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3 Seasons, 41 Episodes

Genre: Crime / / Musical /

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Starting over isn’t easy, especially for small-town guy John Nolan who, after a life-altering incident, is pursuing his dream of being a Los Angeles police officer. As the force’s oldest rookie, he’s met with skepticism from some higher-ups who see him as just a walking midlife crisis. If he can’t keep up with the young cops and the criminals, he’ll be risking lives including h more
...is own. But if he can use his life experience, determination and sense of humor to give him an edge, he may just become a success in this new chapter of his life.
 
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Nathan Fillion's 'The Rookie' Rises in TV Ratings

“The Rookie” is on the rise. The Nathan Fillion ABC drama grew its Nielsen TV rating last night, benefitting again from its “American Idol” lead-in. Led by “60 Minutes,” CBS had the most overall audience members on Sunday, but ABC controlled the key demo. NBC again ended up in a tie with Telemundo among adults ages 18-49. Both NBC and Telemundo are owned by NBCUniversal, which is under the Comcast umbrella. ABC was ... more Comments

TV Ratings: Rookie Returns to 1-Year Highs With American Idol Lead-In

Back from an 11-week break but now leading out of American Idol (aka Sunday’s most watched, highest rated entertainment program), ABC’s The Rookie copped its second largest audience ever (4.9 million total viewers) while scoring its highest rating in nearly a year (a 0.8, up 33 percent from its fall finale). Opening ABC’s night, AFV (6.2 mil/1.0) was up 25 percent in the demo, while Idol (7.5 mil/1.4) d... more Comments

Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on The Flash, Supernatural, All Rise, #OneChicago, Prodigal Son, Grey's, Rookie and More

Who will help Team Flash grieve? Will Grey’s Anatomy doc be around for paternity reveal? How goes The Rookie‘s rekindled romance? What is “taboo” about a New Amsterdam storyline? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows. Can you spoil something about The Flash ... more Comments

Ratings: Nathan Fillion's 'The Rookie' Ties a Series Low, ABC Settles for Fourth

Time to turn in your badge and gun, Nathan Fillion? “The Rookie” tied its series-low rating last night, when ABC settled for fourth place among viewers 18-49. NBC was first in ratings with a 3.6 rating/16 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 12 million, according to preliminary numbers. Those Nielsen numbers were the average of the network’s 90-minute pregame show and then the “Sunday Night Football” game itself. The Chicago Bears vs. the Los Angeles Rams contest was... more Comments

'Mixed-ish,' 'Stumptown' Get Full-Season Orders From ABC

ABC has given full-season pickups to its new fall series “Mixed-ish” and “Stumptown,” as well as the sophomore drama “The Rookie,” the network announced on Monday. That marks full-season orders for two of the three new shows that ABC debuted this fall, leaving only the sci-fi thriller “Emergence” awaiting word of its fate from the network. Meanwhile, “T... more Comments

The Rookie Adds Once Upon a Time's Mekia Cox as Nolan's New TO

Once Upon a Time princess Mekia Cox is returning to ABC, as a series regular on The Rookie. Cox — whose TV credits also include Chicago Med, Secrets and Lies Season 2, Undercovers and 90210 — will play Nyla Harper, an LAPD detective who after four years of undercover work nearly lost herself, our sister site Deadline reports. Now, Nyla is... more Comments

The Rookie's Afton Williamson Is Not Returning for Season 2

Cop, out. Sources tell TVLine exclusively that in one of the biggest casting surprises of the upcoming fall TV season, Afton Williamson will not be returning to ABC’s The Rookie , where she played the title character’s TO, Talia Bishop. Series lead Nathan Fillion, as well as Alyssa Diaz, Richard T. Jones, Titus Makin Jr., Melissa O’Neil and Eric Winter, will return for the light procedural’s sophomore run (which starts Se... more Comments

Person of Interest's Sarah Shahi Joins The Rookie in 'Rock Star' Recurring Role

Sarah Shahi has become a person of interest over at The Rookie, with the freshman ABC procedural tapping the TV vet for a juicy recurring role, TVLine has learned exclusively. The actress will play Jessica Russo, a smart and intense rock star FBI agent who now uses her expertise training others in the private sector. A straight shooter with a subversive sense of humor, Jessica is an expert in hostage negotiations, predictive analysis and profiling — and wrote the definitive book on the subject to prove it. Coin... more Comments

Nathan Fillion's Rookie Cop Is Faced With Ageism in ABC Series Sneak Peek

Being 40 years old, The Rookie represents a dangerous potential influx of “middle-aged losers” to the LAPD, John Nolan learns in this exclusive sneak peek from the new ABC drama. Premiering Tuesday, Oct, 16 at 10/9c, The Rookie stars Castle vet Nathan Fillion as the aforementioned small-town guy who, in the wake of a life-altering incident, pursues his dream of being an LAPD officer. But as the police force’s oldest rookie, he is met with skepticism from some higher-ups — namely, Sergeant Wade Grey... more Comments

'The Rookie' Boss on Dramatizing 'How We Think Cops Should Act'

“The Rookie” creator Alexi Hawley says that his upcoming police drama will take an aspirational approach to police work. “We try to approach it from how we think cops should act in these situations,” he said at the Paley Fall TV Preview panel Saturday. Acknowledging that it is more common to “see a story about a mentally ill person that’s been shot by a cop because they don’t have the training to deal with mental health issues,” Hawley cited a sc... more Comments

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