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Where Was ABC’s ‘The Rookie’ Filmed?

February 18, 2020
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Infusing comedy into a police procedural drama might seem like a tall order. Yes, ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ does revolve around police officers, but it is not a police procedural series. ABC’s ‘The Rookie,’ on the other hand is a dramedy that takes up this challenge convincingly. However, it must be noted that ‘The Rookie’ might employ comedy from time to time, but it is NOT a sitcom. Drama and action feature prominently in the series too.

Fresh starts are overrated. They can be extremely challenging, especially for someone in their 40s. That is the challenge that the protagonist of ‘The Rookie’ is primarily faced with. The show follows John Nolan who shifts from Pennsylvania to Los Angeles to join the LAPD. Struggling through a divorce, Nolan decides to pursue his calling of joining the police force after experiencing the thrill of being held in a bank robbery hostage situation.

The show has been praised for the lead actor, Nathan Fillion’s performance. Fillion is a beloved actor who rose to prominence after starring in ‘Castle.’ ‘The Rookie’ has some pretty shocking twists and turns, and a sizeable dose of healthy drama to keep viewers engaged.

The Rookie Filming Locations

Many of you might be wondering where ‘was The Rookie’ filmed. The ABC series is set in Los Angeles and the setting is quite evident throughout. The protagonist is a part of the Los Angeles Police Department, after all. However, a significant portion of the pilot episode is also set in Pennsylvania since this is where the lead character lives, before moving to Los Angeles.

Los Angeles, California

‘The Rookie’ has indeed been filmed in the city of Los Angeles, California and a few other places in the state. This is also where the series is set. This is the reason that the setting feels extremely authentic. Filming ‘The Rookie’ in Los Angeles led to the employment of over 1,500 crew members and 3,000 extras.

Firstly, when it comes to interior filming, the show has been filmed in two different production facilities. A large part of the filming was carried out at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California. This is where scenes inside the Mid-Wiltshire Police Department are filmed.

At the production facility, the team has managed to construct a detailed and realistic set, including a boardroom and holding cells. Lots of attention is paid to tiny details like posters, wall signages and gadgets. On the other hand, the exterior of the Mid-Wiltshire Police Department is filmed at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power John Ferraro Building on 111 N Hope Street in Los Angeles, California.

However, apart from Warner Bros. Studios, filming was also carried at Willow Studios on 1350 Palmetto Street, Los Angeles. The production facility sprawls over 150,000 square feet in the heart of downtown L.A.

Additionally, ‘The Rookie’ was also filmed on location in various parts of California. For instance, the crew had been spotted filming at the city of Oxnard in Ventura County, California.

At Oxnard, the crew filmed at the historic Bank of A. Levy building on 3810 W Channel Islands Boulevard F. This is where several scenes in the pilot had been filmed. In all probability, this was the location used to film the bank robbery scene.

Furthermore, filming was also carried out on Hewitt Street, Mateo Street, Anderson Street, Boyd Street, Mission Street and the Los Angeles City Hall on 200 N Spring Street. Additionally, according to local sources, filming also took place on 400 S June Street, Los Angeles on November 26, 2019 between 6 30 am and 5 pm.

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