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Nathan Fillion in The Rookie 

Review of "The Rookie" 10/8/18 by Eva Diaz
airs Tuesdays 10/9c on ABC

I wanted to see this show because the commercials looked interesting. Nathan Fillion plays John Nolan, a recently-divorced 40-year-old construction worker. He's caught up in a bank robbery and plays the hero to distract the robber, while the bank manager pushes the silent alarm and the cops arrive. The experience of saving the day inspires him to leave his small town and move to Los Angeles to become an LAPD officer. He's the oldest rookie in the current group. Fillion is not playing the wise-cracking character he did in "Castle" here. He's a lot quieter while his character tries to learn the ropes. However, it soon becomes obvious that he's a bit of a smooth-talker when it comes to dealing with criminals.

Nolan faces bias from his watch commander, Sgt. Wade Grey (Richard T Jones). Jones does a wonderful job of playing the tough boss who thinks that officer Nolan may get other people killed just for the sake of his midlife crisis. The other stand-out in the show for me is Nolan's training officer, Talia Bishop (Afton Williamson). She's tough on Nolan but secretly feels that if she can train him right, she can get her much-sought-after promotion. She's also surprised at Nolan's empathy for people. He can understand them and isn't afraid to jump right in to make an arrest.

Melissa O'Neil (from "Dark Matters") plays one of the other rookies, Lucy. She and Nolan are lovers, but they keep it secret from everyone at their job because it's against policy (Bishop, however, guesses their secret pretty quickly). Lucy is paired up with a hard-nosed cop named Tim Bradford (Eric Winter from "Days of Our Lives"). He's very tough on her but has issues of his own. The third rookie, Jackson (Titus Makin Jr.), comes from a family of cops, but it turns out that he has a big secret.

I found all the stories interesting to watch. I wish, however, that they would've picked another title for the show because if it makes it past one season, Nolan will not be a rookie anymore. The show is funny but tells powerful stories. I think this show is worth watching, but it needs to pick up the pace a little bit. I give it a 4 out of 5 stars.

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THE ROOKIE (Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Starting over isn’t easy, especially for small-town guy John Nolan 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.

The series stars Nathan Fillion as John Nolan, Alyssa Diaz as Angela Lopez, Richard T. Jones as Sergeant Wade Grey, Titus Makin as Jackson West, Mercedes Mason as Captain Zoe Andersen, Melissa O’Neil as Lucy Chen, Afton Williamson as Talia Bishop and Eric Winter as Tim Bradford.

Alexi Hawley is writer and executive producer; Mark Gordon, Nathan Fillion, Michelle Chapman and Jon Steinberg are executive producers on the series. Liz Friedlander directed and executive produced the first episode. Entertainment One (eOne) is the lead studio on “The Rookie,” a co-production with ABC Studios.

Oct. 1, 2018

SERIES PREMIERE

AFTER DECIDING TO PURSUE HIS SECOND ACT, ROOKIE COP JOHN NOLAN FACES A SERIES OF UNEXPECTED CHALLENGES THAT COULD PUT HIS LIFE AND THE LIVES OF OTHERS AT RISK ON THE PREMIERE OF ABC’S ‘THE ROOKIE,’ TUESDAY, OCT. 16

“Pilot” – Starting over isn’t easy, especially for small-town guy John Nolan who, after a life-altering incident, is pursuing his dream of being a police officer, on the premiere episode of “The Rookie,” airing TUESDAY, OCT. 16 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand. As the force’s oldest rookie, he’s met with skepticism from some higher-ups who see him as just a walking midlife crisis. When you throw in a workplace romance, a hostage situation and some tough love from their new training officers, the latest Los Angeles police rookie class has an uphill battle ahead of them.

“The Rookie” stars Nathan Fillion as John Nolan, Alyssa Diaz as Angela Lopez, Richard T. Jones as Sergeant Wade Grey, Titus Makin as Jackson West, Mercedes Mason as Captain Zoe Andersen, Melissa O’Neil as Lucy Chen, Afton Williamson as Talia Bishop and Eric Winter as Tim Bradford.

Alexi Hawley is writer and executive producer; Mark Gordon, Nathan Fillion, Michelle Chapman and Jon Steinberg are executive producers on the series. Liz Friedlander directed and executive produced “Pilot.” Entertainment One (eOne) is the lead studio on “The Rookie,” a co-production with ABC Studios.

“Pilot” was written by Alexi Hawley and directed by Liz Fridlander.

“The Rookie” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound. This episode carries a TV-14, LV parental guideline.

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