Nikita On the Bubble: Keep Or Cut?

By mid-May (and sometimes sooner), the networks will be making some tough calls as to which shows will return for the 2011-12 TV season, and which are kaput. To compliment TVLine’s ongoing “Renew Our Show!” Bracket Tournament, we’re singling out select “bubble” shows to weigh their prospects. The latest series to have its long-term mission called into question: The CW’s Nikita.

THE SHOW: Nikita (The CW)

THE TIME SLOT: Thursdays at 9/8c.

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THE CASE FOR KEEPING: Confession time: I wasn’t 100-percent sold on Nikita at first. Having been an Alias fan growing up, I didn’t really see the need to devote more time to such a similar concept. Luckily, I quickly saw the error of my ways. Aside from the obvious — its perfectly-cast cast is, um, gorgeous (We’re looking at you, Maggie Q!) – Nikita is complete, escapist fun. In less that a season, the series has successfully fleshed out its core characters via engaging flashbacks enmeshed within present-day arcs — namely, Alex’s (Lyndsy Fonseca) Russian roots and Nikita/Michael’s (Shane West) sordid love story — as well as mastered the art of the non-finale shocker (e.g. Thom’s midseason death). And while it is part of The CW, Nikita‘s jaw-dropping stunts and badass action scenes make is suitable for audiences far beyond the young adult demo the network is known to covet. It’s well-written, well-acted and keeps fans coming back for more each week.

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THE CASE FOR CUTTING: Nikita can be a bit repetitive, leaving me (and I assume other viewers) wanting more progression per episode. Case in point: In the very first episode, we learned Michael and Nikita were once on the same side, but now that she’s gone rogue and he’s with Division, they can’t be allies. So why is it necessary to have Percy sic Michael on her every single week? (And most of the time alone?) Switching things up would add variety. Also, more backstory for the likes of Melinda Clarke‘s Amanda would ultimately help us understand why big, bad Division is, in fact, so big and bad. Lastly, though the series has Michael and Nikita’s “Will They/Won’t They?” dynamic down to a delicious science, people love a good triangle, too. My suggestion: Let “Mikita” be together for a bit, then spice things up with a worthy third party.

Hit the comments section to make your own case for keeping or cutting Nikita.



Comments (122)

  • Nikita is consistently strong and full of fun. It’s the first show that all of my siblings and I enjoy, even calling each other to go over details and fight about potential plot directions. Maggie and Lyndsey are brilliant, and hopefully will keep evolving in the future.

    Comment by Quinn – March 15, 2011 07:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Keep it. The writing is smart and the plots are well layered without being ridiculously complicated like other shows these days. Lyndsy Fonseca has delivered some brilliant acting and brought a compelling character to life in Alex. It’s the only show where I can’t wait to see what happens next.

    Comment by Tom – March 15, 2011 07:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • KEEP IT! It is the only show on the CW I watch!

    Comment by T – March 15, 2011 07:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • C’mon what’s the hottest show on CW right now? Nikita ofcourse!! Vampire Diaries is ok. I stopped watching Smallville. Even 90210 is my no-other-shows-on-tv-playing-right-now show..haha!! I think One Tree Hill is over rated and should go already.

    How often do you see two gorgeous bad ass women kicking butts like there’s tomorrow? Women heroes should be portrayed more on tv. Remove that stereotypes where heroes are only for men! Maggie Q, a natural martial art actress, just perfect for Nikita. The producer must help Nikita push the show forward and excite the audiences to keep it going. Undoubtly Nikita’s fans will be supporting this call!

    Comment by Nikivai – March 15, 2011 07:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love this show. It’s my new fav and the only good show on the CW. Anyway, like my Facebook Page:The CW Should Not Wait Four Days to Post Their Episodes Online. If you wish, you can read my bio. CW is the only network that waits four days to post their episodes online and I want to change this, with your help of course. Thanks. Peace and Love.

    Comment by Julie – March 15, 2011 08:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This show is in no danger. With OTH, Smallville and LUX all ending, the CW wont be cancelling anything and if they do, it will be Hellcats, the lowest rated show on the CW.

    Comment by Kris – March 15, 2011 08:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That is what I cant understand?.TV line particularly is constantly posting articles that it is on the bubble etc and comparing it to shows like the Event*rolls eyes* and other bubble dramas that are most certainly to be cancelled,no offense but what makes u feel this show is in danger? and pathetic dramas like 90210 and GG are not??.Infact barring TVD all shows on the CW are on the bubble,and considering Nikita has better ratings than most of them ,they are never bubble shows??..really surprsing??.If you calculate the averages for Nikita right from its premiere in September the averages are pretty high.Now why dont you’ll post the same for shows like 90201 and GG who have got some of the most pathetic ratings and cant even make 1.5 mill viewers??.Instead you’ll are constantly targetting a show that has been doing reasonably well.You’ll are giving it publicity for the wrong reasons.I am sure the CW didn’t even know it was a bubble show until all these post was made?.

      I mean Smallvile,Lux and hopefully OTH are gone.Even if OTH does get renewed it will be the last season next year,same goes for SPN,so Nikita needs to be around for atleast 3 years or more coz The CW needs it and from what I hear the CW doesn’t have money for more than 2 shows..say maximum 3,and with Shedding for the wedding a flop…there is a very very remote chance it will not be renewed.I wish homework on predictions could be done a little better, thats all!!.

      Comment by LOL – March 16, 2011 09:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Absolutely KEEP NIKITA! It is the definition of MUST SEE TV! The story lines are engaging, the writing is superb, the character development has been excellent, and then there’s Maggie.

    Comment by tcwild – March 15, 2011 09:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Keep best show out there. Micheal (Shane West) is alwsome.

    Comment by Mary – March 15, 2011 09:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • KEEP THIS SHOW! <3 IT'S MY LIFE XXXX

    Comment by CHRISTIE – March 15, 2011 10:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nikita is the only show I watch on CW. Keep it.

    Comment by Molly – March 15, 2011 11:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Keep keep keep! Nikita is so much better than a lot of the other shows on CW.

    Comment by Marina – March 15, 2011 11:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nikita must be kept! And please, no love triangle…the only thing I haven’t been sold on this season is Nikita’s very random dalliance with the CIA guy. The chemistry’s wrong…if they were going to put her with anyone temporarily, it should’ve been the guy who killed Daniel…at least there was some heat there.

    But barring that, really no complaints at all–Nikita’s a show that just keeps getting better and better! Alex is the heart of the show, and they’ve done a FANTASTIC job developing her back story in this half of the season.

    Comment by shel – March 16, 2011 12:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Keep it keep it keep it. How many times do I have to said this for you need to understand cw’s head departmant.

    Comment by Bealbort – March 16, 2011 01:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • KEEP NIKITA!please!

    Comment by kathleen – March 16, 2011 05:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • KEEP!!!!! It’s the best show on CW! I just love it. :-D

    Comment by Heather – March 16, 2011 05:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • KEEP! Nikita can’t be cut… there are way worse shows and they’re still on air. I think it’s quite good and entertaining, it’s refreshing to have this show on air.

    Comment by Nerea – March 16, 2011 06:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • definitely KEEP !!! i love this show sfm.

    Comment by joyce – March 16, 2011 08:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • KEEP! I love love love this show – hopefully the second season will mix it up a bit!

    Comment by hannah – March 16, 2011 09:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Keep it. It is good and has the potential to be even better. I agree with others that they could add a little humor, as they seem to take themselves way too seriously. Bones, Castle and NCIS are not afraid to discreetly add humor.

    Comment by tvfan – March 16, 2011 11:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Keep it! Love Maggie Q, she’s just plain cool (as well as gorgeous). I just wish Thom was still around, he was much more interesting then the girlfriend, even if it wouldn’t have had the same emotional impact. Oh well.

    Comment by LP – March 16, 2011 12:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • A love Triangle seems good.
    Michael / Nikita is a given right. But for not to become boring, a love triangle is very exciting.
    Put Alex in the middle, Lyndsy Fonseca he’s hot. She makes every man like me amazing by her.

    Comment by Jon – March 16, 2011 12:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • KEEP THIS EPIC SHOW! That’s all. :D
    I just love this show!

    Comment by Bastian – March 16, 2011 12:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • KEEP. I’m 60 Y.O. and enjoy the heck out of this show. I’ts exciting and smart. This is Shane West’s best role yet. I agree there should be more back story on Amanda.

    Comment by artmaker245 – March 16, 2011 01:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • KEEP

    Comment by Glacelys De La Hoz – March 16, 2011 02:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nikita is the best show on The CW, right now. If they axe it that’ll leave Supernatural the only CW series worth watching [unless one of their outside-the-box pilots goes to series].

    Keep it!

    Comment by Sheldon W. – March 16, 2011 04:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Keep Nikita! It’s my favorite show on the CW and I would hate for it to stop now.

    Comment by Liv – March 16, 2011 05:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nikita is terrific — fun, fast, smart and sexy (more Shane West please.) It’s definitely a keeper!

    Comment by Yvette – March 16, 2011 09:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • keep nikita!!!!!!
    from hong kong

    Comment by jeannie – March 17, 2011 12:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • omg KEEPPPP!!!! I absolutli love nikita I am on the edge of my seat everi week I adore the characters keep or il be royali pissed

    Comment by jo – March 17, 2011 09:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Keep! Definitely a keep. Maggie Q’s just awesome, and the cast is strong.

    Comment by Amber – March 17, 2011 11:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’d say keep. Nikita is one of the few American shows that I actually look forward to watching. In fact I think it’s the only reason why I bother watching U.S. TV at all.

    Comment by Cathernine – March 18, 2011 06:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Keep it. It is the best thing to come to the CW in a very very very long time and one of the best new shows this season. It’s only the first season, so it has a few kinks to work through, but I think it is fantastically entertaining in its badassery and re-imagination. Let it come back!

    Comment by Amy – March 21, 2011 01:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • KEEP! Sooo good!

    Comment by lisa – March 21, 2011 01:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • OMG I’m tired of all the petty high school shows that are on tv… Nikita is THE only show I watch besides Supernatural… im already getting tired of TVD.
    If they dont keep Nikita, I’ll die. Im obsessed. i literally watched promos non stop all day yesterday… Keep it! For sure!

    Comment by me – March 21, 2011 05:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nikita must be saved! it def deserves another season! The show keeps getting better and better!

    3 suggestions:

    make Amanda better- love melinda clarke but need more to do (develop relationship with percy). make us like them a little bit to care about their characters.

    GET RID OF THE CURRENT CAST BEFKOFF. HE SUCKS!!! not likable at all! need a nice cute nerd like the orig berkoff in the la femme nikita, or marshal in Alias that everyone loves and can have some storylines that we will care about.

    Nikita and Alex need lives out of division which yes they are working which is great. Alex also needs friends in division so we care about her time there!! suggestion: watch la femme nikia- cute old guy weapons specialist, new berkoff, make bitchy tiffany hines likable!!!

    Comment by curly q – March 22, 2011 01:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • NIKITA is a keeper. It is a great show.

    Comment by Lauen – March 22, 2011 03:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Please Cut Nikita Do Not Cut One Tree Hill We deserved a Oth Season 9

    Comment by Erin Thompson – March 22, 2011 07:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • please keep !!!! i love the show! and bring michael and nikita together!!! they are such a hot couple!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by lera – March 23, 2011 05:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love this show. More back story and Mikita.

    Comment by Val – March 24, 2011 08:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • KEEP! I love this show! Great acting and great stories!

    Comment by Neet – March 24, 2011 10:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Definitely keep this show. Action packed for the guys and romance for the ladies – some of both worlds! My husband and I never miss a show, in fact, we have kept every show to rewatch.

    Comment by Debra – March 25, 2011 06:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Please, Please keep this show!!!!! I absolutely love it. i want more….

    Comment by Christina – March 25, 2011 07:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nikita is definitely a keeper. It’s the only regular prime time show I watch, and I’ve been watching reruns from my DVR during this hiatus – there is always something new I didn’t catch the first time. That, to me, is the sign of a well written, well performed show. Then there’s the cast. Maggie, Shane, and Lyndsy are all brilliant in their roles. Production values are very high, the action sequences are done as well as any I’ve seen. CW – KEEP NIKITA GOING!

    Comment by tcwild – March 25, 2011 08:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It is only the second show I watch on CW (ANTM being the other show I watch)I LOVE Nikita!!! All the other TV series on CW can go… just keep Nikita!!! (ANTM is a reality show so that doesn’t really count and is in a different category)I seriously can’t wait for Thursday to watch Nikita. It is such a GREAT show and got’s me HOOKED because of it! I just wish it was on the number #1 rated TV network because the world would be HOOKED and we would never have to worry about it being canceled!? ADVERTISE ADVERTISE THE HELL OUT OF THIS SHOW AND IT WILL BE THE #1 watched show EVER!!! ;-)

    Comment by Nathan – March 28, 2011 12:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Please keep. Love the show and always keeps me coming back for more. I agree moving it to a different slot like wednesdays because my dvr is recording other things in the same timeslot.

    Comment by liz – April 1, 2011 04:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • omg, please keep! although i hate all of the mini-finales ill call them because ever four episodes or something it goes off for a month or two, but i do love the show and the characters! also how it goes deeply in their backgrounds as well. i would love to keep the show and also maybe see a nikita-amanda fight :)

    Comment by tangela – April 2, 2011 03:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • NIkita shows that every now and then a woman can kick some ass too kep it on

    Comment by jazlyn – April 6, 2011 02:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Omgomgomg….Keep it please….I live for that show!!! Don’t cancel this how…I would flip…Hell cats 91210 and all them other stupid shows…Get rid of them!! Please keep it!

    Comment by Reshie – April 8, 2011 09:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • KEEEPPP a totallll mussst keepp!! NIKITA is the only reason why i started to watch tv again!!

    Comment by Aegean – April 14, 2011 06:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • KEEP NIKITA on for as long as possible! It is the best CW series by far! The episodes are intriguing, impressive, brilliant, must see & remarkable. NIKITA is the #1 show & series that is attracting all audiences, making CW known to new viewers like never before & is worth the best that CW can invest into NIKITA for many worthwhile returns!

    Comment by WG – April 18, 2011 04:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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