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Bionic Woman is probably done; Ryan is "defeated and depressed"

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 16th 2008 1:41PM
michelle ryanIn the least surprising news I've seen all week, the British tabloid Daily Mail is reporting that NBC's Bionic Woman will be canceled, "barring a last-minute miracle." The Mail's "source" tells the tab that star Michelle Ryan has returned to England "because the writing was on the wall," and is "defeated and depressed" that things didn't work out. Their source also claims that NBC Universal is pinning the blame for the show's failure on Ryan: "Their bet was that American viewers would fall in love with her looks, personality, and the character she played."

Gee, you think this "source" was a friend of Ryan's? Anyway, given the fact that a) this news hasn't shown up in any of the trades, like Variety and The Hollywood Reporter (UPDATE: this article in Variety says that the show is "probably canceled," which isn't that definitive, either), and b) the British tabs never let the truth get in the way of a juicy story, you have to take this news with a whole shaker of salt. Still, it's not like people were clamoring to see Bionic Woman return after the writers' strike. So, I'm sure it's just a matter of time before Ben Silverman and the folks at NBC make this cancellation official.

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dont blame michelle she wasent the only person in the entire series she is a great actress or else why would they have chosen her to play an iconic figure like the bionic woman.

March 05 2008 at 4:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought the show was okay, not compelling but pretty okay. I had no problems with Michelle Ryan's acting, and she obviously worked hard in this show.

February 21 2008 at 11:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The person responsible is he who thought that 're-imagining' done series is a good idea; who approved horrible storylines and writing which made the main character largely unlikeable; and who totally ignored the viewers who pointed this out after the show aired.

And this multi-millionaire person would be.....

February 17 2008 at 8:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I really hope that NBC blaming Ryan for the failure of this series is indeed a rumor. Blaming the lead actress for a show that lacked direction that also seemed to be produced to be anything but cohesive is incredibly unfair. I can't even blame the writers for this, either. Despite how poorly executed each episode seemed, there was overall storyline and you could see the potential in building a new mythology for this series refresh.

I can't help but wonder if NBC is to blame on this one. It always seemed like the show was always overly tinkered with in order to capture its audience. What NBC has done to Bionic Woman seems so much like what Fox did to Tru Calling and Firefly.

February 17 2008 at 8:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ryan is a great actress.


February 17 2008 at 4:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brent McKee

I'm pretty much convinced that "Bionic Woman" failed not because of Michelle Ryan or the writers but because trying to revive the show was a dumb idea right from the beginning. NBC, through the Sci-Fi Channel had a success with "Battlestar Galactica" so they decided to do the same thing with another Glenn Larson series. The fact that NBC willfully ignored was that the original "Galactica" was thoroughly mishandled and the producers of the new series brought an entirely new take of the concept - taking it far more seriously than the original and looking at the real concerns of the situation - which was combined with the new technology for special effects. I don't think there was that much you could do to update the original "Bionic Woman" or make it better. The changes were cosmetic. Turning the OSI from the original into a Blackwater-like private contractor isn't a major change, and to be honest, neither is making Jaime a bit slutty. That's one of the things that worries me slightly about tonight's new version of "Knight Rider" although in this case it's more of a continuation than a remake.

February 17 2008 at 3:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They should've let her speak in her british accent.

And, about terminator, no way does it get cancelled. Everyone I know watches it including my wife.

February 17 2008 at 1:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Agree with you guys. Sure are a damn lot of you for a supposed failure! Only saw 2 shows before strike. She
seemed as good as Chuck guy even if
overall tone of show hadn't yet come
together in big way. Would watch a few if back again.

February 17 2008 at 10:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The problem with the bionic woman was not the actress it was the writing! Here you have this suped up human and you spend more time on her sex life than you do building up her investigative skills and use of her abilities. If you compare this show to the original plot line you will see that the writers strayed to far from the original character. Also, using old six million dollar man plots was not good either. I really wanted the show to work out because I am a big fan of the original but it wasn't meant to be. Besides didn't some later movies introduce the next level of bionics? NBC should be embarassed for blaming the actress instead of themselves for being such sorry supporters and writers of what could have been anothe sci-fi classic!

February 17 2008 at 8:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I like the show and will miss it....come on knight rider

February 17 2008 at 8:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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