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. Jerry K. Jackson says

    My wife and I loved the show. The writing and acting was excellent. We typically don’t like back and forth but in this case it was done well.

    JK Jackson Ph.D.

  2. ollie says

    Another good show tossed by the suits. It would be great if the show would be continued on either cable or on the internet.

    • Chris says

      I liked this show very much and I am sorry it won’t be coming back.
      It seems the destiny of great media art to not to be taken to. The Defenders, We Are Men, now Golden Boy. The show was just starting to get interesting with the shooting at the dinner. I wish it could have gone longer, and if it comes back one way or another I will be watching it to see what happens next.

  3. Carly says

    I am sorry to learn that the show has been cancelled.. it was my favorite show of the week. Would love to have seen the ending…? Why was it cancelled?

  4. col. c says

    we are SO MAD this series was cancelled!!! was our FAVORITE new show – none others even come close!!!!! it needs to be brought back. loved the interplay between the characters – very strong acting – terrific story line. better than most everything else on TV. why cancel one of the only reasons to turn it on during the week????

  5. T says

    This was a great series, I don’t understand why it got chopped. The actors were very good and the plot was drawn out. What the hek.

  6. Bob Kypta says

    I am surprised that Golden Boy was cancelled , I looked forward to this show every Tues . Good acting good writing , interesting plots good character developement .
    Compared to what is left on television it was an outstanding show .
    Doesn’ t make sense !

  7. JJ says

    Why is that all of the ridiculous shows ie big brother or grumpy grandfather take up space on TV and a show that actually had some moral backbone shut down. I guess that is what our society has become. Back stabbing, liars amused by junk

  8. Elizabeth says

    Very Very disappointed that the station has cancelled yet another good show. First Army wives, now the golden boy and they leave us with this trash to watch. I was waiting on season two to see the relationships to evolve. Come on Hollywood not everyone watches the “reality shows and zombies” bring back the golden boy.

  9. Linda says

    Very disappointed that Golden Boy was canceled. I thought it was a very interesting twist on a copy show, and thought the character development got much stronger as the series progressed. I was so curious to find out what everyone “secrets” were as Walter Clark rose to the top of the NYPD and the interactions he had with others along the way. I really did like this show!!

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