‘The Rookie’ Promotes Up-and-coming Star to Series Regular

by Taylor Cunningham

Jenna Dewan is officially joining The Rookie as a series regular. And her character may turn into Nolan’s full-time love interest.

Last season on The Rookie, we met Bailey Nune, a sassy, fun-loving firefighter who caught the eye of John Nolan. She appeared in a handful of episodes since her first episode, and now showrunner Alexi Hawley is making her a permanent fixture on the series.

And judging by a 2020 TVLine interview, Hawley has big plans for the firefighter. Nolan may find lasting romance with Bailey this year. And if he doesn’t, she’ll at the very least add some spice to the storyline.

“We couldn’t really do a ton of love interest stuff during the middle of the pandemic, but at the end of the day, it felt like, ‘Let’s find him somebody to potentially take us into next season. And Jen is really special, and I love the character,” Hawley shared.

Jenna Dewan got her first big break in 2006 when she play Nora Clark in Step Up. She has since been a major fixture in Hollywood. The dancer and actress has most recently appeared in CW’s Supergirl and the Netflix original Soundtrack. She’s also had recurring roles in primetime series such as The Resident and Man with a Plan.

And according to Deadline, The Rookie isn’t Dewan’s only current gig. The actress will also be a judge in CBS’s upcoming competition show titled Come Dance With Me.

‘The Rookie’ Showrunner Discusses Heartbreaking Exit for Original Cast Member in Season 4

Last season on The Rookie, Detective Angela Lopez was on her way to meet her fiance Wes Evers at the alter. But she never made it to her wedding. Instead, she and Jackson West were kidnapped. Fans thought the story would lead into an action-packed storyline for season four, and eventually, the officers would be saved.

But season four opened with a shocking twist. Wade Gray ended up finding security footage that captured the kidnapping. And while watching, he sees that West was murdered.

Fans were stunned to find out that the original cast member was written off so abruptly. But during an interview with TVLine, showrunner Alexi Hawley explained that he had no choice. West’s actor Titus Makin decided to leave the show during the summer. And that decision came so quickly that Hawley even had to hire an extra to film his death scene.

“What I can say is that Titus was not coming back to the show,” Hawley shared. “So we needed to do the best that we could to honor the character who’s been so primally a part of the show.”

“It’s heartbreaking,” he continued. “But I didn’t really have a choice. He wasn’t coming back, and because of the way we set things up with the [Season 3] finale, there was just no way to tell that story without Jackson [West]…. But we lean really hard into honoring how he was the heart of the show. And it was definitely impactful for us to have to deal with that.”