The Rookie's Nathan Fillion breaks silence on series spin-off

The ABC show will star Niecy Nash

The Rookie's Nathan Fillion has shared his thoughts on the hit police procedural getting its own spin-off.

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It was announced on Wednesday that the ABC show is expanding its universe with a brand new show set in the FBI, fronted by actress and presenter Niecy Nash. The Claws actress is set to guest star in a two-episode arc of the main series, which will serve as a backdoor pilot for the yet-untitled spinoff.

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Upon hearing the news, Nathan took to Instagram to express his delight, writing: "Who’s The Rookie now?! It’s a sure sign that you’re doing something right when a series gets a spin-off.

"I’m so happy to get the chance to work with @niecynash1 and very excited to see what she does with her own show. Congrats, Niecy. You got this!"

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Fans were quick to react to his positive response, with The Rookie co-star Jenna Dewan writing: "Loving this!!!" Nathan's former Castle co-star Molly Quinn – who also guest-starred on The Rookie – jokily replied: "I loooove her!!!! And yk I like you lots too."

Niecy Nash will lead the cast of the upcoming spin-off series

One fan wrote: "So frigging excited - I’m a huge fan of you both!!!" A second said: "Love this! Love The Rookie and love her!"

Niecy will play a woman known as Simone Clark, the oldest rookie in the FBI Academy. As Deadline reports: "Simone has never shied away from a challenge or a fight. She is a single mother of two who put her dreams on hold to make sure her kids pursued their own."

Nathan plays Officer John Nolan

In the episodes, Officer John Nolan - played by Nathan - and the LA division of the FBI enlist the help of Simone when one of her former students is suspected of terrorism following an explosion at a local power station. Airdates for the episodes have not yet been confirmed.

Confirming the news, Niecy said in a statement: "I'm so excited to guest star on The Rookie and bring Simone Clark to life! She is a spirited and spicy fish out of water. The cast is amazing and I can't wait to play!"

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