Articles for Bionic Woman Season 1

It‘s all over but the casting. NBC has apparently (according to Aintitcoolnews.com) given Battlestar Galactica producer David Eicks permission to re-imagine another 70‘s cult tv show, this time the cyborg antics of ‘The Bionic Woman‘. According to AICN, NBC‘s wallet will open as soon as the right girl is cast in the role immortalized by Lindsey Wagner thirty-years-ago. To answer the inevitable question, there is no indication as to what impact this would have on Eick‘s Battlestar duties, nor the progress on the fledgling BSG spinoff ‘Caprica", which is itself teetering on the brink of development hell. Read more »
Michelle Ryan, who is best known for her role as Zoe Slater on the popular British series EastEnders, will be portraying Jaime Sommers, aka the Bionic Woman, on the new series which begins production this March in Vancouver.   As we previously announced, Battlestar Galactica executive producer David Eick will be co-producing the series, which he has said will be "a complete reconceptualization." Since it‘s shooting in Vancouver, presumably it won‘t interfere with Eick‘s duties on Battlestar Galactica.  Read more »
Bionic Woman is a re-imagining of the original 1970’s television series, which featured actress Lindsay Wagner as the crime-fighting heroine. The first season of the original series was shown on the ABC network, while the second (and final) season was aired on NBC. With the exception of Jaime Sommers (aka Bionic Woman), fans of the franchise can expect to see new characters on the sci-fi drama series when it makes its debut this fall. Additionally, although the series will still revolve around the transformation of its lead character, the plot lines will have a more contemporary flavor. The series was created by David Eick. Laeta Kalogridis, Jason Smilovic and Glen Morgan are the show’s executive producers. Read on to know more about the cast of Bionic Woman. Read more »
Michelle Ryan as "The Bionic Woman" Jaime Sommers. (Image ©2007 NBC)NBC has released its first look at the all-new Bionic Woman series set to debut this Fall.  Produced by Battlestar Galactica Veteran David Eick, The Bionic Woman re-imagines the 70’s classic that starred Lindsay Wagner as Jamie Sommers, an accident victim involuntarily repaired with robotic parts. Read more »
As NBC is poised to launch its’ re-imagined series, Bionic Woman, in the fall, CanWest MediaWorks’ in Canada announced on June 6th that the said re-imagining is among those included in their own fall TV lineup.CanWest Media Works has bought several American shows, including Bionic Woman, with the intention of airing them on Global TV and the recently branded E! (formerly known as CHCH-TV). Read more »
With the final season of Battlestar Galactica airing in early 2008, executive producer David Eick is preparing to launch another re-imagined series, Bionic Woman. The show will feature actress Michelle Ryan as the modernized Jamie Sommers. New characters have also been added to the mix, one of who is Jamie’s nemesis, Sarah Corvus. In casting the female villain, Eick opened auditions to several actresses, including Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff. Read more »
Isaiah Washington has gotten a measure of revenge against at least one faction of Grey‘s Anatomy, the embattled acid tongued actor has scored a recurring role on NBC‘s reimagining of The Bionic Woman. NBC‘s reworked Bionic Woman will be airing against Washington‘s former Grey‘s Anatomy co-star Kate Walsh‘s Private Practice, and as any Lost fan knows, Wednesday is a very genre friendly night. Read more »
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. Read more »
NBC has been prominently featuring Katee Sackhoff  (Battlestar Galactica‘s Starbuck) as a recurring character in many of their Bionic Woman promos, but secretly a dramatic negotiation has been going on behind the scenes that almost saw Sackhoff walking away from the David Eick helmed remake.Sackhoff has a pivotal role in the Bionic Woman pilot as Sarah, Jamie Sommers‘ (Michelle Ryan) bionic sensei, and later bionic nemesis.  Sackhoff‘s intensity and wit were well received in clips distributed to the electronic press, and NBC seized on Sackhoff‘s well crafted villainess in promoting the show. Read more »
The pilot for the new NBC version of Bionic Woman screened in front of a few thousand people this morning at San Diego Comicon, and the verdict is still out. The show has potential, obviously, but the execution in the pilot leaves a lot to be desired. The crowd gave the pilot raucous applause upon its ending, but I think that was politeness more than anything. It was certainly a disappointment to me, and I have to imagine that the critical response will be lukewarm at best.That‘s not to say that Bionic Woman can‘t turn it all around. David Eick has steered Battlestar Galactica in the right direction, and if anyone can turn around a Bionic Woman it‘s him. The version we saw was not a full one, nor will it be the same come premiere time. They completely recast the sister of Jaimie Summers, who in our version was deaf and in the upcoming real version, uh, won‘t be deaf. That said, the pilot we saw was clunky, the characters were underdeveloped, motivations were unclear, the action was unmemorable, and the dislogue was mediocre. Other than that, it was alright. Read more »
Michelle Ryan, who will play Jamie Sommers in the new Bionic Woman, is being regarded as somewhat of a newcomer to television screens.  While that may be true on these shores, Ryan is in fact not only well known for her five-season run on the British Soap EastEnders, she is currently earning her genre street cred with the cutting edge BBC serial Jekyll. Read more »
Today is Isaiah Washington‘s Birthday, and all the 43-year-old actor wants for a present is for us to believe his latest ‘tell all‘ moment.  This time, it‘s an attempt to wriggle free of intent to breach contract accusations being slung at the actor and NBC Co-Chair Ben Silverman by ABC‘s Stephen McPherson.  When McPherson responded to Silverman‘s statements that he was interested in Washington before the actor was let go, the ABC exec accused Silverman of committing what would amount to luring the embattled actor into a willful breach of contract.  Now, freshly cemented into his new role on Bionic Woman, Washington is in an all too familiar position: damage control.  Read more »
The TV Dailies, a syndicated service that gauges pre-premiere metrics through online polling, reports that NBC‘s Bionic Woman is among the highest-rated new network TV shows on this fall‘s primetime programming with regards to viewer buzz, awareness and intent to watch.  TV Dailies, a division of Online Testing eXchange (OTX), polled 3,100 people ages 13-64 early this month. The NBC re-imagined series topped awareness among potential TV viewers in the adults 18-49 demographic, followed by ABC‘s Cavemen.  Viewer buzz went to the ABC comedy series, pushing Bionic Woman into second place. Read more »
With internet rumor mongers so obsessed with debating the merits of casting Isaiah Washington on Bionic Woman, the news that Michelle Ryan‘s on-screen sister has both been recast and completely re-written has slipped by practically unnoticed.  The character was originally conceived, and filmed, to be a rebellious deaf Goth-chick.  The new version of the Bionic Woman‘s younger sibling is something a little more along the line of post modern science fiction cliché. Read more »
NBC is doing everything in its power to give TV viewers a chance to see the networks new shows prior to the beginning of the Fall televisions season.  Starting today, DVDs of Chuck, Journeyman, and Life will be available for free rental at Blockbuster stores across the country.  All the shows come on one special DVD created by NBC that also includes a two-minute sneak preview of Bionic Woman.  The DVD will be available at Blockbuster through October 21.  Subscribers of Blockbuster Total Access can add the Fall Preview DVD to their queue and receive it in the mail.  Starting September 10, anyone with Comcast, Charter, Time Warner of DirecTV On Demand will be able to access the pilots of Chuck, Bionic Woman, Journeyman, and Life for free.  In addition, anyone with an internet connection will be able to access free pilot episodes of the same NBC shows for on Amazon.com‘s Unbox service.  The Amazon deal just happened early this week, and will extend into the TV season, when viewers can purchase episodes of select NBC shows for $1.99.  Read more »
A brand new cut of the Bionic Woman pilot hit DVRs this week, along with Life, Chuck, and Journeyman.  NBC made the move to spread the buzz from Chuck and Bionic Woman onto two shows that the network feels are not getting the expected level of buzz.  Most jarring is the presentation of Bionic Woman.  For critics who caught the earlier release of Bionic Woman‘s pilot, the retooled version offers a fresh perspective on the show. Read more »
In conjunction with our 2007 Fall TV Guide, BuddyTV will be publishing exclusive interviews with the stars of some of the hottest new shows this fall throughout the week.  Check back all this week for interviews with the actors and actresses of the new shows.Crystal Lowe is one of the stars of the new NBC reimagined version of Bionc Woman, premiering Wednesday, September 26 at 9pm.  She plays one of Jaime Sommers‘ bartending buddies who is kept in the dark about her friend‘s bionic powers.  Crystal spoke to BuddyTV about her start i acting, getting the role in the new show, and her thoughts on Isaiah Washington being cast in a recurring role.  Below you will find a transcript as well as the mp3 audio file of the interview. Read more »
NBC has been determined in the weeks leading up to the beginning of Fall TV season to get people to watch their new shows.  Chuck, Life, Journeyman, and Bionic Woman are currently available online (at Amazon.com), at Blockbuster and On Demand.  NBC is looking to go one step further by utilizing their sister networks to air repeats of all four of their new shows, as well as some second year series whose ratings don‘t stack up to their reputation.  This new campaign from NBC will see weekly encore broadcasts throughout the season and a couple of mini-marathons to kick the Fall season off. Read more »
NBC‘s Bionic Woman has yet to premiere, but it has already undergone major script changes and behind-the-scenes shakeups, with the most recent being the departure of executive producer, Glen Morgan. Morgan, known for his work on the hit sci-fi series The X-Files, has left the show due to creative differences.  He and the show‘s other executive producers, David Eick and Jason Smilovic, had conflicting ideas for the re-imagined series. Read more »
Tonight, one of the fall‘s most highly anticipated shows, NBC‘s Bionic Woman, debuts.  Playing the part of the Bionic Woman‘s younger sister, Becca Sommers, is Lucy Hale.  The part was originally given to Mae Whitman but producers decided to recast and revamp the character before the show premiered.  Hale first made her television debut at the age of nine of the show, American Juniors, and made it to the final five.  Since then, she has appeared in shows such as Drake and Josh, The OC, and How I Met Your Mother.  Her big break came when she was cast on Bionic Woman and today, she took time to talk to BuddyTV about tonight‘s premiere episode. Read more »
Premiere Date and Time: Wednesday, September 26, 9pmNetwork: NBCTime Slot Competition: Private Practice, Criminal Minds, Kitchen Nightmares, Gossip GirlCast: Michelle Ryan, Chris Bowers, Miguel Ferrer, Katee Sackhoff, Molly Price, Will Yun Lee, Lucy Hale Read more »
It seems that Battlestar Galactica has started a new trend: revamping the camp.  Bionic Woman is the latest vestige of the 70s to be repainted in darker, more serious tones, and what better person to lead the project than BSG‘s reimaginer extraordinaire, David Eick?  Read more »
Isaiah Washington will be making his return to television in next week‘s episode of Bionic Woman, “Paradise Lost.”  The actor will play an operative assigned to watch over and mentor Bionic Woman Jamie Sommers as she begins her career with the top secret agency that converted her without her consent.  Some clips of Isaiah‘s performance have been released by NBC, and have them below. Read more »
The hype surrounding NBC‘s re-imagined series, Bionic Woman, has done well for the show, as its premiere beat tough competition in the forms of Private Practice, Criminal Minds, Kitchen Nightmares and Gossip Girl. Bionic Woman earned a 5.5 rating among adults 18-49, beating the premiere of the new ABC medical drama, which earned a 5.1.  So far, Bionic Woman is the highest-rated new series to debut this fall, and the highest-rated Wednesday-night series premiere for the Peacock since The West Wing debuted in 1999.  Additionally, the NBC series won the 9-10pm timeslot despite having a weaker lead-in than Private Practice. Read more »
Bionic Woman‘s pilot was a landmark for NBC‘s opening week, but will the second episode live up? The second episode opens with Jamie (Michelle Ryan) at Will‘s funeral. There seems to be continuity flaw after continuity flaw here. Didn‘t Jamie give a speech on doing "this, whatever this is," but on her terms? When she runs into Jonas she has either had a change of heart, or the writers forgot that minor detail. Read more »
Bionic Woman “Sisterhood” premieres tonight, theme heavy title and all.  The episode seems to really portray a multi-layered approach to the character treatment, morphing the concept of sisterhood across the lines of biology and into the congruous area of captive similarity that exists between Jamie Sommers (Michelle Ryan) and Sarah Corvus (Katee Sackhoff).   After a second episode that left some early pundits scratching their heads, a dense character piece could be the shot in the arm the series needs as its production team scrambles to find an identity.  Beware, this article contains clips that reveal major plot details from tonight‘s episode. Read more »
Bionic Woman "Sisterhood" kicks off with Jae teaching Jamie that she is capable of changing the programming within her, with practice. Transition to lunch with Becca, interrupted with a call to intercept a nearby terrorist. Jamie sends Becca off with a credit card so she can confront Mr. Badguy. She knocks him out in his car to await backup. The life of a Bionic Woman is never dull. Read more »
NBC announced some good news for its quad of new dramas today, ordering three more scripts each for Chuck, Bionic Woman, Journeyman and Life.  While this is certainly great news for each of these series, it does not necessarily mean each show will be picked up for the full season.  It is, however, typically seen as a precursor to a full-season order.  Chuck and Bionic Woman are not big surprises here: both have received solid ratings, especially in the key demos.  Journeyman and Life getting re-upped is a bit of a shock, considering the declining ratings both dramas have received.  But, if NBC has proved anything over the last few years, it‘s that if they are confident in a show‘s creative direction, they will practice extreme patience.  FOX, NBC is not.  In related news, CBS ordered four additional episodes of the Jimmy Smits-led drama Cane.  Also, the CW commissioned three more scripts for their semi-controversial comedy Aliens in America.  Read more »
The new Bionic Woman is so into her character that she simply embraces the entire experience, including all the demanding stunt work.  For her part, the original Jamie Sommers isn‘t exactly impressed with the reincarnation of the role she originated. Michelle Ryan, who plays the mechanically enhanced bartender on the remake of the `70s classic, spoke to New York Magazine about executing as much of her Bionic Woman‘s physical chops as she can.  Meanwhile, Lindsay Wagner, who embodied the original Bionic Woman three decades ago, told the Los Angeles Daily News how she feels about the modernization of her flagship show. Read more »
Entertainment Weekly does lists all the time, and one of their latest is entitled “22 Butt-Kicking Babes”.  The list counts down, in order, the top 22 bad ass women of all-time in film and television.  The point of these lists is to incite discussion, which I understand, but I think that any TV fan is going to have some major qualms with some of the women put on the list and some who were left off.  Chuck‘s Yvonne Strahovski just barely made the list, pulling in at number 22 for her portrayal of CIA agent Sarah Walker.  Michelle Ryan hit up the list at number 15 as NBC‘s new Bionic Woman.  Shouldn‘t those two be given, I don‘t know, a full season before we anoint them two of the most “butt-kicking” women of all-time?  Aren‘t they jumping the gun a little bit? Read more »
Today‘s version of Bionic Woman, as much as the original series back in the `70s, relies quite heavily on the impact of its lead actress.  In the first Bionic Woman, the series actually came about as a result of audience response to Lindsay Wagner‘s portrayal of Jamie Sommers in a handful of episodes of its parent show, The Six Million Dollar Man.In the modern retelling of the series, Michelle Ryan has taken the cudgels from Wagner, playing Jaime Sommers as a mechanically enhanced bartender.  Aside from Ryan, another strong female presence on the show is Katee Sackhoff, best known as daredevil starship captain, Kara "Starbuck" Thrace on a remake of another `70s classic, Battlestar Galactica. Read more »
There may be romance in the offing for the modernized Jaime Sommers, aka, the Bionic Woman.  This, according to the young woman herself, who essays the role of the mechanically enhanced bartender on today‘s remake of the `70s cult classic. Michelle Ryan, who plays the new Sommers on the Bionic Woman, told The National Ledger that her onscreen persona may soon get the chance to see a different, more pleasant kind of action than her usual fare of battling unscrupulous forces. Read more »
The edgier, if not darker, remake of Bionic Woman may wind up yet another casualty of the ongoing writers‘ strike.  If the standoff between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers isn‘t resolved expeditiously, there may not be enough material to take the freshman series past January 2008.According to industry personnel, between five to six American television shows are likely to be out of written scripts in the next couple of months. Read more »
As rumors swirl that Michelle Ryan may be the latest apple of Owen Wilson‘s eye, her freshman show Bionic Woman remains in limbo thanks to plummeting ratings and the ongoing writers‘ strike.  Despite its uncertain future however, one of the show‘s mainstays claims she is prepared to stick it out in case the series does manage to hang on for dear life. Unless the writers‘ guild walkout is resolved soon, chances are dim that Bionic Woman will carry on.  The show was among the earliest to shut down work after the strike commenced five weeks ago. Read more »

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