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First a show like Cavemen is allowed to see the light of day, now Bionic Woman's ratings are dropping like a stone.

“Bionic” fell 30 percent during its second episode to a 4.0.  Moreover, this morning the industry is buzzing that the pivotal second “Bionic” episode, the result of extensive behind-the-scenes retooling, was a creative disaster—cliché-packed dialogue, a nonsensical villain, one-note characters. The much-heralded arrival of Isaiah Washington (who in a New York Post story Wednesday proved yet again you don’t need bionics to be a tool) was a non-event; just another performer trying to inject humanity into a clunky show whose most arresting visual is Miguel Ferrer’s neck jowls.

Have any of you watched this show an not liked it?  The only thing I don't like so far is how much emphasis they seem to be putting on the Good Bionic Woman vs. Evil Bionic Woman.

ABC Triumph: 'Private Practice' Overthrows 'Bionic Woman'  (Great, another medical drama.)

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Saw episode one of the show and found it awful. Michelle Ryan was awful in the UK's Eastenders, and is just as bad in Bionic Woman. Her lame American accent in makes me cringe. Won't be surprised if this gets canned soon... It's crap.
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I've watched the first two eps and am partway into the third and frankly, it's hard to imagine how it could be worse. Bad writing, flat acting... bad, BAD writing. The only thing that keeps me watching is that it's nice to see Katee Sackhoff being a Somewhat Badass instead of the Emo Screwup she's been playing in the past two seasons of BSG.
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I grew up with the originally bionic woman and 6 million dollar man. I like this new one, but it's not something I'd want my kids growing up with. It's no longer a family thing, it's no longer suspenseful, no longer really enjoyable. I wish "hollywood" (or whatever you call it today) would wake up and make it adventurous and stop pushing a loose stool down everyone's throat. You want that, great, enjoy it, but the rest of us want better.

There's the gen'l consensus for you.
Left by Watcher on Oct 17, 2007 1:53 PM

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I timed the show: 5% Action 48% Commercials 45% Women going thru "the change" 2% some men showing off
Left by anon on Oct 17, 2007 4:06 PM

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please god cancel this crap!
I grew up on TSMDM and BW and was intrigued to see the teasers for this new show.
the pilot was horrible drek... each episode now is what 43 minutes leaving 17 minutes of commercials over an hour? its no wonder i dont watch network tv anymore... give me the discovery channel or something interesting to watch.
i am still watching at this point hoping it gets better but i wont be watching much longer.
so far thanks for ruining a classic NBC!
Left by jamie on Oct 17, 2007 4:54 PM

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I think it's ggood, to hell with you all
Left by Edwin on Oct 27, 2007 4:42 PM

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This show is really good. And quite frankly I find it refreshing from all the "reality" crap all the networks are pushing.

Sure it's the same as the 1970s version, but it shouldn't be.

The last episode was the best one yet. I loved how Jamie was lead to believe that the CIA Guy was really the enemy, but he ends up being her new beau.

Will be interesting to see where this goes. I hope the show stays on the air.
Left by David on Oct 30, 2007 6:14 AM

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I hate it that the show is not getting good reviews....maybe put a laugh track in it.... Now there's success.... A laugh track to tell the people when to laugh....but seriously... The show has no competion as far as I'm concerned... Give me a break...on the other network... another doctor show glorifying someone who thinks they are GOD........ Let's have some entertainment here folks....... If you're gonna take it off... well how about reruns of HEE HAW....... Usually, if I like something it gets cancelled.... I guess that says a lot for me.... Keep it on... What else are you going to do in place of it..... Come on you creative geniuses........ Are you going to do another sitcom??? Hey... Here's a line for you.... "WELL I THINK I'LL TAKE THE GARBAGE OUT" the bring up the laugh track and THEN let's have 4 minutes of loud commercials that sell nothing but sugar and crap...... No wonder we're obese.... Now there's what the average viewer likes.... One more thing... The most creative show on TV is Moonlight.... A totally brilliant idea..... It will probably get cancelled too....
Left by bucky on Oct 31, 2007 3:11 PM

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I am really disappointed with this show--and I don't like it, BUT..I am glad to see that something..anything is permeating the airwaves other than reality TV...which I abhor. Maybe the next show the networks "Re-Invent" will make it....but I am not holding my breath.
Left by Theony Leone on Nov 05, 2007 1:37 PM

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I really like this show, it's interesting because she is still learning and she isn't some super character which is launched into the series. I hope its not cancelled I really do.
Left by Alias on Nov 09, 2007 10:53 PM

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I was happy when the Bionic Woman was filming here in Vanouver Canada. I thought the first show was Fabulous. I think that they are wrong and cancelling the show. It is still new. I hope the woman who playes the Bionic Woman does somthing else. The Cast was the best.

Everytime when a good show starts they have to cancele. I was so pissed. They should give it more time. Seen everyshow. Good luck to all the cast members.
Left by Vickie From Vancouver Candada on Nov 14, 2007 3:53 PM

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I'm giving it a chance to see how it goes but so far it's what everyone is saying. Acting and scripts aren't original.

I will say that this show, just like a lot of American tv, suffers from too many commercials. I've become a huge fan of British TV because you get more thought out stories without interuptions. I don't know why we can't go this route, or get better writers.

Another thing I will say is shows need first or second season to find their legs and sadly no network wants to invest that time in shows anymore. So say good bye to this one sadly.
Left by Doughboy on Nov 20, 2007 5:05 AM

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great show and suspense!
Left by Dwayne s. Clark on Nov 25, 2007 5:57 AM

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This possibility of Bionic Woman being cancelled is insane. Why would they want to go and do that? I love this show and I know many people who do as well. There have only been a handful of episodes this year and people are already out there booing it because it doesn't meet their standards and criteria of what makes a good show. Can't the world let this beautiful show blossom please?? Sure, maybe it has a few nooks that need to be filled in with whatever would make the viewers happier, but I think it is going along fabulously. I really like how viewers can relate to Jaime Sommers, at least the human side of her. I understand her character, and the actress who plays her, Michelle Ryan, is why I keep coming back. She is delicious, beautiful, super-talented and sometimes in a sea of drab men and boring voyeurism from them, I think she carries the show. Maybe the only problem with it that I can see, but it no way makes it fodder to cancel is how stupid all the supporting cast is. Michelle is the star of this show and everytime I see her step into the camera's focus, I know that she will do something spectacular. I love her realism in the show, what makes her like the rest of us, and I love her robotics, because that is how she is set apart from the rest of us, but in the end she is completely indentifiable. Jaime Sommers does have the future possibility to be one of the best female super heroines out there, standing in the line with Buffy, Dark Angel, Jennifer Garner in Alias, and yeah, those shows were cancelled but look how long they were on. All I ask is how about keeping this show on so this super-heroine can continue her quests and in the future be noted as another great leading female? Bitch and moan if you want, people, I can have an opinion too.
Left by BionicWomanFan on Nov 29, 2007 11:45 PM

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I'm not really rallying for cancellation, but I am not a fan. I was of the original (what I caught on reruns) and was looking forward to this one after the first episode I couldn't stomach it and subsequent attempts at sitting through others have ended the same way: flip to another channel.

I don't know why, but Jamie just gets on my nerves. I'm not saying she should roll over and play dead, but I get a little peeved whenever she starts threatening the people she works for. Yeah, Will got her wrapped up in this all and he might...might...have "poached" her previously, but I doubt the whole car accident with Sarah was his idea. The only reason she hears, sees, walks, or is even alive is b/c he put 50 million dollars of the government's property inside of her. Upset at the upgrade, mad 'cause you only have five or so more years as a fully functioning human being? Then give it back. I'm sure you'll enjoy life more in your hospital bed...if you can even survive without them. I don't know why she gets upset at her bratty little sister...she acts just like her. Great role model. She physically threatens the ones who saved her...giving them the finger in the process...and constantly subjects her co-workers to Paris Hilton antics and on-job hookups. Sure, I'll help keep America safe, but I'll act like the spoiled brat while I'm doing it and constantly complain, disobey orders which usually were given for a damn good reason ('cause you know I'm better at this than trained professionals), and threaten bodily harm every once in a while to boot. Is it fun, is it exciting, is there something in it for me...like a cute guy? Then yeah...I'll go along. If not...SCREW YOU!!! And if you try and make me, I'll rip you to kibbles and bits. Yeah..that's what I'll do. *insert pout here*

I can't make an emotional connection with this character. I don't even like her much. Which is a pity because I really wanted to like this show, but this is the same reason I stopped watching BSG...because I just stopped given a crap about the characters. They became petulant and unloveable.

The only plus side to this show is Sarah. Maybe if they killed Jamie off and went back to chronicle Sarah's story...that would be interesting.
Left by Sandy on Dec 01, 2007 4:40 AM

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I think people are being hasty. Sure, the show isnt what i'd call AMAZING tv. but most shows nowadays take like a season to really find its feet and take off and become really good. I've seen this show improve each week and I've come to enjoy it. I think all the behind the scenes shuffling of producers and writers is really hurting the show. Hopefully, its all over - or it will be resolved when the writers and production get back from the strike.

So NBC, let this one grow. You'd look extremely stupid canceling it since you've invested and hyped BW so much. I can see this show growing and having a cult following much like Buffy and Alias. Well, that's my hope. Hey, give me BW over reality-television anyday!
Left by Mick on Dec 02, 2007 10:51 AM

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love the show, it will evolve like everything else...Michelle Ryan is fantastic!!
Left by mike d on Dec 08, 2007 6:34 PM

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The last episode has a 2.2 ratings after opening at 5.7. 60% of it's audience left, and it's an expensive show to make. I personally found nothing appealing about Jaime and stopped around the 4th episode. Maybe their relaunch can salvage it. Personally, I think they should just make these 8 episodes a horrible dream, and have her wake up with a new start.
Left by David on Dec 09, 2007 8:19 AM

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I like bionic woman. Preston Burke make me want to watch. I like the hospital one with grey. abc is bad though. they can NOt cancel BW. is it? i wewent to UK cant see it there. I am back holiday!
Left by BWLUV on Dec 13, 2007 2:43 PM

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Its Gone, Hollywood.com reports today that Michele Ryan is Devasted. Now we're going to get reality shows out the ... Congrat's It wasn't Great but it's more enjoyalbe then a whole bunch of garbage on the air now.
Left by Pete on Dec 17, 2007 10:18 AM

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Pete, the Hollywood.com source was not a good one ... we got an e-mail last night from a show insider saying NBC has no plans to cancel Bionic Woman right now. Unless something drastic changes, they will not be making a decision until after the strike. The net ordered thirteen scripts and only eight were completed and filmed, so the show is still viable. TV Guide got the same news, and confirmation from NBC, last night as well.

http://www.watchingbionicwoman.com/bionic-woman-not-canceled-will-bionic-woman-bloggers-ever-learn/
Left by watchingbionicwoman.com on Dec 18, 2007 10:50 AM

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I hope its still on the air. I just tried to watch "Duel". I would rather rea the phone book will I took a dump!
Left by Pete on Dec 18, 2007 7:35 PM

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I watched the first epidode twice (my cable company carried it as a preview for three weeks before the network premier).

The first time I watched it stunk. The second time it positively reeked.

Bad casting (everyone ecxept Ferrer) looks like they come from the same limied gene pool) and worse writing (how many busy bars have empty bathrooms?).

'Jamie" just doesn't cut it as a bartender.

No - zero - character devolopment.

Unlikeable cast with no acting ability except for Ferrer but even he can't overcome a lame script.

Frankly I don't care if it's canceled or not. I taje that back - if it's canceled that will free up a slot in the cable coneverters 'blocked programs' list.

If you want a clue as to hpw nad it is .... even the Sci Fi channel (which us owned by NBC) only aired one episode because it tanked so badly.
Left by Del on Dec 19, 2007 3:01 AM

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Sometimes wishes do come true.

http://www.hollywood.com/news/Bionic_Woman_Cancelled/5016339

One lousy tv show down - 851 to go.

Left by Del on Dec 19, 2007 3:08 AM

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The rumors of this show being cancelled have been denied by NBC. It's still officially on the air.
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go here and sign petition
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/-save-bionic-woman


save it!
Left by paul on Dec 19, 2007 7:02 PM

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I love it. I just want to know why it hasn't been on t.v. the past month.
Left by Anna on Dec 20, 2007 6:49 PM

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This show is awful. It feels like a stale Alias retread with much worse writing and acting. Michelle Ryan looks like she's in completely over her head. She looks uncomfortable with the role and with her accent. She seemed to lack the sort of confidence that one saw with Jennifer Garner in Alias. And with the writing being as bad as it is, who can blame her?
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if u all hate it so much, why the hell r u wasting time rallying against it...oh yeah, cuz you'd rather watch the Biggest Loser...because you ARE. It's a good concept that needs time to mature...why not try doing so urselves, instead of getting off on ripping Negatives, just don't watch and let those of us who want to give it a chance do so in peace! Astonishing what a bunch of a-wipes u r.
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The TV network jerks concerned with immediate overnight profit and ratings can never give anything a chance! The woman is beautiful. The plot and the characters are very "human", the sister always getting in trouble, Jamie unsure of herself and struggling with her new situation, etc... This one has a better feel than the original one of the 70's, where Jamie Sommers acted like she was an "old pro" at it and if she had been doing this bionic spying business for ten years before her "accident"!!! Plus, who cares about Michelle Ryan's "fake" American accent anyway? Actually, she'd be much sexier with her real British accent anyway! I will be so disgusted with NBC if they cancel this show, with all the crap they put up there night after night, why can't they give this show a chance to prove itself! How sad! The one show on crappy old TV that I actually looked forward to!
Left by Z on Dec 25, 2007 5:27 PM

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The was fun, a little quirky, but overall I liked it
I really liked Michelle, she is gorgeous and mesmerizing

i hope she lands some big movies
Left by ProTender on Dec 28, 2007 11:42 AM

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It's crap and the lead actress is awful and wrong for the part.
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I think it's a real shame that they cancelled the show. It's bullshit, the show was growing into one where I know people would love to see what happens next. Yes there may have been some bad writing, but the show was getting better and better every episode.
I think it's crap people don't like Michelle Ryan's acting, cuz in my opinion she's doing a great job and although I absolutely love Katee Sackhoff, I couldn't imagine her taking over the lead role. She plays a great badass hahaha.
I think if it was on another network like the CW or Sci Fi it would have been more succesfull, as these networks attract the people who love to watch these kind of shows.
Also I hope that they somehow will revive the show and bring it back. Same happened with True Calling a couple of years back, I loved the show and then it got cancelled. Damn crap!

BRING BW BACK!!!!!

Michelle is georgous, Katee is gorgous, the show is awesome!
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If you compare this show with the one done in the 1970's.........i'll take the old one over this "new and so called improved" version hands down. Horrible acting, horrible special effects, if that's what you call them, and horrible story development. Jamie's charachter acts like a clueless, always has her hair in her eyes, ackward, uncoordinated bimbo who needs constant direction. I really tried to like this show, but am glad it was put out of it's misery. Lets hope FOX doesnt screw up their new series "Terminator" and NBC's stab at "Knight Rider" doesn't take a wrong turn. When will they learn you just dont radically change the format of old programs Baby Boomers grew up with. Update it sure......but at least TRY to pick actresses/actors and scripts that are equal to the original.
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I have watched old Bionic Woman as well, and sorry but as far as acting is concerned it was horrible. Yes maybe in the new version Michelle didn't have the best lines or acting in the first few episodes, but both the lines and the acting has improved in the next episodes.
Calling Michelle Ryan a bimbo is uncalled for, and about the hair, christ dude, where were you born, and how many eppies did you actually see. She has her hair mostly out of her face, maybe you should go buy some glasses, cuz obviously you don't know what you are talking about.

A new version of a show doesn't have to be equal, what would be the point of watching it...I can't believe you are so moronic...
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I've seen all the episodes of this show and it deserved to be axed. The show was horrible. The acting was terrible. The writing was corny at times, unoriginal at others and for the most part just plain putrid.

Michelle Ryan was extremely wooden in this role. Sometimes you can get away with poor acting skills in this type of show if you can rely on stunts and cool choreographed fight scenes. Sadly, this show had none of that either as Michelle Ryan does not appear very athletic.

While I know this was a remake of the 70s show, the vision of the show was unoriginal in a lot of ways. The basic plotline has been done before...and executed better: Young girl with a super ability has the weight of mankind thrust upon her as fate nominates her as the chosen one. The burden compromises her ability to have a normal life and said girl goes through this massive internal struggle between responsibility and social life. Oh and don't forget the close father figure as a mentor and the supporting character who serves as the computer/techno geek. Then throw in the villainess who has similar powers and advance the plot to build to a showdown between the villainess and the heroine. Hello, Alias. Hello, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. (This show even ripped off the annoying younger sister that acts as a speed bump to the main character's progress). The problem is writing in Bionic Woman is just so simplistic and subpar. It doesn't make you feel emotionally invested in the characters.

So if there's little acting skill, poor writing, no athleticism, and there's no emational investment in the characters, what do you have? Basically a mess. I'm glad they put it out of its misery
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Bionic woman is Gilmore Girls with action scenes. The writing is repetitive and predictable. The show is ok, but could have been so much better. The BSG actors, writers, and producer should have spent more time on the BSG set.
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Bionic Woman was greet from the first moment i watch it and i was stuck :D and i really hope the show will continue and that she still learning .it's greet and I'm sick of all the reality shows. and Michelle Ryan is acting greet so all who dont think so go to hell :P and I'm still waiting for the next season in Heroes, so NBC please dont cancel the show
I would cry in days
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This show sucked!!! They never really showcased her bionics like the old show with Lindsey Wagner. When I was a kid, I used to love the old show along with the Six Million Dollar Man. I watched 2 episodes of this show and said forget it. Since when did the Bionic Woman ever have a dedicated villan?
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Bad writing...bad acting....I think NOT!!!!! Michelle Ryan is great as the Bionic Woman and Katee Sackhoff is also great in the show.

The show being canceled that early in the series is just another story of network b/s.
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This show was fantastic. What would any of you change about the show? For Bionic Woman in 2007 it was a home run!!!
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I've recently been watching this with my girlfriend, and frankly were both hooked its great and Michelle Ryan has done an excellent job, this program defently dont deserve to be cancelled.
I bet its a huge hit in the uk.
So i say dont cancel this show keep it going atleast give it another series, its getting interesting..
its excellent...
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I have enjoyed every minute of this series, I think Michelle Ryan has been excellent and its kept me thoroughly entertained. Dont cancel it for goodness sake
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