Amy Ryan
October 10, 2006 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Yes, you’re justified in being suspicious whenever someone tries to revive an old franchise like this, but at least one of the producers behind NBC’s forthcoming Bionic Woman is David Eick, whose radical and irreverent update of Battlestar Galactica has turned out just fine. Eick tells Variety the show will use the heroine’s technology-enhanced abilities as a metaphor to explore how professional women juggle multiple roles. OK, not exactly a novel idea (”Bionic Housewives!”), but not one without potential.

The big question, of course, is: Who should be cast in the role made famous by Lindsay Wagner (pictured)? My colleague Michael Slezak makes a pitch for Ally Walker, but I think she has about as much chance of landing the part as Valerie Cherish does. I’ll preface my suggestion by noting that a number of TV action heroines in recent years have been perhaps too petite to look credible as buttkickers (think Buffy‘s Sarah Michelle Gellar, Dark Angel‘s Jessica Alba, and now, Heroes‘ Hayden Panettiere). True, their small stature only lulls foes into a false sense of security, but still, it wouldn’t hurt for Eick to cast someone Amazonian enough to look the part of an action heroine, would it? I’m thinking Aisha Tyler, but I’m sure the PopWatch army can come up with some even better suggestions.

addCredit(“The Bionic Woman: Everett Collection”)

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