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. pat says

    I really loved Golden Boy and am very upset that CBS cancelled this show. Please bring this show back. thanks

  2. Rebecca says

    So disappointed that Golden Boy has been cancelled. How in the world do you make your decisions? In part, I think that you failed to get out the word that the show existed. I told lots of folks about it. They had never heard of it. And, by the time I told them, the show was gone! I am down to two weekly serials, sports and (occasionally) news!

  3. Will says

    It is no surprise that CBS Cancelled Golden Boy. Just look at the scheduling for ABC, NBC & CBS, 65% of it is cheap junk pseudo-reality TV/talent shows. The executives at the major networks have little faith in the American viewing audience to build a show that has a plot and maintains any hint of substance. They are looking for the lowest common denominator programming schedule. This is why year after year Cable channels are kicking their collective butts. Now with more and more internet ala carte TV viewing fair you will see the major three networks standing in the soup line for leftovers from the audiences they have alienated over the years buy choosing garbage programming over shows like Golden Boy.

  4. Bob says

    Awesome show! Too good to cancel, probably just a lame title. Enough people didn’t get past the title to watch it.
    Bring it back!

  5. kim says

    I’m still hoping CBS will bring back one of the best shows that I have seen in a long time. ‘Golden Boy’ My husband and I didn’t miss an episode. I don’t understand why such a well written, well casted show wasn’t given a chance.

  6. Trudy Palutis says

    I can’t believe you cancelled such a good show. I liked it from the first show, saw everyone.
    I hope you bring it back .I REALLY want to see what happens.
    ABC does not have many shows that I like. Just Castle, Rookie Blue, Motive and the news.

  7. matt says

    I am upset, I was hooked from episode one and never missed one, it was a true one of a kind and I hope another network is smart enough to pick it up

  8. Tnacgal says

    Why do they always cancel the shows I like? I’m starting to take it personal! I really liked Golden Boy and hate that it’s cancelled! Worst of all…they gave us glimpse into the future we will now never see! Sure wish they bad a b-rated(their opin, not mine) TV station that would pick up cancelled shows or at least host the shows creator to tell us how the story continues & ends. We need closure!!! Thx!

  9. Judy Lancaster says

    We love this show and never missed watching it. There are so many nights with nothing worth watching that is not an insult to your intelligence but we always looked forward to The Golden Boy.
    Hopefully they will reconsider if enough people complain but then I have over my 70 years learned that if you like something they will do away with it so who knows!

  10. Ruth Davidson says

    I loved the show, looked forward to it every week!! They had to go an cancel it, really burned me up, seems there is nothing I can do about it. It was a great show, to bad they took it off. The networks left on The Following, Revolution….I watched those too but this was my favorite show!! Reality shows stink!! Some of those comedy shows are so not funny!!

  11. says

    I love this show. I am so tired of all the reality shows on tv. I don’t watch any of them. Why CBS cancelled this show is a puzzlement to me. They keep inane comedies on but cancel a good dramatic program. Go figure!

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