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The Rookie fans were left on the edge of their seats when Tim Bradford (Eric Winter) and Lucy Chen (Melissa O’Neil) took their friendship to the next level in the season 4 finale. Whether or not #Chenford is the real deal isn’t known at this point, other than the fact that the two are currently working an undercover op and have to pose as a couple. But there is one thing for certain — the ABC procedural drama is returning later this year with a season 5!
But aside from Chenford's future, there are many other questions still unanswered. Will Nyla Harper (Mekia Cox) come back after maternity leave? Will she continue to be Aaron Thorsen (Tru Valentino)'s T.O.? What's up with John Nolan (Nathan Fillion) and Bailey Nune (Jenna Dewan)'s relationship? Will they tie the knot? How is Mid-Wilshire going to function without Tim or Lucy there? It's a lot to take in and hopefully, season 5 will provide some resolutions very soon.
If you’re ready to find out more about what’s in store, read on to get all the details about The Rookie season 5:
When will season 5 of The Rookie premiere?
Get ready, because The Rookie season 5 will officially air on Sunday nights this fall, starting on September 25 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
The show's Instagram announced the highly-anticipated news in early June, less than a month after the drama concluded its season 4. "When you hear that the season premiere of #TheRookie is Sept 25 on ABC 👏 Who can't wait to tune in?!" read the caption.
Ahead of The Rookie’s season 4 finale, ABC gave the drama an early renewal in March. Similarly, the show spread the exciting news on its official Instagram account. “This news = ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #TheRookie is officially returning for season 5 on ABC!” the caption read.
Nathan Fillion, who plays LAPD officer John Nolan, celebrated the announcement on his own Instagram. The actor shared a heartfelt message dedicated to his fellow Rookie cast members and fans.
“I couldn’t be more proud of what we have accomplished with this show,” he wrote. “Congratulations to our cast, crew, writers, producers, casting directors, directors, and everyone who has lent their talents to #therookieabc over the years. This job brings me real joy, I look forward to many more episodes with you all.”
Nathan continued: “I’d also like to thank the fans who keep coming back. You keep watching ‘em, we’ll keep making ‘em. #therookieabc #season5 #holycrap And thanks to ABC for the early pickup! It’s such a good feeling!”
Who will be in the cast of The Rookie season 5?
At the moment, we’re guessing The Rookie season 5’s cast will include:
Nathan Fillion as John Nolan
Alyssa Diaz as Angela Lopez
Richard T. Jones as Wade Grey
Mekia Cox as Nyla Harper
Melissa O’Neil as Lucy Chen
Eric Winter as Tim Bradford
Jenna Dewan as Bailey Nune
Shawn Ashmore as Wesley Evers
Did The Rookie season 5 begin filming?
One word: Yes. Eric Winter confirmed The Rookie cast has started filming season 5 via am Instagram Reel posted on June 21. Given how he's dressed in Tim Bradford's undercover gear, we can only expect to see how that plays out within the first few episodes of the season.
"I don’t think there is a better way for me to come back for season 5 of The Rookie… Day 1…Dim Day 2 Bradford," he captioned the video. "Vamos S5 💪🏼💥." ("Vamos" translates to "Let's go" in English.)
What's more, the next day, Nathan and Melissa posted a clip of themselves from the show's set. "We're on a very special lot," the actress said. "We're on a new location but what why this is exciting is that today is day two. It's officially day two on season 5 of The Rookie."
How can I watch and stream The Rookie?
When The Rookie returns with season 5, you can flip the TV channel to ABC on Sundays at 10 p.m. ET. You also have the option to tune in via the ABC site on your laptop or the ABC app on your preferred mobile device. Just a quick reminder that you’ll be prompted to enter your TV provider information, so you’ll want to have those details handy before you can start watching new episodes.
If you have a streaming service like YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV or fuboTV, then you’re all set to see The Rookie in real time. Don’t have a login? You can try out these platforms with free seven-day trials and consider signing up afterward.
In case the show’s time slot is a little late for you, Hulu will have new episodes of The Rookie available to stream the next day. First time users can begin with a 30-day free trial. When the month is up, Hulu plans start at $6.99 per month. While you wait for The Rookie to come back with season 5, you can watch seasons 1, 2, 3 and 4 right now.
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