‘The Rookie’ Will Explore Tim Bradford’s Family

by Joe Rutland

Tim Bradford, a no-nonsense, strict training officer, is going to have some family exploration going down on The Rookie on ABC.

Eric Winter, who plays Bradford, has been a part of the ABC drama since its first season. Let’s see what all the family work is about in a story from Matt & Jess.

A reminder: Catch new episodes of The Rookie on Sunday nights at 10 p.m. Eastern, 9 p.m. Central, on ABC.

First off, TVLine reports James Remar, known for roles on Dexter / Black Lightning, will play Tim and Genny’s father.

Second, former Gotham and The Tomorrow People star Peyton List will join the cast and play Gennifer “Genny” Bradford on a Dec. 12 episode. Genny is a no-nonsense woman like Tim. She’s coming to Los Angeles and hopefully gets Tim to fix up their father’s house and sell it.

‘The Rookie’ Could Pick Up More Storylines With New Characters Coming On Show

Hopefully, these characters’ presences on The Rookie offer insights into Tim’s personality, police work, and attitude.

This allows more stories to appear on The Rookie. Maybe Lucy Chen, played by Melissa O’Neil, will understand and know Bradford better. Hey, we all would like to see some romance happen here.

Also, Jenna Dewan is now a series regular. She joins the cast as Bailey, a firefighter and John Nolan’s (Nathan Fillion) current love interest.

Speaking of storylines, Detective Angela Lopez was getting married to Wes Evers as Season 3 ended.

Jackson West Gets Shot In The Back, Killed As Season 4 Opens Up

More changes are afoot for The Rookie as both bride and mother-to-be never get to the altar. Instead, Lopez and Officer Jackson West, played by Titus Makin, get kidnapped before the ceremony by Sandra “La Fiera” De La Cruz.

Sergeant Wade Gray looks through security cam footage to find the missing bride as Season 4 opens.

He sadly sees West getting shot in the back by a La Fiera goon. This comes on The Rookie as West tries to resist getting shoved into the trunk of a car. That leads to his death.

Showrunner Alexi Hawley tells TVLine about West’s death. Makin didn’t even star in the episode. They had a stand-in instead.

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

Hawley called the situation “heartbreaking.”

“But I didn’t really have a choice,” he said. “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.”