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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.

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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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Helen August 29, 2013 at 12:11 am

THIS MAKES ME SICK!!! They have cancelled so many shows that I like. I’m so tired of stupid sitcoms that joke about sex, sex, sex. Good grief!!! Now we’ll never know what happened! I’m about done with network tv. I mostly watch cable anyway. I don’t listen to their news either, because it is so completely biased!


Missanne August 28, 2013 at 11:37 pm

And CBS keeps Letterman on, who’s a boring old dredge, with lame jokes and forced laughter on his show. He’ll die and be stuck to his desk, and no one will notice….


Missanne August 28, 2013 at 11:34 pm

Why on earth does CBS keep on cancelling promising shows??? Golden Boy was a wonderful show with diverse characters–I looked forward to it every week.
Years ago, they had a fun and quirky show–“Moonlight”–one of the first shows about Vampires. It too was cancelled after 1 season, never giving it a chance to take off. And it had been given The People’s Choice award, and was still cancelled! Shortly after that, WGN scored a big hit with The Vampire Diaries–something CBS could have had going, but wasn’t willing to give their show a chance. Another interesting show they had was “Chaos”–the story of the last group of clandestine CIA agents who operated ‘out of the box’. Again, cancelled after just 5 or 6 episodes. It’s no wonder I always watch WGN and ABC news–I’m already on those channels, watching interesting shows, that lead right into the news. No more CBS for me–they just build me up, then let me down.


Karen Watson August 28, 2013 at 1:18 pm

I cannot believe that you have cancelled such a unique show with such great actors I was looking forward to the new season such a huge mistake there were so many other shows you could have canceled. I hope you will change your mind why cancel do not understand. A big big mistake


Rob August 28, 2013 at 12:37 am

Golden Boy and Vegas were both never miss shows and i am extremeley disappointed in the canellation of both. terrible judgement on the part of CBS.


Ellen August 27, 2013 at 10:13 pm

CBS should be ashamed of themselves. Golden Boy was probably one of the best shows on TV. If I knew we were not going to be home, we would tape it. We wouldn’t miss it! What a loss for all their viewers. Obviously CBS does care about their viewers or recognize quality TV.


Jydee August 27, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Switch CBS permantly off. They don’t know how to advertise


John G. Dungan August 25, 2013 at 5:13 pm

This is very disappointed. Every time we really like a new show, it gets cut. This one was very good, and we will indeed miss it. Chi McBride was especially good.


Chicago Redd August 24, 2013 at 1:58 am

Maybe it got canned because it depicted cops as humans rather than knights in shining armor.Must be high fives all around the room over at Grimm.


Day August 24, 2013 at 12:42 am

Why do all the good shows get cancelled? Vegas and Golden Boy were awesome shows! Enough with reality TV already…bring back the good ones!


sarah gallapoo August 21, 2013 at 9:57 pm

cancelling this new show was a mistake. every one in our house will be sad that it won’t be back. will have to find another channel to watch a new show at the time slot this show was on.


James Ulbricht August 20, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Golden Boy and Vegas are great shows.
Please bring them back!



mary hart August 18, 2013 at 10:14 pm

one of the best not like all the stupid reality show you have on ! i will put you (CBS ) on my list not too watch anymore big big mistake
you like all that junk good for you but i will never watch(CBS ) again


Connie Harker August 18, 2013 at 9:10 pm

I cannot believe they would cancel such a good program. You cannot tell me they did not have a good following.


Tina August 17, 2013 at 12:26 pm

I’m so upset Goldenboy isn’t coming back. What’s wrong with CBS.


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