On March 2, CBS aired the first episode of "Training Day" since the passing of lead actor Bill Paxton.
Paxton, 61, died Feb. 25 after complications from surgery. The TV series, set 15 years after the 2001 movie, just started airing Feb. 2 and had only aired four episodes before Paxton's death.
Episode 5, "Wages of Sin," started with a dedication to Paxton:
We will always remember you, Bill Paxton. pic.twitter.com/vPpke9zmgY
— Training Day (@TrainingDayCBS) March 3, 2017
Paxton played Detective Frank Rourke, opposite Justin Cornwell as Officer Kyle Craig. According to Deadline, production on "Training Day" wrapped in December and all 13 episodes from the show's first season order had already been filmed. Bill Paxton's son James is said to guest star in Episode 8, which should air in mid-March.
It already looked like "Training Day" would only have one season, but that seems especially likely now. CBS has yet to weigh in on the future of the series, but the network and Warner Bros. TV did issue a statement on Oscars Sunday, which is when the news of Paxton's death broke:
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.
"Training Day" continues airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on CBS.
Want more stuff like this? Like us on Facebook.