The Rookie season 3 release date: When is The Rookie season 3 out?

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The release of The Rookie season three was delayed as a result of a later production start but thankfully, the wait is finally over. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know about the return of The Rookie on ABC.

When is The Rookie season 3?

After more than one year of waiting, the new series of The Rookie is almost here.

ABC has finally announced a release date for The Rookie season three and thankfully, it is coming to screens much sooner than you think.

Season three of The Rookie will premiere on Sunday, January 3, 2021, at 10pm.

Episodes of The Rookie will then air every Sunday on ABC.

READ MORE The Rookie season 3 release date, cast, trailer, plot

Like the previous two seasons of The Rookie, season three is expected to consist of 20 episodes.

To watch the new series of The Rookie, you can watch each episode as they air live on ABC or stream each episode via ABC.com and the ABC App.

UK fans will have to wait a little longer for season three of The Rookie to arrive on Sky Witness in the UK.

UK fans will be able to watch The Rookie season three after it has finished airing in the US on Sky Witness and NOW TV.

In the meantime, the first two seasons are available to stream via NOW TV.

You can sign up to a seven day free trial of NOW TV to watch The Rookie and after the trial has expired, you can subscribe from £7.99 per month.

Who is in the cast of The Rookie season 3?

The majority of the main cast are expected to return for the third series of The Rookie.

This means Nathan Fillion will be back as John Nolan, the oldest rookie to join the LAPD.

Fillion is best known for his role as Captain Malcolm “Mal” Reynolds on Firefly and Richard Castle on Castle.

Alyssa Diaz is back as officer Angela Lopez alongside Richard T. Jones as Watch Commander Wade Grey.

Fans will most likely recognise Diaz from her role as Teresa on Ray Donovan and Jones from his role as Bruce in Judging Amy.

Also returning for season three is up and coming actor Titus Makin Jr as Jackson West alongside Melissa O’Neil as Lucy Chen and Eric Winter as Tim Bradford.

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What will happen in The Rookie season 3?

The third series will pick up from the huge cliffhanger of season two.

John had been framed by Nick Armstrong (played by Harold Perrineau) at the end of the second series as the dirty cop operating within the LAPD ranks.

The synopsis fro season three teases: “Nolan is nearing the end of his training and facing his biggest challenge as a police officer when he must come to terms with the choices he has made in pursuit of the truth.”

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, The Rookie creator  #Alexi Hawley spoke about what fans can expect in season three.

He said “As we were considering what our cliffhanger would be, I feel like the best version of it is you paint yourself into a corner where the audience is like, ‘How the hell is he going to get out of that?”’

“That’s obviously what we’re going to figure out when we come back. Not that I don’t have ideas, but it’s going to be a challenge, and the obstacle is enormous. 

“Armstrong has a lot of credibility and respect inside the department, and Nolan’s just a rookie. 

“So it’s going to be a big hill to climb for Nolan. But I think that’s where the excitement is. 

“That’s where the fun of that story will be on the other side of the season.”

The Rookie premieres Sunday, January 3, 2021, on ABC

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