Sackhoff back on Bionic

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Sci-fi fans gearing up for the fall television season have their eyes on a few shows, among them NBC's remake of Bionic Woman. The drama is being produced by David Eick--who also produces the Sci Fi Channel hit Battlestar Galactica--and features a familiar face in the pilot.

Katee Sackhoff, who plays Starbuck on BSG, had a prominent role in the series' first episode as Bionic Woman 1.0 to star Michelle Ryan's Bionic Woman 2.0. It's a departure for Sackhoff, who goes from playing the fan-favorite Starbuck to acting as the super-strong antagonist to Ryan's lead.

However, Sackhoff wasn't signed on as a regular on the series and deals to bring her on as a recurring character weren't to her liking, reports The Hollywood Reporter. When Sackhoff failed to appear for a Bionic Woman panel at the Television Critics Awards press tour, some assumed the rift had widened. NBC said her absence was due to "scheduling conflicts."

In the end, cooler heads prevailed and NBC was able to ink a deal with Sackhoff, giving her a recurring role on the show. In fact, The Hollywood Reporter says that the deal was only reached yesterday evening.

In other Bionic news, the role of Jaime Sommers'--the Bionic Woman--sister Becca has been recast. Originally played by Mae Whitman (the Bible-thumping Ann on Arrested Development), the role now goes to Lucy Hale (The O.C., How I Met Your Mother). Becca, through the miracle of script-doctoring, will also no longer be deaf and will be trained in the art of computer hacking, an essential asset for any show to help relieve writers' block.

Bionic Woman makes its debut on September 26 at 9 p.m. For more information on the show, read TV.com's previous coverage.

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have to agree removing the deaf women seems wrong.
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i'm loving this show already.
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I can't wait for the show.
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I was curious about this show when I first heard about it. But now that Sackhoff is a recurring star, I'll definitely watch! Go starbuck!
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This is great news. Katee was awesome in the previews... hope she'll be in most of the episodes. If I was the producers I'd be considering a Bionic 1.0 spin-off for Katee :)
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love her hope the show is okay
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I'm glad the sister's not Deaf for other, more personal reasons I will not get into here. I do like Mae Whitman though, sorry to see her leave. However, I am so freaking happy that Katee is staying on, not sure I would even watch without her!
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I adore Katee, so this is great news. As for recasting the sis and unmaking her deafness, this just blows! Why not give her a bionic ear? I liked the girl, she was edgy and rough with a chip on her shoulder. I liked her immediately! :D I dunno know, I think they may have made a mistake with that choice.
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I completely agree with revolos; a deaf, troubled sister is a much better choice than "we are a group that can do it all because we have an average teen who just happens to be one of the best computer wizzards in the world". SEEN IT. NOT FRESH. On the other hand, the more times Katie can kick the tar out of everyone, the better. A strong protagonist NEEDS a strong antagonist. Batman-Joker, Superman-Luthor etc.

It's still touch-and-go as to the direction they may take, I hope they keep it raw.
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Dang, I really liked the idea of Becca being deaf, from what I saw of the teaser scenes. But yeah for more Katee.
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hope it is as good as the orginal
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It's a no-brainer, how can you introduce a nemesis for Jaime Sommers in the pilot then never to be seen again, especially if you have Sackhoff playing the role.
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Sweet. More Katee!

Hopefully she'll also be in all the episodes for Battlestar Galactica's final season as well.
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