In light of the killing of George Floyd and the worldwide protests over police brutality and racism, broadcast networks, cablers, and streaming services are having to take a long and critical look at how the police, police work, and community interactions are being portrayed. With ABC's The Rookie set to return for a third season and the series' overall focus on officers-in-training, ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke revealed to Deadline Hollywood that series creator Alexi Hawley is calling in experts to discuss matters of policing and police brutality with show's writers:
"Alexi Hawley is a really thoughtful ally and partner and has been in the writers' room for some time, already planning to address the current conversation going on around police work. I'm impressed with his thoughtfulness and leadership about hearing and adapting the current conversations to the storylines. It's a diverse writers' room and I'm hearing that the conversations going on in that room are inspired and give me hope that that show will address and not ignore the conversations around policing."
Six months into his career as a cop, John Nolan, the oldest rookie in the LAPD, has used his life experience, determination and sense of humor to keep up with rookies 20 years his junior. But as he embarks on the second half of his rookie year, Nolan will be put to the test by a host of new challenges, romantic relationships and deadly criminals, as he looks to figure out what kind of cop he ultimately wants to be.
The Rookie stars Nathan Fillion as John Nolan, Mekia Cox as Nyla Harper, Alyssa Diaz as Angela Lopez, Richard T. Jones as Sergeant Wade Grey, Titus Makin Jr. as Jackson West, Melissa O'Neil as Lucy Chen, and Eric Winter as Tim Bradford. Hawley writes and executive produces, with Mark Gordon, Fillion, Michelle Chapman, Jon Steinberg, Bill Norcross, Terence Paul Winter, and Rob Bowman also serving as executive producers on the series. The Rookie is a co-production with Entertainment One (eOne) and ABC Studios. ABC Studios is a part of Disney Television Studios, alongside 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21 Television Studios.