EXCLUSIVE: ABC is looking to recruit another Beginner. The network is exploring a spinoff of its popular police procedural starring Nathan Fillon with fellow bonafide TV star Niecy Nash and a new executive, the FBI. The potential new series for next season will be introduced in a two-episode arc of the current fourth season of The recruit. It will serve as a backdoor driver for the as-yet-untitled project, which has just The recruit creator/executive producer Alexi Hawley, executive producer Mark Gordon, and eOne Studios and ABC Signature.
The planted spinoffs follow the premise of The recruit, which stars Fillion as John Nolan, the LAPD’s oldest recruit. Nash will star as Simone Clark, a force of nature, the living embodiment of a postponed dream – and the FBI Academy’s oldest recruit. Simone was never shy about taking on a challenge or fighting. She’s a single mother of two who put her dreams aside to make sure her children pursue theirs.
In the two integrated pilot episodes, co-written by Hawley and The recruit Executive producer Terence Paul Winter, officer John Nolan (Fillion), and the FBI’s LA Division call on FBI intern Simone Clark (Nash) when one of his former students is suspected of terrorism following a explosion at a local power plant.
ABC pilots and series commands 2022
Just like the Chicago, Law and Order, FBI, 9-1-1 and the Grey’s Anatomy franchises that thrive on crossovers, The recruit and spinoffs will exist in the same universe, allowing characters to come and go.
The planted fallout route that ABC is taking with The recruit Branching involves new characters being incorporated into the mothership series before anchoring their own show. I heard that Nash is one of four actors who will star in the two-episode arc of The recruit with an option to become series regulars on the proposed new series if it is picked up for next season.
ABC used a similar strategy for the blackish spin off, adultand a modified version for Grey’s Anatomy branching out Post 19 whose main role was introduced in an episode of Grey’s Anatomy after the project received a direct-to-serial order.
“I’m so excited to be the guest of The recruit and bring Simone Clark to life! It’s a fiery, spicy fish out of water,” Nash said. “The cast is amazing and I can’t wait to play!”
A serial pickup for branching would develop The recruit to a two-show franchise, the original is also set to return for a fifth season. Four seasons in, The recruit remains one of ABC’s most-watched drama series, second only to Grey’s Anatomy, Station 19 and The Good Doctor, attracting a solid linear audience in addition to strong delayed/streaming increases. season so far, The recruit reached 9.3 million total viewers after 35 days of cross-platform viewing, up +236% from its Live+Same Day average; its jump among adults aged 18-49 is +519%.
Beyond its comedic premise, The recruit tackled serious issues like police brutality, and Hawley became the first showrunner to ban “living” weapons on set in the wake of the tragic Rust accident that claimed the life of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
Nash rose to prominence as one of Comedy Central’s satire stars Reno 9-1-1!. Nash also reprized her role as no-frills officer Raineesha Williams in the 2017 feature film, Reno 911: Miami, and the series’ recent revival for Quibi. The in-demand actress also starred in TV Land’s the soul man opposite Cedric the Entertainer, HBO’s Rise and that of Ryan Murphy Scream Queens for Fox.
She recently headlined Claws, which wrapped up its four-season run on TNT last weekend. Nash has earned three Emmy nominations to date, two for Rise and one for Ava DuVernay’s limited series When they see uswhich also won him an NAACP Image Award. The recruit reunites her with President of Global Television’s eOne, Michael Lombardo, who led HBO’s programming for Rise ‘s running for three seasons.
Nash, whose recent credits also include major recurring roles on the FX limited series Mrs America and those of Netflix I have never as well as the Netflix movie Uncorked, is replaced by WME, Artists First and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.
UPDATE: Niecy Nash reacted to the news on Twitter:
— Niecy Nash (@NiecyNash) February 8, 2022