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'Nikita' First Look: Maggie Q talks Nikita's reason for returning, Michael's reaction, and flashbacks -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

At the end of season 3, Nikita left behind her team (not to mention her engagement ring) to go on the run. She had been framed for the assassination of the president, and she realized that the best way to protect those she loved most from Amanda was to get out of Dodge. The good news is that Nikita’s absence from the U.S. won’t last long. We have an exclusive video that shows Nikita’s determination to get back to her team.

But first, why is she so ready to come back after three months on the run? We talked with Maggie Q about Nikita’s decision to return, her first run-in with Michael, and what we can expect from the series’ final six episodes:
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'Nikita' season 4 confirmed to be last

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The CW confirmed what fans already pretty much already figured out: That the fourth season will be the last for Nikita.

The first clue was that the network only ordered six episodes. The second was a tweet by showrunner Craig Silverstein last week promising an “incredible finish.” The third was, frankly, that Nikita‘s ratings were so low it was tough to imagine an open-ended scenario.

Now today with it’s fall schedule announcement, The CW announced Nikita “wraps up her mission” next season. Credit The CW for continuing to give it’s longer-running titles a chance to have a satisfying ending. Still, fans will have to wait awhile to see how it all ends — Nikita won’t return until sometime in midseason.

'Nikita' renewed for fourth season

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Nothing can stop Nikita.

The CW has renewed the low-rated Friday night drama for a fourth season.

The perpetual underdog was renewed Thursday along with freshman drama The Carrie Diaries. The decision came on the heels of The CW ordering four new dramas, three of which were sci-fi shows and one is a historical soap.

Nikita will hold a dubious honor with this pickup: Averaging only 1.3 million viewers and a 0.5 rating among adults 18-49, it’s the lowest-rated broadcast show to get a renewal this year. In fact, it’s very likely the lowest-rated renewed broadcast drama ever. But, if you’re a fan, who cares? Time to celebrate!

Here’s the current list of picked-up pilots.

'Nikita' hits season high in new time slot

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The CW’s Nikita hit a season high Friday night in its new time period.

The action-drama delivered 1.2 million viewers and a 0.4 rating among adults 18-49. Sure, those aren’t numbers you brag to your friends about, but it’s still the show’s best performance this season. The CW shifted the series from 9 to 8 p.m. this week (normally that’s considered the tougher slot, but not when it means Nikita can avoid airing directly against NBC’s Grimm and Fox’s Fringe). A repeat of Arrow actually matched Nikta‘s typical previous performance at 9.

Also Friday, ABC’s Last Man Standing (6.8 million, 1.6) and Malibu Country (6.3 million, 1.5) both improved from last week (and recently received orders for five more episodes this season).

CBS’ lineup, including Undercover Boss (8.7 million, 1.8) and CSI: NY (9.8 million, 1.5), was pretty steady. Fox had college football. NBC and ABC also aired repeats and news.

'Nikita' Comic-Con panel: Casting scoop! Plus... a Mikita shower scene?!

The Panel: Melinda Clarke, Aaron Stanford, Lyndsey Fonseca, Shane West, Maggie Q, and executive producer Craig Silverstein. Moderated by HuffPo’s Laura Prudom.

The Big Revelations: Many! The only way to break it down is by subject.

+ Owen’s ‘agenda’: Devon Sawa, who was recently promoted to series regular, will return in the fourth episode of the new season and all of the audience’s burning questions — like why he didn’t participate in the raid on Division — will be answered. “He’s going to come back with a mystery and an agenda,” said Silverstein. READ FULL STORY

'Supernatural,' 'Vampire Diaries,' 'Law & Order: SVU,' 'NCIS': Find out what's next in Spoiler Room

Your patience in waiting for this week’s column is greatly appreciated. As you know, Team EW TV has been a busy bunch these past few days with season finales and network upfronts. But not too busy to bring you some scoop on the last batch of season finales, many of which are tonight!

So sit back and enjoy your pre-weekend treat. Also, don’t forget to send in your questions to spoilerroom@ew.com. And since I’m sure you’ve been geeking out over the new fall TV offerings, feel free to include questions on newbie shows, like Arrow, Revolution, Nashville, etc. I’ll try to include a few next week. See you then! READ FULL STORY

'Nikita': Maggie Q on last week's intense episode, bonding with Birkoff, and the upcoming 'brutal' fight with Percy

Last week’s episode of the Nikita, “Wrath,” will go down as one of the best and most intense episodes in the show’s two seasons.

Star Maggie Q, whose character was tortured both mentally and physically in the episode, couldn’t have been more pleased with the favorable reception, especially considering the work the actress put into it. “[It] was the heaviest I’ve gone¬† in my career,” she said. “[I] came out the other end winded and exhausted. It was so hard, that episode.”

This week’s episode, on the other hand, is quite the departure. In “Shadow Walker,” Birkoff (Aaron Stanford) and Nikita clash after the team asks him to make a large monetary risk as part of a scheme. (And we’re not talking chump change — there is $20 million dollars on the line.) The result, says Maggie Q, is a “fun episode” that examines the sometimes rocky friendship between Nikita and her geeky teammate. “Every time Nikita and Birkoff get into it, they always come to a middle ground,” she says.

But one person Nikita is likely never to find a “middle ground” with? Percy (Xander Berkeley), who will continue to tango with Nikita and Co., leading up to a “big time” clash in the show’s upcoming May season finale. “I do have some action with the Percy character, but it’s more difficult because Xander is not an action guy,” she says. “You have to design something that suits both characters and is character driven. And designing a fight for two people who are that different is really difficult. But I think their fight is very emotionally based…. It’s a very angry fight. It’s definitely brutal.”

The finale, she adds, will leave fans on pins and needles. Though, it can be said that’s also their current state, considering the show has yet to be picked up for a third season. For her part, the actress says she’s hopeful. “[The writers] are definitely planning on it,” she says.

More from our chat with Maggie Q below!


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'Private Practice,' 'CSI,' 'Nikita,' 'The Good Wife': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

My greatest hope is that this bountiful scoop report brings you a fraction of the joy I feel when scrolling through this Channing Tatum birthday gallery, which now has a place in my bookmarks toolbar under the word “happiness.”

My sad single life aside, if you see any show missing from here that you’d like some scoop on, shoot me a note at spoilerroom@ew.com! I’ll try to work it in next time.

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'Nikita' exclusive! Plus, stars of 'Scandal,' 'Ringer' tease what's next in Spoiler Room Video Edition

It’s going to take a lot more than a string of technology snafus to derail Spoiler Room Video Edition. (When you press play on this week’s episode, you’ll see what I mean.) And in the spirit of a can-do attitude, today’s post also has a treat for fans of the show about the unbreakable woman herself, Nikita (Maggie Q).
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'Castle,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Hawaii Five-0,' 'Once Upon a Time': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

I had a revelation recently when chatting with my colleague Mandi Bierly about her sharing a dish of lobster mac and cheese with Pauly Shore during a recent interview. (You could ask her for details on that story, but that’s really all there is to it.): My life is weird.

In the past week, I’ve party-stalked Charlie Sheen (with no luck getting two minutes alone for an interview), talked about Titanic with Ringer‘s Ioan Gruffudd (he’s in it!), watched Megan Mullally steal from my colleagues, and hung out with the cast of the fantastic new drama Scandal. Yes, life is strange. But also wonderful. I guess this is my long-winded way of saying thanks for being part of my wonderful, strange life, Roomies.

And let me return the favor by seeking out some scoop for you. E-mail all requests to spoileroom@ew.com or ask me on Twitter. See you next week!

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'Nikita' actor Dillon Casey on tonight's episode: Sean 'can't be controlled' by Amanda

Sean Pierce (Dillon Casey) has a lot on his plate these days. Even as a relative newcomer to the action-packed world of Nikita, the former Navy SEAL has found himself with a mountain of troubles to overcome, and tonight he once again comes face-to-face with Problem No. 1, Nikita (Maggie Q), after capturing Birkoff and putting him in the (incredibly scary and torture-happy) hands of Amanda.

“Birkoff’s a trading chip,” says Casey. “But Nikita has one of her own — the black box. So they’re going to have to face each other one-on-one.”¬† READ FULL STORY

'Once Upon a Time,' 'Castle,' 'Leverage,' 'How I Met Your Mother': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

As I’m capping off this week’s Spoiler Room, Regis Philbin is saying goodbye on Live! So as I try to ignore it enough not to weep like a mad person, forgive me if I don’t make a lot of sense. (God, I’m such a ridiculous sappy human!)

Okay, let’s get down to business. Here are this week’s goodies. Thanks to all who submitted questions. Keep ‘em coming! Don’t know how? Here’s the info: spoilerroom@ew.com or @EWSandraG on Twitter.

And a special thanks to all those brave souls who answered my call for video questions on Twitter (which you can see in the next Spoiler Room: Video Edition). There will be more chances to do so very soon! READ FULL STORY

'Fringe,' 'Nikita,' and 'Suburgatory' stars dish in the Spoiler Room: Video Edition!

Roomies, today is an exciting day, and not just because I got the next episode of American Horror Story in the mail. I’m happy as a clam to present to you Spoiler Room’s new video venture that will bring you the best teasy bit straight from the people we watch (and dream about — Just me? Okay.) every week. (Note: Not to worry, you’ll still get your regular Spoiler Room column on Fridays. This is extra credit!) In this first edition, Fringe‘s Anna Torv, Nikita‘s Maggie Q, and Suburgatory star Jane Levy take your questions and/or dish on what’s coming up on their shows.

As always, make sure you’re sending me your burning questions via e-mail (spoilerroom@ew.com) and Twitter (@EWSandraG). And stay tuned for details on how you can submit your question via video and be included on future installments of this new bi-monthly series.

Oh, and don’t be shy about sending me your general thoughts on the video and how you might want to get involved. But please be gentle — there’s nothing I can do about the stupid, overly enthusiastic faces I make. It just happens. READ FULL STORY

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