The Rookie
The Rookie titlecard
Genre Crime drama
Police procedural
Created by Alexi Hawley
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Alexi Hawley
Nathan Fillion
Mark Gordon
Nicholas Pepper
Michelle Chapman
Jonathan E. Steinberg
Liz Friedlander
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 43 minutes
ABC Studios
Entertainment One
Distributor Disney-ABC Domestic TV
Original channel ABC
Original airing October 16, 2018
Status Active

The Rookie is an ABC network crime\comedy-drama series created by Alexi Hawley which premiered on October 16, 2018.


The series follows John Nolan, a 40-year-old man, who moves from his comfortable, small town life to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of being a police officer for the Los Angeles Police Department. He must navigate the dangerous, humorous and unpredictable world of a "young" cop, determined to make his second shot at life count.


  • Nathan Fillion as John Nolan
  • Afton Williamson as Talia Bishop
  • Eric Winter as Tim Bradford
  • Melissa O'Neil as Lucy
  • Richard T. Jones as Wade Gray
  • Titus Makin as Jackson West
  • Alyssa Diaz as Angela
  • Mercedes Mason as Zoe Andersen



On October 26, 2017, ABC announced a straight-to-series order for The Rookie, starring Nathan Fillion, and written by Castle executive producer and co-showrunner Alexi Hawley.

Fillion and Hawley will serve as executive producers, along with Mark Gordon, Nicholas Pepper, Michelle Chapman, and Jonathan E. Steinberg.

The series is produced by ABC Studios and The Mark Gordon Company. In November of 2018, it was picked up for full season of 20 episodes.


With the series order in October of 2017, Fillion was cast as John Nolan.

On February 7, 2018, Afton Williamson and Eric Winter were cast as Talia Bishop and Tim Bradford, respectively.

They were shortly followed by Melissa O'Neil as Lucy, Richard T. Jones as sergeant Wade Grey, Titus Makin as Jackson West, Alyssa Diaz as Angela, and Mercedes Mason as captain Zoe Andersen.


In January of 2018, Liz Friedlander signed on to direct and executive produce the pilot. 

Production on the pilot began on March 7, 2018, with filming taking place in Los Angeles and New York.


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