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Katee Sackhoff is going from one remake of a late-'70s series to another, taking a role in NBC's "Bionic Woman" remake.

The "Battlestar Galactica" star, whose character was recently killed off (or so it appears, anyway), has signed on to the pilot, leading a list of actors that also includes Julia Ormond in ABC's "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" and Jane Curtin and Lex Medlin in comedies at the Alphabet. CBS has also added Angus Macfadyen to its comedy "The Rich Inner Life of Penelope Cloud," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"The Bionic Woman" stars British actress Michelle Ryan as Jaime Sommers, a woman who has her body reconstructed with cyborg-like artificial body parts after a horrific accident, thereby giving her extraordinary strength, speed and hearing. Sackhoff will play an evil bionic woman in the pilot, which is co-written and executive produced by "Galactica's" David Eick.

She'll be billed as a guest star in the pilot; it's unclear whether she could recur if the show is picked up to series.

Also at ABC, Ormond ("Iron Jawed Angels," Lifetime's "Beach Girls") has joined "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," which continues the story of married assassins from the 2005 movie. She'll play Jane Smith's (Jordana Brewster) boss in a role that would likely be recurring if the pilot is picked up.

Curtin, who co-starred in ABC's "Crumbs" last season, will play a seen-it-all secretary in "Nice Girls," a workplace comedy about a young woman (Jayma Mays) trying to find her place in the corporate world. Medlin (FOX's "Happy Hour") will play Ricki Lake's husband in "The Middle," about a big Midwestern family.

ABC has also added Lourdes Benedicto ("The Nine") to the cast of "Cashmere Mafia" and Spencer Garrett ("Bobby") to "Football Wives."

Over at CBS, Scottish actor Macfadyen ("Alias," "Saw III") will co-star in "Penelope Cloud," which centers on a writer (Marisa Tomei). He will play her editor and former boyfriend.

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