While Taken was renewed for a second season at NBC, CBS's small-screen adaptation of Antoine Fuqua's Training Day wasn't so lucky. Coming in at 22 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, the series was mired in one horrible review after another as soon as it premiered.
"Training Day, the series, becomes its own hackneyed, dreadfully written carbon copy of every crummy cop show you've ever seen," Vulture argued. "What could be, like the film, an exploration of the dangers posed by unscrupulous, vindictive men with too much power is, instead, a Jerry Bruckheimer–produced excuse to show a maverick cop and his colleagues taking down bad dudes and hombres every week."
The series flipped the script on the 2001 film's original story, pairing a rookie African American Det. Kyle Craig (Justin Cornwell) with seasoned white officer Frank Rourke (Bill Paxton). It proved to be a both an intriguing concept and a risky move for CBS, who relied mostly on Paxton's scenery-chewing acting chops to carry the series.
Paxton's talents couldn't save the show's overused exposition and slow pace, though. The show was on the bubble as soon as it premiered, and after Paxton's untimely death in February, TV Line reported that CBS moved the series from its Thursday night time slot to Saturday. According to Deadline, the network officially canceled the series just months later.