Sky Witness Picks Up Nathan Fillion’s ‘The Rookie’ For The UK
Sky Witness has landed the UK rights to Nathan Fillion’s new cop drama ‘The Rookie‘ as part of a massive worldwide deal it has been announced today.
Written by ‘Castle’ and ‘The Following’ producer/writer Alexi Hawley, Fillion plays John Nolan, the oldest rookie in the LAPD. Based on a true story, it sees the middle-aged Nolan uproot himself from his provincial, small-town life, and move to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming a cop. Joining the other rookie cops, most of which are 20 years younger than himself, he must navigate his way through the often dangerous, and sometimes humorous, new career choice, to make his second shot at life count.
The other cast includes ‘Dark Matter’ star Melissa O’Neil as Lucy, another rookie in the LAPD who is struggling with a domineering training officer and seems to be developing a budding romance with Nolan; Eric Winter (‘Rosewood’, ‘Secrets & Lies’) as Tim Bradford, the aforementioned domineering training officer; And Afton Williamson (‘The Night Of’, ‘Banshee’) as the newly promoted Talia Bishop, who is given the job of training Nolan.
Entertainment One, who are handling the international distribution, closed the deal for the show which sells it into a whopping 160 territories worldwide, including Sky Witness in the UK, M6 in France, Rai in Italy, Spain’s TNT, M-Net in Africa, Three in New Zealand, and Cosmote TV in Greece. NBCUniversal International Networks will air the show across Latin America, whilst Sony Pictures Television take the series across Portugal, Russia and Central Europe.
The show comes from The Mark Gordon Company (‘Designated Survivor’, ‘Quantico’, ‘Ray Donovan’) and ABC Studios, with Hawley and Fillion exec producing alongside Michelle Chapman and Jon Steinberg.
Sky Witness has yet to announced when ‘The Rookie‘ will premiere in the UK, but we’ll let you know as soon as we have a date.