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The Rookie shares huge announcement about show's future

Nathan Fillion stars in the series

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Nicky Morris
Nicky MorrisTV and film writer
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The Rookie has shared some exciting news about the future of the popular ABC police drama – and fans will be over the moon!

Taking to its official Twitter page, the show revealed that ABC has renewed the drama for a sixth season. 

The post read: "It's official: #TheRookie will return for Season 6!!!"

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The Rookie has been renewed for a sixth season

Fans were quick to express their excitement in the comments section, with one person writing: "So relieved. We need more," while another added: "Fantastic news. Congrats to all the cast, crew, production staff/writers, and TheRookie fans."

A third fan tweeted: "Congratulations to all @therookie cast and crew. The best news!"

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The renewal announcement will come as no surprise as the series, which stars Nathan Fillion, is in the Top 5 of ABC's most-viewed scripted series.

The exciting news comes as The Rookie returns from its brief hiatus, with a new episode scheduled to air on Tuesday 18 April. 

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Melissa O'Neill and Eric Winter star as Lucy Chen and Tim Bradford

The upcoming episode, titled S.T.R., will see the dramatic return of Tim Bradford's (Eric Winter) ex-wife Isabel (Mircea Monroe).

"Isabel, she's in town and needed to talk," he tells Lucy (Melissa O'Neill) in a teaser, which leaves her feeling "weird" about the situation. Meanwhile, Skip Tracer Randy (Flula Borg) is in for a bumpy ride after he's supposedly framed for two brutal murders, leaving John Nolan (Nathan Fillion) and Nyla Harper (Mekia Cox) to investigate. Watch the trailer in the video below. 

WATCH: The trailer for The Rookie season five episode 20

While fans will be glad to hear of the show's season six renewal, they are now waiting on ABC to reveal whether the spin-off drama, The Rookie: Feds, will also return. 

Taking to Twitter, one person wrote: "Ayyy this is Great News! Now we need Rookie Feds to return for season two," while another added: "YES! So excited to hear that #TheRookie is renewed for season 6! Now we need that #RookieFeds spinoff to come through."

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