Hot on the heels of its extended episode order of Rookie Blue, Global brings the fifth season of its original drama to Canadians on Monday, May 19 at 10 pm ET/PT. The cliffhanger finale saw Andy, Nick and Sam’s torrid love triangle crack, and two lives hanging in the balance. The adrenaline-fueled Season Five premiere begins where the finale left off and continues the red-hot momentum through its 11-episode run.
“With four hugely successful seasons under its belt, Global’s Rookie Blue is a driving force in Canadian television,” said Barb Williams, SVP, Content, Shaw Media. “After a chilling finale that kept fans talking for months, we are so excited for the series to heat up screens again with the most exhilarating ride along yet.”
The Season Four finale saw Sam Swarek and Chloe Price shot in the line of duty and in critical care at Memorial Hospital. As the shell-shocked officers of 15 Division struggle to put the pieces of their lives back together – and as Andy McNally and Sam work to find their way back to each other – Andy is tasked with training a challenging new rookie under the watchful eye of a tough new Inspector. And while the officers will have to learn that life doesn’t always have a fairy-tale ending that certainly doesn’t mean there’s no happily ever after.
Before the thrilling new season debuts, viewers go behind the scenes of 15 Division in the exclusive half-hour special ET Canada Presents – Rookie Blue: Behind the Badge airing on May 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Global. Host Cheryl Hickey goes on the set of the critically acclaimed series, interviewing the stars of the show and gets the inside scoop on what true-blue fans can expect this upcoming season. The special features sit down interviews with leading lady Missy Peregrym, her co-star Gregory Smith, and viewers meet a new rookie played by Matt Murray. Never-before-seen audition tape footage is revealed, along with a Season Five sneak peek.
But that’s not all – GlobalTV.com takes viewers into the squad car with Rookie Blue: Stakeout, a nine-part web series that takes them through the unexpected changes shared between the officers while they’re stuck in close quarters with nothing to do but watch and wait. As sleep deprivation and sugar highs set in, their guards inevitably go down allowing viewers to explore the different sides to the characters they know so well. It’s the ultimate police bonding experience.
In keeping with last season’s theme of ‘change’, 15 Division welcomes two new characters who shake up the familiar dynamic. Inspector John Jarvis (Oliver Becker, Rent-A-Goalie) strolls into 15 Division with a serious agenda. He wants the real story: is this a division full of heroes or a minefield full of screw-ups? Seamlessly flipping from pleasant to menacing, Inspector Jarvis is a political spin-master of epic proportions. He’s out to shake things up and make his mark. Also new to the team is 15 Division’s brand-new rookie, Duncan Moore aka “Selfie” (Matt Murray, Degrassi: The Next Generation). He is the very picture of a fresh-faced millennial: confident, eager to impress, and excellent at pointing out mistakes – particularly other people’s mistakes. But when Duncan struggles to fit into the group at 15, the officers soon have their hands full with this challenging and well-connected new recruit.
Andy McNally (Missy Peregrym), Sam Swarek (Ben Bass), Dov Epstein (Gregory Smith), Chris Diaz (Travis Milne), Traci Nash (Enuka Okuma), Gail Peck (Charlotte Sullivan), Nick Collins (Peter Mooney), Chloe Price (Priscilla Faia), Oliver Shaw (Matt Gordon), Marlo Cruz (Rachel Ancheril), Noelle Williams (Melanie Nicholls-King), Steve Peck (Adam MacDonald), and Holly Stewart (Aliyah O’Brien) all return for Season 5.
Rookie Blue is executive produced by award-winning Tassie Cameron (Flashpoint), Russ Cochrane (The Listener), Ilana Frank (The Eleventh Hour, Would Be Kings), David Wellington (The Eleventh Hour, Would Be Kings) and John Morayniss (Klondike, Haven). Rookie Blue is a production of IFC Films and leading indie studio eOne, who also distributes the series internationally.