It's now official: The CW has renewed every last one of their existing series. As the network has seen a steady rise in ratings success over the past two seasons, The CW seems content to stay the course and continue to play a winning hand. The last two series to receive pick-ups did so today, with The CW renewing 'The Carrie Diaries' for a second season and 'Nikita' for a shortened fourth.
Being a midseason series, 'The Carrie Diaries' order is automatically a thirteen-episode second season. The show stars AnnaSophia Robb as Carrie Bradshaw, a role made famous by Sarah Jessica Parker over the course of the 'Sex & the City' series and feature films. Based on a book by Candice Bushnell (as was 'Sex & the City), 'The Carrie Diaries' focuses on the Bradshaw character during her teen years, learning life lessons that would later serve her as a writer in the 'Sex & the City' series. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, the show has garnered enough of a fan following to earn it a stay of execution. I would be very surprised if the series managed to gain viewers in a second outing, as it seems the type of show to hold on to the viewers that have already become hooked as of the close of the first season.
Joining 'The Carrie Diaries' in renewal is 'Nikita,' the latest television series to feature the rogue assassin who has appeared in two feature films and multiple television series. This version of 'Nikita' is finishing its third season starring Maggie Q, the beautiful American actress from Hawaii. 'Nikita' has been picked up for a six-episode fourth season which seems poised to serve as the conclusion to the series' run. However, Deadline reports that if the shortened six-episode format works for 'Nikita,' they would be open to producing future limited-series runs of the show, with the same cast intact.