Global TV debuts Rookie Blue before ABC stateside

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Here’s a first. Global Television is to debut Rookie Blue‘s fifth season a month ahead of its ABC premiere stateside in the first-ever non-simulcast for the cop drama.

Global will bring back the 15th division drama on Monday, May 19, at 10 p.m, the broadcaster said late last week.

The network had a scheduling conflict starting June 25 when the US version of Big Brother launches.

So Global went with airing Rookie Blue on Mondays, beginning in May, with a lead-in from 24: Live Another Day.

The early May play for the cop drama comes ahead of ABC bringing Rookie Blue back on Thursday, June 19 at 9 p.m., a month ahead of a previously scheduled fifth season debut on July 17.

The summer airdate change stateside was prompted by ABC pushing another drama, The Astronaut Wives Club, to mid-season.

From Playback Daily

 

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