The Bionic Woman is back!
NBC has finally ordered up that promised pilot of a “reconceptualization” of the Seventies series that starred Lindsay Wagner as Jaime Summer, a tennis pro who becomes a secret agent after she’s mangled in a skydiving accident and put back together with artificial parts.
But the pilot order is “cast-contingent,” meaning the network has to approve the casting before it goes forward.
Any ideas?Bionic, in which Jaime’s new parts gave her amplified hearing, a strong right arm and legs that enabled her to run faster than a speeding car, was a spinoff of The Six Million Dollar Man. It ran on ABC from 1976 to 1977, and on NBC from 1977-78. The USA network announced plans for a revival back in 2002, but the idea never made it out of development.
The idea got new legs in 2006. Lindsay Wagner rose up from her Select Comfort Sleep Number Bed infomercials to attend the first Bionicon fan convention in Tampa, Florida back in June; NBC announced in October it was planning a “radical reworking” of the old series; and just this past Sunday, “Lindsay’s ‘Bionic Woman’ role” was a clue in the LA Times Calendar section crossword puzzle. Hmm…
So who will be the new Jaime Summer? And will they bring back the Fembots? Stay tuned…
(NBC has announced more cops and spies in the Greenlit Pilot Department: Fort Pit is a police dramedy from a team that includes Law & Order producer Michael Chernuchin of Law & Order and Rescue Me (expect retreads of jokes from Leary-Tolan’s failed ABC cop series, The Job). Chuck is a “high-concept” action-dramedy about twenty-something spies from Josh Schwartz, creator of The OC.)