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The Rookie - Nathan Fillion to Star in Cop Drama Ordered to Series by ABC

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EXCLUSIVE: Nathan Fillion is returning to ABC with a new light crime drama series. In a competitive situation, ABC has nabbed The Rookie, starring and executive produced by the former Castle star, with straight-to-series order. The show, from The Mark Gordon Company and ABC Studios, reunites Fillion with his Castle executive producer/co-showrunner Alexi Hawley.

Written by Hawley, The Rookie is inspired by a true story. Fillion plays John Nolan, the oldest rookie in the LAPD. At an age where most are at the peak of their career, Nolan cast aside his comfortable, small town life and moved to L.A. to pursue his dream of being a cop. Now, surrounded by rookies twenty years his junior, Nolan must navigate the dangerous, humorous and unpredictable world of a “young” cop, determined to make his second shot at life count.

The Rookie draws parallels to another big package headlined by a proven TV star that the Mark Gordon Co. took out two years ago, right after relaunching as an independent studio with backing from eOne. That package, drama Designated Survivor with Kiefer Sutherland attached to star, also garnered interest from multiple networks before landing at ABC with a commitment matching that for The Rookie‘s. It is now in its second season on the network.

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