Tuesday night CBS debuted another crime drama. Shocker. Of course, this time it’s a bit different. The set-up of the New York-set Golden Boy is a little more unique, the story-telling is slightly less formulaic, the characters are even have a little more depth than your average Eye Network crime-fighters. Even so, by the end of the pilot episode, it was clear the series still has a lot of work to do to pull itself away from being “your average CBS crime show.” With a surprisingly well-placed cast that includes Chi McBride of Pushing Daisies fame, and a sliver of potential this show could be a step above the rest, there is one thing at the moment that’s keeping us hanging on: star Theo James.
When the dialog has a bit of a hickup or becomes a little muddled, what saves the scene? James’ irresistable smolder. When the huge clue is just a little too convenient, who keeps us roped in? James and his impossibly chiseled vissage. That’s right. We’re tuning in for the hot guy.
Reason 1: The Fact That He Owns This F**king Town.
James plays Walter Clark Jr., a New York city hero turned homicide detective, but in the flash-forward sequences, he’s the youngest Police Commissioner in New York history.
Reason 2: That Smile.
Mischeivous? Yep. Disarming? In the name of all that is holy, yes.
Reason 3: The Part Where He’s Pensive.
Because you’ve got to love a guy like this for his brain, too.
Reason 4: The Way He Gets When He’s Super Pensive.
So he did something wrong? We’ll forgive him. Look how hard he’s thinking about what he shouldn’t have done.
Reason 5: The Part Where He Bumps His Head While Catching the Bad Guys.
That’s dedication… and a pretty dashing accessory, I might add.
Reason 6: The Way He Snaps Back From the Blood With a Tiny Bandaid and That Smile
Is there anything he can’t do?
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[Photo Credit: CBS]