Fillion back on the beat in new ABC series


Nathan Fillion is back on the beat next TV season. Fillion is teaming up with former Castle co-showrunner Alexi Hawley in the series The Rookie. Fillion will star as John Nolan, the LAPD’s oldest recruit. It’s based on a true story of a man who joins the force as a second career. The Rookie is dubbed as a dramedy, tapping into Fillion’s comedic talents.

Fillion will serve as an executive producer on the series along with long-time associate Michelle Chapman. Hawley and Mark Gordon will also serve as EPs. Other executive producers include Nicholas Pepper and Jon Steinberg. ABC Studios is behind the series.

The Rookie scored a straight-to-series order, which means it will like premiere in the fall 2018.

This is Fillion’s first starring role since Castle ended its eight season run in 2016. This past season Fillion had a guest-starring role on ABC’s Modern Family. He’s also appeared in the Netflix series Santa Clarita Diet. He is also appearing in season two of Lemony Snicket’s a Series of Unfortunate Events.

The Mark Gordon Company is behind also behind another star-headlined series in ABC’s Designated Survivor which airs on Wednesday’s at 10 p.m. That show has struggled creatively. The show saw several showrunners exit during its first season. Survivor is also losing its First Lady at the end of the season. Ratings wise, the show started strong but has since fallen back to where it’s in danger of being canceled.

Hawley also served as a co-showrunner on FOX’s The Following. When it was canceled, he returned to Castle for its final season. He also created State of Affairs for NBC which was canceled after its freshman season.


  1. Good Luck to ABC. I am still harboring a lot of anger over the demise of Castle. That show should still be gracing our screens. Whoever is all to blame, I am not over it yet, so I may or may not watch. Nathan will always be just Richard Castle to me.


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