When the second season of “Rookie Blue” debuted a few weeks ago, I expressed surprise that ABC’s soapy Canadian cop drama still existed. Well, to my greater surprise, the show has been performing well, and to my even surpriseder surprise, it’s been renewed for a third season.
In fact, season three is already in development and will shoot in Toronto later this summer.
The drama ranks No. 1 in its Thursday at 10 slot among adults 18-49. ABC says Rookie Blue is producing year-to-year gains, improving by 8% in total viewers and by 14% in adults 18-49 versus the network’s averages in the hour last summer. [EW]
I’ve never watched an episode of “Rookie Blue,” but in my defense I’m not exactly drawn to something dubbed by critics as “Grey’s Anatomy with cops.” (Actually, “Blue” supposedly makes “Grey’s” look good by comparison.) Whatever the case, shouldn’t these rookie cops have some seasoning by now? Like, if they’re three years into their jobs and still getting called “rookie,” they must really suck at policing. This is what happens when you let Canadians make TV.