The theme song … the costume … the actress who was cast in the role … they all live on in our pop culture, decades after this iconic TV show originally aired. For many fans, there’s only been one “Wonder Woman” of the large or small screen. That was the ABC / CBS live-action show launched in 1975. And that was – most certainly – Lynda Carter.
The weekly, hourlong, primetime series ran three seasons, turning a former beauty queen into a megastar virtually overnight as it paid tribute to the DC Comics superheroine created by William Moulton Marston in the 1940s. Spending its initial season in the World War II era then bringing the action up to the ’70s, the show took Diana Prince and her Amazon alter ego through storylines and action that included a host of intriguing guest stars: Roddy McDowall, Joan Van Ark, Rick Springfield and many more.
This BRBTV Report delivers up a magazine-length feature story examining the history and impact of this groundbreaking TV show. BRBTV talks to writers Anne Collins Ludwick and Alan Brennert, as well as cast member S. Pearl (Saundra) Sharp, stuntwoman Jeannie Epper, and others about their work and about the enduring legacy of the series. In addition to the feature story, you’ll see fun, original BRBTV episode synopses. It’s all in a convenient, portable, Kindle format with photos appearing in color where available.
From the same place you’ll find print reference guides to classic
TV shows like “Dallas,” “Dynasty” and “The Dukes of Hazzard,” the BRBTV
Reports are not designed to be “books.” They’re shorter, snappier reads
— and oh-so conveniently electronic — to celebrate the great TV shows
A Brief History:
The first time I remember watching the “Wonder Woman” tv show was around 1985. I remember the year because it was the year my family bought a house, and for the first couple of weeks we didn’t have cable for some reason.
With only local channels available to me, I stumbled upon a re-run of “Wonder Woman” one Saturday afternoon. My mother told me she used to watch the show when it was first on in the seventies. She was a fan of the series, and was able to bring me up to date on Diana’s adventures. And from that day on, it became our little tradition to watch “Wonder Woman” whenever it was on.
This was the third BRBTV Report book I’ve read, but its the first one to disappoint me. The Wonder Woman book felt like the shortest BRBTV book I’ve read, and it was definitely the one with the least amount of interesting information. Most of the book is actually made up of the episode guide. I normally like the episode guide section of the BRBTV books, but this one seemed to go on for a while. But with three seasons to cover, I guess it should be expected.
The one bit I did enjoy in the book was the part where the author talked to stuntwoman Jeannie Epper, and the opening section on how the TV network wanted an actress with bigger… assets. Luckily for us, the show producer’s fought for Lynda Carter. Unfortunately, those sections are too short and there is very little in terms of behind the scenes stories.
Unless you’re a massive fan of the “Wonder Woman” show and absolutely have to own this, I’d skip it. The book has very little in terms of new information which was disappointing to say the least.
You can get Wonder Woman: A BRBTV Report (BRBTV Reports Book 8) over at Amazon.