ABC TV’s The Rookie Set Visit Experience

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As part of our #RalphBreaksTheInternetEvent press trip, we also had the opportunity to go behind the scenes of some of ABC TV’s fun new shows and experience what it’s like on set! We started with “The Rookie” and it was pretty cool to see the stars as well as all that goes in to making a tv show! Check out some of our experience:

About “The Rookie”

Starting over isn’t easy, especially for small-town guy John Nolan who, after a life-altering incident, is pursuing his dream of being a Los Angeles police officer. As the force’s oldest rookie, he’s met with skepticism from some higher-ups who see him as just a walking midlife crisis. If he can’t keep up with the young cops and the criminals, he’ll be risking lives including his own. But if he can use his life experience, determination and sense of humor to give him an edge, he may just become a success in this new chapter of his life.

The series stars Nathan Fillion as John Nolan, Alyssa Diaz as Angela Lopez, Richard T. Jones as Sergeant Wade Grey, Titus Makin as Jackson West, Mercedes Mason as Captain Zoe Andersen, Melissa O’Neil as Lucy Chen, Afton Williamson as Talia Bishop and Eric Winter as Tim Bradford. It’s a great cast and a fun show! And how fun is it that we go to see quite a few of them on set! In fact, Mercedes Mason actually took us on a tour of the set!!! She was SO awesome – seriously so easy to talk with! She made everything so fun..and she came in ON HER DAY OFF to do it!  How great is that?! We even got to go “hang out” in her office! 😉 And as you can see – she writes hilarious notes to her fellow cast members on things in her office! LOL! Too funny! Not sure I’d make a good police chief though! Lol! And then, it was a super fun surprise that the show’s star Nathan Fillion was on set that day. We rounded a corner and there he was hanging out with Afton Williamson! You know we had to get a group photo!!! Seriously – how fun is that?! And yes…Nathan Fillion is touching me! Just in case you were wondering! 😉 Though our time on set was quick, it was SO much fun! Seeing the sets and whole process in action is always so fascinating! The number of people it takes to put the shows together is CRAZY! And the sets are always such a fascinating juxtaposition of fully themed, “show world” items and “real world”, not set-designed things. So interesting and cool to see! So, I’m even more excited to tune in to the latest episode! Make sure you’re watching on Tuesday nights! 


“The Hawke” – Nolan and the team must help capture a cop and his former mentor from the academy after he becomes a fugitive following an assault. Meanwhile, Officer Tim Bradford needs Officer Lucy Chen to learn to predict the moves of criminals in order to capture them, on “The Rookie,” airing TUESDAY, NOV. 27 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

Guest starring is Danny Nucci as Detective Sanford Motta, Ryan Michelle Bathe as Detective Jennifer Paige and Shawn Christian as Jeremy Hawke.

“The Hawke” was written by Fredrick Kotto and directed by Timothy Busfield. Alexi Hawley is writer and executive producer; Mark Gordon, Nathan Fillion, Michelle Chapman and Jon Steinberg are executive producers on the series. Liz Friedlander directed and executive produced “Pilot.” Entertainment One (eOne) is the lead studio on “The Rookie,” a co-production with ABC Studios.

The Rookie” airs on Tuesdays at 9:30|8:30c on ABC, and can also be watched via streaming (ABC app/ and on demand.


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I’m Sara, a mom to three adorable boys living in the Arizona desert. As a former teacher, I love sharing my passions with others. So, have a look around for creative inspiration about cooking, creating, celebrating, traveling with kids, and more everyday mom endeavors!


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