'Nikita' Season 4 renewal: Will the show return for a final, shortened season?

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When The CW announced renewals and pickups for several of its shows on Friday (April 26), only a couple of shows were left off of the list. There is no word on the fate of one of the shows, "The Carrie Diaries," but the news is a little more positive for the other, "Nikita." Nothing is certain yet, but the spy-action show may return for a fourth and final season.

A lack of renewal for the low-rated "Nikita" isn't much of a surprise at this point. After all, The CW will not present its formal schedule until its upfront announcement on May 16. We probably won't hear any definite news on "Nikita" until then.

Even though the show has always struggled in the ratings (often attracting less than a million viewers during its Friday-evening broadcasts), "Nikita" is a fan-favorite with the ability to sell overseas. Deadline has indicated that a 13-episode, final season would be the most likely fate if the show were to return at all.

If this is indeed the case for "Nikita," The CW's schedule is filling up fast. The network offered early renewals to its bigger hits -- "Supernatural," "Arrow" and "The Vampire Diaries" -- and followed that with new season orders for "Hart of Dixie" and "Beauty and the Beast." A spinoff of "The Vampire Diaries" called "The Originals" has also been ordered for next season after its pilot aired as a "TVD" episode on Thursday (April 25).

This means that only "90210" and "Cult" are definitely leaving the schedule before the fall. Which other pilots will fit in? That's a puzzle only to be solved with the official schedule next month.

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