Español: “Las Nuevas Aventuras de la Mujer Maravilla”
[ "The New Adventures of Wonder
Italiano: "Wonder Woman" ["Wonder Woman"].
Français: "Wonder Woman - Deuxieme Saison" ["Wonder Woman - Second Season"].
Deustch: "Wonder Woman" ["Wonder Woman"].
"Wonder Woman - Anden Sæson" ["Wonder Woman - Second Season
"As Novas Aventuras da Mulher Maravilha" ["The New Adventures of Wonder Woman"].
Greek : [ "Wonder Woman - Second Season" ].
Japanese : "" [ Romanji ]
"Akai senpuu Wonder Woman" ["Red Whirlwind Wonder Woman"].
Chinese : ["Wonder Woman - Second Season"].
Korean : ["Wonder Woman - Second Season"].
It was thanks to fantasy shows that ABC gained the battle for the ratings during the mid-seventies. Allegedly ABC used the Wonder Woman series as their secret weapon against their competition. In spite of the erratic politics of the network with the series, Wonder Woman gained impressive ratings and there was no choice but to give it a weekly regular time slot. Nevertheless by the end of the season ABC showed no interested of renewal for a new season. However this was not the end of Wonder Woman for CBS showed interest on the show but with some "adequate" modifications.
First of all, they had no objections about Lynda Carter's sexy looks, just the opposite. In fact they exploited this to the maximum point with a new costume sexier than ever before and with some inventive additions like the underwater costume for instance. Second, and most important, the action was set in present times.
Though Lyle Waggoner stayed on the series, he played Steve Trevor Jr., the son of Mayor Steve Trevor, and he even went along with Diana on some of her missions.
By the beginning of the season Normann Burton played Joe Atkinson, who was sort of Steve and Diana's superior. By episode 9 -"The Man Who Made Volcanoes"-, he was "promoted" as well as Steve who was now Diana's superior. Although the stories were not limited to the Nazis and the World War II period and there was much more action, the series lost that magic of the ABC years. Lynda's portrayal of Wonder Woman was much more straight and half of the episode she spent her time jumping, running and showing off her superpowers. Though Lynda kept on doing some stunts, this time she had a team of expert stunt-doubles integrated by Kiffy O'Neal, Jeannie and Stephanie Epper and Debbie Evans.
But it seemed all the changes were not really "adequate". The ratings were not as good as during the ABC years and the production company contemplated the idea of recapturing the magic of the first season. In spite of this, the network renewed Wonder Woman's contract for another year.
Number of Episodes: 22 episodes.
Broadcast Network: CBS.
Supplier: Warner Bros. Television. Running Time: 60 minutes, except for season’s premiere that was actually a 90-minute special.
First Season Premiere: Friday, September 16, 1977. First Season Last Episode: Friday, April 21, 1978.
Regular Time slot/s: Fridays 8:00-9:00 P.M.
Ranking: Not ranked in the year’s top 20 series.
Awards: None, but Donfeld was nominated to the Emmy Award as best costume designer for the episode "Anschluss 77".
• Lynda Carter [ Diana Prince / Wonder Woman ]. • Lyle Waggoner [ Steve Trevor Jr. ]. • NORMANN BURTON [ Joe Atkinson ]. Episodes 1-8. • SAUNDRA SHARP [ Eve ]. Episodes 13-20. CHECK BELOW for cast credits on each individual episode.
Executive Producers: Douglas S. Cramer and Wilfred Lloyd Baumes.
Producer: Mark Rodgers.
Associate Producer: John Gaynor.
Supervising Producers: Charles B. Fitzsimons / Bruce Landsbury by arrangement with Bruce Lansbury Productions, Ltd.
Based on characters created by: Charles Moulton. Developed for Television by: Stanley Ralph Ross. Story Editor: Anne Collins.
Music by: Artie Kane.
Costumes designed by: Donfeld.
Director of Photography: Robert Hoffman.
Executive Story Consultants: Brian McKay / Frank K. Telford.
Unit Production Managers: Max Stein / Wes McAfee / William Derwin.
Assistant Directors: John G. Behm / John D. Benson / William Derwin / Kelly A. Manners / Britt Lomond.
Special Effects: Robert L. Peterson.
Stunt Coordinators: Paul Baxley / George Robotham / Ron Stein.
Art Directors: Michael Baugh / Stephen M. Berger.
Set Decorators: Robert Checchi / Sal Blydenburgh.
Film Editors: Stanley Wohlber / Barbara Pokras / Axel Hubert, A.C.E. / Richard L. Van Enger, A.C.E. / Dick Wormell, A.C.E.
Sound: Richard Raguse.
Music Editor: Jay Alfred Smith.
Sound Effects: John DeLong / Edwin Scheid, M.P.S.E. / Joe Von Stroheim, M.P.S.E. / Al Cavigga, M.P.S.E. / Nicholas Eliopoulos / Monty Pearce / Ron Tinsley.
Assistants to the Executive Producers: Hudson Hickman / James Lansbury. Make-Up: Karl Silvera / Edward Ternes.
Hair Stylist: Cheri Ruff.
Titles and Special Animation: Phil Norman, only by the beginning of the season.
Song “Wonder Woman”: Music by Charles Fox. Lyrics by Norman Gimbel. Casting: Caro Jones / Shelley Ellison.
Consideration for appearances of automobiles furnished by: Mercedes Benz of North America and American Motors Corp.
Copyright © 1977-78 D.C. Comics. - Warner Bros. Television. All Rights Reserved. Filmed at the Burbank Studios, Burbank, California. Produced by Douglas S. Cramer Productions in association with Bruce Landsbury Productions, Ltd. and Warner Bros. Television.
The action is set in present time. After the end of War World II, Wonder Woman [LYNDA CARTER] came back to Paradise Island, but 32 years after she decides that in times of satellite communications the island may run the risk of being discovered and returns to the United States to fight against evil. Once again under her alter ego identity of Diana Prince she works with Major Steve Trevor’s son, Steve Trevor Jr. [LYLE WAGGONER] son in the Inter-Agency Defense Command [IADC] and turns into Wonder Woman when danger calls. By the beginning of the season, Steve and Diana are assigned to their missions by Joe Atkinson [NORMANN BURTON].
After Mr. Burton left the show by the end of 1977, Steve is promoted as Diana’s boss and she becomes sort of a super-agent going alone on her missions. When needed they’re assisted by the Internal Retrieval Associative Computer (known as IRAC) who’s the only one who knows Diana’s real identity.
Having been known as "The NEW, Original Wonder Woman" and then just "Wonder Woman" during its curious tenure on ABC-TV the past couple of years, this skein has adopted the handle of "The New Adventures Of Wonder Woman" for its shot on CBS-TV as the Friday at 8 p.m. occupant. In the process of changing networks, the skein also updated its time frame from World War II to the present - and added 30 minutes to its debut show running time to explain its modern-day reincarnation in a special airing Sept. 16.
Lynda Carter still assays the ageless title character, with Lyle Waggoner again aboard as her male foil - this time playing the son of her former companion. WW decided to return to contemporary life as Diana Prince, a prim secretary, when Waggoner was directed to the Amazons' island in the Bermuda Triangle by the evil plans of baddies headed by Fritz Weaver and Jessica Walter. The contemporary setting permitted the introduction of computer, robot and nuclear gimmicks not available in the previous episodes, and the script took good advantage of the new technological geegaws
Nevertheless, "Wonder" remains a comic book concept brought to life, with its target audience still primarily young viewers. Carter earnestly plays the title role as if she fervently believes in the character, which probably is an asset. Waggoner is properly accident prone and the casting was a notch above previous outings, with Weaver, Walter and Beatrice Straight cavorting in supporting roles.
Young viewers should accept the more contemporary accent of the skein and it would appear to have a good chance of giving CBS-TV its test lead-in on Friday that it had had in a number of seasons.
"Variety" - Television Reviews Copyright (c) September 21, 1977 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.
1x90:00 (90 minutes / unedited) / 21x49:42 (50 minutes / unedited) / 90-60 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 4-DVD box-set "WONDER WOMAN: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON". INFO:
"THE NEW ADVENTURES OF WONDER WOMAN" is set in present times, and Wonder Woman returns to man's world after 32 years of retirement. AUDIO:
"WONDER WOMAN THEME" from the opening credits.
"WONDER WOMAN THEME" from the end credits. VIDEO:
"THE NEW ADVENTURES OF WONDER WOMAN" opening credits.
"WONDER WOMAN - THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON" commercial spot for the DVD release. TRIVIA:
During this season we first and last see Joe Atkinson as played by Normann Burton, who only appeared in episodes 1-9.
This is the last season to feature animated credits, and the first to feature live-action credits. The animated opening credits for the show were changed for a live-action credits beginning with episode 10.
The last time we see the invisible plane is during the episode "THE MAN WHO COULD MOVE THE WORLD".
The last time we ever heard of the Queen is in episode "The Bermuda Triangle Crisis".
The first time we see the underwater Wonder Woman outfit is in episode "THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE CRISIS". SKILLS STATS:
SPINS: Wonder Woman spins 64 times during the second season.
LASSO: Wonder Woman uses her lasso 27 times during the second season.
BRACELETS: Wonder Woman uses her bracelets 28 times during the second season.
JUMPS: Wonder Woman jumps 96 times during the second season.
THROWN BADDIES: Wonder Woman throws 26 baddies during the second season.
MISCELLANEOUS SKILLS: Wonder Woman uses her tiara as a boome-rang, bends a gun, Applies acupuncture principles which she learned centuries ago, She opens a big safe, breaks a chain, and breaks the lock of a door, Spins into underwater Wonder Woman and places a bomb in a submarine, breaks door, she's gassed, bends steel bars, holds a car, stops a golf cart, breaks thru a wall, stops a laser beam with her own body, Pulls a police car out of a ditch, Pushes desk toward guard, kicks down a door, forward flip out of water, uses bracelet to cut off alarm, somersaults over the lasers outside the vault, does gymnastics, pulls bars from cell door, ,throws javelins, breaks out of crate, breaks into safe, leaps through a wall, splits a gun, stops cars, bends door, catches miniature cannon ball, catches falling man, crushes smoke bomb ,ties bomb with lasso, leaps over lasers, deflects laser beams with bracelets, stops tour bus, bends pipe into wall, brings a girl back to consciousness, breaks out of glass tube, removes car door handles and steering wheel, stops car with her foot, breaks free from chains, breaks out of cell.
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