Welcome the Bionic Brit

By Colin Mahan

Feb 13, 2007

NBC has cast British Michelle Ryan as the lead in the network's redo of the 1970s action series The Bionic Woman. Ryan played the bombshell Zoe Slater from 2000 to 2005 on the BBC soap Eastenders.

The Bionic Woman ran for three years, from 1976 to 1978, first on ABC then on NBC for its last season. The show, a spin-off of the hit the Six Million Dollar Man, starred Lindsay Wagner as a woman who suffers a tragic skydiving accident and is turned into a bionic crime-fighting machine.

Ryan is not the only British import taking to American airwaves this fall. Sci-fi cop show Life On Mars, saucy relationship series Football Wives, gambling dramedy Viva Blackpool!, and family animal series Wild at Heart are all getting a Yankee makeover.

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  • Pollymay22 Feb 19, 2007

    I really do not think she is a great actress, I guess she looks the part though.

  • Prdmomof3 Feb 16, 2007

    I hope this isnt a remake but a continuance of it!!

  • CardiffBoy1974 Feb 15, 2007

    If anyone is sad enough to watch Eastenders, they will recognise Ryan (no relation to Jeri, but same breast surgeon maybe?!) No doubt will be sexy, but do we need this remake? Really?

    BTW Spangu is right on the money. Sorry David E, but you're wasting your time. Remember when Americans tried to make a version of Doctor Who? We've all tried our best to forget. Just run the BBC original and enjoy some superior drama. Or better yet, get a hold of the DVD (if you don't own a multi-region player you don't deserve to watch this kind of quality)

  • Jamin_Jamin Feb 15, 2007

    lol, will her nipple turn into machine guns?

  • billmaxwell3 Feb 14, 2007

    Looks like they are going for a younger(smallville) audience than the original. Hopefully, it will be a serious take and not diminish the original which remains a favorite to many of us. Don't get me started on how upsetting the upcoming Six Million Dollar Man movie with Jim Carrey will be. Still I will be one of the first to tune in to watch this new version.

  • xtralongleave Feb 14, 2007

    Count me in! For the pilot at least.. This chick is smokin' hot!

  • JunaD Feb 14, 2007

    Really? Hey bring back the Incredible Hulk too.

  • LAURAMARIE63 Feb 14, 2007

    This won't last.

  • AprilFox Feb 14, 2007

    David Eick is the man behind The Bionic Woman and it will probably be on SciFi (an NBC affiliated network). David Eick is currently helming Battlestar Galactica and there is also another project in the works.

  • aaronmcc Feb 14, 2007

    Ryan is hot but it will be difficult for to learn how to act anything but nasty and grumpy. In Eastenders her face was always tripping her in a mardy state.

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