Following the end of the actor’s strike, it’s been expected that we might see some cancellations of some shows, and one of the first significant casualties is “The Rookie” spin-off series, “Rookie: The Feds”, which has been cancelled after one season.
The future of the series has been held in limbo throughout the actors’ and writers’ strike, with a decision being held off, but now ABC has decided not to continue with the show. It debuted last year and did moderately okay in terms of ratings and was able to increase its ratings over its run, which were probably good enough to have justified a second season, until the strikes happened.
It starred Niecy Nash-Betts (“Claws”) as Simone Clark, the oldest rookie in the FBI Academy. The spinoff was introduced as a two-part event during the fourth season of “The Rookie,” where Officer John Nolan (Nathan Fillion, “Castle”) and the L.A. division of the FBI enlist the help of Simone Clark when one of her former students is a suspect in a terror attack.
“The Rookie: Feds” also starred Frankie R. Faison (“The Wire”) as Christopher “Cutty” Clark, James Lesure (“Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty”) as Carter Hope, Britt Robertson (“Big Sky”) as Laura Stensen, Felix Solis (“Ozark”) as Special Agent Matthew Garza and Kevin Zegers (“Fear the Walking Dead”) as Brendon Acres.
The show was created by Alexi Hawley and Terence Paul Winter, who were the co-creators, co-showrunners and executive producers. Mark Gordon, Niecy Nash-Betts, Nathan Fillion, Michelle Chapman, Bill Norcross, Corey Miller, Michael Goi and Bibby Dunn are executive producers.
Disney’s CEO, Bob Iger, has spoken on many occasions this year about reducing the amount of general entertainment content they have, to help reduce costs and focus more on a curated lineup. Since “The Rookie: Feds” was created by Entertainment One (eOne), who also is the international distributor of the show, it does limit how much value the show has for Disney. But maybe there is hope that eOne could try to find another network for the show, but with most networks reducing their spending, it’s unlikely.
If you haven’t checked out “The Rookie: The Feds” yet, you’ll find it, along with “The Rookie” on Hulu in the United States.
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