The CW has a massive schedule on its plate for the fall season, with new shows Arrow, Beauty and the Beast, and Emily Owens M.D. joining returning shows like Supernatural, Nikita, Gossip Girl, 90210, and plenty more. The network will be looking to add new viewers while also retaining old ones, and, unfortunately, that means that some of Nikita's more serial elements might be facing the chopping block.
Showrunner Craig Silverstein chatted with Wetpaint this weekend to reveal that the series would head toward more of a "spy-of-the-week" format, seeing Nikita (Maggie Q) hunting down "the dirty 30," thirty rogue spies that used to work for Amanda (Melinda Clarke). That's more than a season's worth of weekly spy takedowns, meaning that the show will become less serialized and more easily accessible to new viewers.
"Episode one of season 3 feels like a pilot," Silverstein said. "If you have never seen the show, you can come in. It's got all the continuity, we don't ignore any of it, but at the same time, Nikita's found herself in a completely different place, and we have a much clearer understanding about how they get their missions."
Silverstein calls the show's new format "espionage freak of the week," though he noted that the season premiere would "satisfy a lot of Nikita fans" with its romantic elements. And one of these espionage freaks of the week turns out to be a 12-year-old girl, who will pop up in the second episode of the season.
"I want people to be able to follow [the series]," Silverstein said. "I'd love for there to be two levels to [an episode]: the dedicated fan level, and the level where you can just watch because it's one of the few pure action shows on TV. I feel like people should be looking for that."
You can read the full interview with Silverstein over at Wetpaint.
What do you think? Do you like the idea of Nikita becoming a more standalone series, or would you rather the series maintain its heavy sense of mythology?
Nikita season 3 will premiere October 19 on the CW.