ABC Hands Out Full Season Order To ‘The Rookie’

ABC has handed out a full-season order to their new Nathan Fillion fronted drama The Rookie, the network announced on Monday. The back order is for seven episodes, bringing the show’s first season to twenty episodes.

The Rookie tells the story of John Nolan (Fillion), the oldest rookie in the LAPD. At an age where most people are at the peak of their career, Nolan casts aside his comfortable, small town life and moves to L.A. to pursue his dream of being a cop. Nolan, surrounded by rookies twenty years his junior, must navigate the dangerous, humorous, and unpredictable world of the streets of L.A. as he makes his second shot at life count.

The drama series, which is inspired by a true story, is produced by eOne and ABC Studios and stars Nathan Fillion, Melissa O’Neil, Richard T. Jones, Afton Williamson, Mercedes Mason, Alyssa Diaz, Eric Winter and Titus Makin Jr.. The executive producers are eOne’s Mark Gordon, Alexi Hawley, Nathan Fillion, Michelle Chapman and Jon Steinberg.

The back-order comes after The Rookie has improved ABC’s Tuesday night 10pm time-slot performance by 84% in total viewers and 36% in the 18-49 demo. While the series has yet to premiere on this side of the pond, Sky Witness secured the UK rights last month in a deal with international distributor Entertainment One (eOne).