The CW has announced their upcoming Fall schedule, and it goes something like this: fan favorite “Supernatural” will leave its Thursday night time slot for the first time for Fridays, after the CW’s aging “Smallville” show, while my most anticipated CW show of all time, the TV reboot of “Nikita” starring Maggie Q. is scheduled for Thursdays, in “Supernatural’s” old time slot after the network’s solid genre offering “The Vampire Diaries”.
Here’s the network’s official description for “Nikita”, as well as confirmation that Maggie Q. will indeed be the star of the show despite some reports that she’ll be playing second fiddle to Lyndsy Fonseca as some outlets have reported. This is the first time as far as I know that an Asian actress will be fronting a major network TV show (someone correct me if I’m wrong):
When she was a deeply troubled teenager, Nikita was rescued from death row by a secret U.S. agency known only as Division, who faked her execution and told her she was being given a second chance to start a new life and serve her country. What they didn’t tell her was that she was being trained as a spy and assassin. Ultimately, Nikita was betrayed and her dreams shattered by the only people she thought she could trust.
Now, after three years in hiding, Nikita is seeking retribution and making it clear to her former bosses that she will stop at nothing to expose and destroy their covert operation. For the time being, however, Division continues to recruit and train other young people, erasing all evidence of their former lives and turning them into cold and efficient killers. One of these new recruits, Alex, is just beginning to understand what lies ahead for her and why the legendary Nikita made the desperate decision to run.
The series stars Maggie Q as Nikita, Lyndsy Fonseca as Alex, Shane West as Michael, Aaron Stanford as Birkhoff, Ashton Holmes as Thom, Tiffany Hines as Jaden, with Melinda Clarke as Amanda and Xander Berkeley as Percy. Nikita is from Warner Bros. Television in association with Wonderland Sound and Vision, with executive producers Craig Silverstein (“Bones,” “K-Ville”), Danny Cannon (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Chuck”), McG (“Supernatural,” “Chuck,” “The O.C.,” “Charlie’s Angels”), and Peter Johnson (“Supernatural,” “Chuck”). The pilot was directed by Danny Cannon.
That’s “Nikita” on Thursdays at 8:00 central time, kids. The CW has also released some promos of Maggie Q. as Nikita, including the pic above, and a preview clip:
Update: Here’s a 30-second trailer.