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The Rookie Season 5 News & Updates: Everything We Know

With production for season 5 of The Rookie well underway, several prevalent updates and details surrounding the show’s cast and renewal have recently become readily available. The hit crime series ended its fourth season on ABC with several explosive questions hanging in the air. Upon being teased with new information at San Diego Comic-Con 2022, it is high time to discuss everything that’s known about The Rookie season 5.

The Rookie season 4 upped the stakes by setting Tim Bradford and Lucy Chen up romantically. Whether or not their relationship will become legitimate outside of their undercover personas remains a major season 5 talking point. Speculation has continued to spiral as the procedural’s release date in September draws closer. Along with ABC’s recent announcement about a spin-off based around one of the show’s integral characters, Firefly star Nathan Fillion has revealed a key piece of information regarding his character in The Rookie Season 5

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At SDCC 2022, executive producers Alexa Hawley and Terence Paul Winter mentioned a big transition in tone from previous seasons of The Rookie. The Rookie season 5 will continue focusing on “some harder stories” but have “a lot of movement” in its plot. The cast is only a few episodes into filming its next season, but massive changes to the plot continue to surface. There are details about the upcoming season that can still do with clarity, whoever, especially as the excitement for next season comes to a head. Here is everything known about the plot details, release dates, and extra content for The Rookie season 5.

News surrounding a season 5 renewal for ABC’s The Rookie began circulating in March. Among hit series like Grey’s Anatomy and The Good Doctor, the crime drama was among four major series on the network to receive a renewal so early in the 2021-2022 season of television. As confirmed by Tim Bradford’s actor Eric Winter, the cast of The Rookie began shooting its fifth season on June 21st. An official trailer has not yet dropped for The Rookie season 5 but demand for the series continues to soar.

Although there is still room for new characters to be announced, and old characters to be dismissed, there are key figures who are certainly returning for The Rookie season 5. Tru Valentino will be reprising his role as Aaron Thorsen but is going to join the cast as a series regular. Nathan Fillion will be returning to the cast as the spunky Officer John Nolan, Alyssa Diaz as Angela Lopez, Richard T. Jones as Wade Grey, Mekia Cox as Nyla Harper, Jenna Dewan as Nolan’s love interest Bailey Nune, and Shawn Ashmore as Wesley Evers. Melissa O’Neil and Eric Winter will also be returning as Lucy Chen and Tim Bradford to give an answer to The Rookie fans about the state of Tim and Lucy’s relationship after their intense undercover work.

ABC has dropped the news that they will be platforming a spin-off show starring Niecy Nash-Betts, who plays the Simone Clarke in The Rookie. The Rookie season 4 sets the upcoming spinoff The Rookie: Feds up nicely in a two-part event. ABC’s spinoffs have not always been successful, but it seems likely this series will tie into The Rookie season 5 which could bring it significant success. Aside from Clark’s involvement and Tim and Lucy’s burgeoning romance, the biggest plot point season 4 set up is the relationship between Nolan and Nune. Hopefully, The Rookie season 5 can reveal whether or not their relationship is ready to be taken to the next level.

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On June 16, the crime drama’s Instagram page released when the show will be airing again. The Rookie is confirmed to return in late September. ABC will be premiering the first episode of The Rookie season 5 on Sunday, September 25 at 10 pm ET/PT. That being said, episodes will be readily available on the streaming service Hulu the following day.

The fourth season of The Rookie has set up what is sure to be a bombastic fifth season, full of budding romance and refreshing character arcs. Tru Valentino being given more screen time will allow his character more nuance and separate Aaron Thornsen from a haunting reputation. The Rookie season 5 will be airing in a month, and the details revealed by the cast and crew have hinted the season will be just as successful as the last.

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