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Corvus Coming To BIONIC!!

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The girl who plays Sarah Corvus and Kara Thrace spoke for about 22 minutes to KUFO-FM’s “Cort and Fatboy” Wednesday night and said she’ll be doing a lot more “Bionic Woman” this season. Katee “Baby Spank” Sackhoff is currently shooting her fifth episode of the NBC show even as she’s shooting “Battlestar Galactica” 4.11 (an episode, she tells the duo, viewers are not likely to see until 2009). “Galactica” and “Bionic” apparently shoot right next to each other in Vancouver. “Bionic” currently has a 13-episode order that could grow to a full season if ratings warrant. Hopefully they will. Sackhoff says she’ll appear in seven episodes of “Bionic” this year, and is contracted to become a series regular if NBC picks the show up for a second season. She is also asked (repeatedly) about being so much more popular among critics and viewers than the brunette bionic woman. Here’s how Fatboy plugs her appearance:
It appears previous interviews with us have gotten her in enough trouble with NBC/Universal that she now necessitates a publicist to make sure she doesn't slip up and explode the heads of her higher ups. And even with that publicist, she lets a couple interesting things go in regards to both Battlestar AND Bionic Woman HEAR: Katee give a non-committal "hmm" as a non-answer to the prospect of Sarah and Jaime becoming 2007's Buffy and Faith should Season 2 get greenlit. LISTEN: As Katee weighs in on the revelation of the Final Fifth and why he's maybe not the best choice they could have come up with WONDER: As Katee seems to call the identity of Starbuck herself into question for Season 4, and hints at Adama angst leading to multiple attempts at asswhipping. Plus she just generally is her cute adorable self as she admits she totally ripped off Tricia Helfer for a fat paycheck.
Listen to the whole 22-minute interview here.

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  • Sept. 27, 2007, 5:38 a.m. CST


    by DarthMrBelvedere


  • Sept. 27, 2007, 5:41 a.m. CST

    DarhMr.Belvedere is FIRST!!!!!

    by DarthMrBelvedere

    As for Bionic Woman, it was pretty good. Howard Stern liked it also, he just said a few minutes ago on his Sirius radio show. I didn't think Bionic woman's boyfriend was that good of an actor to be honest. That Starbuck chick stole the show though. HOT BLONDE SINISTER....word2bigbird my dirrty.....p.s LOST RULES

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 5:44 a.m. CST

    Howard Stern Loves Bionic Woman!!!

    by DarthMrBelvedere

    ..just in case you guys didn't read the body of the last post;)

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 6:01 a.m. CST

    I like Ryan better.

    by Dingbatty

    Yum yum:<p>

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 6:43 a.m. CST

    I miss the sounds and music

    by Dazzler69

    from the old show. I guess there is no place for them these days. Maybe in the comedy movie? It's a good first ep so far and I don't hate Katie so far like I do on Battlestar. She might do a lot better on this series. But there is a lot of estrogen on this show so far. Probably more crying than we would like to see.

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 6:43 a.m. CST

    I hope she's got some other work lined up...

    by KillDozer

    cause there's no way Bionic is getting a season 2. That pilot was horrible.

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Saw it last night and really liked it.

    by Yeti

    I think they tried to put too much into the time allowed (it would have been better as a 90 minute ep) but we'll see.

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 7:49 a.m. CST

    She's chewing up the scenery and I like it!

    by teethgnasher

    Bionic Mandible!

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 7:49 a.m. CST

    In other words...

    by photoboy

    ... the critics hated Ryan so they're getting Sackhoff to say she's in it loads to keep people interested.

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Couldn't they build a bionic army?

    by Shan

    Given the number of veterans disabled in so many wars, you could build platoons of already trained soldiers. Never quite understood why it seems to be so many civilians - and yes I got that this was done without permission. Mind you, I still don't get why the medical staff just didn't refuse to do the bionic upgrades without authorisation. Where I work, we can't get the staff to do anything if they think it's contrary to policy, let alone upgrade them to bionics without the necessary forms. And on that note, why don't they fit all the parts with a remote off switch, especially if the first model went crazy?

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 8:37 a.m. CST


    by Shan

    The real world intruded for a moment there. Forgot it was a TV show. Still can't get over the swipe card in 28 weeks later given to the building supervisor that could open military containment facilities when my hospital pass won't even open the rooms where they keep the bags of intravenous fluid.

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Oh fuck me!

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    More confirmation that Episode 11 of BSG will most likely not be available until 2009?!<P>The Final Fifth is "maybe not the best choice they could have come up with"?!?!<P>" "

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Anyone else think Sackhoff reminds them of The Joker?

    by SpyGuy

    I mean, in that scene in the bar where Corvus is subtly taunting Jamie, every time she grinned her dark lipstick-coated lips, all I could think of was "new and improved Joker products" from the 1989 BATMAN film.

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 9:41 a.m. CST

    fuck the Sci-Fi Channel

    by TheBaxter

    fuck them up their stupid, viewer-pissing-off asses. if they split BSG season and delay the end til 2009, i will NEVER EVER for as long as I live watch anything those stupid fuckers put on their lame little channel. what kind of stupid fucking idiots think it's a GOOD idea to insult and piss off their fanbase?

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 10:05 a.m. CST

    I love Katee, but please DON'T split season 4!!

    by performingmonkey

    If Sci-fi want BSG for 2009 why didn't they just give them a 5th season?? It's the greatest show ever, godsdamnit!

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 10:16 a.m. CST


    by Cobbio

    More "Baby Spank" Sackhoff would be welcome. Her character was the glue holding a very weak pilot together. She's physically quite threatening, tension-inducing, and very comfortable with violence, so I hope Eich gives her a lot more screen time.

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Shan, you're not alone in feeling that way...

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    After seeing both versions of the pilot, I think they should have made Jamie an American soldier who was crippled in Iraq. The story possiblities from that premise would have been greater, more intriguing, and the darker production design would have fit better. Plus, there would have been the whole political/military allegories that could be played up (like they do on Battlestar Galactica). As it stands now, the whole premise as established in the pilot is flawed, unbelievable and just not that interesting. The reason why Sackoff's character is more interesting is because the bionics have corrupted her, and she's a soldier. Sackoff's character should have been the title lead. (Hell, maybe they should write Jamie Sommers off the show, and turn the whole show over to Sackoff to lead.)

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 10:45 a.m. CST

    bionic woman needs a redux

    by rsds129

    the writing was really bad. You can't blame Michell Ryan for being given such a lame character.

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 10:50 a.m. CST

    “Baby Spank”

    by Defrost


  • Sept. 27, 2007, 11:22 a.m. CST


    by fiester strikes back

    Why not just write the lead girl off and make the entire show about Sackoff and her far more interesting character?

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Any of you guys catch that about the Fifth Cylon?

    by Abin Sur

    "HE'S" not the best choice? So it's NOT Laura Roslin or any of the females...some slip up, wouldn't you say?

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Another vote for turning the show over to Starbuck

    by Jim Jam Bongs

    Professor you nailed it -- this remake should have been focused on a soldier who was injured in Iraq. (They could have played up allegories to Jessica Lynch.) The show could have addressed elements of the Iraq war, which could have made for many intriguing and timely story arcs. Instead, Jamie Sommers is simply some bionic tech dude's hot girlfriend. God who cares about that?

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Abin Sur

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Yeah, I caught it and I'm frakkin' pissed. It's like Katee said of herself at Comic-Con - she's the worst at keeping secrets. And the "not the best choice thing" - what the hell does that mean?!<P>I hope she's just running her sexy mouth...

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 12:04 p.m. CST


    by Abin Sur

    Yeah, hopefully she's just flapping those pouty luscious lips of hers. Better stop while I'm ahead.

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Thought the show was better than

    by Bubba Gillman

    some of the reviews suggested, but it still needs work. I for one liked Ryan. Don't agree with the popular contention that Sackoff blew her off the screen. She just had the showier role.

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Haters can Stick It!!

    by skydemon

    That was damn good, and to think I almost didn't watch because of all the trash talk in here. All you haters, run to Amazon and reserve a copy of Galactica 1980 so you can remind yourselves of what bad writing Really is. Crap, we've never had it so good! I'm BACK for more Bionic next week!!

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Katee Sackoff for Tulip in PREACHER!

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    Sorry, have to suggest it in every related talkback. When is the new BSG being that going to be early 2009 as well? Can't even remember what happened at this point!

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 1:21 p.m. CST

    "HE'S" not the best choice?



  • Sept. 27, 2007, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Not convinced after last night's Bionic Woman premiere.

    by a goonie

    I'll check out another episode or so, but based on last night's premiere, Bionic Woman is off to a pretty shitty start if you ask me. I'm a big fan of chick-on-chick fights and stories about superpowered females coming to terms with who they are, but an important ingredient in making a show with such themes and ideas work is solid acting. Buffy had it in spades, as did Alias. Last night's episode of Bionic Woman did not. British soap actress Michelle Ryan brings to her title role all the emotional complexity of, well, a soap actress. Her performance was awkward and flat, which doesn't bode well for the future of the series. I didn't care much for Sackhoff, either, but if she adds a little more depth to her character, things could become a little more interesting. Last night's ep wasn't terrible. It just wasn't particularly good, in my opinion. But we'll see. Perhaps things will get better.

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Bait And Switch Bionic Women Halfway Through The Season

    by TallBoy66

    Just bump off the brunette and make the show about the blonde. Be a hellova twist to throw at people.

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 2:22 p.m. CST

    NBC, please improve your video site

    by snowpuff

    Every time I try to watch 30 Rock, it crashes half way through the episodes.<b> <br> Your old video player didn't do that!

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Prof Pop-Cult

    by Trader Groucho 2

    I completely agree with you. Is it possible they shied away from that out of fear of going down the Robocop/Universal Soldier B-movie cul-de-sac? <p> Alias was at its best when Sydney was juggling grad school and her life as a spy. When they stopped pursuing the dual identity aspect of the show, it became just another spy series except with a chick.

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 3:19 p.m. CST

    One more episode...

    by underscore_only

    is all it gets. Premiere was CRAP and I was going to be lenient and give it two more episodes, but fuck it. I have enough to do all day.

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Sci-Fi to fans

    by teethgnasher

    "Sorry if you expect any big payoff for watching our show" Ass wipes.

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Michelle Ryan in " Jekyll"

    by canadianlarry

    Ryan had a small part in the BBC series Jekyll, a 6 part update of the doctor Jekyll, Mr Hyde story. Apart from looking too young to be a psychiatric nurse, she was good enough to make me check out bionic woman. She'll be fine I think.

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 7:23 p.m. CST

    I like to think that us fans here at AICN helped.......

    by Doc_Strange

    Put Katee on the map as a kick ass action heroine/anti-heroine. Seriously, in the beginning there was much hate on behalf of her doing a sex change with Starbuck, only to find that she somehow fit better into the role than Face Benedict himself, though that's open to debate. After seeing her for several years now, with help from publicity from AICN and us fanboys, she lands a starring role on what is arguably the biggest new show this season on network TV. Also, thanks to much promotion from NBC, then the positive reviews of her performance, not only good, but upstaging the star of the show, as well as pretty much everyone else, Katee is now reaching what some would call celebrity status and starting to make the big bucks. <p> Me, I like to think that I somehow helped this along and that we, as all knowing people who know what's good for Hollywood, helped to get one of our own to the top, or somewhere near it.

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Doc, couldn't agree more...

    by Abin Sur

    And to thank the fans she needs to get stark naked in her next movie, wouldn't you say? I'm such a pig, but Katee brings that out in me.

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 10:18 p.m. CST


    by collier95

    This thing was terrible. It seems like this was just thrown at sci-fi fans. We don't like everything. It does actually have to be good.

  • Sept. 27, 2007, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Bionic was written by...

    by Kirbymanly

    the co-writer of "Alexander". Need I say more?

  • Sept. 28, 2007, 1:24 a.m. CST

    "Not the Best Choice" can only mean...

    by chromedome

    a stuntcasting of Dirklon Facelon<p>If they make me wait until 2009, and THEN throw that turd in the punchbowl......<p>Oh, and HEY there, MNG! Looks like we'll be TBing for Frakkin YEARS to come, sir....

  • Sept. 28, 2007, 9:45 a.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Yeah, it's pretty frakkin' infuriating. That statement really threw me for a loop.<P>Ah well...I guess that just means more BSG TBs!

  • Sept. 29, 2007, 1:53 p.m. CST

    the baby spank thing

    by theonecalledshoe

    clever. I'd like to spank that baby.