Theo James, Chi McBride, Goldenboy

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Eat your heart out, Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery)!

Theo James, who played the infamous Mr. Pamuk, the man who died in Lady Mary's bed on Downton Abbey, is a long way from Downton in his new series Golden Boy, which premiered tonight. In the CBS drama, James plays Walter William Clark Jr., the youngest police commissioner in New York City history, who starts off as a cop. The show chronicles his meteoric and unprecedented rise and costars Chi McBride as his partner-mentor Don Owen, True Blood's Kevin Alejandro and Bonnie Somerville.

So what did you think of Golden Boy? And what sets it apart from TV's other cop dramas? For that, we turn to James and McBride!

"He's a formidable guy, but he's also flawed in many respects," James says of Walter. "The big relationship in the show is between myself and Chi's character Owen who tries to mold him into the man that he should be, for better or for worse."

So what's the dynamic between their characters like? "I play Nicki Minaj and this is Mariah Carey. We don't really like each other, but we got to work together," McBride jokes, before saying, "[Owen] ends up wanting to mentor this kid and then something else really incredible happens is that the young man becomes the teacher and the old man becomes the student in many ways."

Golden Boy: Save It or Sink It
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Want to hear more from Golden Boy's boys? Watch our interview with them above!

Now it's your turn to play TV critic, so vote in our latest Save It or Sink It poll above and then head on down to the comments to discuss Golden Boy with your fellow TV lovers.

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