The Rookie Season 5: Renewal update and everything else you need to know

The Rookie Season 5: Renewal update and everything else you need to know
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Is The Rookie returning for another season? Here’s everything you need to know about The Rookie Season 5. 

The Rookie is an American police procedural crime drama television series created by Alexi Hawley for ABC. The series follows John Nolan, a man in his 40s who joins the Los Angeles Police Department as the department’s oldest rookie. The show is produced by ABC Studios and Entertainment One, and it is based on real-life LAPD officer William Norcross, who came to the city in 2015 and joined the force in his mid-40s.

The Rookie Season 5: Renewal update and everything else you need to know
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If you’ve been wondering whether The Rookie would be renewed or canceled for any more seasons then we have some exciting news for you. As we’ve put together a quick rundown of everything you need to know about the official release date, narrative, and cast, so you can get excited about the next installment and be prepared before the series airs on ABC. Here’s all we know about The Rookie Season 5 so far.

The Rookie Season 5: Renewal update and everything else you need to know
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Is The Rookie renewed for Season 5?

Yes, it’s official that ABC has renewed The Rookie for a fifth season. The network confirmed the renewal and the official announcement was shared on their official Twitter handle with a post, quoting, “#TheRookie is officially returning for season on ABC!” Take a look at the official post below:

Moreover, Nathan Fillion who plays John Nolan also shared the news on his official Instagram handle, quoting, “I couldn’t be more proud of what we have accomplished with this show. Congratulations to our cast, crew, writers, producers, casting directors, directors, and everyone who has lent their talents to #therookieabc over the years.”

He further added, “This job brings me real joy, I look forward to many more episodes with you all. I’d also like to thank the fans who keep coming back. You keep watching ‘em, we’ll keep making ‘em. #therookieabc #season5 #holycr*p And thanks to ABC for the early pickup! It’s such a good feeling!”

Take a look at the official post below:  

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As stated by Deadline, Season 4 of The Rookie opened with a 0.3 rating in the 18-49 demo and 2.8 million viewers and has remained fairly steady in demo throughout the season. As per ABC, Season 4 averaged 10 million total viewers after 35 days of viewing across ABC’s linear and digital platforms, growing six times over its initial Live+Same Day rating among Adults 18-49 with a lift of +500% after 35 days of multiplatform viewing. It’s no wonder, then, that the series was renewed well before the first season’s final episode aired.

The Rookie Season 5 Release Date

The series renewal was officially announced by ABC in the month of March this year. Moreover, Season 4 recently aired its finale episode, Day In The Hole, which was released on May 15, 2022. So, asking for an exact official release date for The Rookie Season 5 seems a little early. On the other hand, there is some good news as the network has hinted that the series’ upcoming season will definitely be making a comeback sometime around the fall of this year i.e. late 2022.

So, it is a good indication that the series is definitely scheduled to premiere on time and the viewers won’t have to wait for a long time to delve right into the new episodes without any major delays in the production of the new season. 

Take a look at some fan’s reactions to the renewal

The Rookie Season 5 Plot

The official description of the series by the ABC website states, “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. Nearing the end of his training, Nolan now faces his biggest challenge as a police officer when he must come to terms with the choices he has made in pursuit of the truth.” 

The Rookie Season 5 is expected to expand on this already established premise for the prior seasons and continue the storyline from the very last episode of the series which the viewers got to see on the ABC channel on May 15, 2022. 

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The episode, Day In The Hole, was estimated to be viewed by 3.65 million US viewers. Moreover, it is reported to be directed and written by Alexi Hawley. The official synopsis of the episode states, “Officer Nolan is forced to spend a week in solitary confinement in a quiet border town with a young local officer who is in need of some training; Sgt. Bradford and Officer Chen go undercover together in a possible drug trafficking case.”

*Spoilers Ahead*

In the concluding episode, the viewers got to see Nolan and Bailey take a trip to the high desert, but he’s asked to work as an advanced trainer for a young sheriff’s deputy, and a traffic arrest leads to a heavily armed gang’s brutal attempt to liberate the culprit. Back in Los Angeles, Bradford and Chen take their personal relationship to a new level while working undercover to stop a narcotics enterprise when they track down and arrest a courier who looks exactly like Bradford.

The upcoming season is expected to be picked up and revealed where the overall plot of the series is going in terms of characters and storylines from this precise moment of the finale episode. All of the previous episodes have set the tone for the recent season, which will see the story develop and expand in ways that will entice viewers to watch the show. So far, viewers have appreciated every episode, prompting them to watch the series on a weekly basis via streaming or on-air broadcast on their television screens. 

The Rookie Season 5: Renewal update and everything else you need to know
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The Rookie Season 5 Cast

We’d like to point out that The Rookie Season 5 may introduce some new cast members as well as the departure of some existing characters, with more information to come once filming begins and is formally confirmed. Meanwhile, it is expected that the original cast members of the show will reprise their roles in the forthcoming season. As of May 28, 2022, the network has yet to make any additional casting announcements. 

The main cast members of the series are as follows: 

  • Nathan Fillion as John Nolan
  • Alyssa Diaz as Angela Lopez
  • Richard T. Jones as Wade Grey
  • Titus Makin Jr. as Jackson West 
  • Mercedes Mason as Zoe Andersen
  • Melissa O’Neil as Lucy Chen
  • Afton Williamson as Talia Bishop 
  • Eric Winter as Tim Bradford
  • Mekia Cox as Nyla Harper 
  • Shawn Ashmore as Wesley Evers 
  • Jenna Dewan as Bailey Nune 

Some of the recurring cast members of the series are as follows: 

  • Arjay Smith as James Murray 
  • Toks Olagundoye as Fiona Ryan
  • Dylan Conrique as Tamara Collins
  • Camille Guaty as Sandra “La Fiera” De La Cruz 
  • Tru Valentino as Aaron Thorsen 

The Rookie Season 5 Episodes

The precise number of episodes for The Rookie Season 5 has yet to be revealed, we can expect it to be in the same range as the previous seasons, which usually differ from 14 to 22 episodes with an average runtime of approx 42 – 45 minutes.

We’d also like to point out that, as of May 29, 2022, the exact amount for the upcoming season cannot be confirmed, as the number of episodes may vary, which is ultimately dependent on the plot that the show intends to convey to the audience, which has been turned into a screenplay to look for and see the unexplored dynamics.

The Rookie Season 5: Renewal update and everything else you need to know
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Meanwhile, binge-watch Season 4 to update your recollection of certain significant plotlines. Here is a brief episode guide to help you grasp the order and watch the episodes to get a better knowledge of the plot.

  • S4E1: Life and Death – September 26, 2021
  • S4E2: Five Minutes – October 3, 2021
  • S4E3: In the Line of Fire – October 10, 2021
  • S4E4: Red Hot – October 17, 2021
  • S4E5: A.C.H. – October 31, 2021
  • S4E6: Poetic Justice – November 7, 2021
  • S4E7: Fire Fight – November 14, 2021
  • S4E8: Hit and Run – December 5, 2021
  • S4E9: Breakdown – December 12, 2021
  • S4E10: Heart Beat – January 2, 2022
  • S4E11: End Game – January 9, 2022
  • S4E12: The Knock – January 23, 2022
  • S4E13: Fight or Flight – January 30, 2022
  • S4E14: Long Shot – February 27, 2022
  • S4E15: Hit List – March 6, 2022
  • S4E16: Real Crime – March 13, 2022
  • S4E17: Coding – April 3, 2022
  • S4E18: Backstabbers – April 10, 2022
  • S4E19: Simone – April 24, 2022
  • S4E20: Enervo – May 1, 2022
  • S4E21: Mother’s Day – May 8, 2022
  • S4E22: Day In The Hole – May 15, 2022

Many shows aim to maintain a consistent episode count across seasons to maintain the story’s continuity. But in this case, the episode number has been varying each season so it will be difficult to predict the exact range of episodes for the upcoming season as it is up to the show creators how they want to shorten or expand the season. As a result, we encourage fans to be patient as post-production wraps up and the network confirms the titles of each forthcoming season’s episode.

The Rookie Season 5: Renewal update and everything else you need to know
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Is there any trailer for The Rookie Season 5?

The Rookie Season 5  just got renewed and the progress made by the network for the production status of the series is yet to be confirmed by the network. Hence, it’s too early for a trailer to be released so that fans can know more about the next season’s plotlines and see additional aspects that the characters will explore.

As a result, it will take some time for the promo materials to be released for the fans to get a sneak peek of the new episodes. Meanwhile, check out this exclusive interview, in which the cast reacts to Kelly’s cameo as an extra in “Sabrina The Teenage Witch” and invites her to exhibit her acting skills as a guest star on “The Rookie.”

Where can you stream The Rookie?

The Rookie is currently available to watch on fuboTV, Lifetime, and Hulu Plus. The viewers can also stream the series by renting or purchasing on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, and Vudu with a vast number of membership plans according to the preference of the users. Moreover, the series is also available to watch exclusively on ABC officially website where the episodes are published after they air on the channel at 10:00/9:00c time slot. 

The Rookie Season 5: Renewal update and everything else you need to know
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The Rookie Overall Reception

The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 68% approval rating with an average rating of 6.33/10 based on 22 reviews for the first season. The website’s consensus reads, “Nathan Fillion’s reliably likable presence makes The Rookie worth tuning in, even if the show around him isn’t particularly memorable.” Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 64 out of 100 based on 12 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”. According to IMDb, the series has an overall score of 8.0 out of 10 with 36k votes. 

The Rookie Official Trailer

In the trailer and according to the official synopsis of the series the viewers get glimpses of the plot where six months into his career as a cop, John Nolan will be put to the test as he looks to figure out what kind of cop he ultimately wants to be. Take a look at the official promo for The Rookie Season 4 below: 

The Rookie Season 4 Promo (HD) Nathan Fillion series

Catch up on the previous season while you wait for more The Rookie Season 5 updates.