As many shows do after the death of an actor, we will get a tribute for Bill Paxton on an episode of Training Day this Thursday on CBS in it's regularly scheduled time slot. The episode will be called "Wages of Sin” and will see his costar Kyle Craig (Justin Cornwell) help clear his name after the past comes back to haunt Frank Roarke (Paxton), and threatens the loss of his badge.
On February 25, 2017, Bill Paxton died an untimely death during heart surgery, saddening many friends, family, and fans -- including myself. His resume was exquisite, including his work on Big Love, Twister, Frailty, and Brain Dead.
I admit, I had very low expectations of Training Day, but I decided to watch it for one reason alone; Paxton. I love the show, and he is the main reason. He pulls off the "badguy-yet-goodguy" character Frank Roarke quite well, which was evident from the first episode, after he set up a trust for a young boy in an attempt to get him through life without becoming a gangbanger, after stealing $400,000 from a drug dealer. That is his good guy. His bad guy set the trust up for only $300,000, and we all assume that he pocketed the rest of the cash.
Paxton addressed his fondness for the character during a press tour in Januarary with the Television Critics Association:
“I think the thing that I really dug about this whole thing, besides that it has been a lot of fun to play such a rankish, rogue character, and it kind of plays to all of my strengths — you know, I like to be entertaining. That’s what I do. I’m an entertainer. And Frank Rourke, if he’s anything, he is at least entertaining. I think audiences will relate to him across the aisle.”
Production for Training Day wrapped in December, and we will get the full 13-episode first season. No word yet if the series will be canceled as the numbers have not been that great. In fact, the show only averaged a 0.8 rating in the key 18-49 demographic with 4.2 million total viewers according to Nielsen. With the star of the show having passed, one could assume it will be a one season event, unless the figures improve.
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