Thirty-nine years after she first spun her way into television stardom, Lynda Carter will be back on television screens Wednesday night.
Carter got involved with the show through her acquaintance with RuPaul, a judge on the show and host of his own reality competition, “RuPaul's Drag Race.”
“It's a three-dimensional, moving art form,” Carter said. “You may have something very detailed in your own head that you want to accomplish, but then you've got to deal with the body structure (of the models). It's just shocking what they can do.”
Like an ex-Beatle, Carter is still best-known for work she did a few years decades ago: From 1975 to 1979, she starred on the “Wonder Woman” television show, which ran on ABC and CBS. But it's not a legacy she's running away from.
“I'm never going to get away from it. It is what it is. It was a charming, wonderful show and it was really pioneering for women in television. I got to play freaking Wonder Woman and it was a lot of fun,” Carter said. “You know when you've finally made it when you are a bobblehead.”
Carter is preparing to pass her Wonder Woman tiara to Gal Gadot, who will be portraying Wonder Woman in the forthcoming film, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” set for theaters in 2016. When news first broke of Gadot getting the role, the Israeli actress was placed under the microscope by fans who criticized her model-thin physique and, of course, comparing her to Carter, her predecessor 40 years earlier.
“I'm sorry that she got anything negative at all,” said Carter. “She's playing an iconic character. I wish her well and I hope that she really kicks ass.”
Carter accepted the challenge at the offices of videogame publisher Bethesda Softworks, which is owned by her husband, Robert A. Altman. She's been a voice actor in several of the studio's Elder Scrolls games.
“There wasn't a lot of voice-over work in the games, back in the original ones,” Carter said. “I love it. Now they've got great, great actors. It's a whole other thing now.”
In the decades since her Wonder Woman years, Carter has acted in film, television and on stage and even released two jazz albums. Her 2009 album, “At Last,” reached No. 6 on the Billboard Top Jazz Albums chart.
“I'm doing quite a bit of (song) writing now and I'm hoping that other people will be picking up on my writing,” she said. “I do a new show every year that I take out from anywhere from six to 10 different venues. I've got this wonderful band, all Grammy-winning musicians out of Nashville.”
She and her band plan to perform at the Lincoln Center in New York on Oct. 31.