Minor The Rookie spoilers follow.
Sorry, love enthusiasts... it doesn't look like The Rookie's Tim Bradford (Eric Winter) and Lucy Chen (Melissa O'Neil) are going to embark on a romantic relationship anytime soon.
Despite suggestions from viewers about making the pair of police officers more than just friends and colleagues, showrunner Alexi Hawley recently stated that the twosome are unlikely to link up in that way in the near future – even if it's undeniable that they "have really special chemistry".
"It's funny — I have a lot of writers on staff who are big shippers, and I keep raining on their parade a little bit," he told TV Line as part of the publication's latest Inside Line.
"Look, he's her training officer, and that is a line that does not get crossed," he continued.
"But obviously, they're phenomenal together. So, yeah, we'll keep exploring that."
Last month, Hawley also confirmed that Ali Larter's Grace Sawyer would not be returning for the cop drama's third season, following her decision to call things off with Nathan Fillion's John Nolan once and for all and give her marriage another go.
"Her storyline ended when she broke up with Nolan to go back to her husband," he noted in another interview with TVLine. "There was never a plan to have her back."
The Rookie airs on ABC in the US, and airs on Sky Witness in the UK. It can also be streamed on NOW TV.
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