Tonight marks the sixth season finale of Rookie Blue and it may end up being the last episode of the series as well. It’s been rumored that season six would be the end of the series and ABC and Shaw Media have yet to announce a final decision.
Tassie Cameron has been Rookie Blue’s showrunner from the beginning and has said that she plans step down to do other projects. Writer Sherry White is ready to take over if a seventh season is ordered.
The ratings for season six of Rookie Blue are way down — about 30% — when compared to the numbers from season five. It’s one of ABC’s lowest-rated summer series right now but the network is short on scripted programming.
If tonight’s episode ends up being the finale, actress Missy Peregrym is satisfied with the way things turned out. Here’s an excerpt from an interview with THR:
How would you feel if this ends up being a series finale?
You can always play a character forever if it’s close to life, and I grew as my character. I think everybody kind of grew with their characters, and there are so many different directions you can take it if it goes on. It’s easy to go into the next phase of things, maybe family life. But I don’t know. I’m really happy with the way that this one was wrapped up. I think it’s a gift if you can close a series down by choice instead of being canceled. That’s so rare. We’ve had the same team for six years and that’s really important. I love Sherry, she’s been a part of us since the beginning as well. She would make a great showrunner and it would make perfect sense if we continued forward with her. But I think we’re all feeling… it was super emotional. It felt like we were saying goodbye when we were filming this episode. That was the energy.
Have you spoken with Sherry about where things could go?
Definitely. We’ve had some discussions about it, but at the end of the day you need to have a pickup to really explore where things could go. You need to know the people that you get to work with, who your cast is. There are just so many things to put together before you can continue something like this. So until the decision is there we’re kind of at a standstill. Sherry is the right person to keep this moving forward. She’s very talented with writing character-driven scenes. Of course I would love to work with her in that capacity.
What do you think? Should there be a seventh season of Rookie Blue or, should the show be cancelled after tonight’s finale? Is this a good place to leave the characters?