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BIONIC WOMAN Officially Axed by NBC?

Perhaps but we're still waiting for confirmation.

By Jarrod Sarafin, News Editor     February 21, 2008
Source: Michael Ausiello at TV Guide


Jamie Sommers(Michelle Ryan) and Molly Price have things to discuss in BIONIC WOMAN(2007).
© NBC-Universal

We have seen the dark cloud circling over the NBC reboot of "Bionic Woman" but news outlets still have yet to receive an official notice from the network. It's been widely assumed to be canceled but we're still waiting for a network confirmation or press release. Michael Ausiello at TV Guide reports that while nothing is said openly, staffers on the production staff were notified last week that the show has been canceled.

While NBC has been strangely silent on that one, I'll pass along word that the network has announced plans to offer online streaming of some classic shows such as "Miami Vice", "The A-Team", "Kojak" and "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour". The various classic shows will be available on some of their official websites beginning later this month.

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laforcer69@yahoo.com_home 2/21/2008 2:45:34 AM
Good writtens and sayonara...Get lost, get out and just get to where the getting has gotten good because the getting is no longer good here so just get lost...Shit t.v. at it's best with this show and her looks are not good enough anyhow to sustain my interest...
EvilMonkey 2/21/2008 3:40:16 AM
Sweet, now there's room in the schedule for the Manimal remake.
jfdavis 2/21/2008 5:07:04 AM
I know I'm in the minority but I thought Bionic Woman at least had potential. Even the Star Trek spin-off, for the most part, sucked the first two seasons so they should have given it more time to find itself. And Michelle Ryan was certainly hot enough for me; like that's important... I loved Manimal and I said when the new BSG came out that it should be remade so do it already!
dallaswinston 2/21/2008 5:22:39 AM
Gee what a shock. Like this wasn't happening. I told ya ! The only Bionic Woman series worth watching is the old school Lindsey Wagner Jaimie Sommers !
rgtchtiger 2/21/2008 5:46:15 AM
I gave Bionic Woman a fair shot. I watched the first four episodes and tried to care about the characters and missions Jamie was sent on. I liked that the show tried building a mythology and some long-term arcs, but it failed in so many ways. First, the pilot didn't make me care enough about Jamie or her sister at all. I think it was within 15 minutes she had her bionic implants. That's not enough time spent on Jamie as a person to make me care about what happens to her later. Second, the show bore too much a resemblance to Alias. That by itself isn't a bad thing because Alias was at its best in having Sydney juggle saving the world with her personal life. The problem was the show failed to make its characters interesting enough and the plots strong enough to keep things moving along at a decent pace. Third, and I think I'm in the minority on this, I though Katee Sackhoff was miscast as the villain. At the very least, her character wasn't written well enough. She started off interesting by being an evil bionic woman, but she didn't seem to fit the role well, or the role wasn't written to her strengths. The show was doomed to fail no matter which way you cut it, so this is hardly surprising.
CaptainJackSpareribs 2/21/2008 7:02:51 AM
The 70's and 80's were a different time - when computer technology was taking off and the possibilities (in our minds) were endless. Thats why shows like The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, and even Knight Rider were soooo awesome. It was like our imaginations had come to life. Nowadays our imaginations have become lazy and spoiled. CGI, Video Games, MP3/Video players, and the Internet do all of our imagining for us and we are desensitized by almost everything. Nothing really is sacred anymore. Ipods??? phfft... I remember when we taped our favorite songs off the radio or buy them on Cassete/Vinyl at THE RECORD STORE. The idea sounds so alien I know. Thats why shows like Bionic Woman and such are failing. We don't need them anymore. The only highly watched profitable Sci-Fi/Fantasy show right now is LOST (which my wife and I consider to be the best show period - We're LOSTIES). Everything else on TV thats in is a reality show (and they're scripted too). I visited my mother last week and we watched and Amazing Stories compilation movie (around three or four episodes) and I recalled to her how we all watched that show as a family in the 80's and LOOKED FORWARD to it. She concurred and we both agreed that the 80's/early (and I do mean early) 90's was the last time people watched TV as a family. I'm a purist. I like things simple and want to be intrigued. Maybe thats why we watch LOST. People on an island who have no cell phones, computers with internet access, and other technological crap (except in flashbacks/forwards and that satellite phone they have now). They're trying to figure out why that place is so mystical.
Wiseguy 2/21/2008 7:19:15 AM
I don't watch much "regular" tv because I think movies are so much better in everything from production to acting that pretty much nothing on tv gets my attention. I tried the first 3 episodes and it only reinforced my already bias views, so so long BW. Maybe in 10 years they'll try a feature movie instead.
monkeyfoot 2/21/2008 7:23:04 AM
Rgtchtiger, I agree with you. Jamie got her abilities right off the bat without us getting to know her and like her. By the last episode I saw I still wasn't sure if I really cared about what happened to her. They also never seemed to find the proper footing for the show. It tried to take a very soft feminine point of view which I think put of alot of male viewers. And I didn't know many women who watched the show because I think they assumed it would just be a T&A Blow Stuff Up show. The Sarah Conner Chronicles seems to hit the mark exactly. It is an action show, but tells it's story from a women's POV with interesting characters and story arc. I guess this show doing poorly bodes ill for a Six Billion Dollar Man movie being made.
fft5305 2/21/2008 7:41:26 AM
I'm with jfdavis. While I don't think BW was the best show on tv by a long shot, I was watching it for the potential. It needed to find its groove. And Michelle Ryan is hot. That being said, I won't overly mourn its passing. Now if Journeyman's demise is made official, I will be pissed. I *will* mourn then. That show rocked!
ultrazilla2000 2/21/2008 7:53:35 AM
Wow, I actually seem to agree with the majority of posters here for once! I too disliked the new Bionic Woman. I felt it was the most miscast and underwritten show I've seen in ages. And I had such high hopes for it too. I at least wish they had kept the original sister cast in the pilot. With her being deaf, it would have made for some good internal struggle and guilt for the Jamie, as she knows there is a technology that can give her sister her hearing back, but that she's unable to give it to her. Sub plots like that would have added the human drama the show lacked. Unfotunately, todays writers seem to think "human drama" consists only of love triangles and botched romance.
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