With just a few weeks to go before launching its freshman series, sci-fi drama Bionic Woman, starring Michelle Ryan as the bionically-enhanced barmaid/super agent Jaime Sommers, has lost one of its showrunners.
NBC has confirmed that Glen Morgan (The X-Files) has left the series, effective immediately. The excuse being given for his sudden and unexpected departure? The typical "creative differences."
"Glen Morgan has helped create a great template for Bionic Woman but has decided to pursue other endeavors now," said studio NBC Universal in a prepared statement. "We wish him the best."
Following Morgan's departure, fellow executive producer/showrunner David Eick (Battlestar Galactica) will assume all oversight for the day-to-day running of the series, working in coordination with Jason Smilovic (Kidnapped).
There was talk that Morgan's decision to leave Bionic Woman would cause a shutdown in production on the NBC series, but NBC claims that there will be no work stoppage. However, many still believe that there may be a "break" in production in order to allow the writers to adjust to a change in creative direction.
Curiouser and curiouser. Variety is quick to point out that both Grey's Anatomy and Brothers & Sisters took hiatuses early on and both became the ratings juggernauts that they are today. Will Bionic Woman buck this trend?
Bionic Woman debuts September 26 at 9 pm on NBC.
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Jace is an LA-based television development and acquisitions exec who watches way too much television for his own good and would love a TiVo for every room in the house. (He’s halfway there.) His blog, Televisionary, can be found at televisionaryblog.com.