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Tuesday Is Theme Tunes Day: Wonder Woman


In your satin tights, Fighting for your rights…
Make a hawk a dove, Stop a war with love…
Stop a bullet cold, Make the Axis fold…
You’re a wonder, Wonder Woman!

Wonder Woman is one of DC Comics iconic trinity of A-list heroes.

Like Superman and Batman before her, the character found a wider, mainstream audience in a TV adaptation of her adventures (though unlike the boys she has yet, despite repeated attempts in recent years, to make the leap to the big screen).

Wonder Woman, the TV series, debuted in 1975 (after a poorly received, unrelated TV movie the previous year) and ran for three seasons (59 episodes) before ending in 1979.

It starred former model Lynda Carter as the titular Amazon heroine (aka Princess Diana) and her alter ego Diana Prince, with Lyle Waggoner as her partner, US Air Force Major Steve Trevor.

Notable guest stars included a young Debra Winger, who played Diana’s little sister Drusilla (aka Wonder Girl) in three episodes of season 1, and future Airplane! star Robert Hays as a young airman (who if you look at this clip on YouTube, you’ll notice wears the exact same uniform – or a remarkably similar one – that he wore in Airplane!‘s flashback scenes).

The first season of Wonder Woman was set during World War II, the era of Wonder Woman’s earliest comic-book appearances, and stuck fairly closely to the basic setting of those early print adventures. Reflecting this close link to the comic’s origins, the opening titles mostly took the form of animated comic-book panels.

And then there was that wonderful theme song, which everyone remembers. It was written by composer Charles Fox and lyricist Norman Gimbel (who also wrote Killing Me Softly With His Song with Fox and the English-language version of The Girl From Ipanema, among many, may other songs and TV songs).

Here are the season one opening titles, taken from the pilot episode, which also helpfully included a little WWII recap:

In season 2, the show switched from ABC to CBS and the new network demanded the show be updated to the present day. This was explained by having Wonder Woman return to the US from a self-imposed exile on her Paradise Island home after a 35-year absence and team up with original partner Steve Trevor’s look-a-like son.

The opening titles were tweaked to remove the WWII references and the song was also tweaked to make it less militaristic (see below for both versions of the lyrics):

And then it all started to go a bit crap, in what is surely a textbook example of why if it ain’t broke, you don’t fix it.

In the middle of season 2, the wonderful song we all remember and love was replaced by an instrumental version and, perhaps less damaging, the animated comic-book visuals were replaced with clips of the character in action:

And so on to season 3 and another change to a more disco-fied (and awful) instrumental version of the theme tune and a new montage of action clips:

And, for the sake of completeness, here’s the final variation of the opening titles, from the final episode of season 3 which, in an apparent set-up for a season 4 that never happened, Wonder Woman moves from Washington DC to Los Angeles and Steve Trevor was written out. The opening titles were tweaked to remove Waggoner, though the rubbish version of the theme tune remains:

Good though Lynda Carter was in the role, and much as I enjoyed watching the show when I was 10, she’s actually only my third-favourite TV Wonder Woman. My top two are a bit more contemporary.

Here’s number two on my list (sorry can’t embed it, so you have to click through to watch it on YouTube):

And here’s number one:

And finally, as promised, here are the lyrics from the two versions of the theme song. First, the season 1, WWII era version:

Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman.
All the world is waiting for you,
And the power you possess.

In your satin tights,
Fighting for your rights
And the old Red, White and Blue.

Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman.
Now the world is ready for you,
And the wonders you can do.

Make a hawk a dove,
Stop a war with love,
Make a liar tell the truth.

Wonder Woman.
Get us out from under, Wonder Woman.

All our hopes are pinned upon you,
And the magic that you do.

Stop a bullet cold,
Make the Axis fold,
Change their minds
and change the world.

Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman.
You’re a wonder. Wonder Woman.

And now the season 2, modern-era version:

Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman.
All the world is waiting for you,
And the wonders that you do.

In your satin tights,
Fighting for our rights
And the old Red, White and Blue.

Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman.
All of us are counting on you,
And the power you possess.

Putting all your might
On the side of right,
And our courage to the test.

Wonder Woman.
Get us out from under, Wonder Woman.

Here to fight the force of evil.
And your chance won’t be denied.

Woman of the hour,
With your superpower.
We’re so glad
you’re on our side.

Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman.
You’re a wonder. Wonder Woman.

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The Choob’s 12 Days Of Christmas: It’s Christmas In Heaven With Monty Python


On the sixth day of Christmas, The Cathode Ray Choob
sent to you…
The Meaning of Life revealed during a festive trip to Paradise.

After an unfortunate incident with some salmon mousse, the Monty Python boys and Arthur Dent Simon Jones find out what it’s like to spend Christmas in Heaven.

From the 1983 film Monty Python’s The Meaning Of Life, this… is… “Death”. Merry Xmas!

And now, the moment you’ve been waiting for – Christmas In Heaven!

(One of the angelic dancers in the santa suits with the fake plastic breasts is Jane Leeves, aka Daphne from Frasier).

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It’s Classic Clip Friday: Star Trek Parodies


Even though more of a Blake’s 7 and Babylon 5 fan than a Trekkie, The Choob couldn’t let today’s release of the new, rebooted Star Trek movie pass unmarked.

Rather than trot out familiar clips from the four TV Trek series, however, here are a couple of clips you may be less familiar with, which affectionately poke fun at the Star Trek franchise in very different ways.

First up, from the 1996 Star Trek 30th Anniversary Special, the cast of Frasier audition for roles in the new (at the time) Star Trek show, Voyager:

Next, from Scottish comedy sketch show Chewin’ The Fat about eight or nine years ago, we have Taysiders In Space:

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The Pilot Frenzy Continues: 26 New Shows!


We have a lot of new pilots that have been greenlit to get through today, so without further ado…

(Lots more pilot news HERE.)

ABC

Cougar Town: Comedy co-written by Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence, starring Friends’ Courteney Cox as a fortysomething mum with a 17-year-old son who finds herself single and dating again.

Untitled Kelsey Grammer Project: Previously revealed to be in the works, Former Frasier star Grammer’s new sitcom has now been given the green light to go to pilot. The actor plays a Wall Street corporate tycoon who is forced to reconnect with his family after losing his job. Written by  Everybody Loves Raymond scripter Tucker Cawley.

Funny In Farsi: Comedy based on the novel Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America by Firoozeh Dumas, which chronicles the author’s childhood as an Iranian immigrant in 1970s Newport Beach, California.

Canned: Sitcom about a group of friends who all get fired on the same day. Script is by Reaper and Desperate Housewives writer/producer Kevin Etten.

Planet Lucy: Comedy based on the book Slummy Mummy by Fiona Neill about a disaster-prone woman who quits her job to raise three kids, leaving her to balance being a stay-at-home mother with trying to rebuild the life she had before she was married with kids.

The Law: Comedy co-written by and starring Cedric The Entertainer, about reserve cops working for the LAPD who have regular jobs and lives during the week but put on a badge on weekends.

Untitled Parenting Comedy: Comedy starring comedian Anita Renfroe about being a mother who lived by the principle that family always comes first, no matter what.

Untitled Dave Hemingson Project: Drama about a group of hard-living LA entertainment lawyers.

No Heroics: A US remake of a comedy from the UK’s ITV network, about off-duty, third-rate superheroes who hang out together at a heroes-only bar to drown their sorrows and moan to each other about their lack of fame and glory.

 CBS

Good Girls: Sitcom produced by Ashton Kutcher‘s production company Katalyst, about two childhood friends who set about reinventing themselves after making some youthful mistakes.

The Good Wife: Drama about a politician’s wife who becomes a defence lawyer and starts to carve a career of her own after her husband is disgraced.

Confessions Of A Contractor: Drama written by Richard Murphy, based on his novel of the same name. It’s said to provide a provocative look at life in LA through the eyes of a successful contractor who is torn between two of his female clients who have a mystery in their shared pasts. The Shield And The Unit creator Shawn Ryan will executive produce.

I Witness: Drama about a professor who uses her psychophysiological skills to solve crimes.

The Eastmans: Medical drama about a complicated family of doctors.

Miami Trauma: Medical drama from the Jerry Bruckheimer stable, about a team of trauma surgeons trying to save critically injured patients in Miami. It’s written by Jeffrey Lieber, who wrote the original, non-sci-fi pilot script for the show that became Lost. Not to be confused with NBC’s pilot Trauma.

Three Rivers: Another medical drama, this time about organ transplants, from the point of view of doctors, donors and recipients. Former Jericho head writer Carol Barbee provides the script.

Waiting To Die: A buddy comedy about two easygoing guys.

Accidentally On Purpose: Comedy based on the autobiographical novel by Mary F. Pols about a movie critic who has a fling with a younger man – and becomes pregnant.

 

NBC

Untitled Family Comedy: Sitcom revolving around adult siblings, written by former Futurama writer and Samantha Who? consulting producer Justin Adler.

Community: Comedy set in a community college, written by Sarah Silverman Program co-creator Rob Schrab. Said to be similar in style to Stripes, the 1980s film starring Bill Murray as a taxi driver who joins the army for a joke.

100 Questions For Charlotte Payne: Ensemble comedy about a young woman’s experiences dating in New York.

State Of Romance: Comedy described as a present-day version of Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice, set in Chicago.

 

Fox

Cop House: Comedy about a half-way house for “troubled cops”.

 

FX

Lights Out: Drama about a former boxing champ struggling with the onset of dementia, who takes a job as a collections enforcer  to make ends meet and provide for his family. The Bucket List‘s Justin Zackham is the writer.

Fire In The Hole: Based on an Elmore Leonard short story about a federal marshal in Kentucky, his ex-wife and his father. It comes from Boomtown creator Graham Yost.

 

Epix (Cable channel due to launch in May)

Tough Trade: Drama about three generations of a famous but dysfunctional country music family. It’s created by Weeds writer Chris Offutt and the executive producer is Weeds creator Jenji Kohan.

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Frasier Is Back In the Building


According to Variety, Kelsey Grammer is having another go at making at a TV comeback.

In an as-yet untitled pilot for ABC, the former Frasier star will play a corporate tycoon who reconnects with his family after being downsized out of his powerful job.

The project follows the cancellation of Grammer’s newsroom sitcom Back To You last year after its first season on Fox. It also comes just a few months after ABC rejected another comedy the actor had in development at the network, an adaptation of the British sitcom Roman’s Empire.

The new pilot is scripted by Tucker Cawley, who is best known for writing episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond.

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