‘The Rookie’ Showrunner Talks Sharing an Actor With ‘NCIS: Hawai’i’

by Joe Rutland
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It might seem unique to have two shows share an actor. But the showrunner for The Rookie talks about it along with NCIS: Hawai’i.

So, Alexi Hawley, who is the showrunner for the ABC show, talked about this situation with TV Line.

Enver Gjokaj, who has been a recurring character on NCIS: Hawai’i, got back to the ABC show.

“After NCIS, we got him back,” Hawley said. “The one thing that nobody tells you when you’re starting out as a showrunner is how much of your storytelling is dictated by which of your recurring actors is available. [Laughs] But so far, it works out enough.”

On The Rookie, Gjokaj plays Donovan, who is the ex-husband of Nyla Harper, played by Mekia Cox.

This show is on hiatus from new episodes as its midseason finale aired on Sunday. It will return on Jan. 2, 2022, with a new episode.

‘The Rookie’ Boss on Show Talks About Romance Between Nolan and Bailey

Looking beyond the midseason finale on The Rookie that aired on Sunday, Outsiders, there is a lot to review. But one of the big things is the relationship between Nolan and Bailey.

Folks, this is a steamer and it’s just getting hotter.

Nolan, played by Nathan Fillion, just introduced Bailey, played by Jenna Dewan, to his son.

This was done while he pondered about asking Bailey to marry him. Want to know where this is going? Hawley talks about it.

What has been going through Nolan’s head? We’re going to get some clarity on The Rookie.

“Right. I mean, he wasn’t planning to actually propose at the end of the episode,” Hawley told TV Line. “I think him just saying ‘I’m in love with you’ is a big step.”

We’re also reminded that Nolan’s last long relationship, his marriage, lasted for 20 years.

Hawley jokes that “in the world of the show, he’s only been divorced for a little under two years, right? Somehow they were rookies for three seasons.”

The showrunner reminds fans that the Ali Larter and Sara Shahi relationships were like rebounds from his marriage.

Now, Hawley says, “this is the first time he’s been with a woman where he’s like, ‘Oh yeah, no, this is real and there’s something here.'”

TV Show Does Not Use Live Guns on Set And Plans To Keep It That Way

In the aftermath of the gun tragedy on the set of the movie Rust, shows like The Rookie have been watching usage of them.

These days, the show uses squibs as a safe, practical effect. Additional options include AirSoft weapons that make trigger sounds with no projectiles.

“The reality is that we had been doing less and less real blank gunfire,” Hawley said.