LOS ANGELES — Looks as though we’re about to be singing the blues. ABC President Paul Lee took the stage at the 2014 Television Critics Association on Tuesday morning to chat about his roster of new and returning series, and while Trophy Wife’s cancellation dominated the panel conversation, The TV Junkies fought our way in to Lee’s post-session scrum to pose the important question: the future of homegrown series Rookie Blue.
Unfortunately, it looks as though the end is indeed near for the cop series.
“It’s been a great show for us,” Lee smiled when asked about the show’s future following the current 22-episdoe fifth season. “At the moment the conversations are more about finishing it, but we’re always open to the conversation (for more) because we love it.”
Earlier this summer Shaw boss Barb Williams revealed the future of Rookie Blue would be up to the show’s creators, and that networks execs weren’t interfering if they wanted to end the series on a high note. This summer marked the first time in the show’s history that Rookie Blue aired on Global out of simulcast with ABC, although both nets have confirmed only 11 of the 22 episodes will air now; the other half is being held until 2015.
“We have another 11 episodes beyond this; the natural place to put it would be to put it next summer,” Lee replied when asked whether Rookie could wrap in midseason or fall instead of its traditional summer home.
In the U.S., Rookie has held its own against strong competition from CBS’s Big Brother, placing a strong second place so far in Season 5. In Canada the show continues to dominate its time slot, first on Monday nights at 10 p.m. and now in its current Wednesday night home.
Five seasons in, ABC has never brought the show’s cast or crew to the TCA press tour.
Rookie Blue continues its run Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on Global and Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
Read our latest review, “Oliver Shaw FTW.”
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