Nathan Fillion returns to a starring role in series television with ABC’s new one-hour drama, The Rookie. Fillion, who spent eight seasons starring in Castle, leads the cast of the new cop series which is set to premiere on October 16, 2018. The Rookie will air on Tuesdays at 10pm ET/PT as part of ABC’s fall primetime schedule.
The cast includes Nathan Fillion as John Nolan, Alyssa Diaz as Angela Lopez, and Richard T. Jones as Sergeant Wade Grey. Titus Makin plays Jackson West, Mercedes Mason is Captain Zoe Andersen, Melissa O’Neil is Lucy Chen, Afton Williamson plays Talia Bishop, and Eric Winter is Tim Bradford.
The series is written by Alexi Hawley (Castle, The Following) who also executive produces. Fillion, Mark Gordon, Michelle Chapman and Jon Steinberg also serve as executive producers on The Rookie. The show’s first episode was directed by Liz Friedlander.
The Plot: Starting over isn’t easy, especially for small-town guy John Nolan (Nathan Fillion) who, after a life-altering incident, is pursuing his dream of being a Los Angeles police officer. As the force’s oldest rookie, he’s met with skepticism from some higher-ups who see him as just a walking midlife crisis. If he can’t keep up with the young cops and the criminals, he’ll be risking lives including his own. But if he can use his life experience, determination and sense of humor to give him an edge, he may just become a success in this new chapter of his life.