CBS' newest procedural "Golden Boy" tells the story of a rookie homicide detective on his way to becoming the youngest police commissioner in New York City. It stars Theo James (the short-lived Pamuk in "Downton Abbey") as Det. Clark and Chicago-native Chi McBride as his veteran partner.
"I was on the screen for about 20 minutes and I still get people going, Mr. Pamuk?" James said about his role on the beloved British drama.
CBS Entertainment President said that when the network first bought the show, it was a "single star vehicle." While shooting the pilot there was a "palpable chemistry" between James and Chi McBride, changing the tone of the show. (I've seen two episodes and McBride does shine as James' world-weary partner in the homicide division.)
Executive producer Nicholas Wootton started on police dramas 17 years ago with "NYPD Blue."
"I have no agenda about policing in New York City," Wootton said. He just wants to tell the most interesting stories from policing, like a story he heard from a technical consultant who said you never sit down with a confidential informant alone because you might be tape recorded.
"Golden Boy" is set in the present and toggles between that and seven years in the future.
The midseason drama debuts Feb. 26.