Lynda Carter (left) and Adrianne Palicki
Everett Collection; NBC
03/19/2011 at 02:00 PM EDT
Adrianne Palicki knew she had big boots – and a super-sexy, skin-tight suit
– to fill when she signed on for NBC's upcoming re-launch
of Wonder Woman
, an iconic role originated by Lynda Carter in the '70s.
But there's no rivalry. In fact, Carter has nothing but wonderful things to say about the new TV incarnation.
"I think [Palicki] looks fabulous," Carter, 59, tells E! Online
. "It's a new look and, jeez, her body looks fantastic."
She adds, "I'm sure there will be people who say she looks better than me and like her better than me – and that's also fine," she says. "I want this story to be told again. I'm really excited. I can't wait to see it."
But it's a two-way street, and Carter says she hopes people will cut Palicki, 27, some slack.
"I'm very sensitive to the fact that she will be compared," she says. "There's no getting around it."
So will Carter, who's currently gearing up for next month's release of her third album, Crazy Little Things
, rock the tiara one more time in a throw-back on the show?
No guarantees, but Carter did say she's been in talks about a possible cameo on the show.
"It's not out of the question," she says. "It would be great."