TNT’s ‘Mob City’ Canceled: Frank Darabont’s ‘Dead’ Followup Gets Walking Papers
Excited though we were to see ousted ‘Walking Dead‘ showrunner Frank Darabont take his talents to TNT for its impressive period drama ‘Mob City,’ we certainly saw this coming. Despite its six-episode “limited series” billing, TNT has officially declined to produce any additional episodes of the Jon Bernthal-starring drama, effectively canceling ‘Mob City’ and its Hollywood dreams.
“Mob City was created as a three-week television event and we are incredibly proud of the six hours we presented of this remarkable drama,” said Turner representation in a statement confirming the cancellation. “Although the ratings of the limited series haven’t warranted more hours we are eager to work with Frank Darabont again and were delighted to bring the vibrant world of Mob City to life.”
Written and directed by Frank Darabont, ‘Mob City’ revolved around the Los Angeles police force’s pursuit of mobster Mickey Cohen and takes its basis from John Buntin’s book “L.A. Noir: The Struggle For the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City,” which recounts the story of decades-long conflicts between the LAPD and the city’s criminals.
The all-star cast included Bernthal, Jeffrey DeMunn, Simon Pegg, Neal McDonough as LAPD Chief Parker, Ed Burns as Bugsy Siegel, ‘Prison Break’ star Robert Knepper, ‘Heroes’ alum Milo Ventimiglia ‘24‘ vet Louis Lombardi, Iddo Goldberg, ‘LOST‘ and ‘Mad Men‘ alum Patrick Fischler, ‘Anger Management‘ star Stephen Monroe, ‘Ghostbusters‘ star Ernie Hudson, and Alexa Davalos.
Well, suddenly Darabont’s lawsuit against ‘The Walking Dead‘ has a shiny new context, doesn’t it? We cant say as we saw ‘Mob City”s slow-burn noir tone catching on with modern audiences, but what say you? Are you disappointed not to have more of TNT’s ‘Mob City’ in our future? Check out the trailer below, for old time’s sake, and give us your thoughts in the comments!