THE ROOKIE: Nathan Fillion Starring Drama Secures Epic Seventh Season

Veteran ABC television drama, The Rookie, will be returning for a seventh season
The Rookie Season 6 artwork

Veteran ABC television drama, The Rookie, will be returning for a seventh season. As first reported by TVLine, the hit series, starring Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Castle) recently reached its 100th episode, and now it will be heading into Season 7.

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Fillion started the show as the oldest rookie in the Los Angeles Police Department. Over the past six seasons, Nolan has since graduated from being a trainee and since graduated to becoming a Training Officer himself and the union rep for his department.


The show has been averaging over six million total viewers and a 0.6 key demo rating (with Love+7 playback) in Season 6. That’s reportedly just down a little from its previous numbers for Season 5. The show has been serving in the hammock timeslot between the new Tuesday leadoff show Will Trent and the final season of The Good Doctor. Will Trent recently started its second season.

The Rookie ranked No. 3 in ABC dramas this season behind only 9-1-1 and Will Trent in total audience viewership and behind 9-1-1 and Grey’s Anatomy in the key demo ratings. With that in mind, it makes sense that the show was able to secure another season. That’s good news considering Season 6 looks to be an abbreviated season due to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes.

THE ROOKIE – “Secrets and Lies” – Following their time as foster parents, Bailey decides she wants to have a baby and forces John to reconsider their decision to not have children. Meanwhile, John and Celina discover a prison escapee whom they fear is out for revenge and race to find her before it is too late. TUESDAY, APRIL 9 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT) on ABC. (Disney) ERIC WINTER, MELISSA O’NEIL

Besides Fillion, the show also stars Mekia Cox, Alyssa Diaz, Richard T. Jones, Melissa O’Neil, Eric Winter, Jenna Dewan, Shawn Ashmore, Tru Valentino, and Lisseth Chavez. This season saw Nolan and his girlfriend Bailey Nune (Dewan) get married. Also, officers Tim Bradford (Winter) and Lucy Chen (O’Neil) broke up after an incident involving an ex-soldier-turned-criminal, Ray Watkins (David Dastmalchian) resurfaced in Los Angeles, causing problems for Tim.

In Season 5, Nolan also gained his first rookie trainee, Celina Juarez (Chavez), who he’s continued to supervise in Season 6.

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New episodes of The Rookie debut on Tuesday nights on ABC. Every episode of the show, including the latest episodes of Season 6 is also available to stream now on Hulu.

About The Rookie

The Rookie Key Art Season 6

Release Date: February 20, 2024 (Season 6); TBA 2025 (Season 7)
Executive Producer / Creator: Alexi Hawley
Executive Producers: Alexi Hawley, Mark Gordon, Michelle Chapman, and Jon Steinberg
Production: Lionsgate Television, Perfectman Pictures, ABC Signature
Network: ABC; Hulu
Cast: Nathan Fillion, Mekia Cox, Alyssa Diaz, Richard T. Jones, Melissa O’Neil, Eric Winter, Jenna Dewan, Shawn Ashmore, Tru Valentino, and Lisseth Chavez

Synopsis: John Nolan, once the oldest rookie in the LAPD, has used his life experience, determination, and sense of humor to keep up with rookies 20 years his junior. Nolan feels like it can’t get much better, now that his life with Bailey is moving forward, and he has chosen his career path. However, he and his team must grapple with the aftermath of their recent assaults before they can move forward.

What do you think of the news? Are you a fan of the hit television show, The Rookie? What do you think about the show surpassing 100 episodes and reaching Season 7? Have you been watching Season 6? Let us know your thoughts about the news on The Illuminerdi’s social media.


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