Where is 'The Rookie' filmed?

Where is 'The Rookie' filmed?
Nathan Fillion (R) and Eric Winter in a still from 'The Rookie' (IMDb)

'The Rookie' is a cop drama created by Alexi Hawley for ABC. The series follows John Nolan, a man in his forties, who becomes the oldest rookie at the Los Angeles Police Department. The series is produced by ABC Signature and Entertainment One. Did you know it is based on real-life LAPD officer William Norcross, who moved to Los Angeles in 2015 and joined the department in his mid-40s? Exciting, isn't it? 'Castle' actor Nathan Fillion plays the lead in the series.

If you love watching cop drama genre movies and shows, then you should definitely check out 'Rush Hour', 'Quantico' and 'NCIS'. Just like 'The Rookie', these shows are appreciated for their storyline, lingering mystery, action sequences, and let us not forget the locations! Read on to know where 'The Rookie' was filmed, perhaps you can take a trip there to check it out yourself.


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The series stars Nathan Fillion, Alyssa Diaz, Richard T Jones, Titus Makin Jr, Mercedes Mason, Melissa O'Neil, Afton Williamson, Mekia Cox, Shawn Ashmore, and Eric Winter. 'The Rookie' premiered on October 16, 2018. The first season ran until April 16, 2019. In March 2022, the series was renewed for a fifth season which is set to premiere on September 25, 2022. 

According to latlong.com, 'The Rookie' was filmed in 1324 S Central Ave, 143 W 5th St, 1635 Woods Dr, 402 S Bernal Ave, 9300 White Oak Ave, Aero Liquor Store & JR Market, Angelus Rosedale Cemetery, Astro Family Restaurant, Best of Times, Department Of Water And Power, Hollywood Premiere Motel, Joe's Auto Parks, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Center Studios, Los Angeles Union Station and S Olive St & W 12th St.

The series follows John Nolan, a forty-five-year-old newly divorced man from Pennsylvania, who, after inadvertently helping police officers during a bank robbery, moves to Los Angeles to pursue a new career as a police officer in the Los Angeles Police Department. 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.

Series lead Nathan Fillion stated during an interview that the drama was inspired by a true story as the LAPD is one of just two agencies that accept new officers over the age of 37. The man whose story inspired the premise of the show is Bill Norcross, who continues to serve in the LAPD and also as executive producer on 'The Rookie'.

'The Rookie' Season 5 is set to premiere on Sunday, September 25, 2022, on ABC's official network or you can stream it on Hulu as well. 

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