While The Rookie began out centered on Nathan Fillion’s John Nolan, it has expanded significantly. The ABC collection has steadily launched new individuals round Nolan and developed their characters to make itself really feel like extra of an ensemble present. Some of these characters have additionally helped Nolan proceed to develop.
In Season 3, The Rookie launched Jenna Dewan’s Bailey Nune as a love curiosity for Nolan. By the subsequent season, Dewan was promoted to collection common as Bailey enabled Nolan to get out of his white-knight-esque rut. Now as Season 5 approaches, the collection is making a significant alteration to its premise by exploring Nolan’s future as a coaching officer. That requires one other new character — Celina, performed by Lisseth Chavez.
According to TVLine, “Celina has a simple confidence and excessive marks on the Academy, and her unconventional strategy to police work will pose an surprising problem for her coaching officer.” While that description is noticeably imprecise, the belief is that Celina will probably be Nolan’s trainee. Late in Season 4, Nolan made it clear that he wished to develop into a coaching officer, and at San Diego Comic-Con 2022, Fillion confirmed that his character would take that step throughout Season 5.
With that stated, The Rookie is doing one thing type of odd with the Celina character. Chavez (who most just lately recurred on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow earlier than it was canceled on a cliffhanger) has been tabbed as a visitor star for a number of episodes. However, she shouldn’t be an everyday in Season 5, which means that whereas Nolan will probably be in each episode, Celina won’t.
Some followers would level to The Rookie’s earlier casting tendencies and say that Chavez beginning out as a visitor star is regular. Aside from the aforementioned Jenna Dewan as Bailey Nune, Shawn Ashmore’s Wesley Evers was a recurring character in Seasons 1 and a couple of earlier than being upped to common in Season 3. Likewise, Tru Valentino’s Aaron Thorsen was recurring in Season 4 however was simply promoted for Season 5. However, it is a bit unusual to try this with Chavez if Nolan being a T.O. is the main target of his season.
There’s a faction of the Rookie fandom that thinks that Chavez being forged as a visitor star is indicative of a insecurity within the coaching officer storyline. That’s as a result of she beforehand performed Vanessa Rojas in Chicago P.D. on an identical recurring-to-regular foundation in Season 7, however her character disappeared earlier than Season 8 with none rationalization. Chavez was let go by producers and Rojas’ destiny continues to be unknown as Chicago P.D. heads into Season 10.
With that historical past in thoughts, it type of feels like The Rookie is not absolutely dedicated to creating Chavez a part of its universe, both. It’s fully attainable that the collection is easing Celina into the motion, but it surely looks as if she ought to be an everyday participant given the route that Nolan is taking. Starting Celina as a recurring character provides the writers an opportunity to equally have her depart if she would not slot in, and permits for the chance that Nolan being a coaching officer is a one-season (or much less) experiment.
The Rookie Season 5 premieres Sept. 25 at 10:00 p.m. on ABC.