel trap door; climbs walls; throws bombs; shows scientific knowledge; breaks in through a glassed roof-window; jumps through a glassed-window; breaks a lock; uses tiara as a boomerang; she's gassed and it seems she has the power to cure herself; bends steel; shows super-strength, bends a gun, throws 4 bombs previously thrown at her; bends the bars from a cell.
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