ABC has decided to take a chance and has picked up a police-based comedy show that will be titled “Rookie”. The new cop comedy will be backed by funny guy writer and producer Will Gluck (“Friends With Benefits”) and director Scott Zabielski (“Tosh.0”) as well as writer Andy Bobrow (“Community”).
The series will follow a female in her twenties who makes a big move when she changes her career choice and joins the police force. She comes to love her job and even finds a sense of safety and family in her screwball coworkers. Police comedy is not a new idea to television, with shows like “Monk”, “Psych” and “Reno 911” serving as prime examples. However, with “Rookie” featuring a woman as the lead maybe there will be a bit of a different vibe to the show. “Rookie” will be shot in the single camera style, and will have a half-hour run time
No names have been thrown out there yet as to who will star in the new series, but hopefully they can snag someone good. With comedies I often find that it really depends heavily on the actor (or actress) and their skills at delivery. Even if you have a bangin’ script and awesome crew, if the chemistry isn’t there, it’s a bust. With big names signed on as producers, writers and directors, hopefully they will deliver a unique spin on the genre that will draw viewers in week after week. It should also be noted however, that ABC already runs the television show “Rookie Blue” (it airs on Global in Canada). With both shows having virtually identical names and subject matter, let’s hope it doesn’t result in too much confusion.