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BIONIC Showrunner!!

I am – Hercules!! “Sopranos” writer Jason Cahill has been named the new showrunner of “Bionic Woman.” Cahill is the third guy named Jason to run the young series’ writers’ room, following Jason Smilovic (“Karen Sisco”) and Jason Katims (“Friday Night Lights”). Before the Jasons came aboard, writers on the show included Laeta Kalogridis (“Alexander,” “Battle Angel”), who penned the remake’s original pilot, as well as David Eick (“Battlestar Galactica”) and Glen Morgan (“The X-Files”). Cahill wrote the “Sopranos” episodes “Meadowlands,” “Boca” and “Guy Walks Into A Psychiatrist’s Office.” He also wrote for “ER,” “Profiler,” “Surface” and “Cane.” Read all of the Hollywood Reporter’s story on the matter here.

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  • Oct. 25, 2007, 7:22 a.m. CST

    that can't be bad news, can it?

    by newc0253

    apart from the fact that they can't seem to keep their writing staff past a week, at least some of the showrunners have shown promise.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 7:55 a.m. CST

    show runners dropping like flies...

    by Kage

    ... can't be good news, cant it? i gave this show a chance. i'm done hoping it gets any better.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 8 a.m. CST

    AWESOME News!

    by Abin Sur

    Let's see the two Bionic Women stripping at the Bada-Bing! I mean, Jason Cahill will bring a maturity and consistency to the writing, which has been lacking as of late.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 8:07 a.m. CST

    I want to like this show

    by haggardatbest

    but it gets harder and harder. But then again, I watch Michelle Ryan and "it" gets harder and harder. OK, that was too much. Ugh. I hate myself.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Why do talented people care so much about this...

    by DanielKurland

    It seems like a tired concept, and people are only watching it, due to its ties with the original show. Is this remake that good? Is it really worth it? Because if it isn't I don't see why these guys keep taking on the task of RUNNING the show.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 8:58 a.m. CST

    This show needs to go on hiatus

    by ConcreteParakeet

    Until they can figure out what they want this show to be, they need to take it off the air. There's an air of desperation hanging over it it seems.I think they got this one tonally wrong for what people were expecting and I don't think bringing in somebody from the Sopranos and Cane(?!) is going to help.That's just a guy who needs a job. In regards to the back to school episode though, was that a mean joke when Wyndham Earle told her to speak with conviction or whatever the line was? And calling attention to the fact that she's still using the British accent even when no one's around? As has been said elsehere this show is a trainwreck and I can't look away.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Why so much effort?

    by Ironmuskrat

    Really, in this day and age of shows getting kicked to the curb after just a few episodes, why is so much effort being made to keep this show alive? <p> I give the people behind the Bionic Woman credit, they seem to know that they have a train wreck for a show and are trying to do something about it. However, I think they are overdoing the changes in the show from week to week. I have watch every episode and it feels like a different show each week. Michelle Ryan's personality seems to change each week and she bionic powers seem to fluctuate from scene to scene. <p> I will keep watching as a fan of the old Bionic series, I really want this show to work. But if this show gets canceled I would have to agree with decision at this point.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 9:12 a.m. CST

    The Bionic Showrunner

    by Napoleon Park

    so there's a spin-off now?

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Bionic dud

    by Nudedude

    This show is done! After 30 years of goodwill provided by the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman; this is the best they could do.A ready made hit and they botched it! Apart from the ridiculous stories that are supposed to draw the viewer in but never do; are you telling me that 30 years after the original you cant make better looking graphics to show her powers. The Lindsay Wagner bionics look way cooler.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 9:25 a.m. CST

    From the creators of "Birds of Prey"...


    ...and who didn't know this show would suck? The number of people getting undeserved second (and third and fourth) chances in Hollywood is amazing. It just goes to show that agents and managers really DO deserve their percentages. The reason BIONIC WOMAN doesn't work is that it's too wrapped up in feminism. Like, everyone they ever meet is a woman. Here's your new partner - a woman! We must save a someone - a little girl! Here comes your mortal enemy - another woman! Geez.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Wait, he _WROTE_ for Cane?

    by Darth_Nader

    So he's already been fired from one show this season? Oh boy.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 9:35 a.m. CST


    by palewook

    nbc is changing show runners weekly. apparently they know this show is shit too.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Oh, great.

    by OBSD

    Now at least we know when the series is cancelled, it'll end mid-scene in the middle of a shitty Journey song.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 9:47 a.m. CST

    NBC wont cancel it

    by Nudedude

    They would look like "idiots" according to Dr Bionic Woman has been suffered through so you dont miss a minute of "Life" which comes afterwards.A much much better show. A quick word to the producers of life,however. You guys need to be careful that you dont mess up a good thing. So the lawyer is being written out as there is too much going on and you dont trust the audience to be able to manage so many stories all at once. I dont agree with you but its your show.Who am I to suggest that your detective show mimic life in any way?Another thing I noticed is that the last two episodes didnt include Crew's trademark elightened moments. His Monkisms, his Goren( Criminal Intent) like insights.He has just been a run of the mill detective.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 9:54 a.m. CST

    2nd best TV show of all time?

    by CeefaxTheCat

    Twin Peaks that is. So whats no1?

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 10:04 a.m. CST

    I can see where this is heading...

    by jimmy rabbitte

    Jamie: I've been workin' for the government, Ton'.<p> knew, you passed me over for promotion. ...anyway $4.00 a pound...<p> Tony: When did they flip you?<p> Jamie: ...not in the face. Gimme that?<p> then the screen goes immediately and unexpectedly black... show's over.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 10:05 a.m. CST

    I like this show

    by Jor-El23

    It gets better every week, much like Journeyman.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 10:09 a.m. CST

    ANOTHER new showrunner?? WTF?

    by polyh3dron


  • Oct. 25, 2007, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Here is how you fix Bionic Woman

    by Nudedude

    Do Dallas dream sequence.Have her wake up back in the bed with Will Anthros still alive after she just gets the Bionics. Forget crap about her going to die after 5 yrs unless they control the anthrocytes.Bring back the romance between her and Will, thats a better story thna her and this new romance they are forcing on her character now. Rudy Wells was always there for his bionic woman and man.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Place yer bets!

    by RenoNevada2000

    How long is this guy going to last?

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 10:20 a.m. CST

    I agree with

    by Nudedude

    That the show is geared towards woman; thats why they made the Bionic Woman and not the Six Million Dollar Man. But women are smart and would have been insulted by having a woman who just lost a baby and a boyfriend locking lips with a guys so quickly afterwards.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 10:25 a.m. CST

    The suits have ruined this show

    by gboybama

    What else is new, I guess. They're adamantly pushing this show and throwing shit up against the wall to see if it will stick weekly. In may have started off with a neat concept, but it's been dumbed way, way down in their attempts to appeal to specific demographics. They unexplainably lose the long term boyfriend so Jaime can be sexually available. They re-cast the sister as bulemic/hot/edgy teen Abercrombie model. Idiot suits better quit meddling because the goodwill and good name the show began with is now completely squandered. Here's an idea. HIRE CREATIVE PEOPLE AND LET THEM TELL A STORY!!!! Sheesh.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Ceefax: #1 is THE PRISONER

    by SpyGuy

    Or...THE PRISONER is #1, which makes a lot of sense if watched the final episode.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Episode 5 has killed it for me:

    by wowsah156

    Firstly they need to stop the influence of Jason Katims hairstyle fixations he developed in the shampoo advert Roswell. Get rid of Katims. Secondly the fight scenes are crap. I want to see Sommers character take a good punch and then punch the life out of the villains. Whoever is the fight cheographer needs to be sacked and replaced. For it to work she needs a fighting style similar to Jason Bourne. Vicious, quick and brutal. None of this girlie swinging rubbish. (When she on field ops she needs to tie her hair back.) Thirdly why did episode 5 have Sommers say that she didnt need a guy then fall into the arms of a shampoo advert freak? That guy should have died to show her that her life will never have stability. Loved her natural accent though!!

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 10:41 a.m. CST

    The show last night showed

    by veritasses

    some marginal improvement. Though all things being relative, by "improvement" I'm saying it went from being a big '0' out of 10 to a '2' or so. That's the good news. The bad news is that it's still not an interesting show. At best it's a bland, run of the mill, "seen it before", "catch the bad guy of the week" cop show. I wouldn't even categorize it as a spy, super hero or action-drama. If it were even 'Alias-lite' in scale I might've pushed up the rating to a 3 or 4. But the situations this super secret organization is putting their $50M bionic wonder into are very ordinary. Unworthy. They missed an opportunity to turn the series into something big when they made the "bad guy of the week that gets caught in the end" just a generic punk. If they instead linked him with a Specter-ish criminal organization that was amassing it's own secret, super strong arsenal, that might've been something to get excited about. Or even have the secret chip successfully stolen which the evil organization would then use to make their army of super soldiers. Or whatever, just not something we've seen before. So far just lots of blown opportunities to make this series something worthy. Believe it or not, it's OK to let the bad guys win at times and give them the upper hand because that would put the good guys in a position to have to play 'catch up', which in turn builds tension and creates good drama. One of the good things about 24 is that CTU and Bauer were always a step behind and they were desperate to catch up (though 24 has it's own pile of problems). They basically need to give Jamie and OSI (or whatever that dumb name of the organization she works for is) an equal, or better yet, a stronger, more powerful, better financed/equipped adversary that has a grand plan that's already in motion. Strong(er) enemies make for interesting action. The Hero needs to overcome great odds in order to prevail not have a bunch of goons who you know are going to get their butts handed to them. And a team of bionic women/men (ie Starbuck) would mean they could fight even greater/stronger enemies. And while I'm on the topic, you can't have a person who can rip steel pipes and jump 10 stories ordinary human adversaries. With the power she's supposed to have, she should be cracking ribs and punching through torsos with a single blow. As a matter of fact, if they did that, ie showed that she can and will kick all sorts of ass it would be a great improvement. Something we've never seen before, and something which would hint at bigger and better things to come down the line. I really believe there's a lot of potential here. More so then most shows that ever make it to air. But so far, it's been a whole lot of nothing. I hope The New Guy has the right vision and can turn this mess around.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 10:50 a.m. CST


    by McGsStepson

    It's so bad - ok yes, it is - seriously reminds me of something that was created in the late '60s or early '70s to sell Tide. But there is something warm, comfortable, and accepting about that type of programming. It's undeliberate lack of calculation and sophistication makes it unique on the airwaves today. And that is why I love you Bionic Woman, and I will watch till they cancel this thing.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Who wants to bet...

    by Kid Z

    ...that if this show survives until next season, they'll have Jaime move to LA and become a private detective. Maybe I'm wrong... but you all know it's a definite possibility after the way they've endlessly tinkered with this mess so far...

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 11:25 a.m. CST

    If they go on hiatus and Ream & Re-Tool the thing

    by chromedome might be saved. But they may have to make as many big changes to the show as were made to Jamie herself.<p>And the thing has dug a deep hole so far....

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 11:31 a.m. CST

    No Life talkback then I'm with you, Nudedude

    by Elvis Cole Lives

    We'll put the talkback here. Just don't stand too close, Nudedude. 'Kay?<br><br>Life was excellent and I certainly hope that they're not writing out Constance Griffith. She's the hottest thing on this show and one of the main reasons I watch.<br><br>I definitely noticed the lack of Crews moments in this one, but was more than pleased by the Russian's telephoned hint regarding the Bank of L.A. heist. A nice new twist.<br><br>Does anybody know if Life's producers have filmed an "ending" to the show (in the form of that documentary) that will explain the frame if the show is canceled. Just wondering.<br><br>Finally, back to the Russian, I was a little disappointed in one aspect of the show last night. The Homeland Security "satanus" ex machina. I find it poor writing and more than a little hard to believe that the Russian can kidnap and murder, but HS will run to the rescue because he's "giving them info on drugs from China through Mexico?" Gimme a fuckin' break! What the fuck is this -- Law & Order?<br><br>Homeland Security is now the cause celebre for every lazy writer in Hollywood. It's the fictional little bugaboo to use when you're too lazy to come up with something original.<br><br>I could have come up with three easy ways to achieve the same ending without pulling Homeland Security outta my ass. HS added nothing to the plot or theme of the show.<br><br>My mouth dropped open with that shit 'cause up till now Life was tied with Journeyman as my two favorite new shows.<br><br>Now, I guess it's Journeyman with Life a second.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 11:55 a.m. CST

    I am with you Elvis

    by Nudedude

    Although you need to embrace the hedonistic lifestyle.The homeland security stuff is overdone its true but when was the last time you saw some consistently good writing coming out of Hollywood? Over at IMDB they list Griffith's character and Arkin's as appearing in only a few episodes that means two storylines are doomed. I guess the writers have been told to lighten the load.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Journeyman is good too

    by Nudedude

    They are slowly sorting out how they want to tell that story. He seems to be on a path to finding out how to control when he disappears. Even though that would take away from the randomness of who he goes back to interact with. He has finally solved the problem of getting cash that he can use in the past but now he will have the cops chasing him for stolen cash.Unless he keeps his prints off the bills. You know what, Bionic Woman is a goner but Life and Journeyman are hits once the writing stays solid.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Give up NBC, focus on Journeyman and Life

    by modlight

    Bionic Woman is a weird chick drama. Cancel it and if you want a Bionic show, just go with the 6 Million Dollar man. Fuck it, remake the Fall Guy!! This who am I, do I love my sister bullcrap has got to go.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 12:23 p.m. CST


    by kdoc13

    The problem with that is, Studio 60 cost a hell of a lot more to make. Here there really are no big name stars. For the cost to make the program and advertising, the ratings actually translate to an acceptable loss to let Bionic find an audience for a while.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Here's what to do Bionic...

    by modlight

    Let Michelle talk with her accent, "fix" Katie Sackoff, and just have the two of them running around beating up terrorists and criminals together. boom, instant hit. Oh and shoot it better, it looks like the old Mutant X show.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Second Season changes...

    by Abin Sur

    There were some potential 2nd season spoilers blabbed by Katee Sackhoff during an interview a few weeks back that suggested she would be a full-time star (AWESOME) and that her and Jaime's relationship would be somewhat comparable to the Buffy-Faith relationship (also cool, but would be better if they mirrored the Willow-Tara relationship). I really hope that NBC can keep this show propped up enough so that it comes back next season revamped with full time ass-kicking Katee.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 12:45 p.m. CST

    they need to dump the brunette...

    by expert_40

    ... that looks like she's 13 and keep Katee Sackhoff as the one and only. That brunette has no charisma and it feels like she's reading her lines off a cue card. She sucks and Sackhoff is the queen

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 12:57 p.m. CST

    She's A LOT hotter with her real accent!

    by Tacom

    I wish they made her character British because she sounded way sexier using it last night! I don't know what show Michelle Ryan was on in the UK but I got to find it on YouTube.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 1:21 p.m. CST

    agreed ... dump the lead actress

    by nbuubu

    kill her off. make an event of it. it's not the actress' fault, but the poor backstory and writing for her character handcuffs her. yes, she's beautiful, but as-written the character has no charisma and zero interest. katee sackhoff's character is darker, hates the agency that made her, and far, far more interesting. plus it'd be a first (as far as I know) to kill off the lead character so early in the show's run. the show feels predictable and underdeveloped ... why not just make the on-screen product chaotic to echo the off-screen problems? kill characters. blow stuff up. kill half the agency. burn everything down and keep only the elements that don't feel like a sitcom. which is about 10%. the show is already on a death watch. if it continues as now, it's going to be off the air in 5-10 episodes. i say blow EVERYTHING up in 2-3 episodes and see if the audience comes back. maybe then the kernels of what remains will have a better future.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Regarding NBC needing to give up on BW vs. Studio 60

    by Elvis Cole Lives

    See, the thing to me is, that it's a matter of audiences. I'm no Mr. Nielsen and I'm sure that plenty of you will correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't Aaron Sorkin's shows almost ALWAYS low-rated, West Wing excluded. Critically acclaimed, yes, but low-rated.<br><br>The original Bionic Woman, on the other hand, was a top-ten show in its first season, a top-twenty show in its second. The concept is simple and easily accessible and decidedly low-brow (chick with superpowers kicks ass - see also Wonder Woman, The Bionic Woman, Dark Angel, Buffy, and Alias in a way).<br><br>The West Wing did well in the ratings, but Studio 60, on the other hand, STARTED at #22 and plummeted from there. The political machinations and wonkish drama of West Wing (or Reinventing Bill, as I like to think of it) were pretty easy to understand and interesting. Being preached to and railed against by some hepster backstage comedians is neither understandable nor interesting.<br><br>While fairly well-written (never achieving the heights of West Wing), Studio 60 tended to be argumentative, one-sided and antagonistic toward MUCH of the mainstream audience. I mean, almost 77% of America identifies itself as Christian in surveys, yet Sorkin spends inordinate amounts of time knocking 77% of the audience?!?!?!? There was NO saving that show, as far as I can tell.<br><br>BW, too, seems screwed beyond belief, but at least it doesn't spend its time telling 77% of its audience what backwards, close-minded fucks they are.<br><br>But, shit, they can't even make a hot chick with superpowers interesting so I hold little hope...

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 1:47 p.m. CST

    BW angst

    by Elvis Cole Lives

    For real, which one of us who woke up with superpowers and was asked to "save the world" wouldn't go WOO HOO?!?!?<br><br>"Oh, I'm so angsty. I'm having an existential drama and I can't tell my sister. Boo fucking hoo!"<br><br>Well, fuck that shit!<br><br>1) Just TRY and keep me from telling every motherfucker I ever knew that could now leap tall buildings in a single bound. Just try.<br><br>2) What kind of artificial fucking bullshit drama/conflict is the shit with the sister. Just tell the bitch already. Watch her jaw drop in amazement. Then show the little douche what happens when she backtalks you again... BITCHSLAP BIONIC-STYLE!<br><br>What fucking jackass tool told the suits behind this show that it needed to be angsty? Seriously. You're still alive after a limb-severing car wreck, you have superpowers and can pretty much kick anyone's ass, and you get to save the world. Angsty? Riiiiiiight.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 1:49 p.m. CST

    come on nubuubu

    by Nudedude

    She does in fact have a good backstory. They just havent explored it properly.Can you guys see the producers on the other networks taking notes about how not to take a pre packaged hit and make it into a flop?

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Oh, but I had SOOOOO much going for me...

    by Elvis Cole Lives

    When I was a loser-slacker-bartender and had to look after my sister. Everything was going exactly according to my lack of plans and NOW look at me -- I'm hot, kick ass, and jet around the globe saving average motherfuckers. My life is RUINED!

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 2:16 p.m. CST

    I think it's lame she has only ONE bionic arm...

    by Abin Sur

    What the fuck is up with THAT? How was it Katee didn't rip it out of it's socket with her super-strength? And what's up with average humans knocking her around, AFTER we're told she has a combat chip in her? POOR PLOTTING, all you damn Jasons...

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 2:22 p.m. CST

    I knew this show would suck!

    by HellKing

    Did David "Ick" never watch the original like he never watched BSG? The only thing good about BSG is the special effects. For Bionic Woman he has nothing of the sort that can be said. The stories on Bionic Woman and BSG suck. And what ever happened to good theme music? I'm sick of this ethereal sounding crap. I saw the guy who does music for BSG at Comic Con and people we treating him like he was the next John Williams. I can't remember a tune from any of the shows he scores for. And he must be doing Bionic Woman because it sounds just like BSG. And he's doing the Sarah Conner Chronicles too? God save good theme music please!

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Where did Crystal Lowe go?

    by Mr. Profit

    She was briefly in the 1st episode, then she vanished. The Bionic Woman could have used a hot best friend. Did Lowe leave when Glen Morgan left?

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 2:38 p.m. CST

    What's the budget for this show per episode?

    by Mr. Profit

    Because "Alias" was able to pull off a lot of shit each episode and it was lower rated than "Bionic Woman". I agree, take the show off the air and re-tool it. Maybe find a better lead actress who has more charisma and is athletic.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 2:39 p.m. CST

    They should have done what my wife says..

    by haggardatbest

    ..and given her only one bionic leg. That way she would run in circles and be far more interesting.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 2:56 p.m. CST

    This show sucks!! Do something F*cking Bionic!!!

    by picardsucks

    Fuck Steve Austin would jump over 40 foot high fences, outrun speeding cars then flip over cars, bend rifles in half, bash through brick walls, rip off Bigfoot's arm, rip 1 foot thick steel doors from the hinges, kick the shit out of androids, pull a fuckin big ass pine tree out of the ground by the roots and use it like a javolin,outrun nuclear explosions and he once pushed a submarine stuck in the seabed. The new show she pushes down a car window and routinely kicks guys against tempered glass. "LAME" and Katie Sacs sitting there pouting is not enough to get me to watch sorry I can see hotter chicks at my health club.Oh, I know we just don't get it the whole show is a metaphor on the oppression womenhood faces in our terrible American society. Bullshit!!, It's bland and lame and devoid of anyone to care about, enough with the bleak, everything is aweful, femanazi crap. Please cancel this piece of horseshit and release the Six Million Dollar Man DVD's or let Michael Bay make a serious kick ass Bionic Man film (YES I SAID MICHAEL BAY)

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 4 p.m. CST

    Well said

    by snowpuff

    Well said, Picardsucks.<br> <br> It's as if David Eick and the... showrunners... don't get it. She is the Bionic Woman.<br> <br> People watch the show<br> <br> because<br> <br> she is bionic!

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 4:19 p.m. CST

    I agree with wowsah156

    by Oldnewbie

    with regard to the fight scenes. For someone so powerful, she sure gets the crap kicked out of her by ordinary thugs. When she couldn't handle those hitmen after the Canadian prime ministers (or whoever he was) daughter and had to have help from Sarah was absurd. She can punch through concrete! She should have been able to wipe the floor with them! Guess then she wouldn't be 'vulnerable' and 'girlish' enough... sigh, I don't seem to recall Lindsay Wagner getting beat up so often...

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Boronic Woman

    by Zardoz

    yeah, I've given up on this show, too. All of the above criticisms are valid: the show's boring, not enough action, too much angst, stupid plots, annoying characters. Seriously, how do you screw up a show that should have been an instant, no-brainer homerun?

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 4:45 p.m. CST


    by haggardatbest

    You've got me wanting to see some real, fucked up, superhuman destruction right now. Enough of the Bionic Woman's punch-and-kick nonsense, let get down to fucking some shit up!

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Best bionic list EVAH!

    by Elvis Cole Lives

    Nice job, picardsucks. These fucks screwed the BW from the start. No way to fix this now as far as I can see.<br><br>And, by the fucking way, since when did it become "avant-garde," "cool," "hip," or what-the-fuck-ever to claim to have never seen the inspiration for your show? My God, the first time some showrunner said that shit ("gee, you know, this is my own interpretation; I've never seen the original. No idea what it's like."), that motherfucker should've been shown the door so fast he'd have to be hospitalized with a concussion and severe whiplash.<br><br>Hollywood has always drawn inspiration from other media as well as remaking its own shit, but what kind of totally fucking jacktard claims ignorance of the source of inspiration! Whether its Shakespeare, Birth of A Nation, or a cult tv show from the 70s, you G-D better know WHAT you're remaking and WHY, you arrogant pieces of shit!

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 5:30 p.m. CST

    NBC needs to

    by nicegoogly

    get rid of Bionica Lewinsky. they assumed that this show would have a built in fanbase from the old show...which was a bite off of a infinitely more popular show. sackhoff should have been Jamie Sommers. she's blonde for fucks sake and revels in her abilities unlike this boring whiney bitch.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 6:55 p.m. CST

    I Remember 'Bionic Woman'

    by skoobyx

    It was a show that premiered about a month ago...If I recall it seemed good in the commercials until you saw it...(wavy flashback lines begin)

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Where the *#@$ is Oscar Goldman?

    by bobbyjoe

    Jeeeeee-sus. I tried to stick with the show in hopes it would get better, but last night's episode was like they were deliberately trying to get people to change the channel, daring us all with "how much sheer boredom can you take? Huh? How much, ya entertainment-deprived bastards?" Pickardsucks hits it exactly: the show has no conception of what people want to see. Her bionic powers are wasted on bending maybe a pole to prop open a window (or, last week, bending back part fo a fan)--and that's if we're lucky. Whooppeee! That's some excitement you've got goin' on there, David Eick. And last night's episode was like some awful one-shot you'd see on one of the lamest Sci-Fi channel original productions, or some cheap-o procedural on some Z-grade cable channel. There was virtually no continuity whatsoever (uh, isn't she dying in five years? Where's Sarah Corvus? Where's that lawyer dude from Galactica who seemed like he was going to be something important but just suddenly stopped having scenes? Why is Isaiah Washington on this show? etc.) There wasn't even major continuity WITHIN the episode (uh, what was the deal with the dude who had a gun and attacked her with amazing fighting skills, but then cried and said "I'm sorry, help me" and disappeared after the commercial break? Was he just the disappearing rapist ninja or something?) And, hey-- in two weeks, she goes to Paris for what looks like another one-shot with shampoo boy where she'll probably use her bionic powers to fix the t.v. antenna on top of the Moulin Rouge. Everybody set your Tivo!

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 7:59 p.m. CST

    What is it about this show that makes writers bale?

    by Yeti

    Seriously...I would love some insight

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Bionica Lewinsky

    by Immortal_Fish

    I read that in another TB and nearly fell apart. Wish I'd thunk it!<P>I was done with this after last week's ep. There is nothing here that interests me. They should have stuck with the labored love angle from the pilot instead of going all nu-feminist so soon out of the gates.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 8:55 p.m. CST

    If they want geek women to tune in,

    by Luna Moth

    and let's face it, what other type of woman would, they are going to have to change ... everything. Seriously, get rid of the fucking coffee klatch - no one I know sits around and chats like BW and her friends. Get rid of the annoying younger sister, please! And like picardsucks says, I want to see her doing something only a bionics-enabled person can do! Man, I'd hit the subway and wait for some asswipe to try and feel me up. Goodbye hands!

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 8:56 p.m. CST

    And another thing...

    by Luna Moth

    This show is NOT FUCKING FEMINIST. From one who knows.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 9:08 p.m. CST


    by Burgundy82

    Bionica Lewinsky is fucking golden. If AICN is still good for anything these days, it's nicknames for characters on superpower-related NBC shows. And for someone who hasn't watched since the pilot, how did it "go feminist"? Did they kill off the scientist boyfriend?

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 9:10 p.m. CST

    At least it's better than Painkiller Jane

    by Neo Zeed

    Just sayin'

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Jane Espenson should be running this...

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    Really, BW needs a great FEMALE writer to run this show. I think most of the male writers are screwing this one up -- it's like they're trying to copy Alias or Buffy or La Femme Nikita or whatever, but there's no singular, clear vision as to what to do. Too bad Espenson is busy ripping off the X-Files for Sci-Fi.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 9:55 p.m. CST

    hope they get the janitor from "Sopranos"

    by kabong

    That'll turn this series around. <p> Or maybe the janitor's cousin.

  • Oct. 26, 2007, 12:47 a.m. CST

    The Bionic Retread

    by 5 by 5


  • Oct. 26, 2007, 4:08 a.m. CST

    retooling on the fly

    by Napoleon Park

    wait, so they wrote out the deaf little sister and replaced her with a bulemic little sister? Bwah-hahahaha...

  • Oct. 26, 2007, 7:20 a.m. CST

    Ugh, who said Painkiller Jane?

    by Abin Sur

    Jesus Christ that show was like brain cancer on the airways - one of the only shows I've ever seen NOT improved by a hi-def broadcast.

  • Oct. 26, 2007, 9:28 a.m. CST

    here's why the show is doomed currently:

    by palewook

    theres not one likable character, nothing we care about as the audience, and the only thing interesting to us at this point has been katie. the writing can be tweaked to fix some of this and katie can be moved into a lead role, but how long will it take to correct this screwed up series? with all the episodes in the can already, at least another season, and with its ratings erosion, thats about 1/2 season longer than it will last. before cancellation.

  • Oct. 26, 2007, 10:03 a.m. CST

    I have a feeling NBC/Universal is committed...

    by Abin Sur making this show work. I was at Universal Studios two weekends ago, and DAMN if the whole place didn't look like Bionic Woman land. I'm going to give them time to improve it...hell, ST:TNG sucked for almost three whole seasons before it got good.

  • Oct. 26, 2007, 12:52 p.m. CST

    I take credit for "Bionica Lewinsky"

    by Christopher3

    The nickname, not the show. Thank you, thank you.

  • Oct. 26, 2007, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Steve Austin fights DeathProbe - New Bionic Woman

    by picardsucks

    does Taibo with the asian dude. Steve Austin throws a bomb almost a mile to blow up the bad guys headquarters - New Bionic Woman bends back the thin aluminum blade of fan Oscar Goldman, a well dressed and charming guy has lunch with the president and only has to pick up the phone to order a nuclear strike and his office overlooks the capital - New Bionic woman's boss is the typical evil black ops, alterier motive, untrustworthy, Orwellian ambiguous psedo bad guy- skulking around damp Canadian basement warehouses in ill fitting black suits with no tie as if going to a rave party. Steve Austin was a good role model for kids and a fun show both adults and kids could watch with generally good stories grounded in the cold war and plenty of action - New Bionic Woman is an angsty, nihlist show where Jamie should be overseas fighting terrorists and warlords in Africa but instead fights(Who does she fight anyway - oh yeah the evil white military cultists running rampant across America??) Kids can't watch this show unless you want them to grow up to be angry conspiracy theorist goth types, and there is nothing really bionic going on. No good people. I guess it was too much of a stretch to make the central figure a heroic Iraq war vet injured in a tragic way (cause we never hear about our heroic vets losing limbs in the news), given a chance to continue a normal life and also kick ass with his/her new Bionic Superpowers. Throwing a tank on top of a bunch of Al Queda, or outrunning rocket fire, Ripping African Warlords limb from limb who murder children. Yeah that would have really sucked and the level of CGI we have now would have made actual cool Bionic feats at least on par with the 70's shows impossible. I said it earlier and I'll say it again, Michael Fucking Bay must do a big budget Six Million (Billion??) Dollar Man - How about that Josh guy from Transformers he would make a great Steve Austin. Guys and Gals let's do this show a favor and stop talking about it. Any publicity is good publicity right?? If this tree falls in the forest and none of us are there to hear it maybe it will just go away like the shitty Flash Gordon show that was as insulting to the fans.

  • Oct. 27, 2007, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Burgundy82, if you're still out there (And thanks, Christopher3!

    by Immortal_Fish

    Burgundy82, not so much "feminist." As Luna Moth wrote above, this ain't feminism. I wrote "nu-feminist" meaning this is yet another atypical entry in the current slate of actioners starring women. I'm sure you're familiar with the type -- scrawny women with lolita faces that can kick any man's ass in all weight classes because all the men are always portrayed more girly than the protagonist. That is, if she ain't screwing them all as she hops from bed to bed. Bionica Lewinsky has been doing plenty of these, all while trying to bring home the bacon and fry it up in a pan for her little sister.

  • Oct. 27, 2007, 8:51 p.m. CST

    "I can't stop myself. Please help me."

    by chromedome

    exactly how I felt watching this week's show.<p>British Accent needed for her cover? How Stupid Was That. sure, she IS British, so (wink wink) we will write a STUPID plot device so she has to "pretend" she is faking the accent but it really not faking at all and she is really faking the american accent and damn we are so fucking (bloody) clever that it just hurts sometimes to be us.<p>This is their idea of good writing. This is why this show will continue to suck it hard until they pull it and retool it completely. There was NO reason in the story that her character had to be transferring in from Oxford. There was no basis in any part of the show so far for anyone on her team to assume she even could do a british accent. And there was no need, so why would they even try that?<p>because these writers are HACKS.

  • Oct. 27, 2007, 8:57 p.m. CST

    NBC is giving us

    by chromedome

    Heroes who don't use their powers and a Bionic woman who barely does anything bionic, and unconvincingly so when she does. <p> A bionic melon toss?<p>And can they stop with cgi bionic ear tunnelling filler crap? Yes, we KNOW she has bionic hearing, already.<p>I read somewhere that Katie is in for a total of 10 episodes. I will keep trying to stomach this shit to see her, but not even sure I can keep doing so.<p>HUGELY disappointing show.

  • Oct. 28, 2007, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Bionica Lewinsky

    by nicegoogly

    I thought of it a while back, but never posted on the Bionic Woman talkbacks. Didn't mean to not give credit as I had not seen it before. I have to admit, I laughed about it myself when I thought of it. At least the old ladies in my bridge club think I am clever. Chromedone, I was having the same discussion with a bunch of other people about the same issue: Heroes is going down the same road is Bionic Woman, instead of the other way around. It seams that everything wants to be as mysterious and twisty as Lost with all of these conspiracy plots and who is on what side. I hate to say it, but Chuck is more entertaining. I hate myself for saying that. I take it back.

  • Nov. 6, 2007, 7:57 p.m. CST


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  • Nov. 6, 2007, 8 p.m. CST


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