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The tumult continues over at NBC’s “Bionic Woman”! Glen Morgan, who wrote for “The X-Files” and “Millennium” before he found big-screen success with “Final Destination,” has left NBC’s “Bionic Woman.” Creative differences are cited. “Battlestar Galactica” honcho David Eick remains showrunner on the project. Acclaimed writer Jason Smilovic (“Karen Sisco,” “Kidnapped”) remains also. “Bionic” premieres on NBC Sept. 26. Read all of Variety’s story on the matter here.

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  • Sept. 6, 2007, 11:45 p.m. CST

    So, Morgan was banging the Bionic Woman, eh?

    by TallBoy66

    Guess he'd had enough of the Bionic Vulva, eh?

  • Sept. 6, 2007, 11:46 p.m. CST


    by SkidMarkedUndies

    I wonder what caused these differences. The first ep has even aired yet.

  • Sept. 6, 2007, 11:49 p.m. CST

    I joined the Bionic Woman Bridgejumpers when...

    by Bob of the Shire

    David Eick explained to me about how Bionic Woman is really about the modern woman in todays society and the struggles to become a perfect mom, or perfect wife. Yeaaaaah...... The waters down here may be cold and my neck may have snapped, but at least I'm far away from that shit.

  • Sept. 6, 2007, 11:52 p.m. CST

    Show will go down in flames...

    by MrSentinel

    You've got a guy like Glen Morgan who's written X Files and Millennium... two of TV's best... and the guy walks...??? How do you let talent like that just walk away? Something tells me this show won't make it out of it's first season, much like Surface didn't. Ah well...

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 12:03 a.m. CST

    I am looking forward to BW

    by CoolFrood

    I know, I know... all the signs are bad! But I still am hoping this show has something to offer. (And hopefully it will not be pulled after two episodes like Drive was!)

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 12:21 a.m. CST

    I couldn't finish the pilot....

    by Merlox

    It was just SO bad. The script is terrible and the acting was so boring I couldn't do it anymore. I expect this show will be gone pretty quickly.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Uhh... what are you guys talking about?

    by SilentP

    When a show is bad or mediocre, that usually means it'll be on the air for at least 6, 7 seasons. Geez, don't you know anything about TV?

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 12:38 a.m. CST

    The Pilot was just OK

    by Creative1

    This new Jaimie is hot but her life is a mess. 13 year old boys won't care about her sister (why does she have a sister now?)and the crap she has to go through and the "you changed me without my permission angle is bullshit. First she'd be happy to be alive and who the fuck wouldn't want to be "Bionic"? Dry cleaner can't find your pants? Put him through a wall. Who wouldn't want to do that?

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 1:18 a.m. CST


    by salamimansam

    So lame. So lame. Sackoff would have made a much more compelling Bionic Woman. The woman playing Summers is flat (but yes, very hot...and has a convincing American accent...but c'mon, are there no worthy American actresses out there?), the dialog is dead and the tone of the whole show is just dull...they could have really done something special but instead made it 'edgy' and 'dark' which in the wrong hands means 'pointless' and 'waste'.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 1:46 a.m. CST

    I liked the pilot.

    by tristeele

    Especially evil Starbuck. I think the show has promise. Not a great pilot but not near as bad as some people seem to think. (ok i will give you the running in the woods scene - FUCKING pathetic F/X there.) Speaking of Starbuck- any more word on the final season cut in half rumors? Please anyone? New season pilots ratings : #1 Chuck 2. Terminator 3. Reaper 4. Picking Daises 5. BWoman 6. the rest of the lot Im too drunk to remember.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 1:53 a.m. CST

    I'm still looking foward to it. BTW, was Karen Sisko

    by eggbeater

    any good? I heard good things. I was thinking of queueing it up on Netflix. I'm hoping Bionic Woman isn't a Smallville-type show with all the whiny angst, cheesy effects, and bad writing.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 2:41 a.m. CST

    They could have...

    by V'Shael

    made the show darker and more compelling by showing that her bosses compell her to work for them. The bionics make you powerful, sure, but they also mean that at the flick of a switch, they can shut you down and you're a paraplegic again. So if you don't play ball, they got ya. <p> Then the season arc can be about how Jaime is trying to get out from under the thumb. <p> That's been done elsewhere I'm sure.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 3:01 a.m. CST

    Pilot beyond weak...

    by ls420

    pretty lame attempt imo, and im VERY easy to please.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 3:07 a.m. CST

    this season's new show

    by coachaaron

    i honestly don't think i'll be watching any new shows this fall. no previews i've seen have convinced me that i need to watch. the closest have been what is seemingly the quantum leap rip-off journeyman and the angel rip-off, i think it's called moonlight.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 4:14 a.m. CST

    the running effects do suck bad

    by optimus122

    I mean , could they have left that in looks retarted watching her run.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 4:34 a.m. CST

    Let me guess

    by snowpuff

    Morgan was probably like: This show is going to get canceled unless we do some really bold shit.<br> <br> Then NBC was like: Let's do some stale as fuck episodes where each week Jamie meets someone "in trouble" and helps them. And in the third act each week, she does something with her powers for about 20 seconds. <br> Morgan: That sounds like the Incredible Hulk with Bill Bixby in the 70s. No viewer will watch that stuff today. <br> NBC: We're NBC. We suck. <br> Morgan: Oh. Yeah. Bye!

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 6:14 a.m. CST

    Are there any new shows with original showrunners now?

    by tonagan

    There was Moonlight, then the one Rob Thomas was doing, now this?

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 6:25 a.m. CST

    Creative Differences = We hated each others guts

    by Yeti

    Amuses me to end that in hollywood people routinley get fire, hired or quit for reasons that are as transparent as prison bedsheets and just about as besmirched.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 6:37 a.m. CST

    Now and Again!

    by Abin Sur

    What a great show that was...if memory serves, it was John Goodman's brain that was put in Eric Close's body. Thankfully Bionic Woman isn't about Camryn Manheim's brain being put in Michelle Ryan's body...ewwww.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Bit Torrent anyone?

    by Bill Brasky

    If anyone has downloaded the pilot for this show and watched it, I have started a new support group to try and get you through the horrifying experience. This 'television' show (and I hesitate to even label it that) was so extraordinarily bad that I found myself reminiscing of 'Highway Man' and hoping to catch another re-run of Quark on Sci-Fi. Ugghh! I just threw-up a little bit in my mouth... This show makes the new Flash Gordon look like Band of Brothers.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 6:57 a.m. CST

    The pilot is boring...

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    I was disappointed with it. Hopefully they can turn it around in the second episode.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 8:11 a.m. CST

    It figures...the ONE show I'm looking forward to

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    and its in trouble. Great.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Just to add to the "Now & Again" love...

    by zer0cool2k2

    It was one of the best "cancelled before it's time" shows of all time. I've been bitching about it's lack of DVD release for years.I even went so far as to email Mark Cuban about possibly airing it on HDNET, but alas, still no way to rewatch this fine season of television.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 8:27 a.m. CST

    For those that don't know...

    by Abin Sur

    And that seems to be several of you...the pilot available on the torrent sites is NOT the pilot you'll see when the show debuts on Sept. 26th - several things were reshot, reworked, and they completely removed the deaf sister and replaced her with a hot hacker sister. So be sure to check it out when it comes on - and if you can see it in high-definition vs. your computer monitor, so much the better.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Moonlight is a new show? I think its an old show...

    by rock-me Amodeo

    ...and it was called "Angel."<b><b>Just sayin.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 9:07 a.m. CST

    This show...

    by KneelBeforeZod

    looks fucking terrible. It only works as a campy concept.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Isn't there a Yank proverb - 'You can't polish a turd'?

    by GilesT

    We'll see. According to Smith's SModcast, the 'Reaper' pilot was tweaked significantly pre-air too (although that was actually good), so it'll be interesting to see if how far they differ from the 'leaked' torrents.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 9:49 a.m. CST

    maybe there's some kind of Dr. Who effect

    by punto

    where the episodes written and directed by the showrunner suck the most, and the rest of the episodes are watchable. if not, it's all downhill from here, and it wasn't a very high hill to begin with. <p> and why do they hate deaf people?

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 10 a.m. CST

    So This Means Kristen Cloke Won't Be Showing Up?

    by Leto III


  • Sept. 7, 2007, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Now and Again, Brimstone not being on DVD is a crime

    by Logo Lou

    And Quantum Leap RULED.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 10:37 a.m. CST

    I've heard this pilot is pretty much shite.

    by PVIII

    I have a feeling Eick can't run a show without Moore doing all the heavy lifting. This is the guy who wrote Xena - he's just riding the wake of a master.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 10:41 a.m. CST

    "leading hollywood to continue remakes of bad 70s

    by PVIII

    until they get it right" Uhhhh, watch BSG. It's done right.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Damn you all for bringing up "Now and Again."

    by Christopher3

    I shall have to start hating on CBS all over again for canceling it. That show was far better than this mopey, rain-soaked unnecessary remake.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Is it me or does

    by MignolaFan

    Bionic Woman look fucking terrible? Then again Heroes and Prison Break looked terrible from trailers and I am told there very good, will catch up soon I;m sure. But I don't think bionic woman is gonna be worth the residual splooge on my cum rag.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 1:24 p.m. CST

    I'm overly critical and I liked the pilot...

    by lynxpro

    You know, most shows have sucky pilots. That was true with all the Star Trek shows, and of course, the first episode of new Doctor Who ("Rose") also sucked. Thus I will definitely give a shot to Bionic Woman. Michelle Ryan is good, and definitely easy on the eyes. I am baffled why the producers didn't cast another British actress for the role of Jaimie's sister. Jemima Rooper could have easily fit the bill even if she isn't a teen.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Lynxpro, thank you for mentioning Jemima Rooper...

    by Abin Sur

    That would be AWESOME to have her as the sister...and leaves open the possibility of her making out with Katee Sackhoff, since she seems to make out with almost every other female co-star she works with.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Abin Sur

    by lynxpro

    I have no problem name dropping Jemima Rooper. She's an incredible actress and she deserves more attention here in 'Merica. Hell, I saw *The Black Dahlia* just for her and not for Scarlett Johansen or Harry & Co's lust for Rose McGowan and her little cameo in it. Jemima can do a decent fauxmerican accent, as she did in both *The Black Dahlia* and *A Sound of Thunder* (again, her being the only decent thing of that film). Thus she could have easily portrayed the younger Sommers in this series, although I have no beef with the actress selected in the role...especially if she truly is a deaf actress. Hell, many of us have been hoping for either Michelle Ryan or Jemima Rooper to be cast on *Doctor Who* but neither has happened.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 2:49 p.m. CST

    why isn't Miguel Ferrer's character Oscar Goldman?

    by lynxpro

    If there's one thing I want to criticize with this production is the little tidbit that Miguel Ferrer's character isn't Oscar Goldman. Why the frak not? Is that character being saved for a Six Million Dollar Man reboot? "Jonas Bledsoe" just sounds like a lame character name and lacks Goldman's punch.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 3:49 p.m. CST

    I fucking love Eick, Morgan, and Smilovic

    by Charlie Murphy

    but the pilot i saw was pretty crappy. it was an early version, though. I was looking forward to seeing some new, sans James Wong Glen Morgan stuff. he's a good writer.

  • Sept. 7, 2007, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Couple Things....

    by Mr. Profit

    Mainly Morgan is not God. He fucking remade Black Christmas whose only redeeming value was that the majority of the chicks were incredibly hot. And 2, his return to Final Destination resulted in the dumbest entry with Part 3. Showing photos of the World Trade Center to make the plot of your stupid horror film seem more real is retarded. This show doesn't really have a chance anyway even with the deaf sister being gone now. Its up against Criminal Minds and Private Practice, and it really should be on after Heroes.

  • Sept. 8, 2007, 3:31 a.m. CST

    "they completely removed the deaf sister...

    by Chriss

    ... and replaced her with a hot hacker sister." NO NO NO NO. I bet she can upload a virus into the alien ship with her macbook. The show is going to suck. They should have focussed it on Starbuck's character. She completely embraces the idea of being bionic, and is chaotic evil. Generally being a real bitch and fucking people over - however willing to do what is right by her own sense of twisted morals.

  • Sept. 8, 2007, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Jonas Bledsoe is an anagram

    by Yeti


  • Sept. 8, 2007, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Bionic Woman show sucks hard(Do Not waste Time)

    by Eh Nam1313

    Bionic Woman show sucks hard(Do Not waste Time)

  • Sept. 8, 2007, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Bionic Woman ( She has a Jay Leno CHIN )

    by Eh Nam1313

    The Chick has a huge chin!! she has Zero Charisma.

  • Sept. 8, 2007, 4:20 p.m. CST

    they removed the deaf sister?

    by lynxpro

    What the hell? Did they feel that deaf female characters on television are overrepresented now that CBS saved *Jericho* from the chopping block? That is a totally lame decision. But hey, that's NBC Universal for you...trying to get Apple to charge $4.99 per NBC tv episode sold on iTunes and exclusively and stubbornly backing HD DVD to boot. May GE corporate fire all of their executive staff.

  • Sept. 8, 2007, 6:02 p.m. CST

    WAIT! They have shown Quark on Sci Fi???

    by hst666

    All right, I know it probably sucks, But I liked it when I was 7 or however old I was when it was on.

  • Sept. 9, 2007, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Zoe from Eastenders

    by jackalcack

    The girl playing the Bionic Woman (Michelle Ryan) was shit in Eastenders. EASTENDERS for fuck's sake. A British soap opera that's a showcase for people who can't act so why the hell they cast her in a big budget Sci Fi series is anyone's guess.