EW.com spoke with Nikita executive producer Craig Silverstein recently, and he offered up some serious spoilers for the show’s upcoming plotlines, which promise to bring major changes to the structure of the series.
The first big change is that Lyndsy Fonseca’s Alex will be graduating from Division. “Alex will be graduating from recruit to full Division agent, but it will come at a terrible cost,” Silverstein told EW. “After our winter break hiatus, there will be a major shift in the show as Nikita and Alex will be working together on the OUTSIDE. No more recruit pajamas! No more Stephen Hawking computer voice! Like Nikita before her, Alex will be out in the real world, with her own apartment, wardrobe, and car.”
Alex will also get a new love interest, played by former The Young and the Restless star Thad Luckinbill. Interestingly enough, Fonseca and Luckinbill played love interests on Y&R years ago as well. Luckinbill’s first appearance on the show will air on Jan. 27. (In other casting news, look for Roswell’s Brendan Fehr to guest star in a February episode.)
Looking for more on tonight’s Nikita? My recap and review of “Dark Matter” is now available. Here’s a preview:
Nikita certainly left us with a lot to think about almost a month ago. Not to mention, it teased us with the return of Owen (Devon Sawa), the rogue agent introduced in the “The Guardian”/”Resistance” two-parter. In other words, this episode has a lot on its plate from the word “go.” Episodes with the highest expectations can also turn out to be the best for a series; look at last week, which certainly paid off what it promised.
The full recap and review can be found here. If you need to catch up, full show coverage is also available in the Nikita category at my site.
With The Vampire Diaries a hit for The CW, the network is looking for the show’s co-creator/executive producer Kevin Williamson to create a new series. Deadline reports that The CW specifically is looking for the Scream writer to come up with a “companion” for The Vampire Diaries – though it doesn’t sound like a spinoff, but rather a compatible series to run with Vampire Diaries on Thursday nights.
Deadline reports that this project is in the early stages of development and “focuses on a group of people who investigate paranormal happenings.” No further details are available, so we’ll have to wait and see how close this skews to The CW’s Supernatural. Williamson’s partner on Vampire Diaries, Julie Plec, is in talks to join the project and co-write the pilot with Williamson.
As for The CW looking for a new series to pair with The Vampire Diaries, it’s hard not to wonder what this might mean for Nikita. That series is doing comparatively well on The CW, but also loses a lot of The Vampire Diaries’s lead-in audience. With Smallville ending this season, I know I’m not alone in speculating that perhaps The CW will move Nikita to Fridays next fall, to be paired with Supernatural, to continue putting the networks’ most male-skewing series in one block.
I’m not sure, but I for one love the time slot it’s in right now. Friday night’s are tricky for shows and I’d hate to see such a great show get a crap slot like that.
Episode Synopsis: NIKITA “All the Way” Episode 11 – Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca) informs Nikita (Maggie Q) that Division is sending her on her first mission to kill the leader of a crime syndicate. Alex is uneasy about taking someone’s life but is reassured by Nikita who insists on helping her with the kill order. Birkhoff (Aaron Stanford) informs Percy (Xander Berkeley) and Michael (Shane West) when he discovers the shell program that a Division mole has been using to connect to Nikita in the outside world. When the mission doesn’t go as planned, Nikita makes a quick decision in an effort to clear Alex’s name. Inside Division, Jayden (Tiffany Hines) attempts to reveal Alex as the mole but Thom (Ashton Holmes) steps in and a shocking accident clears her name. Terrence O’Hara directed the episode written by executive producer Craig Silverstein