The untimely death of Bill Paxton yesterday came after four episodes of CBS’ midseason drama series “Training Day” series had aired.
The show, a sequel to the acclaimed Antoine Fuqua cop drama feature with Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke, took place fifteen years on and switched up the premise – pairing an idealistic young black police officer (Justin Cornwell) with a seasoned, morally ambiguous white detective (Paxton).
It has been confirmed that all thirteen episodes of the show’s initial order had already been filmed with the next episode slated to air next Thursday. The series has been a very modest ratings performer with the audience down to a 0.7 rating and 3.7 million viewers by last week.
Chances of its renewal were slim but with Paxton’s death, it’s now virtually impossible. That means the remaining episodes to air represent Paxton’s final work for us to appreciate. CBS and WBTV have also released a joint statement on Paxton’s passing:
“We are shocked and deeply saddened this morning by the news of Bill Paxton’s passing. Bill was, of course, a gifted and popular actor with so many memorable roles on film and television. His colleagues at CBS and Warner Bros. Television will also remember a guy who lit up every room with infectious charm, energy and warmth, and as a great storyteller who loved to share entertaining anecdotes and stories about his work. All of us here offer our deepest sympathy to his wife, Louise, and his two children.”
The beloved Bill Paxton was just 61 at the time of his passing from complications during heart surgery.