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NBC’s Bionic Woman TV Show Makes iPhone Blunder

Posted November 13, 2007 1:00 PM by Gregory Ng
Categories: Pictures 

The Bionic Woman TV show may be speaking to a whole new generation of fans but they certainly aren’t being heard too well. Thanks to the eagle-like eyesight of Michael Stambaugh, the prop director of the hit NBC show may be a little embarrassed. In this screenshot you can clearly see this character talking on his iPhone upside down.

If you look at the video in which this pic was taken from, he uses it correctly for the first part of the scene. Then, after a scene cut, it is upside down!

I decided to try out what that would sound like if you talked on your iPhone upside down. Although barely audible, it’s not something I would recommend if you were say..uh..trying blackmail the Bionic Woman.


  1. Also, he’s obviously not in a call because the backlight switches itself off when it’s up against your ear!

    Posted by simon on November 13, 2007 4:03 PM
  2. Also, the screen turns off when it comes close to your face wink

    Posted by Joe Konecki on November 13, 2007 5:11 PM
  3. They probably *deliberately* turned it upside down so that it did not turn off the display as they wanted it to look “on” for the scene.

    Posted by Dave on November 14, 2007 4:54 AM
  4. Or he could be using the iPhones barely audible speakerphone feature…you know how you have to place the speakerphone right next to your ear to even hear it.

    Posted by Jeremiah on November 14, 2007 3:51 PM
  5. I’m guessing there using erica sudans light app to keep the phone on, notice the blank white screen.

    Consider the Bionic Woman is on NBC and recently SNL also on NBC had a jailbroken iphone with installer.  Maybe the prop guy took the phone after the SNL skit, installed some apps and figured the light would give him the “look” he needed for the bionic woman scene.

    Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but its a possibility

    Posted by Shai on November 15, 2007 10:45 AM
  6. look at Charlie Sheen also wink

    Posted by Adico on November 21, 2007 5:57 PM
  7. not the only one….in most tv series that have characters using iphones they hold them upside down und the screens are on. i think two and a half man and how i met your mother did the same. is it possible that they want to hide the apple logo on the back of the device?

    Posted by gord on November 22, 2007 2:34 AM
  8. Good point, but on nbc’s chuck cause its not actually made by nbc they proudly show the apple logo

    Posted by shai on November 22, 2007 3:17 AM
  9. Its also possible that these are tv shows that we are taling about and the characters are not actually using the phones, but they are merely props, because they look cool, and ahead of their time.

    Its also likely that the producers will think people might be focussed more on the action, you know people moving and talking rather than the bits of incidental stuff that are used in the programme as props.

    Posted by Simon on November 22, 2007 4:47 PM
  10. Maybe they worry too little? They should hold it the down up-ways (the phone) the correct positioning being of great importance. Can you imagine ‘that scene’ in Look Who Is Talking Too being made all silly somehow? It’d be just backwards wouldn’t she?

    Here’s a list of my fave film phone scenes

    The bit in ‘Throw Momma From The Train’

    ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ where Atticus sings his name down the phone ( Nothing else interesting happens)

    Mrs Doubtfire when say he all the funny voices!!

    These guys off the British Telecom advert you must have seen it? Maureen Liphair starred as Beattie in them. She’s a kooky Jew from my neck of the woods. We all love her. Come home Maureen. NOW!!!! It’s good to talk!!

    Philip Schofield in Talking Telephone Numbers. He was always dressed so smart, and such a nice man. I used to be very excitement when he came on the television and read out numbers. He makes me gallop around the room, whinnying like a hoss and trying to mount the clothes airer, but fall off. DANGER!!

    Back to British Telecom - all the Bob Hoskins ones. He’s a very hairy man…

    Posted by Little Ern on November 22, 2007 8:38 PM
  11. Some philosophy from MST3K is called for here.  Say to yourself it just a show….

    In later seasons of the West Wing, several of the characters were using a CISCO IP Phone exactly like the ones we have in our office.  However, the WW phone was apparently blessed with all kinds of special features depending on what button was pushed.  You could argue that White House tech staff perhaps reprogrammed the phone to do certain things when certain hard buttons were pressed, but that would have been pretty odd based on what was happening on screen.

    Many years earlier, I recall that the crew of good morning america was doing a live shoot from the Star Trek TNG set.  To “fit in” they gave at least one of the hosts a comm pin to where… but the GMA folks had it pinned on upside down.

    These things are fun to spot, but hopefully no one is losing too much sleep over them.

    Posted by bobbyuggles on November 23, 2007 1:23 PM
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    Posted by kral oyun on May 24, 2008 10:47 AM

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