It has recently been confirmed that season 4 will be a six-episode mini-season that will conclude the show entirely. While many fans are disappointed with the announcement of only a few episodes for their beloved show, I believe that it may be for the best. Don’t get me wrong…I mean…I did want a full season at first, and when the news came out that “Nikita” would get a final but short season, I then wanted at least 13 episodes. I think that would’ve been enough to write a thorough conclusion. Even “Burn Notice,” another spy action series, has 13 episodes for its final season this year. Now that we know for sure that “Nikita” is getting 6 episodes, I looked up interviews to see what the people “behind the scenes” had to say. From what I gathered, it makes sense to wrap it up this way.
According to IGN, Maggie Q stated, “Creatively, I’m really excited…You know how big our episodes are. We’re going to make these even bigger, because there’s only six. So we want to go out movie-style, you know what I mean? Do six movies. You know where we ended it. This season, Season 4, it has to be fast-paced, right? She’s out there.”
When TVLINE asked “Nikita” executive producer Craig Silverstein if 6 episodes was enough time to wrap up the show, he said, “Yeah. Take a look at the last six shows of any previous season and what you’ll start to see is that villain-of-the-week plots go away in favor of larger serialized events. So, [next season] will be like going right for the icing on the cake and not having to worry about the cake. We’ll get right to the good stuff right away.”
One of the main reasons why “Nikita” cannot get a full 22 episodes is because of its declining ratings in the U.S. which has gone down every year with season 3 being the lowest by far. If it wasn’t for the move to Friday nights (aka Friday death slot), I believe that the show would have done better if it stayed on Thursdays with a nice lead-in such as “The Vampire Diaries.” This was done during the first season and the resulting ratings were much better. In the U.S., many potential viewers are usually not at home and spend the night out with their friends and family, go to the movie theater, eat dinner at restaurants, etc.
“Nikita” is also an action show, which means it’s more expensive to produce than shows like “Gossip Girl” that got a final 10-episode season. With all these factors taken into consideration, it just makes logical sense for the CW to give “Nikita” only 6 episodes. It’s feasible. It also makes sense creatively from a writer’s perspective because it would probably be harder to make a huge impact if the story was dragged out beyond 13 episodes. However, I still wonder what number the producers were aiming for when they negotiated the deal with CW. Did they want 8? 10? or 13?
Anyways, I will be looking forward to how this movie-like conclusion of my favorite TV show turns out! No more villain-of-the-week episodes. No more fillers. The producers are cutting right to the good stuff. “Nikita” fans, secret agents, be on the lookout for one of the most amazing, incredible, epic story ending EVER!
http://www.ign.com/articles/ 2013/05/18/nikita-maggie-q- talks-season-4-and-the-show- coming-to-an-end
http://tvline.com/2013/05/17/ nikita-season-4-spoilers- final-six-episodes/