After the sad and unexpected passion of actor Bill Paxton on Sunday February 26, Entertainment Weekly reported that Training Day will honor Paxton during the episode set to air on Thursday March 2. A representative of the show did not respond for comment when asked by Bustle. It can be imagined that Training Day and the entire CBS family will place some words of remembrance at the beginning or end of the episode. Perhaps the cast and crew of Training Day will air a pre-recorded message expressing the condolences and memories of Paxton as they knew him during their time shooting the first season of Training Day. While it's sad that it has to occur at all, it is nice that both CBS and the show will take time to pay tribute to Paxton full stop.
Luckily, Paxton had finished filming his role for the entire first season of Training Day before he unexpectedly died at age 61 from complications from surgery. Paxton was a beloved actor, have excelled in both film and television in a career that spanned more than 40 years. His most notable roles included Titanic, Aliens, The Terminator, Big Love, and Apollo 13. His passing, it may be surmised, has left a big hole in the fabric of Hollywood because he was that well-respected and loved by his fellow actors, former directors, and friends of all backgrounds.
CBS released a statement on Paxton's passing which may best encapsulate how we are all feeling about this sad event:
We are shocked and deeply saddened this morning by the news of Bill Paxton’s passing. 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.
Adding a tribute to the March 2 episode, CBS, and specifically Training Day, will only drive home this sentiment behind this statement and make sure Paxton is properly honored.