Production on CBS' 'Training Day,' Starring Bill Paxton, Has Already Been Completed

Bill Paxton had completed work on CBS drama Training Day before his untimely death.

Paxton died Saturday after suffering complications from surgery. He was 61.

His passing leaves the reboot as his last TV role. Production on the midseason drama was completed in December. Four of the show's 13 episodes have already aired on CBS.

Described as a reimagining of the Antoine Fuqua feature film of the same name, the series begins 15 years after the 2001 movie left off. It centers on an idealistic young African-American police officer (Justin Cornwell) who is appointed to an elite squad of the LAPD where he is partnered with a seasoned, morally ambiguous detective (Paxton).

"We are shocked and deeply saddened this morning by the news of Bill Paxton's passing," CBS and producers Warner Bros. Television said Sunday in a statement. "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." 

Will Beall created the series and executive produces alongside Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, KristieAnne Reed, Fuqua; Danny Cannon and showrunner Barry Schindel.

"Bill was someone whose goodness and compassion was evident from the moment you met him," exec producer Fuqua said Sunday afternoon in a statement. "He was an immense talent and the type of guy you wanted to spend as much time with both in front of, and behind, the camera. My heartfelt condolences to his family." 
 
Said Bruckheimer in a statement: "We are truly devastated at the passing of our friend Bill Paxton. He was a tremendously talented actor, and a wonderful man beloved by the entire Training Day cast and crew. Bill’s extraordinary body of work ensures that he will never be forgotten. Our heartfelt condolences to Bill’s family and friends. He will be missed more than we can possibly express."

Cornwell paid tribute to his co-star on Twitter early Sunday:

The series debuted Feb. 2 to lackluster ratings and has dipped in the three weeks since its premiere. Training Day was not expected to be renewed and Paxton's untimely passing makes a second season now increasingly unlikely.

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