CBS debuted their latest police drama in "Golden Boy." This new series follows two narratives. In one, Officer Walter Clark is an ambitious young cop on the streets of New York. He's brave and resourceful and ambitious. In the other narrative, it's seven years later. Now 34, Clark has become the youngest police commissioner in the history of the NYPD. How he got there seems to be the thrust of the story.
At least for now, the framework of the episodes appears to be an interview between Commissioner Clark and a newspaper reporter. In the premiere, Clark told the story of how his act of heroism three years into his career granted him the opportunity to take any assignment he wanted. He chose homicide, where he was told he'd be the youngest there by a decade or more.
He's partnered with Detective Don Owen, who's two years from retirement. Owen's also in a long-standing feud with Detective Tony Arroyo, and now that Clark is in the mix he finds himself between the two men. Comments by the commissioner seven years later indicate this feud becomes a major problem.
Owen also has to try and temper Clark's ruthless ambition. Buddy TV wonders if audiences will be able to root for someone like Clark because of it. Their reviewer wrote, "His arrogance and ruthless ambition at all costs make it difficult to root for him, even though we already know he will succeed."
The Hollywood Reporter couldn't get past all the cop cliches in the episode, saying they made the whole show "hard to take seriously."
The interview and stories continue on "Golden Boy," Tuesdays at 10 p.m. EST on CBS.
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