Nathan Fillion is currently hard at work building “The Rookie”, a television series starring himself which is being assembled by fellow “Castle” alum Alexi Hawley.
The idea for the show feels a little icky at present, as it tells the tale of a middle-aged man who makes a career change to become a cop, and who (this is the icky part) starts a secret romantic fling with a fellow rookie that is half his age.
Apparently, Fillion sees this show as his magnum opus, and as such, he’s approaching the project by trying to make the working environment as much like Joss Whedon’s “Firefly” as possible. Fillion played the lead role in the short-lived cult classic, and he clearly considers this show to be the template for how to build a successful series.
“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. 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.”
Good luck, Nathan.
Fillion’s big attempt to build a new “Firefly” is probably going to fall down at a few hurdles.
First and foremost, the idea for this show is hardly as unique and engaging as the idea of outer space cowboys. We’ve already seen eight seasons of Nathan Fillion quipping his way through a cop procedural, and the formula is pretty tiring by this point.
It was clear that even by the end of “Castle”, ideas were running thin, so the idea of any more of this kind of storytelling, from such a similar creative team, feels exhausting.
Perhaps the biggest problem with trying to base a new show on “Firefly”, of course, is that for all that the sci-fi Western has earned a cult following, it didn’t exactly prove a mainstream success. The cast and crew ultimately didn’t get to spend seven years together, as instead, they got about half a season before everyone got fired.
In this respect, Nathan Fillion might actually succeed in making “The Rookie” feel like another “Firefly” – it won’t be surprising at all if the new show gets cancelled after only a handful of episodes.
The difference is, nobody’s going to grieve “The Rookie”.