CBS’s new series, Golden Boy, premieres on Tuesday, February 26 at 10/9C on CBS. The cast, including Theo James, Chi McBride, Kevin Alejandro, Bonnie Somerville, Holt McCallany, and Stella Maeve, along with executive producers Greg Berlanti and Nicholas Wootton were on hand at last month’s TCA 2013 and gave some information about what fans can expect from the show’s first season.
Want to know what Golden Boy is about? Here is an excerpt from the synopsis on the CBS site:
Golden Boy is a drama about the meteoric rise 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 he’s interviewed for a story about his career, Walter William Clark, Jr. 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.
Here are a few more things we learned from the cast and executive producers:
The story will be told from the ending. Asked about the idea of telling a story from its end point, Wootton said, “I was introduced to Greg Berlanti, and I discussed this idea with him, and he jumped on it. He loved it, and we started to develop it, and in talking with him, he brought to the table the element of what if you know where this kid is going? And I said, “Well, he could become the police commissioner. He could become the youngest police commissioner in history and the youngest and most famous as Teddy Roosevelt,” who was, I believe, 37. “And what if that was the end point? What if we could tell the story from that end point?” Which I loved because I love a story where you know the end because it instantly makes it about the characters. It makes it about a character story and the prices paid.”
Everything you hear about in the pilot, will happen at some point on the show. Not all pilots are good indicators of exactly where a show is going, but according to Wootton, this one will be different. “I will just say this: pretty much every single thing that we talked about in the pilot takes place in the series. All the stuff that we discussed; we actually followed through on that, which I will say, is shocking, but we actually were able to do so.”
Chi McBride and Theo James’s characters have an Obi-Wan / Luke Skywalker type of relationship on and off the show. Asked to talk about the relationship of his character and Chi’s on the show, James said, “I think it was something that developed kind of naturally from when we started the pilot, and there was a kind of synergy between us. What we talked about as well is that there’s a little bit of art imitating life. I’m fairly new. I’m a young English punk coming over and Chi has been doing it for a long time. He’s a veteran. So there was a lot that we could learn from each other, and we had a good natural chemistry. And that element of it is something that I really love: the father and the son, the Obi Wan and the Luke Skywalker kind of thing, the lessons that are learned. But also Chi’s character, Owen, he’s not flawless either. And you see through the series that he can make mistakes as well.”
On the same subject, McBride added, “I’ll tell you the truth. I have a great deal of affection for Theo. I think he’s an incredible actor. He’s wildly talented, and it’s been a joy to work with him, and when you develop genuine affection for someone, at least with me, and I feel that way about all of my colleagues, it comes through on the screen if you let it. If you just be and you don’t act, then these things will come through on the screen, and it ends up where the two of us, it’s like Theo says, there are a lot of parallels between our real lives. I remember I took Theo out for his first cigar. We’ve bonded together, and that comes through on screen, and I think it’s great. And it’s not a typical kind of cop show. I love that it’s character driven, and Nick has done such an incredible job of developing these characters, but as far as me and Theo is concerned, the way we look at it, this guy, this is my partner, you know. We are friends off camera, and our affection goes into our work.”
The police commissioner is not necessarily the nicest guy in the world. Asked to talk about what methods the commissioner will use to run his office, Wootton said, “You will see, as we continue forth in the series, that he is quite political. You see instances in the future where he is kind of devious. We see him learning the lessons that Chi’s character teaches him. And then we see him learn things that are politically kind of vicious. Theo’s character in this suffers great loss, which we do see in this season sort of the basis for his political drive. In the first season, there’s no real element of the Clark character having any sense of, “I want to be the police commissioner.” That is something that is going to evolve hopefully in later seasons should we be so fortunate. But you see the sort of elements that are clicking into place that is going to take him to become the man he is. He is by far not the nicest guy in the world when he becomes the commissioner.”
Each season of the series will tell one year of backstory. Asked how the flashbacks will work, Wotton explained, “The notion that I was always working under was the idea that [the first season] would be Year 1. And then there’s the scroll at the beginning of the show that says, “In seven years.” Were we fortunate enough to have a second season, that would be “In six years.”
What do you think now that you’ve heard more about Golden Boy from the cast and executive producers? Are you planning on checking it out when it premieres on February 26?
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