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I was among those who enjoyed “Training Day,” the 2001 movie starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. It was gritty, action-packed and quite exciting. I would go as far as to say it is the best cops-and-robbers thriller of its time.

Bill Paxton  (Photo from Solar Entertainment)

Bill Paxton (Photo from Solar Entertainment)

The casting was perfect too. Denzel was such the tour de force as villainous Frank Rourke, while the ever- gorgeous Ethan was all-too convincing as rookie cop Jake Hoyt.

I always thought the film untouchable so I was surprised to catch a TV adaptation on 2nd Avenue recently.

Based on the first episode, the series seem bent on improving on the film by being as dark yet ultimately more humorous.

Playing Frank Rourke on the series is the always superb Bill Paxton whose take on the character is, I should say, hilariously crazy. Playing the role of rookie cop Kyle Craig is appealing newcomer Justin Cornwell.

Bill and Justin have great chemistry making for a believable partnership.

I really do have a feeling that by the fifth episode, the only thing the series have in common with the film is the title.

Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Antoine Fuqua who also directed the film, “Training Day” airs Fridays at 3 p.m. with replays at 9 p.m. the same day on 2nd Avenue, available via UHF free TV channel 29, Sky cable channel 19, and Cignal channel 28.

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  • Bryan Rodis

    On the Film, Denzel played Alonzo Harris and not Frank Rourke .. If you watched the series, It made a reference to Alonzo Harris who was a legend cop who became corrupt, being discussed at the Academy ..