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Up first: NBC and the return of the "Bionic Woman"

May 10, 2007 |  2:49 pm

NBC has the unenviable job of going first next week. That means the fourth-ranked network has to unveil its new schedule before knowing what its competitors are doing. Let the pickups drama begin! As expected, NBC ordered 13 episodes of one of Josh Schwartz’s (“The OC”) new projects, “Chuck,” starring Zachary Levi (“Less Than Perfect”) as the geeky guy who becomes “the government’s most powerful weapon.” It also has ordered 13 episodes of the remake of “The Bionic Woman,” starring Michelle Ryan as Jamie Sommers in a contemporary coming-of-age story. We meet Jamie as a bartender and surrogate mother to her teen-age sister before the devastating car accident that forever changes her life. Kevin McKidd (“Rome”) will star in another drama, “Journeyman,” the story of a husband and father who suddenly finds himself traveling into the past, affecting impacting other people’s lives as well as his own, when he finds himself reconnecting with his ex-fiancee.

- Maria Elena Fernandez