Sackhoff remains 'Bionic'


In a real-life thriller rivaling the twist and turns on NBC's "Bionic Woman," Katee Sackhoff has inked a last-minute deal to continue on the series as a recurring after almost walking out.

"Battlestar Galactica" star Sackhoff did a scene-stealing guest spot on the pilot for "Bionic" as bad bionic woman Sarah and nemesis to Jamie Sommers (Michelle Ryan). David Eick, who executives produces "Battlestar" and "Bionic," is said to have been instrumental in bringing her on board the NBC/Universal Media Studios pilot, which was filmed in Vancouver, where Sackhoff was working on "Battlestar."

Sackhoff had been featured heavily on the network's promos for the series and touted as a recurring on "Bionic" but didn't have a deal to stay on beyond a couple of episodes, and she and Universal Media Studios were far apart on terms, sources said.

Sackhoff was scheduled to appear on NBC's "Bionic" panel Tuesday morning during the network's portion of the Television Critics Assn.'s press tour but didn't show up.

When The Hollywood Reporter asked why she was missing, a publicist came out to say that she had a scheduling conflict.

Asked whether Sackhoff had a deal in place for the series, executive producer Jason Smilovic replied: "Katee's on the show. She's not here because she has a scheduling conflict."

Sackhoff has become a lesbian icon because of her character Capt. Kara "Starbuck" Thrace on "Battlestar," and her no-show on the panel raised speculation that she might be boycotting "Bionic" in light of Monday's announcement that Isaiah Washington, fired from "Grey's Anatomy" for reportedly using an anti-gay slur, is joining the new NBC series.

However, sources said that the no-show was entirely contract negotiations-related, and after a series of back-and-forths Tuesday, an agreement between Sackhoff and the studio was reached at about 6 p.m., just as guests began to file into NBC's all-star party at the Beverly Hilton.

So Sackhoff is staying on "Bionic," but like every happy ending, this one had a twist. Because the deal closed so late in the day, the actress couldn't make it to the party.