Oct 24, 2010

Tradecraft: CW Picks Up Nikita For A Whole Season

I guess that controversial ad campaign worked. Deadline reports that the CW has given a full season order for its freshman spy show Nikita, the second TV incarnation of Luc Besson's classic female assassin character.  Nikita is apparently the second-highest rated show on the CW (which is sort of like being the second tallest person in Liechtenstein), but that doesn't stop the network from wanting to tinker with it.  Deadline reported last week that Noah Bean (Damages) has joined the cast as a recurring character, handsome and flirty CIA case officer Ryan Fletcher, a potential romantic interest for Nikita (Maggie Q).  EW's Michael Ausiello warned that this would happen earlier in the month, saying the network wanted to tone down the show's somber mood and "jack up its title character's love life."  These changes come, according to Ausiello, because despite the show's good ratings, there's high attrition among the CW's core audience: females 18-34.  It's hoped that adding some new characters, including another potential love interest, will fix that.  Actually, it might not be a bad idea, because from what I've seen, Maggie Q isn't generating much chemistry with Shane West.

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