Golden Boy
Created by: Nicholas Wootton
Starring: Theo James, Chi McBride, Kevin Alejandro, Bonnie Somerville
Premiering: Tuesday, February 26 on CBS.

Admittedly, the premise of this series sounded less than promising when it first came into development, but since casting began on it Golden Boy has shown more promise almost by the day.

The lead role originally had Ryan Philippe attached, which added some big star power. His replacement with British actor Theo James could have impacted the series negatively, but the trailer indicates we have nothing to worry about. In the trailer (which is unfortunately no longer online at present) James has a dark and mysterious quality about him that lends itself well to the role of a young police commissioner whose incredible career may have left some casualties in its wake. Then there’s Chi McBride, who plays a mentor and partner to James’ Walter William Clark, Jr. as we go back in time to witness the progression of his career. McBride rarely makes a misstep on screen and may be the cast member who brings the most to this series.

Cop dramas have been losing their sheen over the past few years, although there are still a few great ones on the air. Golden Boy has the potential to be the next hit in the genre. The concept, looking back on Clark’s meteoric rise through the ranks of the LAPD, allows us to see the future while unraveling the mystery of the past. It gives us both the successful man and the young cop, and learning what he sacrificed to get there promises both laughs and tears along the way.

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