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There’s a lot more going on the CW’s Nikita than romance. Michael and Nikita may finally be together (check out Shane West’s thoughts on the Michael/Nikita hookup and what’s ahead for the couple here), but it’s the surprises and intrigue in the spy world that have made the show so much fun in the past few weeks. (Dear CW: Please renew this show. Thanks!) Below, Shane West previews what’s ahead for the characters as the show heads for a “pretty dynamic cliffhanger.”

Michael and Nikita: In this Thursday’s episode, Michael and Nikita will go to Pennsylvania for “a big mission where another Guardian is introduced,” but this one won’t be the stereotypical hunky guy. Working on opposite sides, but together, Michael has now found himself in the awkward position of being the mole after searching for the mole all season. But “let’s be honest,” said West during a roundtable interview. “We only have a few episodes left, and it’s not going to last long.” Is someone going to get suspicious? “Michael’s in trouble,” he finished with a smile.

One thing we won’t be seeing this season: Michael’s digs. “That kind of gives something away by me saying that,” he said. “Things change by the end of the year that I don’t know if we would have seen his stable home, which is kind of a bummer now for me because that would have been fun, just one scene.”

Alex: “We’re immediately going into the fact that Michael and Nikita are now a partnership, and it also has to include Alex,” said West. Michael has “always been very protective” of Alex because “he does see something in her that reminds him of Nikita and that passion and that fight and that will.” While Nikita is worried about Alex for her own reasons, Michael is “genuinely in the dark about all that and he just wants to make sure she’s OK,” he said. “I think it’s that thing that he’s always had for his recruits is that it’s up to him. If they fail, it’s his fault. If they succeed, it’s his fault. … He’s always going to care in a sense about Alex and what’s happening with her and what kind of agent she’s growing in to be.”

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Some shows like to drag out the will they or won’t they aspect of their main couple for years, teasing and torturing viewers. Shane West is familiar with that dynamic after three seasons on ABC’s Once and Again – Eli and Grace: Just step-siblings or something more? – and then five years on ER, where he flirted with fellow doctor/friend Neela (Parminder Nagra).

“They were more what I like to call, I guess, reality-based with relationships,” West said of the shows during a recent chat with the press. “It would takes years for something to happen or years for something to develop.” On ER, “it took me three years to have one kiss,” he added.

It didn’t take nearly as long on West’s current show, The CW’s Nikita, which recently threw out the book and threw its formerly at odds main characters together. The passionate get-together between Michael and Nikita (Maggie Q), which came only halfway through the show’s first season, took West by surprise. “Everything that I thought that would have been dragged on for four or five years because that’s what I’m used to” was suddenly happening, he explained.

“I’m glad that the characters are together because that’s what we always wanted,” he said. “But I was shocked that it happened so quickly. I think Maggie was too. … It’s just trying to get used to how different genres work.”

But just because Michael and Nikita are now an item – “They will absolutely be together,” he reiterated – doesn’t mean that things are going to be happily ever after for them.

“They are different people,” West said. “They come from similar backgrounds and troubled people are attracted to each other, but they do handle situations differently. So now it’s having those, some would say, dreaded relationship talks of, ‘How do we do this now?’”

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Nikita is back tomorrow night at 9 p.m. with a new episode, and she’s kicking ass. Not only is Maggie Q’s escaped Division agent one kick-ass woman, but the CW series is also firing on all cylinders with a recent string of tense, action-packed and twisty hours. I caught up with Maggie Q at the CW’s cocktail reception at TCA Press Tour and asked her about filming that explosive mid-season finale while chained up, what’s ahead for Alex, Nikita and Michael’s backstory, and her new love interests.

That was one heck of a mid-season finale, I have to say.

It really was. Yeah. It was crazy.

The scene where you’re in the chains, you break off them and then you whip them around, what was that filming like?

It was tough. It was tough. You know, my feet weren’t technically touching the ground.  My toes were grazing, so I was really being pulled. We wanted to make it as real as possible. Her pulling up on that stuff, that’s all me. Nothing’s pulling me up. Yeah, it was crazy.

How many hours were you like that?

That was a whole day. Yeah. That was really tough.

I really felt like you guys, in the last three or four episodes, really found what the show is going to be. What do you think kind of changed that made it work?

Well, I mean in your first season it takes time to be able to get into your groove. It takes time to be able to find your casing, you know? Especially with your characters and their backstories and things coming out and moving things forward. You know, the first season is tough. It’s like the toughest thing you can do. I think if you can get through it and get people’s attention, you’ll be good.

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The Kick-Ass Women: The Vampire Diaries‘ Nina Dobrev and Candice Accola, Nikita‘s Maggie Q and Lyndsy Fonseca, Smallville‘s Erica Durance and Hellcats‘ Aly Michalka

– Neither Candice Accola nor Nina Dobrev knew when signed on to the show that their Vampire Diaries would come to kick so much ass. “I knew that I was playing Elena, who is this wholesome, sweet girl in a tragic scenario,” said Dobrev. “Here we are a year and a half later, and she’s being hunted and killed. And I’m also Katherine, who is crazy and psychotic. But it’s been awesome.” It also takes its toll. “I hope that I don’t kill myself as Katherine,”Dobrev began before pausing. “Wow.  It’s confusing to be in my head and to do this. It’s not easy, and I think I’m slowly becoming a schizophrenic because of it.” Still, she enjoys the challenges because  “it’s never a dull day on The Vampire Diaries.”

For Accola, kick-ass vampire Caroline has been “a very, very wonderful surprise, especially considering that the end of the season opener for season two, Caroline dies,” she said.

– As Smallville nears its end, Erica Durance has found the experience of working on the show “pretty bittersweet.” “I think that there’s so much work to do that to look forward towards the end, you miss doing justice to the scenes that you’re working on,” she said, adding, “There are certainly moments that you think, ‘My gosh. This is the last time I’m going to work with you.’ I ended up just working with Allison Mack and I thought, ‘Is this going to be the last time that I see you?’ I did a scene with her and we hugged, and I was like, ‘Oh, dear.  I’m going to start crying. This is supposed to be a funny scene.’ … You learn to appreciate every scene that you get to do and appreciate working on a show where people really love each other and they care about what they’re doing.”

– Aly Michalka chose Honey Ryder from the Bond films and  Farrah Fawcett in Charlie’s Angels as her kick-ass icons.

Accola’s pick: “I think Lucille Ball was a pretty kick‑ass woman and she paved such a beautiful path for women in television. She could be clumsy and make a fool of herself and still just carry herself with such grace and poise and you still laugh your ass off.”

“Lynda Carter. Forget it,” said Maggie Q, who revealed that she used to dress up as TV’s Wonder Woman. “I was too poor growing up to afford Underoos. … So I used to make her outfit out of paper.”

But Durance won over the crowd with her pick: Lucy Lawless as Xena, Warrior Princess. “She embodied a little bit of everything,” she explained. “That’s what I like that’s actually coming out a little bit more is that we as women, we can go out, we can kick ass, we can cry, we can be the femme fatale.  We can do it all, and at the end of the day, we still get the guy.”

Nobrev, meanwhile, was inspired to want to kick ass by Angelina Jolie in the Tomb Raider films. For Accola, however, there wasn’t a desire at a young age to play a vampire. “I think, probably as a child, aspiring to bite people as an adult would probably make you a little bit of a creepy child,” she said.

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Fall TV 2010: The CW Pilot Picks

Posted: September 6, 2010 in hellcats, nikita, pilots

Best Offering: Nikita (Thursday, Sept. 9 at 9 p.m.)

Nikita is not a CW show, and I mean that in a good way. This is by far one of the most mature, dark and adult shows the network has produced so far. Maggie Q is a breakout star. She’s sexy and beautiful and tiny — a little too tiny, if you ask me — but you also believe that she could kick some ass. Shane West’s square looks and stoic voice suit his character, Michael, the man who brought Nikita into the agency. In the pilot, he brings in a new recruit played by Lyndsy Fonseca (no longer Ted’s sweet daughter on How I Met Your Mother). She given a makeover by Melinda Clarke, who I hear has more to do and more sinister things to do in future episodes. If you’ve got Lady Heather and Julie Cooper, Urban Cougar, you don’t waste her. You hear me, show? All in all, Nikita is very promising and features an ending that I didn’t see coming, but I have to ask: Why so serious, Nikita? I hope that like its more dark and mysterious network counterparts Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries, the series will find a way to add a little humor and joie de vivre to the dark proceedings.

Worth A Second Look: Hellcats (Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 9 p.m.)

I can’t decide if this show is guilty pleasure bad or just bad. On the one hand, it’s a frothy, no thinking required TV version of Bring It On, only less funny. On the other hand, the dialogue is painful. But there’s lots of cheerleading sequences. (Does ESPN still show cheerleading competitions? Because I used to love watching those.) But there’s also multiple aggressive bicycling sequences. Yeah, I can’t decide.

With Supernatural‘s move to Fridays this fall, fans will have to wait for all the other CW shows to premiere first before they’ll get season six of the Winchester brothers. Remember, patience is a virtue.

And how about a cheer that we don’t have to wait until midseason for Life Unexpected‘s return.

Which CW premieres are you looking forward to?

Wednesday, Sept. 8

8:00-9:00 p.m. – America’s Next Top Model
9:00-10:00 p.m. – Hellcats

Thursday, Sept. 9

8:00-9:00 p.m. – The Vampire Diaries
9:00-10:00 p.m. – Nikita

Monday, Sept. 13

8:00-9:00 p.m. – 90210
9:00-10:00 p.m. – Gossip Girl

Tuesday, Sept. 14

8:00-9:00 p.m. – One Tree Hill
9:00-10:00 p.m. – Life Unexpected

Friday, Sept. 24

8:00-9:00 p.m. – Smallville
9:00-10:00 p.m. – Supernatural