Nathan FillionLatest News and Opinion
Posted Monday 11/05/18 at 1:37PM EST
ABC gives The Rookie a full-season order
The Nathan Fillion cop drama joins fellow freshman ABC series A Million Little Things and Single Parents in getting full-season pickups.
Posted Wednesday 10/17/18 at 3:23PM EDT
ABC is happy with The Rookie's debut, despite so-so ratings
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
About 5.38 million watched the debut of the Nathan Fillion vehicle, which also drew an average 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demo. But ABC is touting the numbers, saying it "scored ABC's most-watched drama debut in the hour in over 7 1/2 years and tied as the top-rated with adults 18-49 in more than 4 1/2 years." The Rookie's 10 p.m. Tuesday timeslot has been a tough one over the years. As The Hollywood Reporter notes, no series has lasted more than a season in that timeslot. So ABC's words might mean that it really is impressed with The Rookie's performance. ALSO: The Kids Are Alright premieres to 6.6 million viewers.
Posted Tuesday 10/16/18 at 7:23PM EDT
ABC's The Rookie is basically a "Nathan Fillion delivery system"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Rookie is decent enough, but its main flaw is that the show is built too much around Fillion and his rookie cop character. "The show's voice is tailored around Fillion and his sturdy leading performance and most of the other characters are thin, denying Fillion a worthy foil for back-and-forth banter," says Daniel Fienberg. He adds: "The series tries, with limited success, to be both a star vehicle for Fillion and also an ensemble. It doesn't pay off in the pilot, creating too many characters and too many plotlines for a rhythm to ever get properly established, yet I understand the desire to at least try to establish a full supporting universe given that I watched over 170 episodes of Castle without being able to tell you the name of the two cops who worked with Castle and Beckett from the very first episode on."
- There's not much to The Rookie besides the obvious, but familiarity is kind of the point
- The Rookie is a long, sad, drawn-out joke about old age
- Nathan Fillion's performance isn't bad, but the show is full of familiar cop-show types and tropes
- Fillion on signing on for The Rookie without a script: "Why would I say no?"
Posted Friday 7/06/18 at 3:07PM EDT
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is having a Comic-Con 10-year reunion
Joss Whedon's musical comedy-drama miniseries was released 10 years ago this month. Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day will be part of the July 20 reunion, but not Neil Patrick Harris.
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 9:19PM EDT
Why Nathan Fillion's The Rookie should replace the canceled Roseanne on ABC's Tuesday lineup
It was only four years ago that Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., so a drama kicking off Tuesday nights wouldn't be unusual, says Matt Webb Mitovich. Plus, he adds, "Nathan Fillion is practically a brand, known for his genre-TV cred but also extremely familiar to ABC audiences from his eight-season run as Castle. While conventional TV-programming wisdom advises against opening a night with a new show, instead letting established series do the heavy lifting, a Fillion-fronted procedural is the next best thing to a sure thing."
Posted Wednesday 5/16/18 at 12:18PM EDT
Nathan Fillion recalls Meghan Markle as a "princess" on Castle
"I remember the entire episode and I remember she was one of our fairy-tale princesses," The Rookie star says of Markle's 2012 guest appearance on his previous ABC drama. "I forgot that she was the murderer and I am shocked! I am shocked!"
Posted Wednesday 5/09/18 at 5:28PM EDT
First look: Nathan Fillion returns to ABC as The Rookie
Source: Entertainment Weekly
ABC has released the first image and new details for Nathan Fillion's return to series television. Inspired by a true story, The Rookie stars the 47-year-old Castle alum as the oldest police rookie in LAPD history. "As the force’s oldest rookie, he’s met with skepticism from some higher-ups who see him as just a walking midlife crisis," reads the show's logline. "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 Rookie received a straight to series order last October. UPDATE: Watch ABC's first teaser for The Rookie.
Posted Monday 3/19/18 at 12:37PM EDT
Neil Patrick Harris pushed to have a Dr. Horrible reunion with Nathan Fillion on A Series of Unfortunate Events
"It’s really fun to work with actors who can play in a sandbox, but don’t toss sand everywhere,” he says of his Dr. Horrible Sing-Along Blog co-star. “You still have to hit your marks every time and monitor the crew and respect schedules and be a worker. And Nathan’s a worker through and through.” ALSO: Harris on ending the Netflix series with Season 3.
Posted Wednesday 3/14/18 at 6:35PM EDT
Nathan Fillion to pay tribute to his Firefly role on ABC's American Housewife
ABC tweeted a photo of Fillion looking like he's straight out of his old Fox Joss Whedon space adventure series.
Posted Friday 2/23/18 at 1:50AM EST
Nathan Fillion is using his experience with Joss Whedon on Firefly on ABC's The Rookie
“I had an experience on Firefly where everybody that worked on that show considered it the bar to which we could compare all of our other jobs," says Fillion, who is also a producer on the series in which he plays a 40-something rookie cop. "That was the benefit of Joss Whedon, who said ‘I want great actors that can make this language sing and I want people I can potentially spend seven years with’ and I benefited from that. I want The Rookie to be similar."
Posted Tuesday 2/13/18 at 1:51PM EST
Richard T. Jones joins ABC's The Rookie drama pilot
He'll play the police watch commander who becomes the nemesis to Nathan Fillion's 44-year-old rookie cop character.
Posted Thursday 10/26/17 at 10:17PM EDT
Nathan Fillion is returning to ABC in cop dramedy The Rookie
Fillion is reuniting with Castle executive producer Alex Hawley on a straight-to-series drama in which he’ll play the oldest rookie police officer in the LAPD, inspired by a true story.