Despite a poorly rated fourth season (so far), ABC has opted to grant an early renewal to USA/Canada co-production 'Rookie Blue.' The cop drama premiered in the summer of 2010, and has cruised along to easy renewals every year since. While 'Rookie Blue's long life is certainly partly due to the relatively low expectations ABC has for off-season dramas, the first three seasons did indeed do better than average numbers for their timeslot. Season four has seen the ratings drop quite noticeably, to the point where many questioned whether it would get a fifth year.
The show (originally) followed five rookie police officers, fresh off their trip through the academy. The crew was tasked with navigating the daily pressures of the job, fitting in with the old guard, and balancing work with their family and friends. The lovely Missy Peregrym plays the series' lead protagonist, Andrea 'Andy' McNally. Peregrym first found TV fame on the CW's 'Reaper,' where she also played a character named Andi.
Production on 'Rookie Blue's 13-episode fifth season commences in January 2014, with the usual summer premiere scheduled for both ABC and the show's Canadian home, Global. It occurs to me that 'Rookie Blue' is a bit of an artifact title at this point. Cops in their fifth year certainly can't be called rookies anymore.
Will you tune in next summer for more 'Rookie Blue?'