*A trailer for the upcoming TV version of Antoine Fuqua’s “Training Day” was released by CBS as part of the network’s Upfront presentation in New York City.
Based on the 2001 film starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke, CBS’ version begins 15 years after the events of the film, with Bill Paxton in Denzel’s role as the morally ambiguous police detective, and Justin Cornwell in Ethan’s shoes as the young, idealistic police officer who is undercover in Paxton’s squad.
Detective Frank Rourke (Paxton) is the maverick head of the Special Investigation Section (S.I.S.) that hunts the city’s most dangerous criminals, and is one of the finest investigators the department has ever produced. However, when the LAPD brass notices Rourke’s penchant for operating in a gray area to fight the war on crime, they assign Kyle Craig (Cornwell), a heroic, untarnished cop, to pose as Frank’s trainee to spy on him and report on his off-book methods.
The members of Frank’s loyal team include Rebecca Lee (Katrina Law), a formidable officer with killer aim and a dark past, and Tommy Campbell (Drew Van Acker), a former pro surfer who follows Frank’s orders without hesitation. Providing Frank with intel is his girlfriend, Holly Butler (Julie Benz), a well-connected, unapologetic Hollywood madam.
While LAPD Deputy Chief Joy Lockhart (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) coolly puts Kyle in danger in her mission to take down Frank, Kyle’s schoolteacher wife, Alyse (Lex Scott Davis), worries her husband’s resolve to avenge the murder of his father, a cop, may be his undoing. As Frank starts teaching his principled trainee the way of the streets, where the ends often justify the means, they form an uneasy alliance that will irrevocably change the course of both their lives.
Watch the trailer below: