Bionic Woman

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The May line-up features crime classics such as the Telly Savalas-starring Kojak, cop drama T.J. Hooker featuring William Shatner, Columbo and gritty British series The Sweeney.

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Sunday, March 23rd at 9:15pm

Jaime’s (Michelle Ryan) much-needed vacation with her sister Becca (Lucy Kate Hale) at a spa resort is disrupted when she is pulled into a deadly cat and mouse game with another hotel guest on Bionic Woman, screening Sunday, March 23rd at 9:15pm on 3.

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.

The basics may be the same – woman gets state-of-the-art body parts after a near-death accident – but this year’s model, adds darkness and cuts the camp of its popular 1970s predecessor.

“When I first heard Bionic Woman, I thought, ‘There’s no way. Not interested. Forget it,’” Miguel Ferrer, who plays the head of a secret organisation that saves Jaime Sommers, recently told USA Today.

“They said, ‘Hold on. It’s dark and it’s nasty and people die. And it’s not what you think it is.’ And sure enough, it’s not what I thought it was,” he added.

Ferrer credits the behind-the-scenes talent, led by executive producer David Eick, who also remade the 70s classic Battlestar Galactica.

“They took that cheesy franchise and put a serious look on it, and I think that’s what’s happened with Bionic Woman.”

However Michelle Ryan has her own theory on why the new and improved Bionic Woman works in the 21st century.

“She is a strong, feisty female character,” Ryan told Entertainment Weekly about her onscreen persona.

“She has a vulnerability to her. She’s very warm and compassionate. I think she has high morals. She always questions things.”

Find out for yourself whether it’s the new Bionic Woman’s darkness or her vulnerability that make the show such a success, Bionic Woman screens Sunday, March 23rd at 9:15pm on 3.

The original sci-fi action series starring Lindsay Wagner. Jaime Sommers is a woman with tremendous bionic powers. A former tennis professional who was nearly killed in a skydiving accident, Sommers was rebuilt by Oscar Goldman (Richard Anderson) and Dr. Rudy Wells (Martin E. Brooks) – the doctors responsible for rebuilding The Six Million Dollar Man. With amplified hearing, an enhanced right arm and legs, Sommers takes on high-risk government missions. Packed full of action and sexy thrills, the iconic series is back!

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Struggling as a bartender and surrogate mum to her teenage sister, Jaime Sommers (Michelle Ryan, East Enders) didn’t think life could get much harder. But when a devastating car accident leaves her at death’s door, Jaime’s only hope for survival is a cutting-edge, top-secret technology that comes at a hefty price in 3’s re-creation of the 1970s classic Bionic Woman, premiering Sunday, February 3rd at 9:30pm. With a whole new existence and a debt to re-pay, Jaime must figure out how to use her extraordinary abilities for good – while weighing the personal sacrifices she will have to make.

Ultimately, it’s Jaime’s journey of self-discovery and inner strength that will help her embrace her new life as the Bionic Woman in this new action-drama. Ryan is not the only strong female presence on the modern retelling of the series, Katee Sackhoff, best known as daredevil starship captain, Kara “Starbuck” Thrace on Battlestar Galactica also stars in the remake.

“I love it. She’s just brilliant,” Ryan said of her co-star who incidentally plays her onscreen nemesis on the series. “She has such energy. We’re so similar, and it’s effortless.”

And they really do share somewhat of a bond. In Bionic Woman, Sackhoff’s character, Sarah Corvus, is the first recipient of the bionic technology that was eventually responsible for saving Jaime’s life after her car accident, which, ironically, happened to be Sarah’s doing. However, that is where all semblance of likeness ends as Corvus becomes a rogue killer with a major chip on her shoulders for those who experimented on and empowered her.

Don’t miss Jaime and Sarah going head to head in the remake of the 1970s classic, Bionic Woman, premiering Sunday, February 3rd at 9:30pm on 3.

Sunday, February 3rd at 9:30pm

NBC has ordered three more episodes of its new shows “Bionic Woman,” “Chuck,” “Life,” “Journeyman” and CBS has ordered four more episodes of “Cane”, taking their seasons out to 16 or 17 episodes.

So far, only Gossip Girl on the CW has had a full season confirmed.

Isaiah Washington has found himself a new job: he will guest star in five episodes in the new show Bionic Woman.

As well as this role, apparently Washington has his own idea for an action show which is currently in development.

“Isaiah Washington is a very talented and versatile actor and I’ve always admired his work. These episodes on ‘Bionic Woman’ and the new development deal will showcase his talents, and we look forward to producing some great television together,” said NBC’s co-chairman.

On “Bionic Woman,” he will play a mysterious person who is brought into the scientific organization that is responsible for creating the bionics that turn Jaime Sommers (Michelle Ryan, “EastEnders”) into the “Bionic Woman.” His agenda is unclear as he instructs Jaime on how to handle her new abilities.

Struggling as a bartender and surrogate mom to her teen-aged sister, Jaime Sommers didn’t think life could get much harder. But when a devastating car accident leaves her at death’s door, Jaime’s only hope of survival is through a cutting-edge, top-secret technology that comes at a hefty price.
With a whole new existence and a debt to repay, Jaime must figure out how to use her extraordinary abilities for good, while weighing the personal sacrifices she will have to make. Ultimately, it’s Jaime’s journey of self-discovery and inner strength that will help her embrace her new life as…The Bionic Woman.

Source: NBC.com

U.S. network television will present a stronger feminine side next season, with a parade of new prime time heroines, including a bionic woman, a cyborg-fighting mom and a group of high-heeled sleuths.

Nearly a dozen new shows featuring women protagonists, some in crime-fighting, butt-kicking roles, are part of broadcasters’ recently unveiled 2007-2008 TV schedules.

The list includes sci-fi dramas, sitcoms, a spinoff of the hit hospital soap “Grey’s Anatomy” and a pair of shows billed as descendants of the landmark former HBO “dramedy” about four urban singletons, “Sex and the City.”

Female-led shows are hardly new to TV — just ask Lucille Ball, Marlo Thomas, Mary Tyler Moore or Angie Dickinson. But the latest offerings represent an unusually large number of prime time series for and about women.

They follow a memorable year for women in the media, from Katie Couric, who moved from morning TV to anchoring the CBS Evening News, to the on-camera acrimony that swept ABC’s talk show “The View.”

Since women account for a majority of America’s TV audience, it is no surprise that networks want to appeal to them.

GREY SUCCESS

TV producers, writers and network programmers are driven largely by their desire to repeat a winning formula, so experts say the latest trend was undoubtedly influenced by the success of recent hits like ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Desperate Housewives” and “Ugly Betty,” which drew a broad audience while catering to women.

Some female-centered shows have proven more popular with both genders, particularly action dramas.

“There’s something very enticing to men about a girl who can kick butt, as long as it’s not theirs,” said Shari Anne Brill, director of programming for media buying agency Carat USA. “Women are much more into watching shows about friendship and relationships than men are.”

This fall, the networks are introducing both types of shows.

NBC plans to launch “Bionic Woman,” a remake of the 1970s series that starred Lindsay Wagner as a wonder of super-human engineering, and “Lipstick Jungle,” based on the bestseller by “Sex and the City” author Candace Bushnell, about three high-powered women, one of them played by Brooke Shields.

Fox is going the sci-fi action route, too, with “The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” a “Terminator” films spinoff. It follows the title character as she fights to save herself and her son from an onslaught of robotic enemies from the future.

Two other Fox entries include the courtroom drama “Canterbury’s Law,” starring “ER” veteran Julianna Margulies as a rebellious defense attorney, and the sitcom “The Return of Jezebel James,” about the uneasy relationship of two sisters.

But the heaviest concentration of new female stars is on ABC, where “Grey’s Anatomy” is begetting the new medical drama “Private Practice,” with Kate Walsh as Dr. Addison Montgomery.

New ABC offerings also include “Women’s Murder Club,” about a group of San Francisco women investigating homicides, and Cashmere Mafia,” another female ensemble drama from “Sex and the City” creator-producer Darren Star.

Even the upcoming ABC drama “Big Shots,” about of four male business executives, has been described as a wish-fulfillment show for women, depicting men the way women would like to them to be — sensitive and in touch with their feelings.

“It’s very much a chicks’ show,” Brill said. “It’s re-imagining men as maybe being human too.”

Source: Yahoo! TV