‘The Rookie’ Showrunner Promises Characters Will ‘Risk Everything’ Next Season After Major Cliffhanger

by Leanne Stahulak
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ABC’s hit dramedy “The Rookie” returns one week from today, on Sunday, Sept. 26. And the showrunners promise a season full of romance and “dynamic” episodes.

Alexi Hawley, one of the show’s creators, spoke with TV Insider about the upcoming season and what we can expect. Primarily, how “The Rookie” picks up after that jaw-dropping cliffhanger from Season 3.

When we left off with our favorite LAPD officers, Detective Angela Lopez (Alyssa Diaz) just got kidnapped by escaped drug lord La Fiera (Camille Guaty). And the scene of the crime? Lopez’s wedding to public defender Wesley Evers (Shawn Ashmore).

It’s a bold place to kidnap a cop, Hawley hints.

“Since half the force was in attendance, expect an all-hands-on-deck mobilization,” Hawley said. “This is a very personal attack on someone they care deeply about. They will risk everything to get their friend back.”

The showrunner calls “The Rookie” Season 4 premiere “one of the biggest, most dynamic episodes we’ve ever done.”

But what comes next for stars Nathan Fillion and Jenna Dewan? Apparently, while Fillion’s character Nolan angles for a promotion to training officer, his connection grows with Dewan’s firefighting character Bailey.

On the flip side, Hawley kept more hush-hush on the budding romance between Lucy Chen (Melissa O’Neil) and her former training officer Tim Bradford (Eric Winter). The two flirted their way through Season 3, and fans can’t wait to see what comes of their relationship.

“It’s great there’s such a reaction to their chemistry,” Hawley said. “No one is more aware and respectful of it than I am…and that’s all I’ll say about that.”

How ‘The Rookie’ is Based on a True Story

Nathan Fillion’s character on “The Rookie” is a 40-something guy with no prior law enforcement training who’s determined to join the LAPD. He struggles alongside his younger co-workers but fights to prove he’s just as capable as they are.

But did you know that Fillion’s John Nolan character is actually based on someone in real life?

The New York Post talked to the original “Rookie,” William Norcross. In a conversation with the Post, Norcross talked about how he decided to leave his family’s printing business in Pennsylvania to become a California cop. At 44 years old, with no wife and no children, he traveled across the country to follow his dreams.

“[Law enforcement] was something I had always thought about in the back of my mind,” Norcross said. “Then, all of the sudden, I wake up and I’m 40-something years old and I figured if I was ever going to make a change, that now was the time to do it.”

Today, Norcross works as a producer on “The Rookie” while still working for the LAPD. Being a police officer is till his top priority.

“I’m happy with my day job,” he said. “I came out here to be a police officer and that’s what I’m here for. Anything else that’s happened to me…I’ve been incredibly fortunate — but I’m here to be a police officer.”