Train­ing Day

Sea­son 1 Vuzu AMP (*103) 21:30 Ac­tion

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Sin­gle-sea­son Train­ing Day (2017) takes place 15 years af­ter the movie it’s based on (2001’s Train­ing Day with Den­zel Wash­ing­ton as shifty cop Alonzo Har­ris and Ethan Hawke as rookie Jake Hoyt) and it’s just as grimy and full of il­le­gal twists and turns. While it was can­celled in March af­ter lead Bill Pax­ton passed away, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t watch the 13 episodes. There’s ac­tion, drama, gun­play and most im­por­tantly, there are two char­ac­ters driv­ing the line be­tween right and wrong.

LAPD cop Kyle Craig (Justin Corn­well) goes un­der­cover to in­ves­ti­gate the Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tion Sec­tion, which is led by dodgy de­tec­tive Frank Roarke (Bill). Frank’s meth­ods aren’t what the depart­ment likes to call “stan­dard pro­ce­dure” and they tell Kyle to find out just how shady his new part­ner is. “This fol­lows the same cor­rupt cop lines as the movie but it’s a de­par­ture,” Bill said while film­ing last year (sea­son 1 had wrapped by De­cem­ber 2016). “This has cor­rup­tion, ni­hilism and cyn­i­cism, but it is a moral story that could have some hope.”

Kyle’s job won’t be easy – Frank’s got a team loyal to him that in­cludes… De­tec­tive Lee (Ka­t­rina Law, Nyssa al Ghul in sci-fi se­ries Ar­row, 2014-cur­rent) was saved from hu­man traf­fick­ers as a child by Frank and there’s noth­ing she won’t do for him. De­tec­tive Campbell (Drew Van Acker, Remi De­la­tour in dram­edy De­vi­ous Maids, 2013-2016) is an ex surf pro who bends the rules. And Hol­ly­wood brothel boss Holly (Julie Benz, Rita in slasher drama Dex­ter, 2006-2013) who Frank has an “ar­range­ment” with.

Train­ing Day the film… …and Train­ing Day the se­ries.

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