In previous posts, I’ve made it known that I love a good underdog. It wasn’t until recently, while checking the renewal statuses of all the TV shows this season, that I realized a good number of my favourite shows are in fact shows whose renewal statuses are on the bubble. In other words, my favourite shows are TV’s underdogs – shows whose fate are not guaranteed.
In light of this realization, I figured I should do my part as a fan (regardless of how small a part that is) and try to get it out there why some shows deserve to be renewed. So consider this my plea to the powers that be. Instead of doing one big posting, I’ll be doing this in installments, one per show.
Now, I fully realize that there aren’t a lot of people out there who read my blog, but I am hopeful that this posting, at the very least, will get read by people who care about these shows as much as I do. If it somehow makes it along with the petitions and other pleas in the blogosphere to the eyes of someone who can actually make a difference in helping these shows’ fate, then I’ll be happy.
NIKITA (THE CW)
If you’ve read my blog before, you’d know that I’m an unabashed fan of the show. I’m not obsessive (I don’t think), but I’m a big enough fan to always want to find where the cast is filming, just to personally tell them how great of a job they are doing. Though my luck pretty much sucks and I can’t seem to get to them even when they’re in Cambridge, my hometown.
I remember when I first heard about the show (Upfronts 2010) and I found it rather interesting that The CW would pick up the show because it seemed so different from most other shows they had (pretty looking young people with young people problems). Don’t get me wrong, they still assembled a very good looking cast, but the show is very action-oriented with little room for typical love triangles to be clouding the show. Now, I see the show’s initial pickup as a step into a more mature direction away from typical teen drama, which is exactly what the network needed (and still does) to be taken more seriously.
The most important thing to me was that Nikita as a show did something that is rarely seen – they cast an actress of Asian descent, the lovely and totally kickass Maggie Q, as our titular hero. I always believe in a good role model for today’s youth. Growing up I’d say I was a very conscientious fan/lover of entertainment – the media can be so deceiving so I didn’t really consider anyone as a role model per se or looked up to anyone. But to have someone like Maggie Q as a lead of a TV show is truly inspiring. You don’t exactly see a lot of Asian actors out there in the industry; actually you don’t see a lot of Asians in the industry period. For me, I’ve never wanted to be an actress, just to work behind the scenes is a enough of a dream for me (even though I’m not sure what my skills are). So seeing Maggie as the lead kind of gives me hope for whatever my future career could be (maybe a gig as a production assistant on the Nikita set next season? Wishful thinking…), as well as someone I could truly look up to. It also does kind of help that Maggie is half Vietnamese, but that’s a personal thing.
Besides Maggie Q, the show has assembled a group of very talented, and dare I say underrated, actors. Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca, Aaron Stanford, Melinda Clarke, Xander Berkeley, Dillon Casey, and recurring guest stars like Alberta Watson, Devon Sawa and Noah Bean have all given life to their characters with wonderfully layered performances.
Let us not also forget the amazing producers and writers behind the show. Some people may have suggested that the producers did so much in the first season, that the second season has come up short somehow. But I completely disagree, because with this second season, we’ve only started getting to the origins of the characters and of Division. Not to mention the character relationships and bonds that continue to develop on the show. The show continually gets better and we have Craig Silverstein, Albert Kim, Marc Alpert, Kalinda Vazquez, and all the other writers, directors, crew members to thank for creating such a great show.
I honestly hope that The CW and Warner Brothers decide to renew this show because it would be a damn shame if it did not continue. Regardless of the ratings (and let’s be real, Friday is not a great night for television viewing), it would be a huge mistake for the network to let this one go, considering its attempts at being a serious contender among the major networks. Nikita is one of only 4 CW shows to have ever been nominated for an Emmy (for Outstanding Sound Editing, but it’s still something). Is the network seriously thinking about letting go of a show that could potentially earn them some more accolades? I don’t think so.