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Nikita is an American television series that aired on The CW from September 9, 2010 to December 27, 2013 in the United States. Based on the French film Nikita (1990), the remake Point of No Return (1993), and a previous series La Femme Nikita (1997–2001), 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.

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

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. 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?" 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."In addition, a new character, Alex, is introduced who has an unexpected backstory. 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.

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. 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. Later that month, the show was picked up for a full season, which would total 22 episodes. The CW have admitted they took gambles this year but said they were "thrilled that [it] paid off for us."

Filming locationsEdit

Although the show is set in and around Colorado and 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.


Productions codes:

  • Season 1 - (Pilot: 276051) (other eps: 3X6252 - 3X6272)
  • Season 2 - (3X7151 - 3X7173)
  • Season 3 - (3X7351 - 3X7372)
  • Season 4 - (4X5251 - 4X5256)

AwardsEdit

Year Award Category Recipients Result
2010 American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Cinematography in Episodic TV Series David Stockton ("Pilot") Nominated
2011 People's Choice Awards Favorite New TV Drama Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series George Haddad ("Pandora") Nominated
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Show: Action Nominated
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
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
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

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