Five young, ambitious cops, fresh out of the Academy, are plunged into the world of big city policing on their very first day on the job, a world where even the smallest mistake can have life-or-death consequences, coupled with some serious emotional fall-out. Andy McNally is the soul of this close-knit group. She and her uniformed family of boyfriends, best friends, mentors and competitors will undergo extreme trials and tribulations, share their triumphs, cherish their camaraderie and revel in their competition. These rookies are about to learn that no amount of training can prepare them for life on the street, in the premiere of “Rookie Blue,” THURSDAY, JUNE 24 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
In the premiere episode, “Fresh Paint,” triumph turns to humiliation when a high-stakes takedown of a suspect goes awry. Andy McNally has made a critical rookie mistake, ruining a long-running undercover drug sting, and tries to make up for it by going face to face with a volatile gunman who already has one man’s blood on his hands.
Andy, a 26-year-old perfectionist and honest to a fault, has always just wanted to be a good cop. Her father was a cop, and while he wasn’t the best cop — or the best father – Andy knows she’ll never find this sense of family, loyalty and excitement in any other job.
The other “first responders” to jump into the fray include Traci, Andy’s best friend, a single mom with a six-year-old son. Traci is street smart, sardonic and highly independent – all of which hide a deep well of insecurity. Then there’s Dov, the archetypal thrill-seeker whose attitude stems from being raised by hippie parents; Chris, the straight-and-narrow poster boy for the force and a walking talking police manual; and Gail, the self-serving politico from cop royalty, whose ambition is so blind that she’ll trample anyone who gets in her way. Add to the mix Detective Sam Swarek, a rogue training officer, and Luke Callaghan, a charming workaholic homicide detective, and Andy will have more on her hands on and off the beat then she could have ever foreseen.
“Rookie Blue” stars Missy Peregrym (“Heroes,” “Reaper”) as Andy McNally, Gregory Smith (“Everwood”) as Dov Epstein, Charlotte Sullivan (Syfy’s “Alice”) as Gail Peck, Enuka Okuma (“24”) as Traci Nash, Travis Milne (“My Green House”) as Chris Diaz, Ben Bass (“The Eleventh Hour”) as Sam Swarek and Eric Johnson (“Smallville”) as Detective Luke Callaghan. Also starring in the series is Melanie Nicholls-King (“The Wire”) as Noelle Williams, Matt Gordon as Oliver Shaw, Noam Jenkins as Detective Jerry Barber and Lyric Bent as Frank Best.
Guest starring in “Fresh Paint” are Peter MacNeill as Tommy McNally, Aidan Devine as Sergeant Boyko, Sarain Boylan as Sadie Falls and Devon Bostick as Martin Bentz.
“Fresh Paint” was written by Tassie Cameron and directed by David Wellington.
Tassie Cameron, Ilana Frank, David Wellington, Noreen Halpern and John Morayniss are the executive producers. “Rookie Blue” is produced by Thump Inc. and E1 Entertainment. E1 Entertainment will handle the worldwide distribution for all media.
This episode of “Rookie Blue” will be available on ABC.com the day after airing on the network for users to watch online.