Afton Williamson Cast As Nathan Fillion’s Partner In ABC’s The Rookie

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Nathan Fillion has a new on-screen partner. Afton Williamson has booked the series-regular role of Talia Bishop on ABC’s The Rookie, Deadline reports. The crime dramedy has already been given a series run.

Inspired by a true story, The Rookie follows John Nolan (Fillion) who, at the age of 40, decides to pursue his dream of being a cop. Surrounded by rookies half his age, Nolan must tackle the dangerous, funny, and difficult challenges ahead while proving he belongs in the LAPD.

Williamson’s character, Talia Bishop, is a recently promoted training officer who is assigned to work with Nolan. Bishop is a 30-year-old African American woman with a young son and may not be too thrilled to have the oldest rookie in the LAPD as her partner. The actress is best known for her recurring roles on HBO’s The Night Of and Cinemax’s Banshee. She has also appeared on The Good Wife, Homeland, Elementary, A Gifted Man, Royal Pains, Blue Bloods, Nashville, Blindspot, The Blacklist.

Also joining the cast is Eric Winter who will play the overbearing training officer Tim Bradford. Winter has had recurring roles on The Mentalist, Secrets and Lies, and Rosewood. He played Dash Gardiner on Witches of East End and was also Rex Brady on Days of Our Lives.

TVLine also reported ABC is looking for an actress to play Fillion’s love interest. According to that report, the love interest is tentatively named Lucy Benitez and is a mid-20s Latina rookie. While that might make sense because Fillion’s character and this one would have a lot of interaction as rookies, shouldn’t he have a love interest closer to his own age? On Castle, he and Stana Katic were only seven years apart. Now his love interest is going to be an actress, or at least a character, 20-years younger? Come on, ABC. You can do better.

The Rookie is executive produced by Mark Gordon and Nicholas Pepper, Alexi Hawley (former Castle EP), Fillion, Michelle Chapman and Jon Steinberg.

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