'The Rookie' Season 3: Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about ABC's Nathan Fillion series

'The Rookie' Season 3: Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about ABC's Nathan Fillion series
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ABC's 'The Rookie' is a police procedural drama with some comedy that follows John Nolan (Nathan Fillion) the oldest rookie at the LAPD. Season 2 finished airing on ABC in the United States with the finale that aired on Sunday, May 10.

In the UK, Season 2 has just began airing on Sky Witness. As of right now, the network has not confirmed if there will be a Season 3 of the series. Based on the times when the first two seasons were announced — should there be a Season 3, fans should expect to find out in May 2020 or the end of this year.


The series premiered in October 2018, and in May 2019, it was picked up for a second season.

Release date

If the series is given a Season 3, we can expect it to air in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown. The earliest Season 3 could be expected to release is the fall of 2020 as Season 1 began in mid-October 2018 and Season 2 began the end of September 2019.

Seems like showrunner Alexi Hawley still has a story to tell, as he said, "We definitely have to resolve where we left it, and Armstrong has to play a part in that. Nolan left him handcuffed and shot in the shoulder, so yeah, he survived. In [Episode] 301, we get into the 'he said/he said' debate, presenting two versions of what Armstrong went through in the finale, which is two men scrambling to end up on top of this to prove the other wrong. I think that'll be very dynamic."

He also explained how the pandemic could affect the upcoming season, "Honestly, it's a little up in the air right now. I would've had a different answer for you before we had the quarantine and before production shut down, but right now we're still trying to figure out how to physically make this show and keep people safe."


"Can I do roll call scenes with 30 or 40 people in the room on set, with the doors closed and a drop ceiling? Just from a practical point of view, we might need to slow-roll those last 30 days. Do we 'real-time' a bit more the first 10 episodes or so? Those questions are being talked about."


Season 2 ended with John Nolan dealing with the fact that he was set up by Nick Armstrong (Harold Perrineau) and is facing trouble with the law. This was a cliffhanger ending that had fans hoping for a Season 3.



Nathan Fillion

Nathan Fillion attends ABC Television's Winter Press Tour 2020 at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 08, 2020, in Pasadena, California (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Nathan Fillion is a Canadian-American actor, popularly known for the roles as Captain Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds on 'Firefly' and 'Serenity', Richard Castle on 'Castle,' Joey Buchanan in 'One Life to Live' and as  Johnny Donnelly in 'Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place'.


The rest of the cast includes Alyssa Diaz, Richard T Jones, Titus Makin, Mercedes Mason, Melissa O'Neil, Afton Williamson and Eric Winter.


The trailer is yet to be released. Stay tuned for updates.

Where to watch

Season 3 would be expected to air on ABC as Season 1 and Season 2 did.

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