Dark Matter favorite Melissa O’Neill joins ABC’s The Rookie

While we’re very much bummed out that there is no more Dark Matter on television, we are very much pleased with the news that Melissa O’Neill already has another TV project.

According to a new report from Deadline, O’Neill (who played Two and various other variations of the character on the Syfy drama) is joining ABC’s straight-to-series The Rookie, which is starring Nathan Fillion as a man in his forties named John Nolan who decides that he suddenly wants to live out his dream of trying to become a cop.

So who is O’Neill going to be playing? Think Lucy, a fellow cop rookie who is starting out training at a far more typical place in her career. To go along with that, she also could be an eventual love interest to Fillion’s character. The Rookie is being executive-produced by Alexi Hawley, who worked with Fillion on Castle, while Eric Winter and Afton Williamson are also set to be a part of the cast. Production on the first episode is starting up early so that ABC can review it and make any needed changes before the premiere. We definitely do wonder where a series likes this fits in on the schedule. The Good Doctor seems to have a foothold on the current Castle timeslot, so we almost wonder if ABC tries to plug this in Wednesday or Thursday night at 10:00 p.m. in hopes of trying to shore up one of those nights after some recent ratings struggles. (We’re certainly concerned over the future of both Kevin (Probably) Saves the World in addition to Designated Survivor.

Related – Why we’d love to see more Dark Matter on the air someday.

We should have a little more news on The Rookie come May, when ABC holds their upfront presentation and they unveil everything from a trailer to a potential schedule for the upcoming season. Based on Fillion’s fan following we imagine that they are going to want to premiere this show in the fall.

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