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. bob alfieri says

    This series was just picking up speed, and getting interesting. It is good enough to get a second chance.

  2. GAil says

    Do not cancel this show. Wonderful characters! All the actors are great! All the crap on TV and you cancel this? Who makes these stupid decisions?

  3. Suzie says

    Say it ain’t so!! This was one of my favorite shows!! I even gave up watching Grimm in favor of Golden Boy, when Grimm moved to Tuesday nights!! Give us hope – perhaps Netflix will pick it up?? I would subscribe just to see Golden Boy (and Arrested Development).

  4. Robert says

    This is one of my wife and I’s favorite show. There are not too many good shows around anymore and this one had great acting and good stories. Please bring it back. Reconsider.

  5. Ronnancylummer@gmail .com says

    This is a very good show, interesting story lines and interesting characters. I would like a second season

  6. Ellen Somers says


    Ditto all the comments above. When shows like Grey’s Anatomy go soft in the storyline [stopped watching after season 2] it makes one wonder WHO is the decider on these matters????? [I know, Grey’s is on ABC]. The ‘buddy” relationship of “Junior” and his mentor is smart and has a feel-good aspect.

    Please reconsider this cancellation.

  7. Brenda says

    NO NO NO!! Don’t let it go!!! I am a HUGE fan of Chi McBride and have followed his career voraciously. He had precious little screen time in this show, but the combined talents of the remaining cast members, especially Kevin Alejandro’s slimy cop, were well worth watching every week.

    Who is in charge of deciding what to keep and what to cancel??

  8. Jack Brinkman says

    This is one of the most interesting police shows on TV. I am a RN and my husband is a judge and we only watch interesting, thought provoking shows and this is our favorite show. It has very interesting, troubled characters – especially Don and Junior. If you would please reconsider producing it, that would be immensely appreciated. Thank you for your consideration. We absolutely love this show. We have only commented on one previous show so we are very sincere when we do so.

  9. Christine says

    My whole family loved this show. I can’t believe they are cancelling such a great show. Please bring it back. I will not watch anymore of their shows, because just when we get invested in it, they cancel it. They should give it at least another season.

  10. says

    I think it is a real shame that “Golden Boy” was cancelled. It was a GREAT TV show. I looked forward to watching it each Tuesday night. It always told a good story and sent a statement that doing whats right is always the way to go. So many shows on TV today don’t come close to doing that. It was a great show and it is a darn shame that it is cancelled. Don’t relace it with something stupit like another reality show or a show like “Dexter”. There are two many of those kind of shows already to worpe peoples minds and actions. Golden Boy needs to come back even if it is on another night. Too many people liked it and will really miss watching it.

  11. Linda jones says

    I am very frustrated that Golden Boy is being cancelled. It was definitely one of the better shows. It had excellent actors and a great story line. I loved watching it and was excited for next season. I cannot believe that they cancel golden Boy and keep all the other reality show TV and worse shows.

  12. cindy says

    This is the reason I hate to invest my time in a new series; but I broke my own rule and watched Golden Boy & was hooked from the beginning. This show has a lot of years in it but not it’s been cancelled. Why isn’t it a surprise to me?

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