Is the popular series, 'The Rookie' on thin ice? In 2017, ABC announced a straight-to-series order for 'The Rookie,' starring 'Castle' star Nathan Fillion, and written by 'Castle' executive producer and co-showrunner Alexi Hawley. Fillion and Hawley serve as executive producers, along with Mark Gordon, Nicholas Pepper, Michelle Chapman, and Jon Steinberg. The series is produced by ABC Studios and The Mark Gordon Company and premiered on October 16, 2018. In November 2018, 'The Rookie' was picked up for a full 20-episode season and it's been a long ride since.
The series follows John Nolan, a forty-five-year-old newly divorced Pennsylvania man, who, after inadvertently helping police officers rob a bank, moves to Los Angeles to begin a new career as a police officer in the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). After graduating from the police academy as the oldest rookie on the force, Nolan must navigate the dangerous, unpredictable nature of his job and is determined to make it in his new career despite the challenges. But will the beloved police drama be canceled?
In May 2021, the series was renewed for a fourth season, which premiered on September 26, 2021. In March 2022, the series was renewed for a fifth season, which is scheduled to premiere on September 25, 2022. So it's safe to say that the beloved police drama will not be canceled!
Nathan Fillion as John Nolan is shown to be the oldest rookie at the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), he is assigned to the fictional Mid-Wilshire Division. He studied law at Pennsylvania State University but dropped out and went into the construction business upon learning that Sarah, his girlfriend, and later wife, was pregnant. At the age of 45, Nolan closed his construction company in Pennsylvania and moved out west to become a police officer. He is divorced with a 19-year-old son, Henry, who is a freshman in college. At the start of the third season, Nolan's chances of future promotion to detective are compromised as a result of his unauthorized investigation into corrupt cop Nick Armstrong, so he decides instead to work towards becoming a training officer himself. It is about time we see a different shift in the series and how Nolan's story unfolds further.
'The Rookie' Season 5 will be released on Sunday, September 25, 2022, on the official channel of ABC or you can also stream it on Hulu.