Golden Boy

Golden Boy TV showNetwork: CBS
Episodes: 13 (hour)
Seasons: One

TV show dates: February 26, 2013 — May 14, 2013
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Theo James, Chi McBride, Kevin Alejandro, Bonnie Somerville, Holt McCallany and Stella Maeve.

TV show description:      
This dramatic series follows the fast rise (from age 26 to 34) of an ambitious cop who becomes the youngest police commissioner in the history of New York City — and the high personal and professional cost he pays to achieve it.

As Walter William Clark Jr. (Theo James) is interviewed for a story about his career, he looks back on his hard-fought journey from street kid to the most powerful man in law enforcement.

After only three years as a beat cop, Clark’s heroics on the job make him bold enough to ask for and receive the unheard-of promotion to homicide detective, angering the members of his new department who are eager to see him fail.

Clark is partnered with and mentored by experienced veteran Detective Don Owen (Chi McBride), a man just two years shy of retirement.

He would rather team with First Grade Detective Christian Arroyo (Kevin Alejandro), the alpha dog in the squad who’s just as ambitious as Clark — but without a moral center. Arroyo’s partner is Detective Deborah McKenzie (Bonnie Somerville), a tough third-generation cop and the only female detective in the unit.

Also on the team is Detective Joe Diaco (Holt McCallany), a well-connected officer with tremendous resources (which Clark might find useful). Though laser-focused on moving up the ladder, Clark’s soft spot is serving as the sole caregiver and supporter of his sister, Agnes (Stella Maeve) — a teenager demonstrating increasingly dangerous behavior.

Keenly observant and politically savvy, “Golden Boy” Clark bases his career decisions solely on his need to succeed as quickly as possible, and he’ll find that his epic journey will be filled with consequences.

Series Finale:     
Episode #13 — Next Question
Limited by his suspension and relegated to desk duty, Clark delves into Owen’s cold case in which the murder investigation of a construction worker, Jozef Dworaczyk, was compromised by the events of 9/11 happening simultaneously. Andrew Lightstone, Owen’s partner and mentor, was with him on the case and was called up to the North Towers leaving Owen to work the case on his own. That was the last time Owen saw Lightstone.

Clark notes the lack of shell casings and no reports of shots fired to speculate that a contract hit man could have been used. He and Owen confront the drug dealer whose crack house served as the crime scene about the similar way in which his rivals were killed, and the dealer reveals the name of the hit man he suspects had targeted him but mistook Dworaczyk for him instead.

When they track down the hit man, Owen coerces him to confess to fifteen murders including Dworaczyk’s and is rewarded with a promotion. Clark is perturbed when he discovers that three men were wrongly imprisoned for three of those murders and Commissioner Dowdell tells him to disregard his findings.

Lorraine kicks Arroyo out of the house after she discovers that he’s been cheating on her. Meanwhile, Clark’s father persuades Agnes to drive away with him and a volatile Deputy Mayor Holbrook confronts Clark and Margot with a gun.
First aired: May 14, 2013


What do you think? Do you like the Golden Boy TV series? Are you sorry that it’s been cancelled and there won’t be a second season?

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  1. Ange says

    I am SOOO very sad that this show has been canceled!!! But if they knew they were going to axe the show they should have wrapped up the final episode so that those of us who had invested in these characters wouldn’t be left hanging! I do NOT want to watch their “reality” shows. I want to get lost in a good story & be excited for the next episode…like I was with Golden Boy

  2. Doug says

    I agree with all of the comments. My wife and I both really enjoy Golden Boy. The plots are engaging, the acting first rate and we were both interested in what would transpire in the coming years. This to us was an extremely strong piece of CBS programming and will be greatly missed. CBS, please reconsider your decision to cancel it!

  3. Dale says

    Bring Golden Boy back. Characters are strong, plots intriguing. Cancellation is a mistake. Give it another season.

  4. Gerry says

    Golden Boy was one of the better new shows on CBS and was cancelled… I hope TNT or FX pick it up… CBS you suck again…

  5. Todd says

    Reality TV sucks. Seems to me that CBS should get a good dose of reality by losing its ratings totally! Why are the good shows, such as “Golden Boy” constantly being cancelled without being given a chance? Evidently, public opinion doesn’t matter anymore. Just the bottom line. Disgusting!

  6. says

    My husband and I are very upset that the powers-to-be at CBS have decided to cancel “Golden Boy”. You have continually cancelled good shows, like this, and watched your ratings plummet. It has fine writing, good acting and not over-the-top sexuality – a BIG vote to keep “Golden Boy” on the air.

  7. R Hinton says

    So disappointed in CBS yet again. First criminal Minds 2, then Unforgettable now it’s Golden Boy. I’m just going to stick with NBC.

  8. Ang says

    I really don’t understand why the networks bother making new shows, just to cancel them. Why waste the time and money, it’s a bad joke. I really enjoyed Golden Boy, it was a great inventive way to tell a police show. You were instantly invest in his career and his life. The relationship with all the complex characters was intriguing. The decision to cancel this show was a real shame and a huge mistake. Stand behind your ideas for longer than a season and viewers might start to trust the show won’t get canceled and watch. Ever thunk viewers don’t tune in for fear of get invested only to have the show pulled. Its frustrating especially when you cancel great shows with so much potential and keep crap ones. Thoroughly disappointed in the network on this one!!

  9. Dwayne says

    I’m upset that they have chosen to cancel an outstanding show. CBS is crazy. Another station NEEDS to pick up this show. Hello, TNT !

  10. Luisa says

    This show attracted me straight away, something different loved it and it was just getting even greater in episode 13 and its cancelled now. There are some real dumb ass programmes still airing and they cancel Golden Boy

  11. Helen carey says

    One of the main reasons the networks are losing views is their habit of canceling good shows that haven’t had a chance to grow. Year after year you get invested in a good show and the networks give it the ax. Think about tv without Seinfeld or All in th Family both of which were saved from the ax.

  12. MARY says

    Here goes just another great show, and we are very disappointed. Love the characters, the storyline, the drama, the tension between good/bad cop, and especially easy-on-the-eyes Golden Boy! Come on, give it another chance.

  13. Jack says

    It’s getting harder and harder to watch TV any more. What with all the stupid reality shows you break away from that and come up with a good alternative and then cancel it. I’d start watching the news programs but there is so much BS from our Administration that you, the main-stream media, buy into that it is useless to watch that as well. At least with radio, I can select what I want to hear and don’t have to worry about someone cancelling that! nice job CBS.

  14. Bill says

    With all the bad reality shows on television today you go and cancel a really good show. Makes perfect sense. Good job CBS

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