For The Rookie star Nathan Fillion, working in television is a dream come true. Although the job comes with long hours, a jam-packed schedule, and difficult shooting conditions, Fillion is happiest when he’s in front of the cameras. Which is why the actor signed on for ABC’s newest crime drama even before he read the script.
“On my worst day, there’s no place I’d rather be,” Fillion shared while filming the first season of The Rookie this summer.
— The Rookie (@therookie) September 14, 2018
The 47-year-old agreed to lead the new show a year following the end of his last crime drama, Castle. The series, from executive producer Alexi Hawley, ended after 8 seasons and 173 installments. Hawley is also the producer of The Rookie, and he was not sure Fillion would sign on when he first approached him for the gig.
Hawley thought Fillion would rather take more time off than jump into a new show, especially considering all the work that goes into a new project. Luckily for fans, Fallion didn’t hesitate to dive right in.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Fillion revealed that he agreed to star on the show before reading the script. Once Fillion joined up, the network immediately greenlit the show for a first season. Considering Fillion’s success on Castle, ABC is confident The Rookie will be a repeat success.
— DARLENE SMITH (@darlenetvwriter) September 14, 2018
The Rookie follows the story of John Nolan (Fillion), a fortysomething year-old man who experiences a mid-life crisis and decides to become a cop. While John’s experience in life gives him a fresh perspective on the streets, his fellow cops see his age as a weakness.
For Nathan Fillion, the series is less about being a cop and more about watching a person reset their life halfway through – an element he hopes will relate to most viewers.
Season 1 of The Rookie kicks off Oct. 16 on ABC.