As the creative force behind shows like “Everwood” and “Arrow,” not to mention a principal on movies like "Green Lantern," Greg Berlanti has a pretty diverse pedigree.
But he acknowledges his new series, the CBS cop drama “Golden Boy,” is a push into unfamiliar territory.
“It’s unlike most of what I’ve done before,” Berlanti told The Times in an interview, adding that he’s long wanted to produce a police show because of both “the closed endings and the characters in that world.”
Executive produced by Berlanti and “NYPD Blue” veteran Nicholas Wootton, “Golden Boy” follows the story of Walter Clark (Theo James), a rookie NYPD cop who, we learn in the pilot, ascends to police commissioner in a bullet-quick seven years. (The show, which costars Chi McBride, will follow Clark's personal and professional arc over that time; essentially, we know he’s had a remarkable ascent but we don’t know at what cost.)
Berlanti said the series contains some contrasts with his other series on the air, the superhero-themed CW hit “Arrow.”
“You’re not dealing with someone putting arrows in people, so in a way it’s less dark," he said. "But you’re dealing with human emotions, and in a way that makes it darker.” Wootton previously said in an interview that "this is a show about a character who can make mistakes, but you still forgive him those mistakes.”