You know, I wasn’t all that thrilled with NBC’s “Bionic Woman” when I reviewed the pilot a few weeks back, but I’m really liking the direction they’re going with the show since it premiered. But man, the things I’m hearing about this show, in particular all the changes taking place behind-the-scenes with the creative staff, is really bothersome. First David Eick, producer on “Battlestar Galactica”, was supposed to run this show, and now he seems to have been marginalized; then uber producer Glen Morgan came on to take over, and now it seems like he’s gone, too; and in their place? Jason Katims, who created the sci-fi/teen show “Roswell”, is also producer on NBC’s football drama “Friday Night Lights”.
The dudes over at AICN has the whole messy rundown on who is in and who is out and what the hell is going on over there:
Big-deal writer-producers Glen Morgan, Laeta Kalogridis and Jason Smilovic are all apparently no longer actively involved with the show creatively.
David Eick, the producer who has long shepherded the new “Bionic,” is currently busy producing also the fourth season of SciFi’s “Battlestar Galactica” and the Lifetime miniseries “The Gathering,” which premieres Saturday. He maintains a supervisory role on “Bionic.”
Kalogridis (“Alexander,” “Battle Angel”), who wrote the original pilot script for the “Bionic” remake, has not been actively involved creatively with the series since the pilot, according to the insider, who also noted Kalogridis’ pilot was rewritten by an uncredited Jason Smilovic (“Karen Sisco,” “Kidnapped”).
NBC announced Sept. 6 that Morgan (“The X-Files,” “Willard,” the “Final Destination” series) had left “Bionic.” Insiders cited “creative differences.”
Smilovic apparently left “Bionic” last month, around the time Katims came aboard.
Egads. I’ve never heard of a TV show going through such major upheavals in its first few weeks of life on the air. I hope the show itself survives, because “Bionic Woman” is really starting to grow on me.