Bionic Woman: More Casting Changes
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
More changes are in store for NBC’s re-imagining series Bionic Woman.  After the news about former Grey’s Anatomy actor Isaiah Washington’s scored recurring role on the upcoming show, a new actress has been cast to take on the role of the titular character’s little sister.

Lucy Hale will be replacing Mae Whitman (Arrested Development, When a Man Loves a Woman), who was initially cast to portray Bionic Woman/Jaime Sommers’s sister, Becca.  On top of the recasting, the character has undergone significant transformation as well.

Originally, Jaime’s sister was deaf and was miserably residing with her following the death of their mother.  However, in the reworked pilot, the absence of the parents may not be a permanent thing. Executive producer Jason Smilovic revealed that Lucy Hale’s character is being developed as a budding hacker who may “open a channel” to reconnect with her folks.

"The parents were activists back in the day and ... were very keen on saving the world, but as a result, sort of neglected their own children," Smilovic explained.

Furthermore, the character will no longer be hearing-impaired.

"Without going into too much detail, it's that we wanted to create an organic way for -- Jaime was originally working in a lab.  She was going to be assigned to these chimpanzees.  The chimpanzees were going to Dr. Anthros, to this gentleman right here [co-star Chris Bowers], who was using them for experimentation.  He would come down to get the chimpanzees and he would -- you know, they sort of fell in love during that time.  And we were looking for a -- an organic way for her to be talking to the chimpanzees in sign language.  Of course, the chimpanzees disappeared. The lab disappeared [in the version with Whitman].  The deaf sister stayed, but now she's disappeared as well," Smilovic added.

Prior to landing a role on Bionic Woman, Lucy Hale appeared on Drake & Josh, The O.C., and How I Met Your Mother.  She was also part of the band America Juniors.

To catch Lucy Hale and the rest of the ensemble of Bionic Woman, watch the premiere on September 26 at 9/8c on NBC.

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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