This Day in Entertainment: Wonder Woman TV Pilot Premieres (November 7th, 1975)


She was a comic book hero that first debuted in 1941, and would hit the TV airwaves for a TV pilot in 1975.

Lynda Carter starred as the superhero Wonder Woman, which premiered with a special pilot on November 7th, 1975.

She was a comic book hero that first debuted in 1941, and would hit the TV airwaves for a TV pilot in 1975.

Wonder Woman would become part of a “trinity” of superheroes from DC Comics that would also include Batman and Superman. She was known for her red, white and blue clothing; the lasso of truth; her unique origins from an island of only women and her superhuman strength.

After an unsuccessful TV pilot in 1974, another pilot would be produced. This one would be more true to the comic book than the previous attempt. Lynda Carter would star as the titular hero and as her civilian identity of Diana Prince. Lyle Waggoner, previously of the Carol Burnett Show, was cast as supporting character Steve Trevor.

The pilot was set in World War II, and would at times deal with plots involving Wonder Woman facing off against Nazis and the Axis Powers. Carter was the one who suggested the now-iconic spinning transformation when the producers sought a way to convey the switch between Prince and Wonder Woman to the audience.

After the success of the pilot which aired on ABC on November 7th in 1975, two more one-hour specials would air, followed by more episodes to round out a complete TV season.

The series would air for three seasons in the 1970s, which have been released completely on DVD.


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