Fact: Television networks haven’t had much luck adapting hit movies into hit TV shows. Want to know the last time a film-inspired series cracked Nielsen’s end-of-season Top 10? It was M*A*S*H, way back in 1983!
Since then, plenty of big movie titles, like Minority Report, Rush Hour, and The Exorcist have wound up as ratings roadkill. But, as the Chicago Cubs taught us this year, droughts and curses are made to be broken… and CBS thinks it’s got a hit on its hands with its adaptation of Antoine Fuqua’s 2001 cop drama, Training Day.
The series, starring Bill Paxton and Justin Cornwell, takes place 15 years after the film, but retains a lot of the movie’s gritty portrayal of police life. And in a character-driven genre, Training Day comes with a great pedigree — the original film earned Denzel Washington an Academy Award. So, if the show stays true to its roots, it looks like it has the potential to be a hit. Ultimately, that’s up to you, so take a look at the trailer and tell us if you’ll be watching.
Training Day premieres Thursday, February 2 on CBS.