‘The Rookie’: When Is the Show Returning in the New Year?

by Megan Molseed
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When we welcome a brand-new year, we are also welcoming new experiences. Including brand-new episodes of some of our favorite television shows such as the hit ABC police procedural drama, The Rookie.

As 2022 began, fans of the popular Nathan Fillion series were excited to see two brand-new additions to the ABC series on Sunday, January 2, and Sunday, January 9.

However, it seems the popular detective series will be taking a bit of a hiatus going forward as the twelfth episode in The Rookie’s fourth season isn’t scheduled to air until later this month.

Why Are ‘The Rookie’s’ New Episodes Taking A Break?

It is certainly hard to get enough of The Rookie officers each week, so it would only make sense that fans of the popular ABC series would be looking forward to the next episode set to air in the show’s fourth season. However, it seems that the network doesn’t plan on airing the twelfth episode titled The Knock until Sunday, January 23.

According to the popular Matt & Jess TV Commentary, ABC is set to bring the series back earlier than the return of similar shows have been promised. This is certainly good news for fans of The Rookie. There may be a wait, but it certainly could be worse!

Now, why has ABC decided to push the next episode of The Rookie back a few weeks? According to Matt & Jess, the answer is a simple one…football season.

Trying to go head to head against the NFL is certainly a risky move for any television series this time of year.

The Rookie is poised for a fifth season, hopefully.

And the showrunners aren’t looking to make the show susceptible to lower viewership. As any NFL fan – or anyone who knows an NFL fan – is aware, even the best dramas don’t always win when there’s a game on TV!

Chances are, fans of The Rookie may have to prepare for another break this winter in addition to the NFL-related hiatus. This comes as the 2022 Winter Olympics will begin airing in February.

Furthermore, the future episodes of the popular series are still up in the air.

The Rookie is one of the shows that has recently halted filming and production due to the COVID-19 Omnicron variant.

COVID-19 Slows Production Of Multiple Shows

The Rookie is just one of many television dramas to make this decision. This comes as the highly contagious COVID-19 variant continues to spread rapidly across the US.

The current conditions have already led to a variety of delays and cancellations of a variety of events. Events such as concerts, awards shows such as The Grammys.

Other shows to halt production in an effort to slow the spread are NCIS; NCIS: Los Angeles; Chicago Fire, Station 19, and Greys Anatomy.

According to reports, however, The Rookie showrunners do not expect these production delays to slow the season four schedule.