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. CHARLENE says

    With all the garbage on TV, why would a well written series with outstanding acting be cancelled? It just shows “the powers that be” are totally out of touch with the viewing

  2. Angela Valenzuela says

    I wish there were a way to keep this show on the air. My family and I just can not bring ourselves to start a new show any more, just to be canceled in the first season.

  3. Sad, very sad! :( says

    I am so disappointed. I really enjoyed Golden Boy. Didn’t miss an episode. It was so good I had no doubt it would be renewed. It was the only new show this season I truly wanted more of. Couldn’t CBS at least keep it as a summer show? ABC has done this with Rookie Blue, (I think that’s the name). I really cannot believe this was cancelled. Shame on CBS.

    Did anything survive on Tuesday at 10pm? I can’t believe Body of Proof will come back (it was not half as good as Golden Boy — and that is being generous!) and I’m not sure what NBC had on (was is Smash?), but I think it was dropped to a Saturday night show.

    Just another example of TV execs looking for a mega hit in a time slot they don’t exist. Wish they’d have moved it to Friday before (or after) Blue Bloods. It would have gotten the audience it needed to survive.

  4. Cookie says

    Watching the finale of Golden Boy ended with so many questions left unanswered. I told my husband it is coming back for another season because they have a lot of storylines opened. Boy was I disappointed to find out it was canceled. If they knew it wasn’t coming back they should have added a couple of more episodes to at least end the story properly. We are really disappointed. They did this so wrong. It is like a waste of 13 weeks. We quit watching The Killing because of the way they handled the ending. I hope this doesn’t become a habit of CBS.

  5. MILLIE says

    Sorry to see it go another example of stupidity by tv networks we’re not all under the age of 20 and we do have a brain and we’re the ones paying the bills.

  6. Carl says

    One of the 4 remaining programs I watched. Now there are only 3 on CBS……
    NBC has 1 and ABC has none. A few on cable and that means every year going by finds me wathing less and less on TV. Reality programs suck. The few good, well written
    programming usually gets killed before the next season. I am really going to miss Golden Boy. I

  7. Ray says

    This was one show that should not have been cancelled! What amazes me is that reality tv TRASH airs for years yet good tv falls by the wayside and is barely given a chance. Doesn’t say much about our society or the producers or “pushers” if you will, who cater to the Down fall of tv! It’s ridiculous that a show that only got good reviews should be can Elle’s! Very disappointing!

  8. D Swygert says

    Do NOT Cancel
    ‘GOLDEN BOY’ TV SHOW. One of the few with a great story and rivalry. This show is more to real life. People given second chances as in all our lives. AMEN

  9. Jeff G. says

    I agree with you catmom. Whatever upper level manager thought that this was a good show to cancel has to, him or herself, be fired. I don’t know one person that doesn’t like this show. It has good drama and writing. The problem here is that the network needs more room for more “reality” programming. CBS doesn’t usually make this kind of move so hopefully some forward thinking network will pick it up as well as my loyalty as a viewer.

  10. debbie foster says

    this is such a good show I hope it gets picked up by another network, this qas another bad move by CBS!

  11. rahall says

    Why did they cancel Golden boy? It’s a great show. It seems that all the shows I like get cancelled. Clarke has very good qualities and his partner Owen helps him slow down and think about how to approach their situations. Love it! I love it .
    Please bring the show back.

  12. JoAnn says

    What a terrible move by CBS. Golden Boy was a well written, exciting show that I will truly miss. I hope they consider binging ingot back. It was an excellent show.

  13. Phyllis C says

    I did not see one negative comment regarding Golden Boy. Both my husband and I loved this show and thought it was the best series on this past season, We’re just really sad it was canceled. Clearly it was a mistake to cancel such an excellent show with fantastic actors.

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