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It’s been a hectic few days for TV fans, with the proverbial battlefield littered with the bodies of fallen shows. We’ve reported on cancellations for shows like Agent Carter, Nashville, The Grinder, Castle, and The Muppets, but amid all the carnage, there’s still plenty to be happy about. CBS has ordered a few new drama series to join its fall lineup, one of which is Training Day, based on the film of the same name.
As reported by TV Line, CBS has picked up the Training Day television series. It will be executive produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and stars Justin Cornwell (Empire) and Bill Paxton (Twister,Titanic) in the lead roles. Drew Van Acker (Pretty Little Liars), Katrina Law (Arrow), Lex Scott Davis (Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart), and Julie Benz (Hawaii Five-O) fill out the rest of the cast.
The original film starred Ethan Hawke as a young idealistic cop in the LAPD who is partnered with a seasoned, though morally ambiguous, detective played by Denzel Washington, who won an Oscar for his role in the film. The television show will take place 15 years after the events of the film, with Justin Cornwell as the bright-eyed rookie, and Bill Paxton in the Denzel Washington-type role. It seems the series is avoiding being a straight remake or reboot, and will simply be a continuation of the film, which is a little confusing because it seems like Paxton and Cornwell’s characters will have the exact same dynamic as the one seen in the film. Feels like the show could have just been a remake if it was just going to do the same thing, but we’ll see how it all plays out first. Cornwell is still a relatively new actor, but you usually can’t go wrong with Paxton.
The original film took place over the course of one day, but we’re assuming the show will take place over the course of multiple training days, or even training months. Of course, it could always go the 24 route and actually have the whole season take place over the course of a single day.
Training Day is the latest show to be picked up by CBS. It joins the ranks of other new dramas such as Bull, Pure Genius and the new reboot of McGyver. It's also the latest in a very long line of TV shows based on movies heading toward the small screen, like Lethal Weapon and The Exorcist. There are still plenty of renewals and cancellations left, so stay tuned to Cinema Blend for all your television updates.