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Liz Hurley's Wonder Woman nemesis is highly intellectual and bisexual

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The Wonder Woman pilot is seriously at work. Liz Hurley is cast opposite Adrianne Palicki in the villain role of Veronica Cale.

Hurley's Veronica Cale is late 30s early 40s, beautiful, successful, highly-educated and runs one of the largest pharmaceutical firms in the country. And she's reportedly bi-sexual.

Bisexual story lines are working in prime time. CBS' "The Good Wife" has a recurring bisexual story line as law firm investigator Kalinda (Archie Punjabi) is hounded by a rival fed lawyer for a relationship, or at the very least a one-night stand. The same subtle and not so subtle flirtations between women are expected between the Wonder Woman Diana Prince character and the Veronica Cale character.

Liz Hurley hasn't been seen on film since 2004 in her role as Rebecca in "Method." Now the 45-year-old actress is in pre-production for three premieres: Wonder Woman, High Midnight, and a voice role in The Wild Bunch.

Hurley launched her fragrance for Estee Lauder in 2008. Hurley will be joined by fellow Brit, Cary Elwes. In the Wonder Woman series, Elwes works for Diana Prince and Diana Themyscira, the CEO of Themyscira industries. Elwes is cast as Henry Detmer, Themyscira's acting CEO.

Henry Detmer is also a huge fan of Diana Prince's and a possible love interest for the super heroine later in the series. The "Wonder Woman" plot essentially revolves around the life of a successful, modern corporate executive woman who works to balance her superhero life and her everyday career and social existence.

Wonder Woman is scheduled to launch on NBC this fall. Pedro Pascal has also joined the cast as a liaison who serves Wonder Woman and the police department. Pascal's telelvision career dates as far back as 1996 and includes roles in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Touched by an Angel," "NYPD Blue," "Without a Trace," "Law and Order," "Nurse Jackie," and CBS's "The Good Wife."

Every actor involved in NBC's Wonder Woman series faces the tough challenge of bringing in an audience of 12 million or more each week. Shows with market shares less than that typically get cancelled and so far, NBC's been very short on its ability to promote and keep superhero story audiences around.

A number of failures accompany super hero stories and remakes on NBC including "Bionic Woman" and "Knight Rider." The older and veteran actors in the Wonder Woman series suggest the show's target audience is an over 25 crowd, or the similar crowd that gravitates to serious law and crime stories interlaced with personal drama found on network primetime.

David Kelly has the task of marrying the superhero storyline to sophisticated television viewers with short attention spans and little time for witless or inane television drama.

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