Golden Boy, CBS’ new drama about the meteoric rise of an ambitious cop, is experiencing a rise in the standings itself. The midseason series, which was supposed to relocate to Fridays after two previews on Tuesday, will remain in the Tuesday 10 PM slot for the rest of the season. Golden Boy‘s first Friday airing, slated for tomorrow, will proceed as scheduled.
Meanwhile Tuesday 10 PM’s dweller Vegas, which was pre-empted to make room for the Golden Boy previews, will relocate to the Friday 9 PM slot beginning April 5, following the CBS’ coverage of the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament. Golden Boy has not been a breakout, starting off with a soft 1.8 18-49 rating in its premiere and dropping 11% this Tuesday. But with lackluster competition from ABC’s low-rated Body Of Proof and NBC’s flatlining Smash, Golden Boy has easily won the time period, and its Week 2 dropoff was respectable. With the series’ 13-episode order, CBS will be able to air originals in the Tuesday 10 PM slot through May, which the network brass liked. Additionally, CBS executives like to test scheduling moves this time a year that they are considering for next season, and Vegas’ shift to Fridays certainly fits that bill. The show’s demographic profile matches closely that of CBS’ Friday 10 PM drama Blue Bloods — large, older-skewing audiences. If Vegas does OK in its new time slot, it will … Read More »
One week before Golden Boy is set to debut on CBS, the network today quietly posted the entire first episode of the show online. The mid-season cop drama will premiere on the broadcast network on February 26 at 10 PM, however you can watch all 42:28 minutes of it here on CBS’s site now. Golden Boy is scheduled to move to Fridays at 9 PM on March 8 once CSI:NY wraps for the season. Golden Boy is about the quick rise of ambitious cop Walter William Clark Jr., played by Theo James, who becomes the youngest police commissioner in the history of New York City, and the toll it takes on his personal life. Greg Berlanti and Nicholas Wootton are executive producing. Online previews have become fairly common in the past couple of years. In 2009, Community and Modern Family were put up on Facebook and Amazon before their TV debut. Last Fall, NBC posted the Revolution pilot before it aired while Fox put up The Mindy Project and the now cancelled Ben And Kate.
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Talking up the network’s mid-season cop drama Golden Boy, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler said today at TCA that they initially had seen the new lead-in for Blue Bloods as a “star vehicle” for Theo James, portraying an ambitious cop who becomes the youngest police commissioner in the history of New York City. But she said when network executives watched the pilot, they began seeing the relationship between James’ character and his mentor-father figure on the force, Chi McBride’s Detective Dan Owen. “You could see the show was evolving into a different kind of show, a two-hander between these two actors,” said Tassler of the drama, created by NYPD Blue / Law & Order veteran Nicholas Wootton and executive produced by Wootton and Greg Berlanti.
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At the Golden Boy panel following Tassler’s Q&A remarks, actors James and McBride talked about the chemistry. “It developed naturally from pilot synergy,” British actor James said. “It’s a little bit of art imitating life. I’m a young English punk coming over and McBride is a veteran actor,” he said. He compared the relationship to Star Wars’ Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Joked McBride: “First of all will you stop with the accent already? He’s from Long Beach.” More seriously, he added: “There are a lot of parallels with our real life, I took Theo out for his first cigar. This is not a typical kind of cop show, I love that it’s character-driven. This is my partner. We are friends off-camera and on.” Read More »
UPDATE: It turns out the Golden Boy trailer had been put up on YouTube without CBS’ knowledge and has since been been taken down. There is no ETA on when the network will release the first trailer for the show.
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CBS is going for only minor tweaks to its schedule in midseason, filling the holes left by cancelled freshmen Made In Jersey and Partners with new drama Golden Boy and veteran comedy Rules Of Engagement, respectively.
The network is keeping the crime 9-11 PM block on Friday, anchored by Blue Bloods at 10 PM, with midseason cop drama Golden Boy taking over the 9 PM slot March 8, following the February 22 season finale of veteran CSI: NY, which had a shorter, 17-episode order. Acknowledging how challenging it is to launch a new drama on Friday, CBS is trying to give Golden Boy a running start by airing its first episodes in the Tuesday 10 PM slot following originals of NCIS and NCIS: LA and pre-empting freshman Vegas. Golden Boy, executive produced by Greg Berlanti and Nicholas Wootton, is about the meteoric rise of an ambitious cop (Theo James) who becomes the youngest police commissioner in the history of New York City. Coincidentally, Blue Bloods stars Tom Selleck as the New York Police commissioner, with Len Cariou as his father, the retired NY police commissioner. CBS has not been able to successfully launch a new drama in the Friday 9 PM slot since CSI 12 years ago. Reality series Undercover Boss is staying put in the Friday 8 PM hour. I hear the network may also use the slot to try new unscripted series. CBS has a couple on tap, including The Job. Read More »
Chi McBride is back on the series beat with Warner Bros. TV. The actor is set to co-star on the studio’s CBS drama pilot Golden Boy. The drama, written/exec produced by Nicholas Wootton, exec produced by Greg Berlanti and directed/exec produced by Richard Shepard, tracks an ambitious young police officer’s meteoric rise through the department ranks. McBride will play his new partner, Detective Owen. This is McBride’s latest gig for Warner Bros. TV. The actor’s last 3 series were at the studio, The Nine, Pushing Daisies and most recently Human Target.
Emmy-winning director Richard Shepard is set to direct and executive produce the CBS pilot Golden Boy. The drama, written and executive produced by Nicholas Wootton and executive produced by Greg Berlanti, hails from Warner Bros TV and studio-based Berlanti Prods. It is a show about the making of a man — it tracks one cop’s meteoric rise from officer to detective to Police Commissioner. In addition to directing, Shepard will executive produce the pilot. He has been loaned out from CBS TV Studios, where Olé, his production company with Sean and Bryan Furst, is under a deal. Shepard, an Emmy winner for directing the pilot for ABC’s Ugly Betty, most recently directed the pilot for the CW’s Ringer. He also directed the pilots for Criminal Minds and Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior. Read More »