Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Bionically bad casting

Go get him, Bionic Woman!I’ve been cautiously optimistic about the new “Bionic Woman” since the series was first announced. Super-strong women kicking ass and taking names? Yes, please. The promos look good, the fights looked awesome. OK, I still miss the stuttery “Na-na-na-na-na-na” sound, but you can’t have everything. Then, yesterday came news that scorned “Grey’s Anatomy” actor Isaiah Washington would join the cast for five episodes later in the season. Noooooooooo!

Why would you take a show that is bound to appeal to women (a healthy chunk of whom will certainly be gay) that celebrates powerful, independent women and then pull the rug out from under us by hiring Mr. F-Bomb Dropper? Not cool. I realize that Isaiah has apologized, sought help and been duly punished for his transgressions (like anyone else would in a workplace with a non-discrimination policy). But to hire him again a) so quickly and b) for this show in particular is troubling.

Also troubling, NBC co-chair Ben Silverman’s reasoning and response to the hiring (courtesy Malinda at AfterEllen):

“I started talking to (Isaiah) before he was available ... and when he told me he was available I was like, “You are? I don't understand, what do you mean?” I didn't quite understand ... but the bottom line is he’s a wonderful actor and we think inside the “Bionic Woman,“ the character that was created for him is really strong and one that he'll do a really good job at.”

Wow, uh, is it just me or does Mr. Silverman not really get it? My only hope is that Isaiah will play the villain because then I could see Michelle Ryan lay a serious smack down on his ass. In fact, now I think this might be an inspired bit of casting. Think of the carnage. Not to mention the catharsis.

p.s. Speaking of carnage, check out the latest promo. Damn.


Amanda said...

Ahh. Why can't she be gay? Just once would NBC or some major network make a main character gay. Pleeease.

Anonymous said...

I think Isiah Washington is a talented guy. He obviously has some issues, but he did apologize, and I'm all for giving people another chance. Let's hope he learned his lesson, and is getting his act together. I'm really looking forward to the show.

For Va Jay Jays Only said...

i totally believe in giving people another chance. but i saw him on larry king and something didn't feel right. when he turn around and blame tr knight. he cross the final line with me. i was looking forward and already tivo the new show. i don't know if i will be watching. i was so happy he was out of ga.

Anonymous said...

I hate that he is going to be on this show. However...the addition of Katee Sackhoff to the cast? Pretty much rules.

Who doesn't love Starbuck?