Michelle Ryan Preps to be Bionic

Published 8 years ago by , Updated February 9th, 2012 at 9:33 pm,

000bionicphoto57b Michelle Ryan Preps to be BionicMichelle Ryan stars as Jaime Sommers in the upcoming series Bionic Woman, on NBC. She says she feels lucky to be given this opportunity, and that she’s doing a lot of preparation.

Hmm, does the fact that no known US actors jumping on the role worry anyone? Personally, I’m looking forward to the show, and hopefully, they pull it off, and appeal to the broad audience that dictates success or failure. I was a bionic fan from day one with the $6mil guy, and I wasn’t too thrilled about a bionic woman being added to the fray, but it is what it was.

Ryan also says that part of her preparation is working with a dialect coach, an acting coach, trekking up mountains in Vancouver and doing krav maga work and working with a personal trailer..

Ah, .. Acting Coach??!!? Hopefully that means fine tuning certain parts of her skillset!

Ryan will play Jaime Sommers, a young woman who is badly injured in a car accident and her body parts are replaced with bionics, giving her superhuman abilities. (Where’s Steve Austin in all this!!??)

So far, Ryan has only filmed the pilot episode of the series, but she’s already had some tough scenes, like the climactic fight with co-star Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica), who plays Sarah Corvis, a rogue bionic woman and a rival to Ryan’s Sommers. (A BIONIC Cat Fight!! Cool.)

Ryan said that the writers have some interesting ideas for where Jaime’s going to go, and “I think, ultimately, it’s going to be about a strong, young woman and her journey of self-discovery and empowerment. And I felt like I identify with that, because I’m 23, and I’m learning about so many new things.” (Of course she’s strong!! She’s Bionic!!!)

So my take / expectation is the show will be about her adjusting and accepting her new parts, and apparently, like previous bionic show efforts, there will be the bad bionic person, which isn’t a new theme, but maybe NBC, et al, will pull this old story off. I already ‘see’ good reasons for the show to linger for at least a little while.

Bionic Woman premieres Sept. 26 and will air Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT. (NBC is owned by NBC Universal, which also owns SCIFI.COM.) Here’s crossing my fingers and we’ll see what the new show has to offer us!!

Source: SciFi Wire

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  1. They’ve certainly done a decent job advertising the new show. I have to admit I barely watch any television shows anymore, but after seeing the commercials, I’ve considered checking out the first episode of this one. Seems a little darker than average if you go solely by the commercial.

  2. 9 am? What is this? A soap opera? or a typo?

  3. Thanks for the typo catch Alcadyzaar!
    Bruce Simmons

  4. I may tune in for the first episode or two, but honestly, the only thing Sci Fi Channel has put out that’s been any good over the past 10 years IMHO has been the “Stargate” shows and “Battlestar Galactica.”

    Other than that, crappy series and made-for-SciFi TV movies.


  5. Just a note on two of the above comments, although not a huge name, Katee Sackhoff from Battlestar Galactica signed on to the show. This also might be a reason for you to watch as well Vic, since she was on one of your shows.

  6. Yup, I’d heard that and I’ve even seen a clip of her from the new show. As I said, I’ll check it out but an actor from a great show appearing on another doesn’t guarantee the new show will be good. :-)


  7. I have to say that I used to think that Michelle Ryan wasn’t much of an actress, she was a staple on the UK soap Eastenders, then two things happened, I Want Candy and Jekyll. I was surprised, particularly with Jekyll – which, by the way, is a superb mini-series and I really hope it travels to the US.

    I think she’ll do just fine, and the coach is most definitely for fine tuning.

    Did you hear the rumour that Sackhoff walked off the production and has come back on? I just caught a glimpse, don’t know the full story.

    Still, I think the whole thing shows promise, but I don’t think it’ll be in the league of Battlestar Galactica.

  8. Nowhere close to BSG, I’m sure – but I hope it’s better than Sci Fi’s “Painkiller Jane.”


  9. Yeah, kind of an unintentional MST3K. :-)


  10. I’ve followed Michelle Ryan’s career from the soap opera Eastenders in UK to various appearances on TV dramas and films, most notably “Jekyll” & “I Want Candy”. The range of roles she has played demonstates she is a VERY accomplished actress and has the talent and charisma to become a major talent on both sides of the Atlantic. Can’t wait to see her in Bionic Woman but regretably cannot receive NBC in UK. Can anyone comnnected with the NBC network advise when or if the pilot episodes will be screened in UK?

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