Nikita executive producer and showrunner Craig Silverstein recently teased season 3, including the new Division, romance, and the future (or lack thereof) of some characters.

Silverstein recently spoke with IGN about what to expect in the upcoming third season.

A new feel

In discussing how the new season will have a decidedly different feel now that Nikita’s mission from the first two seasons — take out Percy — has been completed, Silverstein says that “essentially what you’ve been watching for two years is an origin story. Even though everyone had origin stories before then, you’re watching the formation of a super group. Now you’re going to see it move into action.”

Silverstein also teases that some characters will acclimate to their new lives more easily than others. Nikita, in particular, will have a hard time. “Nikita, when we first meet her, is in a yoga class with other women, out in public, and these two girls after class ask her to grab a tea or something,” he describes.

“She doesn’t know how to react right away because she’s not used to being a normal person being talked to by other normal people now that she doesn’t have to duck the sight lines of surveillance cameras and live in one of her fabulous lairs.” This season will mark an entirely new experience for her.

New (and old) villains

With Percy dead, Amanda is the big threat hanging over our heroes. And though she does not appear for a while, “[t]he specter of Amanda is raised in the first episode,” Silverstein reveals.

While the season will start out focusing on catching the “Dirty Thirty” rogue agents who did not return to Division after Percy’s death, Amanda is “sort of the big picture at the top of their target list. She’s actually responsible for what we learn in the first episode,” he goes on to add, “which is they sent out this recall order, and many agents came back in, some agents didn’t.

“Everybody got a mass email, basically, two hours after the email from Division saying, ‘Don’t go back in. You’ll be executed. Come join me.’ Not many of them did, but some of them listened to her warning.” Ari will be alongside Amanda as well, though their relationship will be rocky.

The characters

When it comes to the show’s core romantic relationship, Michael and Nikita, Silverstein teases that “[t]here’s a big change for them in the very first episode, in which we do a very typical Nikita thing where you expect a show to do something like this later on and we do it early. Then I’m going to have something happen a little later on that is pretty traumatic for them…”

As for Nikita’s protege, Alex, Silverstein says, “[S]he’s focused on the future, although, I think there’s a lot of pain in her past that she thinks she’s dealt with but really hasn’t dealt with yet. Having her relationship with Sean is going to dredge some of that stuff up.”

When talking about the remaining supporting cast, Silverstein teases ominously that ex-Navy SEAL Sean Pierce, new Division head Ryan Fletcher, and former Guardian Owen Elliot are “not going to get along. Maybe someone’s going to have to die” because Division is “[m]aybe a little too crowded” with all of them.

And with Devon Sawa now a series regular, Silverstein previews that the writers have “a really cool backstory — or lack thereof I should say — for Owen, and he’s going to pursue that. The way that he bounces off of the two relationships — Michael and Nikita and Alex and Sean — I think is going to be really fun to see, too. He’s just a wild card.”

The show will also explore a more grown-up Birkhoff this season. “[N]ow he kind of feels like he’s running the joint. He gets to experiment with all of this stuff,” Silverstein says. “He’s gotten more character to him. He’s shown his nobility, which I don’t think was something that he really ever showed in the first season until maybe the very end.”


According to Silverstein, “a major theme” of the season will be whether Division can be redeemed, which was first brought up last season with the flashbacks to Division’s founding and the introduction of Carla. “I think that is the chief concern,” Silverstein says. “We start to raise it in the first episode. We talk about it in the first, second, third, fourth episode…”

What do you think of the interview? Are you looking forward to season 3?

Forget seeing Luke Cage and Daisy Johnson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to Jeph Loeb, it’s simply too hard to plan.

Although the Marvel movies and TV series ostensibly exist in the same universe, and although Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does its best to include Avengers references whenever possible, TV show characters are unlikely to ever show up in the movies.

This despite Chloe Bennet’s continued efforts to remind people that she is, in fact, Marvel’s first on-screen female Asian superhero, and the awesome crossover possibilities the Marvel Netflix series have opened up.

Marvel fans have long been aware of the difficulties of bringing TV characters into the movie ‘verse, but at the 2016 TCAs, Jeph Loeb provided a few more reasons for why it’s practically impossible to coordinate.

“Part of the challenge of doing this sort of thing is that the movies are planned out years in advance of what it is that we are doing,” Loeb says, as quoted by SlashFilm. “Television moves at an incredible speed. The other part of the problem is that when you stop and think about it, if I’m shooting a television series and that’s going to go on over a six-month or eight-month period, how am I going to get Mike [Colter] to be able to go be in a movie? I need Mike to be in a television show.”

In terms of planning out the character arcs, this makes a lot of sense. A Marvel movie might be mapped out years in advance of production, for not to mention release, which means any character scheduled to appear would need to have their stories planned for many seasons in advance. The continuity would certainly be hard to keep track of.

Of course they could still throw in cameos, which fans would probably really appreciate — and crossovers from movies-TV are much more doable, as evidenced by Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander)’s multiple appearances on AoS.

But Marvel is wary of doing that too much, too, because “we never want to be known as an Easter egg farm. It has to work within the story. We never want to do Luke Cage gets into a cab as Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock are getting out of the cab,” Loeb says, referencing The Man From U.N.C.L.E..

However, don’t lose hope yet. “Anything is possible,” says Loeb. “As I often get reported by you folks for saying #ItsAllConnected, our feeling is that the connection isn’t just whether or not somebody is walking into a movie or walking out of a television show. It’s connected in the way that the shows come from the same place, that they are real, that they are grounded.”

Would you like to see Marvel TV and movie characters cross over more?

If Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda weren’t enough to get you excited about Mary Poppins Returns, maybe Meryl Streep’s name on the roster will do the trick.

Mary Poppins Returns is not a remake of the original 1964 classic but rather a sequel to the Julie Andrews-led musical. As such, it stands to reason that we’ll be getting some new characters this time around. One of those characters will be Miranda’s Jack, who will be a street lamplighter.

And, according to Variety, another one of those new characters will also be portrayed by none other than Meryl Streep, who will be taking on the role of Mary Poppins’ cousin, Topsy. And, yes, the legendary actress will be taking on a singing role for the film.

This will also reunite Streep with her Into the Woods co-star Blunt, as well as Director Rob Marshall and Producer Marc Platt. Streep played the Witch in Into the Woods, while Blunt portrayed the Baker’s Wife opposite James Corden.

Disney’s official synopsis for Mary Poppins Returns reads:

Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins and Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. Drawing from the wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ seven additional novels, the story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

Mary Poppins Returns and will hit theaters December 25, 2018.

Are you on board with ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ now that Meryl Streep has joined the cast?

Uh oh — fans of Nick and Jess aren’t going to like this news! Megan Fox is returning to New Girl in season 6 for a major arc.

Last season, Megan Fox stepped in to fill in Jess’ place while Zooey Deschanel was on maternity leave. During that time, Fox’s character Regan grew quite close to Nick! They even ended up going to Cece and Schmidt’s wedding together and made plans for the summer. With awful timing too, since it seemed like Jess was just about ready to admit her feelings for Nick.

Now TV Line is reporting that Fox will be returning for a huge story arc in New Girl season 6. It’s believed that Nick will return home from his summer with Regan alone, but she will appear around the middle of the season. The timing of her appearance is due to Fox’s own pregnancy with her third child.

If we had to guess, we’d say that the writers will definitely be throwing some angst into the script. It always seems like either Jess or Nick is pining for the other while they’re in a relationship. Will Jess try to get over her feelings for Nick with someone else? Or will she just try to show him why they should be together? Fans will have to wait and see when the show returns!

New Girl season 6 returns to Fox on September 20 at 8:30 p.m. ET!

Are you excited to see Megan Fox return to ‘New Girl’?