ABC Series Orders: “The Rookie” Spin-Off, Gina Rodriguez, Hilary Swank

ABC enlists a spin-off of The recruitas well as bringing back some familiar faces on new shows.

The network has placed three-show series orders for next season, led by The rookie: the Feds, an offshoot of the ABC procedural run by Nathan Fillion, TVLine has learned. Niecy Nash-Betts will play Simone Clark, the FBI Academy’s oldest recruit; the character debuted in a two-part backdoor pilot that aired on The recruit earlier this season. (TVLine readers gave Part 1 an average “B” grade, while the conclusion got a “B-“: 76% said they would definitely or might watch the spin-off, s they were mass-ordered.)

Backdoor pilot Frankie Faison (Thread) and Felix Solis (ozark) will continue as Cutty and Agent Garza, but Kat Foster’s role (as Agent Fox) is not moving forward, according to TVLine.

Also coming to ABC next season: not dead yeta comedy starring Joan the Virgin alum Gina Rodriguez as Nell, “a self-proclaimed broke, newly single disaster,” according to the official description. When forced to take a job writing obituaries, “Nell begins to get life advice from an unlikely source.” The cast also includes Joshua Banday (To download) and Angela Gibbs (hacks, On my block).

Additionally, ABC ordered Alaskaa drama starring Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank (boys don’t cry, Million dollar baby) as a disgraced journalist who leaves New York to join a daily newspaper in Anchorage, Alaska “on a journey to find both personal and professional redemption”. Jeff Perry (Scandal), Matt Malloy (Six feet Under ground) and Meredith Holzman (Law and Order: SVU) directing the supporting cast; Tom McCarthy (Projector) will serve as creator and executive producer.

Earlier Friday, ABC renewed five of its veteran shows: Dramas big sky (for season 3) and A million little things (for season 5) and comedies The Conners (for season 5), Domestical economy (for season 3) and The good years (for season 2). To find out what’s been renewed and canceled for next season, check out TVLine’s handy renewal scorecard.

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