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Not to be confused with La Femme Nikita.
Nikita
The show title "Nikita" in blue block capitals on a black background
Genre Drama
Thriller
Action
Spy fiction
Psychological Thriller
Format Serial drama
Created by
(original series)
Based on La Femme Nikita
Developed by Craig Silverstein
Starring Maggie Q
Shane West
Lyndsy Fonseca
Aaron Stanford
Melinda Clarke
Xander Berkeley
Ashton Holmes
Tiffany Hines
Dillon Casey
Noah Bean
Devon Sawa
Theme music composer David E. Russo
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 73 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Craig Silverstein
Danny Cannon
McG
Peter Johnson
David Levinson
Producer(s) Marc David Alpert
Albert Kim
Co-executive producer
David Solomon (season 1)
Co-producers
Andrew Colville
Kalinda Vazquez
Associate
James Hilton
Consulting
Juan Carlos Coto
Supervising
Amanda Segel
Editor(s) Mark C. Baldwin
Chris Peppe
David Lebowitz
Scott Boyd
John Peter Bernardo
Location(s) Pinewood Toronto Studios
Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
Toronto, Ontario
Cinematography David Stockton
Glen Keenan
Rene Ohashi
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 42 minutes (approx.)
Production company(s) Wonderland Sound and Vision
Sesfonstein Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channel The CW
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original run September 9, 2010 (2010-09-09) – December 27, 2013 (2013-12-27)
Chronology
Related shows La Femme Nikita
(1997–2001)
External links
Website
Production website

Nikita is an American television series that aired on The CW from September 9, 2010 to December 27, 2013 in the United States.[1][2] The series focuses on Nikita (Maggie Q), a woman who escaped from a secret government-funded organization known as Division and, after a three-year hiding period, is back to bring down the organization. The main cast in various seasons features Maggie Q, Lyndsy Fonseca, Shane West, Aaron Stanford, Melinda Clarke, Xander Berkeley, Noah Bean, Tiffany Hines, Ashton Holmes, Dillon Casey, and Devon Sawa.

Plot[edit]

The series centers on a secret government-funded organization known as Division, who recruit young people with troubled backgrounds, sometimes directly from prison. Division erases all evidence of their past lives and molds them into efficient spies and assassins. The recruits generally do not have the freedom to leave the agency. While in the previous series, recruits are warned they may be "cancelled" (killed) if their progress is deemed unsatisfactory, in the new series, Division also implants in them tracking devices along with kill chips. Having broken away from the government, Division now performs operations for their own gain, hurting their country if need be. However, Nikita, a Division agent, has gone rogue after her civilian fiancé is killed by Division. She makes it her mission to bring down Division.

On the outside, she trains a woman named Alex, who then becomes a recruit inside Division, working as a mole for her mentor. Having trained Nikita, Michael, a Division operative, is ordered by his boss and Division's leader, Percy, to deal with his former student. In the meantime, Division continues training its recruits and performing operations unaware of Nikita's mole. Over the course of Season one, Nikita goes up against Division, as well as Gogol—a Russian security department and established enemy of Division—on many occasions. She is consistently supported by Alex's intelligence from inside and she slowly brings other allies to her side including Michael when he realizes the true extent of Percy's corruption as well as his own feelings for Nikita. At the end of Season one, Nikita and Michael set off on their own without Alex; having turned on Nikita after learning of her role in her father's death, Alex is exposed and left at the mercy of Division and Oversight—the government group that controls Division.

In season two, Nikita and Michael press their efforts against Oversight, seeking to destroy the group, which will also cripple Division at the same time. In the ever-changing landscape of events it is seen that, despite many turns and personal discoveries, their feelings for each other remain both deep and constant. Nikita gradually brings her old allies and teammates back together to actively fight Division which is now under Amanda's control. She was placed in charge after Percy was locked away for his actions in season one.

Cast and characters[edit]

Actor Character Seasons
1 2 3 4
Maggie Q Nikita Mears
Main
Shane West Michael Bishop
Main
Lyndsy Fonseca Alexandra "Alex" Udinov
Main
Aaron Stanford Seymour Birkhoff
Main
Ashton Holmes Thom
Main[a]
Tiffany Hines Jaden
Main[a]
Melinda Clarke Hellen "Amanda" Collins
Main[b]
Xander Berkeley Percival "Percy" Rose
Main
Dillon Casey Sean Pierce
Main[c]
Noah Bean Ryan Fletcher
Recurring
Main
Devon Sawa Owen Elliot
Recurring
Main[b]

Notes: a^ Ashton Holmes and Tiffany Hides were on recurring status during the pilot, before becoming series regular in the second episode.
b^ Melinda Clarke and Devon Sawa weren't credited alongside the other cast members of the main cast during the three first episodes of season 3.
c^ Dillon Casey was on recurring status for the first seven episodes of the second season, before becoming a series regular in episode eight.


The cast of the final season of Nikita; from left to right: Noah Bean, Lyndsy Fonseca, Aaron Stanford, Maggie Q, Melinda Clarke, and Shane West.

The series borrows many characters, or at least their names, from the 1997 television series La Femme Nikita. Maggie Q portrays Nikita, the protagonist and a former spy and assassin who has gone rogue and now plans to bring down Division. Q also performs her own stunts.[3] Shane West plays Michael, a Division operative who trained Nikita. He sees Division and its recruits as a kind of family to him, the complete opposite of Amanda, portrayed by Melinda Clarke, Division's psychologist, interrogator, and a master manipulator. Seymour Birkhoff, Division's computer genius and head technician, is portrayed by Aaron Stanford. The head of Division is Percy, played by Xander Berkeley.

In the season one finale, the audience is introduced to a Senator Madeline Pierce, played by Alberta Watson, who also played the part of Madeline in the former La Femme Nikita series (Madeline was that series' counterpart to Amanda). Lyndsy Fonseca portrays Alexandra "Alex" Udinov, a former sex slave and drug addict who was arrested after a robbery and later became Division's newest recruit. She is also a mole that Nikita is using to destroy Division from the inside. Other recruits include Jaden (Tiffany Hines) and Thom (Ashton Holmes) but their characters are later killed off by Nathan (Thad Luckinbill) and Alex respectively. Dillon Casey portrays the role of Sean Pierce, a former Navy Seal sent to Division directly from Oversight. Noah Bean portrays Ryan Fletcher, an agent in the CIA, but later takes over Division.

Main cast and characters[edit]

  • Maggie Q as Nikita Mears:[4] The show's protagonist and titular character, Nikita is a spy and assassin who has vowed to destroy the secret agency that trained her. She is the mentor and close confidant of Alex, and she is the protege of Amanda.
  • Lyndsy Fonseca as Alexandra "Alex" Udinov:[5] The young woman Nikita rescued the night Division killed her family. She trained to destroy Division, and she also seeks revenge against Division for the massacre of her family. She is Nikita's and Amanda's protege as well as very close friend.
  • Shane West as Michael Bishop:[6] An ex-Division agent who has fallen in love with Nikita and joined forces with her to destroy his former employers, who lied to him. He is Nikita's love interest.
  • Melinda Clarke as Helen "Amanda" Collins:[7] The show's main antagonist in the third and fourth season, Amanda is a master manipulator, interrogator, and psychologist. She is also a former head of Division as well as the enemy of Nikita and Alex. She is the former mentor of Nikita and Alex. Ari's lover when he worked with Amanda until Ari ran away back to Division in which Ryan Fletcher was running.
  • Aaron Stanford as Seymour Birkhoff/Lionel Peller:[8] A computer genius, hacker, and nonconformist.
  • Devon Sawa as Owen Elliot/Sam Matthews (guest star season 1, recurring season 2, regular seasons 3–4): A former Division cleaner and Guardian and Alex's lover.
  • Noah Bean as Ryan Fletcher (recurring seasons 1–2, regular seasons 3–4): A CIA agent and analyst who is an ally of Nikita. He was the head of Division in season 2 finale through season 3.
  • Ashton Holmes as Thom (season 1; episodes 1–12): A Division assassin, killed by Alex and framed as Nikita's mole.
  • Tiffany Hines as Jaden (season 1; episodes 1–20): A Division assassin who regularly clashed with Alex, killed by Nathan after trying to kill Alex.
  • Xander Berkeley as Percival "Percy" Rose (seasons 1–2): Former head of Division, and the show's main antagonist for the first two seasons.
  • Dillon Casey as Sean Pierce (seasons 2–3): A former Navy SEAL hired by Oversight to keep an eye on Division and Alex's former love interest.

Recurring cast and characters[edit]

  • Lyndie Greenwood as Sonya (seasons 2–4): The head technician at Division since Birkhoff's leave, romantic interest of Birkhoff. Amanda's former mole before Birkhoff found out.
  • Peter Outerbridge as Ari Tasarov (seasons 1–3): Former head of GOGOL, a Russian Division counterpart, killed by Amanda when he tried to run away from her.
  • Rob Stewart as Roan (seasons 1–2): Cleaner and Percy's right-hand man. Electrocuted in fight against Alex and Sean.
  • Cameron Daddo as Charles Grayson (season 2): the President of the United States
  • Michelle Nolden as Kathleen Spencer (seasons 2–4): the Vice President of the United States, later succeeded Charles Grayson as President in the third season.
  • Alberta Watson as Madeline Pierce (guest star season 1, recurring season 2): A U.S. Senator and former member of Oversight, killed by Nicolas Brant.
  • Peter J. Lucas as Sergei Semak (season 2): The CEO of Zetrov and head of Gogol following the death of Nikolai Udinov, Alex's father, killed by Ari Tasarov.
  • Thad Luckinbill as Nathan Colville (season 1): Alex's neighbor in their apartment building following graduation.

Series overview[edit]

Season 1 (2010–2011)[edit]

At the beginning of season one, two people break into a drug store and attempt to rob it. While stealing the drugs and trying to make a get-away, the owner challenges one of the robbers. When this robber hesitates in shooting the owner of the store, their partner doubles back to shoot him before quickly running off, leaving the remaining individual to be arrested when the police show up. Once the police arrive, they pull off the individual's mask and discover that the robber is a young female who is revealed to be Alex. As she is being brought into prison, she fights the prison guards with good strength; she does not know that Michael, a Division operative, is watching. He later processes her into Division, a covert unit of the government that has gone rogue. Division recruits young and susceptible criminals into their training program and forces them to carry out their missions under penalty of death. The higher-up members of Division are worried because Nikita has come back online, meaning that she is targeting Division from the outside. What is worse is that she has a mole inside; however, at this point in the show no one in Division is aware of it. By the end of the first episode, it is revealed that this mole is in fact Alex. Halfway through the season, it is revealed that the second robber in the drug store was Nikita and that the robbery was set up specifically to attract Division's attention, so that they would recruit Alex. The two communicate through a chat program Nikita created while still at Division called the shellbox program.

As the series progresses, Nikita routinely sabotages missions that would have been major successes for Division and also saves the lives of recruits such as Sarah. More light is shed on the lives of the main characters through flashbacks, and it is revealed that Alex was sold into sex trafficking by a man who had been close to her oligarch father before his murder at the hands of Division.

Eventually, Michael joins Nikita's cause after she helps him find Kasim Tariq. He tells her a story of how he had once found the perfect home for his now-deceased wife and daughter. Tariq took that dream away from him when he killed both of them with a car bomb that was intended for Michael.

Alex is forced to kill her rival, Jaden, after Nathan (Alex's neighbor and love interest) accidentally reveals in front of her that Alex has told him of her true occupation as an assassin. Back at Division, Amanda tells Alex that Division now operates with new cochlear implants that are virtually undetectable by even the wearers, and Jaden's implant recorded Alex calling Nikita shortly after she killed Jaden. At this time, Division finds out that Alex is Nikita's mole and is thus interrogated. It is revealed that Alex's family was killed by a Division strike team and that Nikita was the agent who killed her father. This revelation turns Alex against Nikita. Michael is locked away in Division as well after attempting to help Alex escape.

Michael escapes courtesy of Birkhoff (Division's head technician) and joins Nikita who had just escaped from the CIA headquarters. As the season ends, it is shown that Amanda has disabled Alex's killchip and wants to recruit her into Oversight (Division's leadership and funding stream). Michael and Nikita try not to worry about the future as they drive off into the oncoming storm.

Season 2 (2011–2012)[edit]

At the end of season one, Nikita and Alex's relationship had been shattered. There is tension between them and Alex has a difficult time trusting Nikita again. Meanwhile, Nikita and Michael's relationship was restored. Now that they're on their own, Nikita and Michael are on the run with a hard drive called "the black box". It contains Division's darkest secrets and conspiracies, which include 6 government agents' dirty secrets. Together, they plan to right the wrongs that Division has committed over the years, one mission at a time. The season ends with Nikita killing Percy, and taking over Division with the help of Ryan Fletcher under request of the president.

Season 3 (2012–2013)[edit]

Division is now officially under government control, under the leadership of Ryan Fletcher, tasked with hunting down rogue agents, nicknamed the "Dirty Thirty", who refused the recall order. Division discovers the mysterious group Percy was seeking to join. Amanda has gone rogue. Amanda also makes big plans that costs very much to Nikita, now the whole world is looking for her like an assassin, for the murder of the President of the United States. Now Nikita is trying to clear her name while the whole world is looking for her. They also burn down Division and find another place to live, those who are still left to do the last mission: Nikita, Michael, Alex, Birkoff, Sonya and Fletcher.

Season 4 (2013)[edit]

Nikita goes rogue all on her own, leaving the team behind. The first episode picks up a few months down the line where Nikita is being framed for the murder of the President. It is soon discovered that Amanda and the Group have created exact human replicas of high-power government officials, dubbed the "Doubles", who are subject to the group's rule. Nikita and the team try to clear her name leaving destruction behind. Michael and Nikita's relationship has hit a rocky patch. Alex is on a mission to save the world and also clear Nikita's name, encountering old enemies along the way. In the second half of the six-episode season, The Group's headquarters is destroyed, leaving the team to believe that Amanda and her co-conspirators are dead. After being abducted by the presumed-dead Amanda, Fletcher leaps out of a window as a last resort and soon after succumbs to his injuries, but not before whispering to Nikita that both Amanda and her Doubles are still very much alive. The team comes together for one last mission: to bring down Amanda and the Doubles. Nikita and Alex begin to kill off the remaining clones contrary to Michael's will. At their final stop on their path of destruction, Nikita and Alex obtain a list of all of the Doubles, which is sent out to the news outlets and Birkhoff's secure server. Nikita, Alex, and Birkhoff are arrested and placed in a maximum-security prison, where Amanda visits Nikita to say goodbye. After Nikita breaks free in front of Amanda, she places her in the restraints and reveals that no one was, in fact, killed on their final mission. Nikita and Alex had actually used tranquilizer bullets instead of live ammunition on the remaining heads of the Group (or "The Shop")and had faked the deaths of the others as well, meanwhile Michael and Sam release the real, original officials. Nikita explains how in every step of the way, her main goal was to get face-to-face with Amanda and kill her, but says that she changed her mind and would rather Amanda suffer the punishment of imprisonment for life, never to be heard from again. She walks out saying, "Welcome back to the basement, Helen.",[9] referencing her childhood where she was used as a lab rat for her father's inhumane experiments. The last few minutes of the series finale show each of the main cast members in the future: Birkhoff releases Shadownet to the general public to safeguard them from the government's prying eyes, Alex touring the country as a spokesperson and Sam acting as her bodyguard/head of security, and last but not least, the happily married Nikita and Michael are residing on a beach in Ecuador where they can continue to work on their own small missions together.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Air date DVD release date
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 22 September 9, 2010 (2010-09-09) May 12, 2011 (2011-05-12) August 30, 2011 (2011-08-30) September 19, 2011 (2011-09-19) November 2, 2011 (2011-11-02)
2 23 September 23, 2011 (2011-09-23) May 18, 2012 (2012-05-18) October 2, 2012 (2012-10-02) October 1, 2012 (2012-10-01) February 13, 2013 (2013-02-13)
3 22 October 19, 2012 (2012-10-19) May 17, 2013 (2013-05-17) October 22, 2013 (2013-10-22) February 10, 2014 (2014-02-10) November 13, 2013 (2013-11-13)
4 6 November 22, 2013 (2013-11-22) December 27, 2013 (2013-12-27) May 20, 2014 (2014-05-20) June 4, 2014 (2014-06-04)[10] June 25, 2014 (2014-06-25)[11]

Production[edit]

Conception[edit]

"It's a dark fairytale. This girl [Nikita] is taken from one life, her identity is erased, she's put in another life and she's transformed. It's like Alice in Wonderland. She's told, 'Eat this, drink that, steal this, kill that,' and she's not told why. And, she begins to find her own identity through that. It's just a great story."

—Craig Silverstein, executive producer[12]

The CW had long been interested in an action-adventure series centered on a strong female character.[3] On January 27, 2010, The CW ordered a pilot episode of Nikita.[13] The 2010 television series is more closely tied to Luc Besson's 1990 French film Nikita than the 1997 television series, La Femme Nikita.[14] However, the series does borrow many characters, or at least character names, from the previous television series.

Development[edit]

During the 2010 Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles on July 29, 2010, executive producer Craig Silverstein said he was approached by Warner Bros. who owned the rights.[15] Silverstein said, "My first thought was I love Nikita. My second thought was, 'it's been done.' Could it be done fresh? Could we have a take where you didn't know where this story would end?"[15] As a result, two major changes have been made, one of which is the decision to have the story take place after Nikita has escaped. Maggie Q stated, "No one's told her story after the fact. No one knows where she is going."[16] In addition, a new character, Alex, is introduced who has an unexpected backstory.[17] The series is a mix of a weekly mission/counter-mission, and a story arc running through the first season that explores Nikita's relationships with Alex and Michael.[17]

While presenting its 2010–11 season schedule on May 21, 2010, The CW officially confirmed the pick-up of the series and announced its intention to air Nikita after The Vampire Diaries on Thursday nights.[18][19] In October 2010, Entertainment Weekly announced that the series would receive some tweaking to attract more of a female audience, including a new character and potential love interest for Nikita. However, the network promised the core of the show would remain the same.[20] Later that month, the show was picked up for a full season, which would total 22 episodes.[21][22] The CW have admitted they took gambles this year but said they were "thrilled that [it] paid off for us."[23]

On May 17, 2011 Nikita was renewed for a second season by The CW in the 2011–12 fall season.[24] It was later announced that they would move the show to Friday nights at 8:00pm, pairing it with Supernatural, beginning Fall 2011.[25][26] The second season premiered on Friday, September 23, 2011.[27]

On May 11, 2012, The CW renewed the series for a full third season.[28]

On May 9, 2013 The CW renewed the series for a shortened fourth and final season.[29][30] The final season consisted of just 6 episodes and was produced to complete the storyline and make it more desirable for a Netflix audience.[31]

Casting[edit]

On why he cast Q, Silverstein said "it had to be someone who was beautiful, who could fight, who you could believe holding a gun and who you believed was smart".[12]

In February 2010, Maggie Q was cast as Nikita.[32] Executive producer Silverstein said casting Q was a simple and quick process, because they wanted someone who was beautiful, and could fight, and who you could believe holding a gun at the same time, and she was perfect.[12] Later that month, Shane West was cast as Michael.[33] In March, Lyndsy Fonseca was given the role of Alex.[34] Silverstein commented the casting of Fonseca, saying she came in at the last moment but was cast because they liked her intensity.[12] Later that month, Tiffany Hines was cast as Jaden[35] and Xander Berkeley was added to the cast as Percy.[36] In October 2010, Noah Bean gained a recurring role as Ryan Fletcher, a CIA case officer and analyst.[37]

Casting for second season started on July 2011 when Dillon Casey was cast as Sean Pierce, a former U.S. Navy Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU, formerly Seal Team Six) officer contracted to monitor Amanda's work at Division and recover the stolen black boxes.[38] Casey was later promoted as a series regular.[39]

After being recurring cast members for two seasons, Noah Bean and Devon Sawa were made series regulars for the third season.[40][41]

Crew[edit]

Writers Directors
Craig Silverstein, Juan Carlos Coto, Albert Kim, Kristen Reidel, Kalinda Vazquez, Andrew Colville, Brandon Guercio, Travis Fickett, Terry Matalas, Jim Barnes, Amanda Segel, Mary Trahan Eagle Egilsson, Nick Copus, Danny Cannon, Kenneth Fink, Dwight H. Little, David Solomon, Jeffrey G. Hunt, Brad Turner, Marc David Alpert, John Badham, Chris Peppe, Michael Robinson,

Filming locations[edit]

Although the show is set in and around New Jersey, Nikita is primarily filmed in Canada—specifically, in Toronto and elsewhere in Ontario. Much of the show is filmed on location, but studio shooting is also used for sets such as 'Division' and the penthouse. Many landmark locations used on the show, such as the White House, are actually doubles meant to represent various places in North America.[42] The series officially wrapped production on October 1, 2013.

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The general reception of Nikita has been positive, with a large fanbase forming early in the first season.[citation needed]

Metacritic gave it a score of 66% based on 28 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[43] Comparisons were made to Joss Whedon's Dollhouse and the ABC spy drama Alias.[44][45][46] Critics had praise for Maggie Q in the lead role,[47][48] the look of the show, solid action sequences,[49][50] the chemistry between the cast especially between the two leads Q and West, and an intriguing twist at the end, but noted that the dialogue needed some humor.

Ratings[edit]

U.S. Nielsen ratings[edit]

The pilot episode drew 3.57 million viewers on its initial broadcast.[51] The CW broadcast an encore of the pilot the following day, which drew approximately 2.6 million viewers.[52] The finale was seen by 1.94 million viewers.[53] The first season averaged 2.40 million viewers and a 0.9 18–49 rating in live + same day DVR viewing per episode.[54] Season 2 averaged a 0.5 18-49 rating using Nielsen Live + Same Day DVR data.[55]

The following is a table for the seasonal rankings, based on average total estimated viewers per episode, of Nikita on The CW. "Rank" refers to how Nikita rated compared to the other television series that aired during prime time hours.

Season Timeslot (ET/PT) # Ep. Premiered Ended Rank Viewers Live+SD
(in millions)
Date Premiere
Viewers
(in millions)
Date Finale
Viewers
(in millions)
Season 1 Thursday 9:00 pm 22 September 9, 2010 3.57[51] May 12, 2011 1.94[53] #135 2.32[56]
Season 2 Friday 8:00 pm 23 September 23, 2011 1.85[57] May 18, 2012 1.42[58] #182 1.77[59]
Season 3 Friday 9:00 pm
Friday 8:00 pm
22 October 19, 2012 0.95[60] May 17, 2013 1.00[61] #145 1.38[62]
Season 4 Friday 9:00 pm 6 November 22, 2013 0.74[63] December 27, 2013 0.82[64] TBA 0.76

International ratings[edit]

In the UK, the show has been the most watched show for Sky Living every week that its autumn episodes aired.[65] When it returned from hiatus in the summer in a new Wednesday 9:00 PM slot, it finished fourth in the week. However, it was able to increase again in the following weeks.[65]

In the Netherlands the series premiered with solid ratings, the first episode drew an audience of 640,000 viewers. The second episode was broadcast right after the first episode and drew 757,000 viewers, it had a market share of 10.3%. With these numbers Nikita was the 4th most watched channel of the evening.[66]

In France the series premiered with high ratings in its 11:20 p.m. timeslot, the first episode drew an audience of 2.4 million viewers. The show obtained an audience share of 22.6% of France's population which is an extremely high rating despite its timeslot.[67]

In Bulgaria the series averaged 663,000 viewers and was placed at number 12 in the ratings for July.[68]

Awards and accolades[edit]

The series has earned numerous award nominations, in awards such as the American Society of Cinematographers,[69] the People's Choice Awards,[70] the Teen Choice Awards[71] and the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards.[72]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Year Award Category Recipients Result Ref
2010 American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Cinematography in Episodic TV Series David Stockton ("Pilot") Nominated [69]
2011 People's Choice Awards Favorite New TV Drama Nominated [70]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series George Haddad ("Pandora") Nominated [72]
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Show: Action Nominated [71]
Choice TV Actor: Action Shane West Won
Choice TV Actress: Action Maggie Q Nominated
Lyndsy Fonseca Nominated
2012 2012 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Show: Action Nominated [73]
Choice TV Actor: Action Shane West Nominated
Choice TV Actress: Action Maggie Q Nominated
Lyndsy Fonseca Nominated
2013 2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Show: Action Nominated [74]
Choice TV Actor: Action Shane West Nominated
Choice TV Actress: Action Maggie Q Nominated
Lyndsy Fonseca Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series George Haddad ("Aftermath") Nominated [72]

Promotion[edit]

Lyndsy Fonseca, Maggie Q, and Craig Silverstein at the San Diego Comic-Con, July 2010

The show has been promoted through pop-culture conventions such as Comic-Con[75] from 2010 to 2013.

Broadcasts[edit]

In the United States, the show has aired on The CW.

Sky Living secured the rights to air Nikita in the United Kingdom as the centerpiece of the channel's autumn schedule. Living's head of acquisitions Amy Barham said "Nikita is the hottest, most action-packed drama of the season with an amazingly strong female lead that we know will excite and engage Living's audiences this autumn. We're thrilled to be able to bring it exclusively to the channel. Chase will follow in 2011, providing a new favorite show for all of our procedural fans."[76]

In Australia, the show airs on Fox8. In New Zealand, Nikita is shown on TV2 at 10:30 pm on Thursdays. In Canada, it airs on CTV Two and started airing the same day as in the U.S.

Merchandises[edit]

Home releases[edit]

Home releases of the series are distributed through Warner Bros. Home Video.

DVD releases[edit]

Complete Season Release dates DVD Extras and Bonus Features # of Discs
Region
1
Region
2
Region
3
Region
4
1 August 30, 2011 September 19, 2011 December 8, 2011 November 2, 2011 Audio Commentary; Deleted Scenes; Gag Reel; Inside Division, Part 1: The New Nikita; Inside Division, Part 2: Executing an Episode; Profiling Nikita, Alex, Percy & Michael; Division Tracker (Blu-ray exclusive)[77] 5
2 October 2, 2012 October 1, 2012 TBA February 13, 2013 Gag Reel; Deleted Scenes; Audio Commentary (featuring Craig Silverstein and Carlos Coto); and two featurettes: "What if? Writing the Fate of Division" and "Living the Life: Maggie Q."[78] 5
3 October 22, 2013 February 10, 2014 TBA November 13, 2013 Deleted Scenes; Gag Reel[79] 5
4 May 20, 2014 TBA TBA TBA Audio Commentary; Deleted Scenes 2

Blu-ray releases[edit]

Season Episodes Discs Blu-ray releases
Region A Region B
United States Canada United Kingdom Australia
1 22 4 August 30, 2011 September 19, 2011 December 8, 2011 October 26, 2011
2 23 4 October 2, 2012 October 2, 2012 October 1, 2012 February 13, 2013
3 22 4 October 22, 2013 November 23, 2013 December 22, 2013 November 13, 2013
4 6 1 May 20, 2014 TBA TBA TBA

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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