'Nikita' Season 3 ups the Owen: Devon Sawa promoted to series regular

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devon-sawa-nikita-large.jpg Devon Sawa will be returning to "Nikita" for its third season this fall -- on a much more permanent basis.

This spring, Sawa tweeted that his character, Owen, wouldn't be making further appearances. "Ah man!! What a bummer... doesn't look like I will be returning as Owen on the show Nikita. Best of luck to 'em. :(" he wrote back in March.

After a surprise 11th-hour renewal for the show at the Upfronts in May, though, things have taken a turn for the (much) better. TVLine was first to report that Sawa will not only be back, but he's gotten a much-deserved promotion from guest star to series regular.

"We are very happy about the return of Owen and looking forward to the excitement he will bring to an already exciting cast," executive producer Craig Silverstein says.

We included Sawa in our list of Underrated TV Stars of 2011, so it's good to know that in 2012, Owen will get some well-earned emphasis on the show! Anyone else hoping sparks fly between him and Alex? Chime in below in the comments section.
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